Rachel Meghan Markle, was born on August 4, 1981 in Los Angeles, California. She went on to study theatre university school of communication, graduating in 2003. She pursued a career as a screen actress, appearing in a number of tv series before landing the recurring role of Rachel Zane on the USA Network show Suits (2011). In 2002, Meghan had her first TV role as a guest on General Hospital and appeared in number of other series that included Cuts, The War At Home, CSI: NY and 90210. In addition to that, she has done big-screen works, appearing in such films as Get Him ToThe Greek (2010), Horrible Bosses (2011), as well as the tv movies When Sparks Fly (2014) & Dater's Handbook (2016). Meghan also ran the lifestyle blog The Tig from 2014 to 2017.
From 2016, she dated Prince Harry: they met during a blind date set up by mutual friends. They announced their engagement on November 27, 2017 and got married at St George’s Chapel, Windsor in May 2018. Meghan is now named the Duchess of Sussex and is a member of the British Royal Family. In October 2018, the Duke & Duchess of Sussex announced that Meghan is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019 #BabySussex.
14 January The Duke & Duchess of Sussex will visit local organisations in Birkenhead
16 January Will visit Mayhew, an animal welfare charity, in London
16 January The Duke & Duchess of Sussex will attend the premiere of Cirque du Soleil’s Totem in support of Sentebale at the Royal Albert Hall
The Royal Foundation Meghan as Patron
Since : May 2018
Following her engagement to Prince Harry in 2017, Meghan has become involved in the work of the Foundation, and became its fourth patron following her marriage, on 19 May 2018. The Royal Foundation programmes currently revolve around four main themes of work; mental health, wildlife and conservation, young people and the armed forces community.
The National Theatre Meghan as Patron
Since : January 2019
The National Theatre's extensive UK-wide learning and participation programme supports young people’s creative education through performance and writing programmes like Connections, New Views and Let’s Play. The National Theatre invests in the future of theatre by developing talent, creating bold new work and building audiences, partnering with a range of UK theatres and theatre companies.
The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) Meghan as Patron
Since : January 2019
Established in 1913, the ACU is the world's first and oldest international university network, with more than 500 member institutions in over 50 countries. It is the only accredited organisation representing higher education across the Commonwealth.
Created in September 2013 Smart Works exists to help long term unemployed and vulnerable women regain the confidence they need to succeed at job interviews, return to employment and transform their lives.
Established in 1886 and entirely funded by public donations Mayhew is an animal welfare charity working to improve the lives of dogs, cats and people in communities both in London and internationally. Mayhew looks for innovative ways to reduce the number of animals in need through pro-active community and educational initiatives and preventative veterinary care.
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This morning, after the announcement of her patronages, the Duchess of Sussex made a visit at the headquarters of the charity. Smart Works, based in West London, is a dressing and coaching service for long-term unemployed women with confirmed job interviews. After the dressing, each client receives a one-to-one interview preparation and coaching session with an experienced HR professional or senior manager.
The Duchess with her new role as a Patron, joined a roundtable discussion with volunteers and then met some of the women in the Dressing Room. Reflecting her passion in supporting women, Meghan chose this charity after 10 months of visits since last year.
The Duke & Duchess of Sussex attended with the Royal Family the annual Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene in Sandringham. The Fab four arrived together with the Prince of Wales, cheered by members of the public who came to see them even on Christmas day. Meghan was looking chic in blue navy by wearing Victoria Beckham Tailored Coat, Wool-Blend Midi Dress & ‘Powder Box’ style purse. Her cute hat with blue feathers is the Vika Cocktail hat by Awon Golding.
This morning, The Duchess of Sussex had a solo engagement in Twickenham. She visited the Royal Variety Charity residential and care home Brinsworth House, of which the Queen is Patron, to meet with residents. These residents have worked professionally in the entertainment industry and are in need of help and assistance. Among them, she met Richard O’Sullivan, star of 1970s sitcoms and Mona Hammond, who played Blossom Jackson in the BBC soap opera EastEnders.
She contributed to artwork for Christmas decorations by writing “Merry Christmas” with her beautiful calligraphy & then listened to Carols around the tree with residents. Meghan also looked at old royal variety performances programmes. The Chairman told journalists that there’s a care home in LA that she used to visit and Brinsworth House brought back memories to her.
Meghan revealed she was “feeling very pregnant today” and tried to had a word for everyone. Before leaving Brinsworth House, Meghan unveiled a plaque and signed the guest book to mark her visit.
