(CNN)Here is a look at the life of the Duchess of Sussex, the former actress Meghan Markle.
Birth date: August 4, 1981
Birth place: Los Angeles, CaliforniaBirth name: Rachel Meghan MarkleRead MoreFather: Thomas Markle, Hollywood lighting directorMother: Doria Ragland, social worker and yoga instructorMarriages: Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex (May 19, 2018-present); Trevor Engelson (2011-2013, divorced)Children: Archie HarrisonEducation: Northwestern University, B.A., 2003
First American to marry in to the British royal family since Wallis Simpson, who Edward VIII abdicated the throne 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’s collection.She has been a Global Ambassador for World Vision Canada.Worked with One Young World, helping the UK charity with their mission to encourage young leaders around the world to make lasting connections and initiate positive change.She is the first person to hold the title Duchess of Sussex.
2002 – Works at the US embassy in Argentina.2011-2018 – Stars as “Rachel Zane” in USA Network’s legal drama “Suits.”March 23, 2015 – Speaks on gender equality at the UN Women’s 20th Anniversary of the Fourth World Conference in Beijing and explains how she became an activist at 11 by writing letters to help create change.July 2015 – Writes an essay, “I’m More Than An ‘Other,'” for Elle UK on her bi-racial ethnicity.February 2016 – Travels to Rwanda as the Global Ambassador for World Vision. Summer 2016 – Begins dating Prince Harry after the two meet for a drink on a blind date, set up by a mutual friend.November 8, 2016 – Prince Harry releases a statement regarding his relationship with Markle, asking for the negativity and harassment to cease. March 8, 2017 – Markle writes a piece for Time magazine about menstruation in poverty-stricken nations, that in order “to break the cycle of poverty, and to achieve economic growth and sustainability in developing countries, young women need access to education.”September 25, 2017 – Markle and Prince Harry make their first public appearance as a couple at the Invictus Games in Toronto.November 27, 2017 – Prince Charles announces the couple’s engagement. December 1, 2017 – Markle and Prince Harry attend their first official royal event together at a fair organized by the HIV/AIDS Terrence Higgins Trust charity, marking World AIDS Day. December 15, 2017 – Kensington Palace announces that Prince Harry and Markle will be married on May 19, 2018. February 28, 2018 – Attends the “Make a Difference Together” forum for the Royal Foundation in her first appearance alongside Prince William, Duchess Catherine, and Prince Harry.March 12, 2018 – Makes first appearance with Queen Elizabeth II for the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey.March 14, 2018 – Queen Elizabeth II issues the declaration of consent to the marriage of Prince Harry and Markle. May 18, 2018 – It is announced the Meghan Markle will walk unescorted down the aisle. She will be the first royal bride in the UK to do so.May 19, 2018 – Marries Prince Harry at St. George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle and becomes Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex. May 25, 2018 – The Coat of Arms created for the Duchess is released. January 10, 2019 – Announces the four charities that she will support as a patron: the National Theatre, which aims to make theatre available to everyone; the Association of Commonwealth Universities, the world’s first and oldest international university network; Smart Works, which helps long-term unemployed and vulnerable women find work; and Mayhew, which works to improve animal welfare. The patronages for the National Theatre and the Association of Commonwealth Universities have been passed on to the Duchess by Queen Elizabeth II.March 8, 2019 – It is announced that the Duchess will become vice president of The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust. A statement from Kensington Palace reads “in this new role, The Duchess will highlight the Trust’s partnerships with young people across the Commonwealth, and in particular its work supporting women and girls.”May 6, 2019 – The Duchess gives birth to the couple’s first child, a son weighing 7 lbs., 3 oz. The baby is named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.October 1, 2019 – It is announced that the Duchess is suing the Mail on Sunday newspaper, alleging that it illegally published a private letter to her father, as Harry denounces the ‘bullying’ British media through an online statement, accusing the Mail on Sunday of selectively editing the letter to disguise “lies” the paper had told about the Duchess — a claim that the tabloid specifically denies.January 8, 2020 – Harry and Meghan announce that they are stepping back from their roles as senior members of the British royal family and plan to work toward becoming “financially independent” and to split their time between the United Kingdom and North America. January 18, 2020 – The Queen issues a statement announcing that Harry and Meghan will no longer be working members of the royal family. Along with stepping away from official royal duties and ceasing 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, This is their final engagement as senior members of the royal family. March 26, 2020 – Disneynature announces that Meghan will be the narrator for the documentary “Elephants.” The will be Meghan’s first role since stepping back from the royal family.
July 23, 2020 – It is announced that Harry and Meghan are suing over paparazzi photographs of their son, Archie. “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are filing this lawsuit to protect their young son’s right to privacy in their home without intrusion by photographers” lawyer Michael Kump said in a statement.September 2, 2020 – Harry and Meghan sign a multiyear production deal with Netflix.
Photos: Who is Meghan Markle?Meghan Markle visits AOL Studios in New York in March 2016. Markle, a former actress, is best known for her role as Rachel Zane in the hit TV series “Suits.” Her engagement to Britain’s Prince Harry was announced in November.Hide Caption 1 of 15
Photos: Who is Meghan Markle?Markle attended Immaculate Heart High School, a private, all-girls Catholic school in Los Angeles. At the time she went by her first name, Rachel. Meghan is her middle name.Hide Caption 2 of 15
Photos: Who is Meghan Markle?Markle attends the Some Kind-a Gorgeous Style and Beauty Lounge at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles in August 2010.Hide Caption 3 of 15
Photos: Who is Meghan Markle?Markle was married to film producer Trevor Engelson for two years before they divorced in 2013.Hide Caption 4 of 15
Photos: Who is Meghan Markle?Markle appears in the TV series “Suits” with her on-screen father, played by actor Wendell Pierce.Hide Caption 5 of 15
Photos: Who is Meghan Markle?Markle addresses a United Nations conference on International Women’s Day in March 2015. “I’m proud to be a woman and a feminist,” said Markle, who was named the UN Women’s Advocate for Political Participation and Leadership.Hide Caption 6 of 15
Photos: Who is Meghan Markle?Markle plays Kirsten in the 2015 movie “Anti-Social.”Hide Caption 7 of 15
Photos: Who is Meghan Markle?Markle hosts the Women in Cable Telecommunications Signature Luncheon at McCormick Place in Chicago in May 2015.Hide Caption 8 of 15
Photos: Who is Meghan Markle?Markle attends the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards in New York in November 2015.Hide Caption 9 of 15
Photos: Who is Meghan Markle?Markle visits Rwanda in January 2016. She went to the African country with World Vision Canada. Hide Caption 10 of 15
Photos: Who is Meghan Markle?Markle poses for a portrait in Toronto in April 2016.Hide Caption 11 of 15
Photos: Who is Meghan Markle?Markle and Crystal Valentine speak during Glamour’s College Women of the Year Awards in April 2016.Hide Caption 12 of 15
Photos: Who is Meghan Markle?Markle appears on the cover of Vanity Fair in September 2017. In an accompanying interview, Markle first spoke publicly about her relationship with Prince Harry.Hide Caption 13 of 15
Photos: Who is Meghan Markle?Markle attends the Invictus Games with Prince Harry in September 2017.Hide Caption 14 of 15
Photos: Who is Meghan Markle?Markle and Prince Harry pose for a photo at Kensington Palace following the announcement of their engagement on November 27.Hide Caption 15 of 15