Meghan, Duchess of Sussex: quick facts

Father: Thomas Markle, Hollywood lighting director

Mother: Doria Ragland, social worker and yoga instructor

Marriages: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (May 19, 2018 – present); Trevor Engelson (2011–2013, divorced)

Children: with Prince Harry: Archie Harrison, Lilibet “Lily” Diana

Education: Northwestern University, Bachelor of Arts, 2003

Other facts

First American to marry a British royalty since Wallis Simpson, whom Edward VIII abdicated to marry in 1936.
Her engagement ring was designed by Prince Harry. and includes a larger diamond from Botswana and two smaller diamonds from his mother. Princess Diana collection.
Worked with One Young Worldassisting the UK-based charity in their mission of encouraging young leaders around the world to forge strong connections and initiate positive change.

She is the first to bear the title of Duchess of Sussex.


2002- Works at the US Embassy in Argentina.

2011-2018 – She played Rachel Zane in the USA Network legal drama Suits.

March 23, 2015 – Speaks about gender equality at UN Women’s 20th Anniversary 4th World Conference Beijing event and explains how she became an activist at age 11 by writing letters to help bring about change.

July 2015 – Writes an essay “I am more than ‘other'” for Elle UK about her bi-racial ethnicity.
February 2016 – Trips to Rwanda as a global ambassador for World Vision.
Summer 2016 – Started dating Prince Harry after they meet for drinks on a blind date arranged by a mutual friend.
November 8, 2016 – Prince Harry made a statement regarding his relationship with Markle, asking him to stop the negativity and harassment.
March 8, 2017 – Markle is writing an article for Time magazine. about menstruation in poor countries, that in order to “break the cycle of poverty and achieve economic growth and sustainability in developing countries, young women need access to education.”

September 25, 2017 – Markle and Prince Harry made their first public appearance as a couple at the Invictus Games in Toronto.

December 1, 2017 – Markle and Prince Harry attend their first official royal event together at a fair organized by HIV/AIDS charity Terrence Higgins Trust, dedicated to the World AIDS Day.
February 28, 2018 – Participation in the forum “Change the world together”. for the Royal Fund in her first appearance along with Prince William, duchess Catherine and Prince Harry.
March 12, 2018 – Makes first appearance With Queen Elizabeth II at a Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey.
March 14, 2018 – Queen Elizabeth II issues a declaration of consent for the wedding of Prince Harry and Markle.
May 18, 2018 – Announced Meghan Markle will walk down the aisle unaccompanied. She will be the first royal bride in the UK to do so.

May 19, 2018 – Marries Prince Harry in St. George at Windsor Castle and becomes Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex.

January 10, 2019 – Announces four charities she will support as a patron.: The National Theatre, which aims to make theater accessible to all; Association of Commonwealth Universities, the world’s first and oldest international network of universities; Smart Works, which helps long-term unemployed and vulnerable women find work; and Mayhew, which is working to improve animal welfare. The patronage of the National Theater and the Association of Commonwealth Universities was transferred to the duchess by Queen Elizabeth II.

March 8, 2019 – It has been announced that the Duchess will become Vice-President of the Royal Commonwealth Fund. Kensington Palace said in a statement: “In this new role, the Duchess will highlight the Foundation’s partnerships with youth across the Commonwealth and in particular its work in support of women and girls.”

May 6, 2019 – The Duchess gives birth to the couple’s first child, a 7lb 3oz son. Child’s name Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
October 1, 2019 – Announced that The Duchess is suing the Mail on Sundayclaiming that she illegally published a private letter to her father, like Harry denounces British media ‘bullying’ in online statement, accusing the Mail on Sunday of selectively editing the letter to cover up “lies” the newspaper told about the duchess, a claim the tabloid specifically denies. In February 2021, the judge in the case issues a ruling summary judgment in Megan’s favor.
January 8, 2020 – Harry and Meghan announce that they are relinquishing their roles as senior members of the British royal family and plan to work towards becoming “financially independent” and dividing their time between the United Kingdom and North America.
January 18, 2020 – The Queen has issued a statement that Harry and Meghan will no longer work as members of the royal family. Along with relinquishing official royal duties and ending the use of public funds, the couple will no longer use the titles of His and Her Royal Highness.
March 9, 2020 – Harry and Meghan attend the annual Commonwealth service at Westminster Abbey. It’s theirs last engagement as senior members of the royal family.
March 26, 2020 – Disneynature announces that Meghan will be the narrator for the documentary Elephants. This will be Meghan’s first role since leaving the royal family.
July 23, 2020 – Announced that Harry and Meghan are suing over paparazzi photos their son Archie. “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are bringing this lawsuit to protect their young son’s right to privacy in their home without interference from photographers,” lawyer Michael Kamp said in a statement. In October, they receive an apology and X17, the responsible agency, agrees to pay part of their legal fees..
September 2, 2020 – Harry and Megan signed a multi-year production contract with Netflix.
February 17, 2021 – Buckingham Palace announces that Harry and Meghan have agreed with Queen Elizabeth II that they not return as working members of the British royal family.
March 7, 2021 – Meghan and Harry’s long-awaited interview Oprah Winfrey air. During the two-hour special The couple are highly critical of the way they were treated by the British Royal Institute.and it is said that the couple had no choice but to leave royal life behind.
June 4, 2021 – gave birth to a daughter, the second child for the couple. The baby was named Lilibet “Lily” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, was born at 11:40 a.m. and weighed 7 pounds 11 ounces.
June 8, 2021 – Megan’s children’s book Bench. inspired by her husband and son Archie is published.

December 2, 2021 – A British Court of Appeal has awarded Meghan £1 which upholds a 2021 lower court ruling against Meghan in her privacy lawsuit against the Mail on Sunday newspaper which published the Duchess’s letter to her father. She is also awarded an unspecified amount for copyright infringement.