Meghan Markle will marry Prince Harry in less than a year -- here are 9 of the coolest things she did before she ever met him

Meghan Markle is newly engaged to Prince Harry.

At age 36, Markle is best known for playing the role of Rachel Zane in the series “Suits.” But a closer look at her career history reveals some surprising and impressive gigs, from United Nations women’s advocate to lifestyle blogger and fashion designer.

Below, we’ve listed the highlights of Markle’s résumé thus far.

Before playing Rachel Zane on “Suits,” Markle appeared in the soap opera “General Hospital” in 2002 and the sci-fi drama “Fringe” in 2009, as well as the comedy “Horrible Bosses” in 2011.


Source: The Independent, IMDB

Markle is a United Nations women’s advocate and she gave a speech at UN Women’s 2015 conference.

In the speech, she recalled being outraged at age 11 when she saw a soap commercial with the slogan, ‘Women all over America are fighting greasy pots and pans.’ So she wrote a letter to the soap manufacturer as well as to Hillary Clinton and other powerful figures. The commercial subsequently changed its slogan to, ‘People all over America are fighting greasy pots and pans.’

Source: CNBC

Markle is an ambassador for Canada’s World Vision Clean Water campaign. She travelled to Rwanda in 2016 to help spread the mission.

Source: World Vision

Markle founded lifestyle blog “The Tig,” which she shut down in 2017. She wrote on the site: “I knew that girls were checking the site to see fashion tips or how to get a stellar blow dry, but in reframing the beauty content to include think pieces about self-empowerment, or feature dynamic women such as Fatima Bhutto, I was hoping to integrate social consciousness and subjects of higher value than, let’s say…selfies.”

Source: The Independent

At age 20, Markle interned for a few months at the US Embassy in Buenos Aires.

Source: Marie Claire

Markle worked as a freelance calligrapher. She did the calligraphy for Robin Thicke and Paula Patton’s wedding invitations, and for Dolce and Gabbana’s notes to celebrities over the holidays.

Source: Esquire

Markle was also one of the briefcase girls on “Deal or No Deal.” She said it was a way to “make ends meet” while she was auditioning for other roles.

Source: Esquire

Markle also designed two collections for the Canadian retailer Reitmans. A cashmere blend poncho and faux leather leggings were bestsellers.

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

Source: People, WWD

Soon, she’ll embark on a new career as a member of the British royal family. Markle and Prince Harry are expected to wed in spring 2018.

BBC News

Source: Business Insider

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