Our gorgeous Duchess was wearing a floral dress by Brock Collection and grey coat by label Soia & Kyo.
This morning, the Duchess of Sussex made a visit at the Hubb Community Kitchen in North Kensington. The Duchess has made regular private visits to the kitchen since January, which was set up by women from the community affected by the Grenfell Tower fire. Thanks to the funds raised from the cookbook ‘Together’, the kitchen has been completely renovated and they can keep it open seven days a week.
Meghan introduced her friend and Michelin starred chef Clare Smyth to the women. They prepared together 300 meals for the local community to be delivered to care homes, homeless shelters and women’s refuges.
The Duke & Duchess of Sussex attended last night the Royal Variety Performance in London. The performance takes place every year in aid of the Royal Variety Charity, of which The Queen is Patron. After the show, Meghan & Harry met the performers on stage : Take That, Andrea Bocelli, Lost Voice Guy…
The Duke & Duchess of Sussex spent their last day in Sydney at the Invictus Games, to watch the Wheelchair Basketball Final at Quaycentre. They also presented after the match medals to the US players, who won.
In the evening, The Duke and Duchess attended the Closing Ceremony of the Invictus Games at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney. Meghan was wearing an olive green custom tuxedo dress from Italian designer Antonio Berardi. She took the stage before her husband to deliver an amazing speech that you can discover in the video below.
With that said, and on a very personal note, I just wanted to thank all of you for welcoming me into the Invictus family. I am truly so grateful to be a part of this with each and every one of you.
And I’m not sure if many of you know this, but a few years ago, before I had met my husband, I had the incredible honour of visiting troops deployed all over the world; from the UK to Italy and Afghanistan, and several other countries. In travelling to these military bases, I was given a very special glimpse into the lives of those who serve our countries.
This evening, the Duke & Duchess of Sussex attended the Australian Geographic Society Gala Awards in Sydney. Every year the Australian Geographic Society recognises feats of excellence in adventure and conservation. Meghan presented the award for Young Conservationist of the Year to student, Sophia Skarparis. This young lady had petitioning the New South Wales state government to ban single use and heavy retail plastic bags.
Early in the morning, the Duke & Duchess of Sussex visited the St George Building to call on the Prime Minister S. Akilisi Pohiva and other Cabinet ministers in Nuku’alofa. Meghan was wearing a green-and-white striped dress by Australian designer Martin Grant.
Atfer their meeting, Meghan & harry watched a solo dance, known as Ta’ulunga, at a National Youth Event at Fa’omelua Convention Centre. And then outside the Convention Centre, they were given traditional Tongan garlands during their visit of an exhibition of beautiful Tongan handicrafts.
For their next engagement, Meghan did a quick outfit change for a blue Veronica Beard Cary Dress. The Duke & Duchess headed to Tupou College and the Toala Forest Reserve to unveil two Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy plaques. They even saw a beautiful parrot that have been released in the reserve. To protect herself and the royal baby against Zika virus, Meghan skipped one part in the forest to watch the Boys Choir performed traditional Tongan music to commemorate the event.
Before departing for Sydney, Meghan & Harry travelled to The Royal Palace for an official farewell with The King and Queen of Tonga.
On their second day in Fiji, the Duke & Duchess of Sussex started their day by visiting the University of the South Pacific in Suva. They saw a cultural performance made by students on the effects of climate change and met students outside the university. Meghan delivered an inspiring short speech where she talked about how she was able to attend University thanks to scholarships and through working alongside studying at University. She also announced 2 new grants will be awarded to the University of Fiji and the South Pacific of Suva to run workshops which empower their female staff.
Then, Meghan & Harry were seperated to do solo engagements. The Duchess attended a morning tea at the British High Commissioner’s Residence to showcased women’s organisations which operate throughout Fiji and hear more about a UN Women’s project, ‘Markets for Change’. She was also shown by a chef how to make lote, made from smoked breadfruit and served either as a breakfast or a dessert.
Meghan travelled to Suva Market to meet UN Women’s involved in the project ‘Markets for Change’. Her visit was shorter than announced due to security reasons as thousands of people came to see the Duchess.
Meghan & Harry have landed a 6.50am at Sydney airport for their first Royal Tour in Australia, Fiji, Tonga & New Zealand. They have a day off tomorrow before their first official day of royal engagements begin on Tuesday in Sydney. They’re staying at the Admiralty House, the official Sydney residence of the Governor-General of Australia.