Meghan Markle has stolen the heart of one of the world's most eligible bachelors, Prince Harry, but the Suits actress is just a self-proclaimed “freckle-faced girl” from Los Angeles. The brunette beauty opened up to Hello!while promoting her Reitmans campaign in September 2015, chatting about her low-key life in Toronto, where she films her popular USA network show. Despite her fame, she was thrilled to be living a "normal life" in the Canadian city.
"It's really funny because I think as much of a big city as Toronto is, it's so different from L.A. or New York," she said. "There is no paparazzi so it’s really easy to just have a normal life where you are not getting dressed for the day and worried about that element of it.”
Meghan mentioned a number of favourite spots to eat in the city, including Bar Raval, Dailo, Bar Isabel and the recently shuttered Harbord Room, which was owned by her ex-boyfriend Cory Vitiello. Being able to walks her dogs, Bogart and Guy, without worrying about the paparazzi is another perk of living in Toronto.
The 35-year-old said, “If I just want to walk my dogs, I throw on a baseball cap and I’ll do that. Then at the end of the day I can go 'great, now is my time to get dressed for myself and do it not because you know you are going to be photographed and someone is going to see you but because it’s the sake of taking some fashion risks.'”
Since relocating to Toronto for Suits, which is currently filming its sixth season, Meghan has been able to play up her style — but not too much or too often! She admitted, “Putting on red lipstick to me is a risk.” Though when it comes to her personal style, the actress said it has evolved.
Meghan explained, “I mean I am born and raised in L.A so there is a casual sensibility that comes with that. Really like jean shorts and flip-flops as my daily uniform. And then of course working on Suits has changed my education in fashion. I go to fashion week every year for both seasons, I guess spring and fall. And so for me really what has shifted is that I have a really polished aesthetic, more classic.”
When it comes to her colour palette, Harry’s girlfriend prefers wearing monochromatic, whites, nudes and blue. “It’s really timeless and then I’ll pepper in a little trend-centred,” she said.
Though she may be living the dream of every girl dating a prince, Meghan's Cinderella moment actually occurred in 2013. "I think my big Cinderella, 'ah ha' fashion moment happened two years ago. I went to a Miu Miu party in New York and they had me put on an outfit. I went to a fitting first, and it was the first time I literally put on an outfit that my whole temperament changed," she said, adding, "fashion can change your mood."
While Kate's timeless wardrobe would make her a suitable option as Meghan’s style icon, the TV star instead admires the style of a fellow Hollywood actress. “I absolutely love how Cate Blanchettdresses. I just think its so timeless, chic, elegant but also she takes some risks,” admitted the founder of The Tig. “She’s playful with it, and I think that’s the biggest take-away from anything with fashion."
As for jewelry, Meghan has one special piece, which she purchased herself and plans on passing down to her future daughter. “I had always coveted this Cartier French tank watch,” she revealed. “So that was my big splurge and I had it engraved on the back. It says 'To MM from MM.'”
It was reported over the weekend that Prince Harry and the humanitarian are dating. The couple are said to have met through mutual friends during the summer, while Meghan was promoting her show in the UK.