Don't be fooled: Meghan Markle is 'actually very normal'

Wednesday, May 16 2018

Don't be fooled: Meghan Markle is 'actually very normal'

Yahoo Lifestyle May 16, 2018 While the Thomas Markle will he or won’t he attend his daughter Meghan Markle’s wedding on Saturday and walk her down the aisle speculation has been confusing — one thing’s for sure, he loves Meghan. And despite the “ difficult situation ,” it’s clear he loves his daughter and helped to instill in her a drive to pursue what she believes in. When Markle was just 11, she displayed an early interest in tackling social issues head on when she was “shocked,” “angry,” and “hurt” by a sexist Procter & Gamble dishwashing soap commercial that insinuated that women belong in the kitchen. “It was my father who said ‘Well if that upsets you, you should do something about it’ and I wrote letters to Gloria Allred and Hillary Clinton and Linda Ellerbee and Proctor & Gamble and they changed the commercial to people all over America,” Markle said in a 2015 speech on International Women’s Day for UN Women. While Thomas and Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, divorced when Meghan was 6, they both seemingly supported her through attending Northwestern University, where she double majored in theater studies and international relations, and then pursuing acting as a career. According to Katie Nicholl, author of Harry: Life, Loss, and Love , Meghan “unearthed herself really to be incredibly tenacious and ambitious but also actually very normal.” After spending years taking small jobs — like being a suitcase model on Deal or No Deal or playing “Hot Girl” in A Lot Like Love — she got her big break with the USA hit Suits , playing paralegal Rachel Zane. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. (Photo: Getty Images) More Story Continues It was after her “big breakthrough” and relocated to Toronto, Canada, that her first marriage to producer Trevor Engelson fell apart. “Their lives were moving in different directions, and within two years of being married they were filing for divorce,” Nicholl explains. Meghan’s new direction included using her newfound fame to bring attention to causes she cares about such as women’s health, gender equality, and female empowerment. This dedication to activism is something that she and Prince Harry “bonded immediately over,” Nicholl says. And it has served her well as she’s become a royal figure, partaking in charity work alongside Prince Harry before she becomes a full-fledged member of the Royal Foundation, where she hopes to continue to be involved with issues she cares deeply about. “Over the course of her career, Meghan Markle has played many, many roles. But this isn’t Hollywood. This isn’t a film, this is real life,” Nicholl says. “She is a real-life Duchess, a new member of the Royal Family, and she embarks on probably the most exciting role of her career to date.” Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are set to say “I do” on Saturday, May 19, at Windsor Castle. Yahoo will cover the historic event live from London from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. BST (5 a.m. to 10 a.m. ET). Bookmark this link to follow along LIVE. Read more from Yahoo Lifestyle: