Meghan Markle has dominated headlines in recent weeks following her pregnancy announcement and royal tour with Prince Harry. While her life has been documented and followed by the media each step of the way since her engagement last November to Prince Harry, who was she before then? She wasn't unknown following her role in Suits and being the most Googled actress in 2016, many of her fans still do not know of her career path and how the struggling California actress became a Duchess at the Kensington Palace. Here are 15 things you probably do not know about Meghan Markle's life before becoming a duchess earlier this year
She and Harry are Very Distant Cousins
Following Meghan and Harry's engagement in November 2017, the Daily Report reported a genealogy that claimed that Harry and Meghan were very distantly related. The Royal couple of Sussex are distant cousins but cousins nonetheless. The report which made an extensive investigation through the full family tree claims that Harry, through the Queen Mother's lineage and Meghan through her father's lineage share a common ancestor, an Englishman called Ralph Bowes, fifteen generations back in time. Ralph Bowes was born in 1480 in Streatlam, County Durham, where he served as the High Sheriff. His family seat was Streatlam Castle and lived from 1480-1518.
She Was The Most Googled Actress in 2016
Although it is a popularly known fact, it still is pretty iconic. In a year where Game of Thrones or Stranger Things were hit movies, Meghan according to reports, was the most googled actress despite not starring in any of the movies. It was also not for her work on Suits. Following rumors of her relationship with Prince Harry, she became highly searched for with the top queries including “harry Meghan Markle,” “Meghan prince harry” and “prince harry”. When the Prince confined their relationship in the same year, he blasted the media for subjecting the actress to “waves of abuse”
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