Surprising things you didn’t know about Meghan Markle before she got married to Prince Harry

Wendy Stokesby:


When Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced that they are engaged, the world became crazy about the future Duchess of Sussex. People knew she was an American actress and that she was married once before. But there are things that we didn’t know about her that, once we learned about them, left us in shock.

Her real name

Her real name is Rachel Meghan Markle, and she decided to go by Meghan Markle when she entered the world of Hollywood because she thought she would be more recognizable.


After people learned about her relationship with Harry, she became the most Googled actress in 2016.

A tennis buddy

During a charity football game in 2014, Serena Williams and Meghan Markle met and became good friends. Meghan asked Serena Williams for advice when paparazzi and tabloids weren’t leaving her alone after her relationship with Harry became known. “I told her, ‘You’ve got to be who you are, Meghan. You can’t hide,’” Williams said.

She was involved with somebody else

Apparently, Meghan was dating another man when she went on a blind date with Prince Harry. Canadian chef Cory Vitiello and Meghan were together from 2014 to 2016. “I can’t comment on that,” Vitiello said when the press asked him if Prince Harry was responsible for his breakup with Markle.


There is a genealogical investigation that showed us how Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are related through High Sheriff of County Durham Ralph Bowes, whose grandson Christopher Hussey moved to America in 1632. That makes them 17th cousins.

Meghan claims she didn’t know anything about him before

“[I] didn’t know much about him–I just asked, ‘Is he nice?’ Because if he wasn’t kind I didn’t really see there was any point,” Markle revealed.

Ex-husband producing a show about her

Trevor Engelson, Markle’s ex-husband was producing a TV show in 2017 about divorced spouses, in which the ex-wife marries a prince. The only thing different about Engelson and Markle’s lives and those in the TV show is that TV ex-spouses have a child together, and the husband has joint custody with the royal family. Deadline has stated how the show has nothing to do with real-life events, but you can’t deny there aren’t any similarities.

Breaking the royal rule

Meghan Markle broke a major royal fashion rule. When she and Prince Harry were posing for their engagement photo, Markle decided to go bare-legged, which is something that women in the royal family simply don’t do. Queen Elizabeth II and Kate Middleton are always wearing pantyhose when they are showing their legs.

Sexy photoshoot

Meghan Markle posed for a Canadian magazine in 2013, wearing a sheer black dress, and even though she wasn’t naked in the pictures, she did show a lot of skin, which is not fitting to the royal rules. But, she wasn’t royal at the time, just like when Kate Middleton walked in a sheer dress down a runway, when Prince William fell in love with her and asked her out later that evening.

Wallis Simpson similarities

Queen Elizabeth II’s uncle, King Edward VIII abdicated his throne just so he could marry an American socialite Wallis Simpson, who was divorced twice prior to her relationship with King Edward. Nowadays, things have changed, and marrying a divorcee is much more acceptable in the royal family.

Prenup situation

TMZ stated how, in case of a royal couple getting a divorce, the couple would share everything they owned, including the fortune made before their marriage. Since Meghan Markle didn’t sign a prenup, just like Kate Middleton and late Princess Diana, she and Harry would split the royal fortune in case they divorce.

Game show model

Deal or No Deal was an American game show hosted by Howie Mandel. One of the models carrying a briefcase was Meghan Markle. She was a part of the show from 2006 to 2007. “Definitely working on Deal or No Deal was a learning experience, and it helped me to understand what I would rather be doing,” she shared with Esquire. “I would end up standing up there forever in these terribly uncomfortable and inexpensive five-inch heels just waiting for someone to pick my number so I could go and sit down.”

Markle’s family wanted to crash her wedding

“I’d probably come to the UK for the wedding — even if I’m not invited. I am thrilled,” her nephew TJ Dooley shared with The Sun. However, such a thing didn’t happen, and Meghan and Harry’s royal wedding day was perfect.

Brother arrested

Thomas Markle Jr., Meghan Markle’s half-brother was arrested after he intoxicated got into a fight with Darlene Blount in January 2017. He allegedly pointed a gun to her head. He was charged with menacing, pointing a firearm at another person, and unlawful use of a weapon.

Porn searches

Not only did the Google search for Meghan skyrocketed, but Pornhub also stated how the search for the actress reached more than 2200% after the engagement announcement in America. Those in the U.K., Spain, Germany, and Belgium round out the top five.


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