11 Little-Known Facts About Meghan Markle, Prince Harry's Fiance — Including How They Are Related

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American actress Meghan Markle is set to marry the red-headed Prince Harry, and the Internet has gone mad. 

Harry, 33, and Meghan, 36, announced their engagement after the prince proposed in London. The two have been dating for 16 months and kept their relationship a secret at first.

Harry asked the Queen for permission, which is protocol in the royal family, and got Meghan’s parents’ blessing on the engagement before asking for her hand in marriage earlier this month.

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Both the Queen and Meghan’s parents obviously approved because the two are to be married in spring 2018. They had photos taken in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace, a favorite place of Harry’s mother, Diana.

For now, the two are moving in together in the Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace until their union. They will be neighbors to Harry’s brother, Prince William and his wife, Kate.

Meghan has already begun the move to London and has left her Toronto apartment with her two dogs, Guy and Bogart. The world cannot wait to see what the wedding will be like and where it will be (they haven’t chosen a place yet), but for now, let’s get to know Meghan Markle: 

1. She is a humanitarian.

Meghan has “never wanted to be a lady who lunches” but would rather be “a woman who works."

Her humanitarian side definitely shows, as she is a global ambassador for World Vision Canada and has previously been an advocate for the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women.

2. She launched her own clothing line.

The actress, who plays Rachel in Suits, created a clothing line that mocked her character’s fashion in an affordable way.

“They will come up to me and say where do I get that blouse that Rachel was wearing when she first kissed Mike Ross?” she told The Star. “And I don’t want to break their hearts. I remember that Rachel Comey backless blouse and believe me, I don’t have that in my closet. Or the $5,000 Tom Ford skirt! But I want to help them find something like it they can afford.”

Everything in Meghan’s line, which was sold at Montreal-based Reitmans, was under $100.

3. Meghan Markle was the most Googled actress in 2016.

Meghan Markle was the number one most searched actress on Google last year. People would Google something like “Meghan Markle?” and get everything they needed to know about the young, soon-to-be Mrs. Prince Harry.

4. She is related to Prince Harry — a VERY distant cousin.

Meghan and Harry’s family lines have been traced all the way back to the 15th century to reveal that the two are related!

Not that it matters, because it is so far back in their family histories, but the Prince and his fiance are 15th cousins. Their ancestry is linked through Queen Elizabeth on Harry’s side and Meghan’s father. Their shared relative was named Ralph Bowes, born in 1480.

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5. She was previously married (and divorced) to Trevor Engelson.

Los Angeles-born Megan married film producer Trevor Engelson in 2011 but the couple didn't last long after tying the knot. By August 2013, they had divorced.

The two, who dated for years before settling down officially, could not take the stress and difficulties of their long-distance relationship.

6. She is biracial.

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Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, is an African American social worker and yoga therapist. Her father, Thomas Markle is Dutch and Irish. The two divorced when Meghan was six.

7. Her first name is actually Rachel.

Meghan was actually born Rachel Meghan Markle in Los Angeles, California in 1981.

8. She rescued two dogs.

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Her dogs, Guy and Bogart, are a top priority in the actress’ life. Meghan has posted photos of the pups and the hashtag “adopt don’t shop,” showing her love for rescuing man’s best friend.

9. She was a briefcase girl on Deal or No Deal.

In 2006, Meghan was one of the girls holding the briefcases on the show Deal or No Deal.

She told Esquire in an interview that she never even had the winning case, "I didn't ever have it. I don't think I did. I was the ill-fated number 26, which for some reason no one would ever choose,” Meghan said. “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."

10. Her first acting role was on General Hospital.

Meghan landed a guest role on General Hospital back in 2002. 

After she broke into the world of acting with a spot on the ER drama series she has been able to continue her career in acting, landing role in movies and her most popular role in Suits.

11. She used Calligraphy to pay the bills back in the day.

Before she landed acting gigs and roles in movies, Meghan said she did freelance calligraphy.

“I didn't wait tables,” she told Esquire. “I did calligraphy for the invitations for, like, Robin Thicke and Paula Patton's wedding… I would sit there with a little white tube sock on my hand so no hand oils got on the card, trying to pay my bills while auditioning.”

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12. Meghan Markle's title is still up in the air. 

Even though Markle will soon be a part of the royal family, it's likely her title will never be that of a princess. In fact, there is some debate about whether she can even take on a royal title due to the fact that she is a U.S. citizen and protocol states that you have to live in the U.K. for five years before you can become a British citizen. 

She must be a British citizen to take on the title of 'Her Royal Highness'. 

Once she becomes a British citizen, she will likely go by "Duchess" however when she's married she'll actually take the name Princess Henry of Wales, according to some experts. Apparently Prince Harry is actually named Henry (who knew?). 

Lucky for her, we won't be calling her Princess Henry, and she would officially become a Duchess when Prince Harry is named a Duke as long as the citizenship issue is worked out. 

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