Born Rachel Meghan Markle on August 4, 1981, in Los Angeles, the aspiring actress’ career started with minor roles in films, guest appearances on TV shows like Fringe and 90210, and starring in made-for-TV movies. Markle landed her big acting break in 2011 when she was cast as Rachel Zane in the USA series Suits, on which she went on to star for seven seasons.
Markle’s first marriage was to actor and producer Trevor Engelson. The duo tied the knot in 2011 after nearly seven years of dating, but called it quits in August 2013, citing irreconcilable differences. After a nearly two-year relationship with celebrity chef Cory Vitiello, Markle began a relationship with Prince Harry in 2016.
Markle and Harry, who was fifth in line to the British throne at the time, met through a mutual friend. While they kept their relationship under wraps for months, Harry confirmed the dating rumors in November 2016 with a public statement slamming the sexist and racist trolls who criticized Markle. The twosome were seen for the first time in public together in February 2017 during a date night in London.
Then in November 2017, Harry and Markle announced their engagement. The pair tied the knot on May 19, 2018, in front of 600 guests at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in London. Harry and Markle were given their royal titles, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, after their nuptials.
Five months after their wedding, Kensington Palace announced that the couple were expecting their first child. Markle gave birth to the pair’s first child, a son named Archie, on May 6, 2019.