It’s no longer just a rumor. Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are engaged. Clarence House, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall’s official residence, announced Monday that the couple will get married in the spring of 2018.
Here are eight things about Markle:
Markle, 36, was born Aug. 4, 1981, and she grew up in Los Angeles.
Her parents are Doria Ragland, a yoga instructor and social worker, and Thomas Markle, a cinematographer. Her mother is African-American and her father is white.
In an article for Elle UK in 2015, Markle wrote about the difficulty of forging a career as a biracial actor. “Being ‘ethnically ambiguous,’ as I was pegged in the industry, meant I could audition for virtually any role,” she wrote. “Sadly, it didn’t matter: I wasn’t black enough for the black roles and I wasn’t white enough for the white ones, leaving me somewhere in the middle as the ethnic chameleon who couldn’t book a job.”
She studied at a girls’ Roman Catholic high school before attending Northwestern University. She graduated with a degree in communications.
She is an actor and her biggest role has been as the ambitious paralegal Rachel Zane in the TV series Suits.
She has been married before; to film producer Trevor Engelson in 2011, but the pair divorced two years later.
She is also notable for her charitable work — she is a global ambassador for World Vision Canada, and has worked for gender equality and women’s empowerment.
Markle and Prince Harry, 33, have been dating since July 2016 and were first revealed as a couple in October 2016.
The couple made their first public appearance as a couple in September at the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games, a sporting event set up by the prince for injured, wounded and sick soldiers.