Meghan Markle Turns 42: 10 Things You (Maybe) Didn’t Know


Meghan Markle’s Birthday: 10 Facts You May Not Know

Today Meghan Markle turns 42. A birthday that she will celebrate in California with her family – with Prince Harry, her children Archie and Lilibet Diana and her mother Doria Ragland – while the world wonders about her future. The Duchess is going through her darkest period: her popularity is at its lowest, criticism is raining down on her from all sides and Spotify has dropped her due to the lack of success of her podcast Archetyphes. However, according to gossip, new paths are opening up in front of her: some say she will return to acting, some say she wants to reopen her blog The Tig, and some swear she will enter politics with the dream of becoming the first female president of the United States. To find out which is the truth, we just have to wait for Meghan’s next moves. In the meantime, here are ten anecdotes about her that you may not know.

Meghan Markle’s Family Tree

Going back 15 generations, genealogists have uncovered a common ancestor: Englishman Ralph Bowes, sheriff in the English county of Durham at the end of the 15th century. So Prince Harry and Meghan would be 15th cousins. Meghan is also distantly related to William Shakespeare and Winston Churchill.

Meghan Markle’s Early Career

At 11 years old, Meghan wrote a letter to then First Lady Hillary Clinton to protest against a sexist advertisement from a multinational company (“All women of America fight the grease of pots and pans”). Clinton replied to her. The slogan of the ad was changed (“All Americans fight the grease of pots and pans”). Meghan had her first kiss at 13, with Joshua Silverstein, a boy she had met at summer camp. Before getting a role in Suits, Meghan did various jobs: she was a yogurt shop clerk, a waitress, a hotel room director, an extra in a Tori Amos video, a gift wrapper and a “calligrapher” (thanks to her beautiful handwriting she was hired to write wedding invitations by hand). From 2006 to 2007 she was the “suitcase number 24” of the Nbc program Deal or no Deal (a kind of our Affari tuoi). An experience she doesn’t have a good memory of: “I had to wait, standing on high heels, for a contestant to choose my box. Only then could I sit down. I was number 24, I don’t know why but no one ever chose my box.”


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