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2. Meghan’s father, Thomas Markle Sr., was the lighting director of Married…with Children.
3. She has two half-siblings from her father’s first marriage: Samantha and Thomas Jr.
4. Meghan said she used to go to the set of Married…with Children after school and called it “a very perverse place for a girl to grow up. I’m there in my school uniform and the guests would be Traci Lords.”
5. Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, is a yoga teacher and social worker who lives in Los Angeles. Thomas Markle Sr. retired to Rosarito, Mexico.
6. Meghan attended school at Immaculate Heart, which is where Tyra Banks and Mary Tyler Moore also attended.
8. When she moved to Los Angeles after school, she had trouble finding work. She said she was “too light in the black community” and “too mixed in the white community.”
10. She was also Briefcase Girl #26 on Deal or No Deal.
11. In 2011, she landed the role of Rachel Zane on Suits. She played that role for seven years.
12. Shooting took place in Toronto, and Meghan lived there with her two dogs, Bogart and Guy.
13. She said Ellen DeGeneres told her to adopt her first dog, Bogart, when Meghan was still deciding. Ellen was at the same shelter at the same time and told her, “Rescue the dog!”
14. Some of Meghan’s famous best friends include Priyanka Chopra, Serena Williams, and Abigail Spencer.
15. Her best friend from college is Lindsay Jill Roth; she’s also close friends with Jessica Mulroney, Misha Nonoo, Markus Anderson, and Violet von Westenholtz. Violet is reportedly the one who set up the date between Meghan and Prince Harry.
17. Harry said walking behind Diana’s coffin in front of millions of onlookers and billions watching on television was traumatic. He said, “I don’t think any child should be asked to do that under any circumstances.”
18. Princess Diana wanted her sons to have as normal of a life as possible, and often took them to places like McDonald’s and Disneyworld.
19. Harry attended Eton College, and after school attended Sandhurst Military Academy.
20. He was a controversial partier in his youth: he was caught flipping off paparazzi and once wore a uniform with a swastika arm band to a costume party. In a statement he said: “I am very sorry if I caused any offence or embarrassment to anyone. It was a poor choice of costume and I apologize.”
21. He was an active member of the military and completed two tours in Afghanistan.
22. In 2012, nude photos were published of Harry partying in a hotel room in Vegas.
23. He started the Sentebale charity, which supports children affected by HIV and in Lesotho and Botswana.
24. To honor his military past, he created the Invictus Games, which brings wounded veterans from around the world to compete in different events. There have been three so far.
26. She also appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair, saying, “we’re two people really happy and in love.”
27. The couple said they initially bonded over charity work and seeing change.
28. After their second date, Harry asked Meghan to accompany him to Botswana for a five-day vacation in August. They camped out under the stars.
29. They fell in love “pretty quickly” and decided to not go two weeks without seeing each other. They would fly back and forth between Toronto and London.
30. Harry reportedly gave Meghan a bracelet that they could both be seen wearing in separate photos.
32. The world found out about Meghan and Harry in November of 2016 when the palace released an unprecedented statement about press abuse, mentioning racist and sexist social media trolls.
33. Meghan and Harry started being seen with each other more and more. They bought a Christmas tree in London and also saw a West End show.
34. In January of 2017, Meghan attended the wedding of Tom Inskip and Lara Hughes-Young with Harry in Jamaica, not far away from where she had her first wedding.
35. She was married to Trevor Engelson, a producer, from 2011 to 2013.
36. In May 2017, Harry attended the church service of Pippa Middleton and James Mathews’ wedding. He then drove an hour and a half back to London to pick up Meghan for the reception.
38. During their photo call in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace, a photographer asked Harry when he knew Meghan was the one. He responded, “The very first time we met.”
39. After the announcement, the couple sat down to discuss their relationship. Meghan also confirmed that she was planning on retiring from acting to focus on philanthropy and her “new chapter.”
40. Meghan’s ring has a center diamond from Botswana, where she and Harry had their “third” date, as well as where he took her for her birthday in 2017. The two stones to the right of the ring are from Diana’s private collection.
41. After Diana’s death, each son got to choose an item from her household to keep. Harry chose her sapphire and diamond engagement ring but the boys agreed whoever got engaged first would get it. William, of course, proposed to Kate Middleton (now Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge) in 2010.
