'Suits' star Meghan Markle: Five things you need to know about Prince Harry's rumoured girlfriend

By Gemma Strong

Meghan Markle is warm, charitable, gorgeous and talented, so it's no surprise the Toronto-based actress caught the eye of Britain's most eligible bachelor, Prince Harry. A flurry of reports have pegged the pair as secretly dating, but how much do you know about the 35-year-old Suits star? Here, Hello! fills you in on Meghan...


Prince Harry and Meghan are believed to have first met in May 2016

1. Show business is in her genes

Meghan was introduced to the world of television from a young age thanks to her father, who used to take her on to the set of sitcom Married… With Children, where he was the lighting director. When she first got into acting, Meghan split her time between auditioning and doing freelance calligraphy, telling Esquire that calligraphy was her "pseudo-waitressing job." "I didn't wait tables. I did calligraphy for the invitations for, like, Robin Thicke and Paula Patton's wedding," she explained.

The LA native is now best known for her role in legal drama Suits, in which she plays paralegal Rachel Zane and for which she is based in Toronto, but she has also appeared in a number of other shows including 90210, Without a Trace and Castle. As for movies, Meghan has had parts in a number of big films, including Remember Me with Robert Pattinson and playing a Fed Ex worker in 2011's Horrible Bosses.

The eligible royal is said to be "besotted" with the US actress

2. Her connection to Prince Harry

Meghan and Harry are said to have first met through mutual friends while she was in the UK promoting Suits over the summer. While there has been no official confirmation that the pair are dating, a source told the Sunday Express that the American actress has made Harry "happier than he's been for many years" and that the Prince is "besotted."

What's more, the insider claimed that Meghan has already been introduced to Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge and "fitted in straight away."

Eagle-eyed fans have also noted that the TV star wears an identical beaded bracelet to Harry – which many think could have been given as a gift from her royal boyfriend.

Meghan has been spotted wearing the same blue beaded bracelet as Harry

3. She's a tastemaker - from her lifestyle website to Suits

As well as her TV work and her humanitarian efforts – see below – Meghan also runs her own lifestyle website called The Tig, which covers a range of topics, from food and travel to beauty and fashion. In the ‘About’ section, she explains that she came up with the unusual name of the website through her mispronunciation of a wine called Tignanello. "So there I am, with very minimal wine knowledge and I take a sip of this wine," she wrote. "It wasn't just red or white – suddenly I understood what people meant by the body, legs, structure of wine. It was an ah-ha moment at its finest. For me, it became a 'Tig' moment – a moment of getting it.

"From that point on, any new awareness, any new discovery or 'ohhhhh, I get it!' moment was a 'Tig' moment."

Her sense of style also came in handy for her role on Suits, where she worked with costume designer Jolie Andreatta to incorporate her own jewelry into Rachel Zane's wardrobe. "We knew she came from old money and we wanted lots of her pieces to feel like heirloom pieces and have history to them," she told Hello! of lending her own collection to the show, including "my grandmother's charm bracelet, my watch, my monogram ring."

The 35-year-old is a passionate humanitarian

4. She cares about helping others

Meghan has a passion for humanitarian work. In 2016, she became the Global Ambassador for World Vision Canada and travelled to Rwanda to help promote the Clean Water Campaign. She has also worked for United Nations Women as part of the HeforShe gender equality movement.

"I've never wanted to be a lady who lunches – I've always wanted to be a woman who works," she recently wrote on The Tig. "And this type of work is what feeds my soul and fuels my purpose. The degree to which I can do that both on and off camera is a direct perk of my job."

Outside of charity work, Meghan practises yoga and has two dogs named Bogart and Guy.

5. She has been married once before

Meghan married producer Trevor Engelson in Jamaica in September 2011, having dated since 2004. The couple separated in 2013 and were divorced in August of that year. After that she was in a long-term relationship with Toronto chef and restaurateur Cory Vitiello.

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