Meghan, Duchess of Sussex
Title: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex
Full Name: Rachel Meghan Markle
Father: Thomas Markle
Mother: Doria Ragland
Relation to Elizabeth II: Granddaughter-in-law
Born: August 4, 1981 at Los Angeles, California, USA
Current Age: 39 years, 7 months, and 1 day
Married: Prince Harry on May 19, 2018 at St. George's Chapel, Windsor
Children: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor
Rachel Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex and known by her second name as Meghan, is the wife of the Queen’s grandson Prince Henry (Harry). They married at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, on 19th May 2018.
Her father is descended from American Dutch and English settlers, and her mother from African ancestry. Meghan was born in Los Angeles and grew up in the Hollywood area where her father worked as a lighting director. She was educated at private schools including the Immaculate Heart High school an all-girls Catholic school in Los Angeles. In 2003 she graduated from the Northwestern University near Chicago with a degree in Theatre and International Studies. Her acting career has included films and TV series including Suits a legal drama filmed in Canada. In 2011 she married actor and producer Trevor Engelson but they divorced in 2013. She ran a lifestyle website and worked with a Canadian fashions clothing company, as well as campaigning for gender equality. In 2016 she became an ambassador for World Vision Canada and travelled to Rwanda promoting the need for clean drinking water, and to India to raise awareness on issues concerning women.
She met Prince Harry in Toronto in the Summer of 2016. He was in Canada to promote the Invictis Games which they attended together in September 2017. Their engagement was announced on 27th November 2017 and they were married in St George's Chapel, Windsor, on 19th May 2018. She became Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. They toured Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand in October 2018. Their son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor was born on 6th May 2019 and he accompanied them on a visit to South Africa in September 2019.
In January 2020 they announced that they wanted to step back from their royal duties and divide their time between North America and the UK. On 18 January 2020 it was announced by Buckingham Palace that they would stop using their HRH titles, no longer represent the Queen at royal events, and withdraw from royal duties including his official military appointments. Attempts to set up business trading on their royal name, legal battles with the press, a tell-all book, and deals with US media companies have damaged their popularity. They now live in California. In February 2021 it was announced that they would not return as working members of the Royal Family. The confirmation means Prince Harry and Meghan will return their honorary military appointments and royal patronages, which will be redistributed to working members of the Royal Family.