42. Though she wasn’t yet an official member of the royal family, Meghan was invited to spend Christmas with the royals at Sandringham after her engagement to Harry. Normally only married spouses are invited.
43. She reportedly gave the Queen a singing hamster for a present. Adults in the royal family give each other joke presents every year.
45. The Duke of Cambridge was Harry’s Best Man.
47. Harry hand-picked a few forget-me-nots for Meghan’s bouquet, as they were his mother’s favorite flower.
48. Prince Charles walked Meghan down the aisle after her father suffered from two heart attacks and several public relation catastrophes the weeks before the wedding.
49. The stress was blamed on Meghan’s half-siblings. Samantha started writing an autobiography called The Diary of Princess Pushy’s Sister and also reportedly told her father to set up paparazzi shots. Thomas Jr. wrote letters to a tabloid calling Meghan a “jaded, shallow, conceited woman that will make a joke of you and the royal family heritage.” He also wrote a letter asking for wedding invitations.
50. Meghan’s nephews also are reportedly selling a strain of Marijuana called Markle Sparkle.
52. Then there was a more intimate reception at Frogmore House at night, hosted by Prince Charles. Frogmore House is also where the couple took their engagement photos.
53. Meghan wore a dress by Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy and later changed into a dress by Stella McCartney.
54. She wore the Queen Mary Bandeau tiara during the ceremony, and for the night reception wore Princess Diana’s aquamarine ring.
This Miss Congeniality reference:
I saw Sandra Bullock at the London premiere of Minions. As she was making her rounds and greeting the fans, it hit me that I was actually going to be able to talk to her. When she finally got in front of me, I panicked and blabbered out, “YOU’RE BEAUTY AND YOU’RE GRACE!!!” Luckily she just laughed.
This twisted ankle:
A friend of mine went to a party after a concert here in Dubai. While there, she fell flat on her face and twisted her ankle on the way down. One guy saw the whole thing and helped her get back up. That guy was Usher.
This unfortunate mistake:
I was a waitress in high school and saw a group of middle-aged women sit down. I walked up to their table and said something like, “How are you ladies doing?” That’s when I realized it was actually a group of men, and to make matters worse it was fucking Aerosmith! They just stared at me. I apologized, ran back inside, and made another coworker take their order. I couldn’t face them after that.
This utter disaster:
My mom once tried waving at Stevie Wonder to get his attention as he came out of a restaurant.
This interesting exchange:
I went to a screening for The Good Place with the entire cast, and they took pictures with fans at the end. I got to the front of the line where the cast was waiting, and I blurted out to D’Arcy Carden, who plays Janet on the show, “I love your Twitter!!!” In fear of offending the rest of the cast by not complimenting them, I followed it up with, “I love everyone’s Twitter!” Then, as I turned for the group picture, I screamed, “I LOVE TWITTER!” This is why I can’t be around celebrities.
This drunken meeting:
Years ago I was at a bar and had far too many vodka cranberries. I got completely trashed, so my friends carried me out and left me on the corner while they hailed a cab. A nice gentleman came to check on me and asked if I was okay. I looked up, saw that it was Harvey Keitel, and proceeded to vomit all over his shoes. Even after throwing up on him, he was still nice enough to help me into the cab.
This gutsy adventure:
I regularly saw this attractive man at the gym, so one day I gave him ‘the eyes’ and thought I was getting them back. I strutted over and handed him a note that said, “Into fit, petite blonde girls? If so, call me,” and then I listed my name and number. He kindly replied, “This is really funny, and I’m sure it’ll work on someone, but I’m engaged.” I went to laugh about it with the girl at the front desk, and that’s when she told me the guy was Jeremy Renner.
This awkward recording:
When I was eight, I did a fundraiser for the Special Olympics and got to meet The Jonas Brothers. Because of the nature of the event, we ended up being on the news together. All I did was silently stare at Joe Jonas, so he patted me on the head. I went to watch the news recording later on, and the information bar at the bottom of the screen blocked my face off, Mike Wazowski-style.
This embarrassing event:
I once asked Eddie Murphy if he remembered me after seeing him for a second time in about six weeks. He didn’t.
