Here Are 6 Things You Should Know About Meghan Markle
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Meghan Markle married into the British royal family in 2018, and, in case you haven't been paying attention, the couple has officially cut ties with the Windsor clan (as the BBC quoted Buckingham Palace, they will "not return as working members of the Royal Family"). Last year, Markle and Prince Harry moved to the United States to focus on the growth and well-being of their own new family.
CircleAround compiled a dossier, if you will, about Markle so you can learn more about this fascinating, change-leading woman.
1. Social Activism Is Part of Her Soul
Since she was a young girl, volunteering and charity work have been a huge part of Markle’s life. During recent royal visits around the world, she often visited nonprofits and global organizations, and worked closely with royally-sponsored charities.
She’s also worked with a youth empowerment nonprofit called One Young World, the UN's Women’s Political Participation and Leadership initiative, and the humanitarian organization World Vision. Since leaving the royal family, Markle and her husband have been seen volunteering at various social-welfare organizations around Los Angeles.
2. She’s Got a Lot Going On
Markle has always been career-driven, forging paths based on her interests. In addition to her acting career, Markle has worked as a fashion designer, freelance calligrapher, and even taught bookbinding workshops. For several years, she kept up a lifestyle blog called The Tig, which covered topics such as recipes, travel, fashion, and more.
Now that she is no longer bound to royal duties, Markle — who is currently pregnant with her second child — can once again work and maintain a career however she chooses, including her new podcast venture.
3. Meghan Markle Was a Girl Scout
If you've ever wondered "Was Meghan Markle a Girl Scout?" the answer is a big, resounding yes. Before having to revoke her social media accounts upon marrying into the royal family, Markle tweeted that she was involved in the Girl Scouts. Not only was she a Girl Scout, but her mother was a troop leader.
According to Reader’s Digest, Markle’s Girl Scout sense of equality inspired her to write a letter to advertisers, asking them to remove sexist language in a TV commercial, which they did. Markle was just 11 years old at the time.
4. Cooking Is One of Her Favorite Hobbies
Markle is a major fan of food and cooking and doesn’t shy away from rolling up her sleeves in the kitchen. In an interview for Esquire, Markle revealed that her character on Suits was written to be a foodie based on Markle’s own real-life experiences with fine dining, wine, and crafting tasty dishes at home. Markle's favorite foods include healthy dishes, like veggies with quinoa, chicken adobo, and watermelon sprinkled with cinnamon.
5. She Often Uses Fashion to Make a Point
Many have likened Markle’s style, appearance, and demeanor to Wallis Simpson, the wife of Edward VIII, who similarly abdicated their royal positions in 1936. But Markle’s fashion sense goes beyond style; she also incorporates symbolism into her outfits to convey subtle messages.
Her wedding veil included flowers representing all 53 commonwealth countries, and, as a tribute, Markle often wears jewelry previously owned by Princess Diana, Harry's mother. During a taped interview with Oprah, set to air March 7, she wore one of Diana’s diamond tennis bracelets. Markle’s engagement ring also features two diamonds from Diana’s personal collection. According to People magazine, she wore it “so [Diana] could be with them.”
Per the Oprah interview, Who What Wear noted that the lotus on Markle’s dress is “a symbol of rebirth and revival, paralleling the couple's reemergence in their brand-new post-royal life.” Who What Wear also noted that Markle “included jewelry brands from both Canada and Britain, which are the two Commonwealth countries she's lived in.”
6. She Is Honest and Upfront About Motherhood
When it comes to describing life as a mother, royal or not, Markle doesn’t sugarcoat the experience. While she is known for bonding with Princess Eugenie over the joys of new motherhood, she is also vocal about the hardships mothers face, and how demanding it can be to raise a family.
"Not many people have asked if I’m okay,” she said during an interview with ITV News. “It’s a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes." She also admitted that dealing with work, travel, and media attention were all added struggles on top of what mothers everywhere face raising children.