Women’s History Month: Meghan Markle
Women’s History Month highlights the innovative work of women who paved the way for leaders today. Meghan Markle is an example of such, with her role in the monarchy being pivotal for countless women in the future.
Meghan Markle was born on August 4, 1981, in Los Angeles, California. She was born and raised there as the daughter of a clinical therapist and television lighting director.
Markle’s childhood was filled with time on movie and television sets per her father’s job. She was also an activist at a young age; at 11 years old, Markle wrote letters to numerous high ranking profiles, including Hillary Clinton about an advertisement on television she deemed sexist. This proved to be successful and the ad was changed. These experiences likely sparked Markle to major in theater and international relations at Northwestern University, graduating in 2003.
Her acting career was successful; from 2002, Markle booked roles both guest and recurring on productions such as General Hospital, 90210, CSI: NY, with her most notable role as Rachel Zane in Suits. She was also the owner of a lifestyle blog named The Tig during this time.
In 2016, Markle’s relationship with Prince Harry became known to the public, quickly making her the most Googled actress of 2016, according to Biography. The pair met while the Invictus Games, founded by Prince Harry were in Toronto when Markle was shooting Suits.
After speculation from the media, Markle and Prince Harry announced their engagement on November 27, 2017. The two wed in a widely televised ceremony on May 19, 2018 in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
In May of 2019, Markle welcomed her first child with Prince Harry, a son named Archie. The couple is currently expecting their second child, a daughter.
Meghan has not been afraid to push the traditional royal family standards during her time in the family. She has frequently broken what many deem sexist and old fashioned rules put in place by the Queen of England and those before her. Markle has donned looks that are not typical royal choices for women, such as pantsuits, trousers, and ripped skinny jeans. She has broken barriers by doing so.
Recently, Markle has shared how her time in the royal family has affected her mental health. She bravely opened up to journalist and talk show host Oprah Winfrey during an interview on how she was treated. As a biracial woman, she faced racism and criticism from an undisclosed member of the royal family and was treated differently. For this reason, her and Prince Harry decided to take a step back from their royal duties and begin raising their family in Markle’s home state of California.
Markle’s life in the public has been influential and she has been a fierce advocate of several causes, including women’s rights, education, protecting the arts, and helping the homeless. She is an outspoken feminist and human rights activist.
It is an honor for me to write about Meghan Markle this Women’s History Month. She is making waves in the royal family and breaking down walls that will affect young royal women for years to come. Markle is an excellent role model for young girls and is actively using her platform to make a difference in the world. She has inspired me to be more proactive in the things I care about and be strong in my beliefs.