Meghan Markle may be widely known as the Duchess of Sussex these days, prior to her marriage to Prince Harry, she was best known for the career she forged in her own right. The 37-year-old was born in California, America. After growing up in Hollywood, Meghan then went on to work as an actor, famously playing Rachel Zane in Suits. How will the royal baby’s life differ to that of their mother’s?
It seems in many ways, with one obvious difference of course being the location of their homes.
While Meghan grew up in Los Angeles, she and Prince Harry will now raise their child in Frogmore Cottage – a countryside pad in Home Park, in the grounds of Windsor Castle, England.
The royal nature which will surround their lives means that the public will have great interest in their life from the off – while Meghan got to live a relatively private life in her early years.
The child will be seventh in line to the throne, meaning that while they will be a well-known member of the Royal Family, they may live their life with more privacy than their cousins Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.
The Duchess of Sussex’s mum, Doria Ragland, is a former social worker and yoga instructor, while her dad, Thomas Markle Sr., is a retired photography and lighting director.
Her father’s job meant Meghan spent much of her childhood on the set of TV show Married…with Children.
While the royal baby will not grow up on sitcom sets, they may get to know some very famous faces – what with their parents being senior working royals.
For instance, at the age of three, Prince George, now five, met Barack Obama during his time as the US President. The sweet encounter was captured on camera, and showed the young prince wearing his dressing gown.
What else is known about what the royal baby’s life will be like? Very little has been revealed, and it’s likely that the Sussex youngster will understandably get plenty of privacy during their childhood.
Sophie, Countess of Wessex, who is Prince Harry’s aunt through her marriage to Prince Edward, 55, has shared some insight into royal life.
The 54-year-old and the prince, who are parents to Lady Louise Windsor, 15, and James, Viscount Severn, 11, live in the rural Bagshot Park, in Surrey.
Activities the royal children often enjoy during their free time is horse riding and having tea with the Queen, Sophie explained.
“We’re a lot more fortunate because we live so much closer to the Queen,” she told Sky News.
“So, when she spends a lot of time at Windsor at weekends, our children are more fortunate because they can go over and have tea with her on a regular basis.
“So we do see quite a lot of her, and we’re over there most weekends riding. So she sees quite a lot of us – lucky her!”
Who is Meghan Markle? Quick profile
Meghan Markle was born Rachel Meghan Markle, on August 4, 1981 to parents Doria Ragland and father Thomas Markle.
Her father was previously married to Roslyn Loveless and Meghan has two elder half sibling – sister Samantha Markle and brother Thomas Markle Junior.
Meghan’s first television appearance in the USA was in an episode of the medical drama General Hospital in 2002.
She later moved on to roles in CSI, Without a Trace and Castle along with bit parts in Hollywood films including Get Him to the Greek, Remember Me and Horrible Bosses.
Meghan was also a “briefcase girl” on Deal or No Deal – but her most famous role was as Rachel Zane in legal drama Suits, which launched in 2011.
She was written out in the finale of the seventh series when her character got married, which aired in April 2018 – just before she got married herself.
Charity and humanitarian work
Meghan Markle’s career in television has gone hand-in-hand with her support for causes close to her heart.
She wrote about the stigma around menstrual health in an article for Time magazine and was a Global Ambassador for World Vision Canada – with whom she travelled to Rwanda for the charity’s Clean Water Campaign.
And her commitment to gender equality has seen her work with the United Nations – receiving a standing ovation in 2015 for her speech to mark International Women’s Day.
In September 2011, she wed film producer Trevor Engelson, who she began dating in 2004.
But the pair divorced two years later in August 2013, citing irreconcilable difference.
She was in a relationship with celebrity chef Cory Vitiello for almost two years, before they broke it off in 2016 but the two remain good friends.
And in June 2016, she met Prince Harry on a blind date set up by a mutual friend.
Their relationship began in October that year and just over one year later, on November 27, 2017, the pair announced their engagement.
They married on May 19, 2018 at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.
Some have claimed Meghan Markle is the first mixed-race member of the Royal Family.
Historians are still arguing about Queen Charlotte, the wife of King George III.
But Meghan will be the first royal to openly embrace a mixed-race heritage.
She has written about the difficulties of being a biracial actress in Hollywood as she claims she is not black enough for some roles and not white enough for others.