As Meghan Markle‘s highly anticipated wedding to Prince Harry draws near, royal enthusiasts remain fascinated with the American star who stole the royal’s heart.While fans know the 36-year-old California native rose to fame on the USA series Suits and was briefly married to Hollywood producer Trevor Engelson, there’s much more to be said about the humanitarian whose life has become intertwined with the royal family.Famed biographer Andrew Morton has penned a newly released biography about the star titled Meghan: A Hollywood Princess, in which he has chronicled her beginnings as a daughter splitting her time between her divorced parents through to her early acting career as a Deal or No Deal suitcase model. Naturally, the book concludes with Meghan and Harry’s seemingly fairytale romance, engagement and how she was welcomed into the royal fold.
The book was not without a few surprises. Here are a few of the shockers from Morton’s account:
A Look Back at Meghan Markle’s Pre-Royal Life
A Foretelling Teenage Role ModelAccording to Morton’s account, Markle watched the late Princess Diana‘s publicized funeral with her friends and, according to Morton, was a member of a philosophy class at her high school that debated the “paradox” of Diana’s death. Morton wrote that Meghan “was intrigued by Diana not just for her style but also for her independent humanitarian mission. She saw her as a role model.” As a result, Markle and a friend allegedly collected clothes and toys to donate and her interest was so apparent that her friend’s mom gifted Markle a copy of Morton’s biography of Diana.
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Bringing Home the BaconYears before portraying Rachel Zane on Suits, Markle was playing herself on the popular game show, Deal or No Deal. While a suitcase model, the star’s days started at 5:30 a.m. for hair, makeup and fittings, according to Morton. As described in the book, their getups included Spanx and chicken cutlets. As for pay, Morton wrote the women earned on average $800 an episode and often shot seven episodes in a day, ultimately leaving with roughly $5,600 a day or $23,000 a week during a busy season.
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Prince Harry Gives Meghan Markle a Sweet Shout-Out During Commonwealth Youth Forum
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A Halloween TricksterWhile this couple causes a frenzy everywhere they go, according to Morton’s book, Prince Harry was able to fool everyone around him when he donned a mask and went trick-or-treating with Markle for one Halloween.Source: eonline com
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