From having an initial interest in a career in politics, to thriving in the film industry as an actress, to becoming the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle has always been a humanitarian by heart with a deep passion for helping others and positively impacting communities in need and young children.
The former actress was born in Los Angeles, California, on August 4, 1981, and began her acting career shortly after university. Prior to this, she wished to pursue a career in politics and interned as a junior press officer at the American embassy in Buenos Aires. However, although the young, aspiring politician could not proceed further, she had another dream up her sleeve - acting!
Markle then proceeded to further her education at the Northwestern University School of Communication and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in theater and international studies in 2003. Although she did not land many major acting roles at the beginning of her career, she starred in a few television shows in the early 2000’s such as “General Hospital,” “Century City,” “The War of Home,” and “CSI: NY.” Markle has also starred in several films such as “Get Him to the Greek,” “Remember Me,” and “Horrible Bosses,” amongst many other films and shows. Her biggest role that earned her worldwide recognition was in the series “Suits” as Rachel Zane, in which she starred in for seven seasons from 2011 until 2017.
Her humanitarian work and efforts have come a long way, prior to her marriage with Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex. During her younger days, Markle frequently volunteered at soup kitchens. She’s also been involved with several charity organizations and has been a global ambassador for the World Vision organization since 2016. As an ambassador, she’s advocated for gender equality, education for young girls, and helped raise awareness on menstruation amongst young girls in India. She’s also participated in their Clean Water campaign to bring clean water to communities in need. Markle served as the United Nations Women’s Advocate for Women’s Political Participation and Leadership where she visited refugee camps and met with women who are positively impacting their communities to hear their story and learn more about what they do.
As a member of the royal family, Meghan will only be increasing her philanthropic work. Now that she has retired from acting, she has put more of her heart and energy into making a positive impact on communities in need. As a royal, her first charity project was in 2018 with the Hubb Community Kitchen in London that is run by a group of women who have survived the Grenfell Tower fire. Upon several visits, she suggested the women create a cookbook, which she assisted in getting published. After the publication of their cookbook “Together: Our Community Cookbook,” Markle used the proceeds to donate to a UK-based charity towards stocking up their food bank and kitchen equipment.
The Duchess of Sussex has also taken over the Queen’s role in the Queen’s Young Leaders Program that supports young people across the Commonwealth for making a positive impact within their communities with their skills and knowledge. Within her role, she will continue to support and encourage the young to believe in themselves and their ability to drive positive change in the world.
As a couple, Meghan and Harry have been supporting several charity organizations and have proceeded unto business ventures together. The royal couple has established their own organization called Archewell where they take on several projects under the Archewell Foundation, Archewell Audio, and Archewell Productions. Their Archewell Foundation supports and participates in charity and humanitarian projects, Archewell Audio has partnered with Spotify to produce powerful and influential podcasts and audio shows, and Archewell Productions has partnered with Netflix to produce shows that informs, educates, and inspires viewers.
With her lifelong passion for philanthropy, there’s no denying that becoming the Duchess of Sussex was destined to be!