This onstage oversight:
A couple years ago, I saw New Kids on the Block perform. They saw me in the front row and invited me on the stage, where my brain promptly shut down. Instead of greeting Jordan Knight like a normal person, I curtsied and said “Enchantee!” in front of the entire audience. To be clear, I am not French, and I’ve never used that word before in my life.
This intimidating interaction:
I worked as an extra on the set of a Harrison Ford movie. We were at the end of a 19-hour shoot and were all a little stir-crazy. I told an extra that Harrison reminded me of my dad and that I wanted to hug him. The bell rang for break, Harrison walked by, and the extra shouted, “There goes your chance to hug Harrison!” Harrison turned around and said, “What?” I was so caught off guard that I said the only thing that came to my mind: “You look like a man who likes to be hugged.” He offered a handshake.
This humiliating blunder:
While at Dollywood as a kid, I barfed in front of Dolly Parton because she passed by me on a carriage.
This mortifying tale:
I was walking down the street when someone accidentally bumped my shoulder from behind. It was Stevie Wonder, walking with another man. I got excited and tried to give Stevie a high five, but his guide grabbed my hand and said, “Mr. Wonder doesn’t high five.” Then they walked away.
This wretched remark:
While waiting in line at Starbucks, my friend leaned over to me and whispered, “I’m standing next to Tiger Woods.” She then proceeded to turn to him and what nervously came out of her mouth was, “Um, you’re a good golfer.” He chuckled and said, “Ah, yeah. Thanks.” The whole drive home she just hung her head in shame, repeating, “Why did I say that?!” I’ve never let her live it down.
This frightening scream:
I’ve always had a huge fear of pigeons, and one day in ninth grade a pigeon dive-bombed by my head. I was so scared and screamed like hell. That’s when I noticed Brad Pitt was right beside me, watching the whole thing unfold. It was the most devastating thing that could happen to a 14-year-old girl!
This jerky gesture:
I worked as a private chef for a certain celebrity while he was in town filming Zack and Miri Make a Porno. He had a pre-screening at his house for close friends, and I worked for three days to make all the food for the event. Unfortunately I heard Ben Affleck make a comment about my food to someone, saying, “I could make crap better than this in my bathroom.” I cried.
This regrettable mixup:
I was taking pictures at an exhibit in a museum, and my friends were a little farther in front of me. All of a sudden I heard them screaming my name. They were waving and screaming at me, but I couldn’t really make it out. Then my friend started pointing at the man beside me, yelling, “IT’S ROBERT DOWNEY JR.!” That’s when I looked up at the man staring back down at me, and I realized it was actually Hugh Jackman. I was so embarrassed, but he was really nice about it.
This naughty nibble:
My mom and I met Chris Messina at a film festival a few years ago. To prepare, we watched his movie 28 Hotel Rooms, which featured him in a full-frontal nude scene. My mom got nervous when it was her turn to speak with him, so the first thing she said was, “Hi, I’m Jane. I like your ding dong.” Luckily he laughed about it.
This nervous statement:
I used to work at a fancy dog boarding ranch, and I was in love with this Pittie that turned out to be Gabrielle Union‘s dog. When she came in, I of course tried to be super casual and nonchalant, but for some reason I told her that I wanted to steal her dog?!
This play on words:
I used to work at a tennis club that Arnold Schwarzenegger belonged to, so I once asked him if he’d like me to hold his balls.
This sudden realization:
One night, my husband and I were leaving the grocery store just as Chris Rock was walking in. My husband said, “Big fan, Chris!” and then extended his arm for a handshake. Then my husband immediately took his hand back and said, “Nah, you don’t want to shake my hand.” We changed directions and walked away, embarrassed.
This blast from the past:
I was waiting for my flight at LAX and saw a man who looked so familiar to me. After five minutes of thinking, I finally figured out that he was my coach from middle school. I went up to him and his friends and said, “Oh my god, Coach Johnson! Do you remember me?!” His posse started laughing. Then he said, “I’m actually Common.” I was so embarrassed. Luckily he was still kind enough to take a picture with me.
And this betrayed brain:
My ex ran into Kevin Bacon in the bathroom. What he meant to say was, “Wow, you’ve really done a lot of great things since Footloose!” What he actually said was, “Wow, you haven’t done much since Footloose.” Kevin Bacon did NOT look happy.
—Audrey Springsteen, Facebook
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