Meghan Markle has been one of the most spoken about celebrities in recent days.
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This is especially due to the announcement she made (together with her husband) about stepping back from royal duties.
While many knew Meghan due to her acting career, there are a few interesting facts Briefly.co.za gathered about the star.
1. Her first name is Rachel
Just like her character's name in the hit show Suits, her first name is Rachel. Meghan is her second name, making her full name Rachel Meghan Markle.
2. She was named the most-googled actress in 2016
The actress gained fame for her role in the show Suits. But the world became even more interested after learning that she was dating Prince Harry in 2016. She became the most googled actress of the year.
3. She used to have a lifestyle blog
Meghan once had a lifestyle blog called 'The Tig'. It covered food, travel and beauty. The website was shut down after Markle entered the Royal family.
4. Serena Williams is her close friend
Meghan has a long list of famous friends. One of her closest friends is Grand Slam winner, Serena Williams. They met in 2010 and have been close ever since.
5. Prince Harry and Meghan are related
Believe it or not, Meghan and her husband are technically related. They are distant cousins, related through Meghan's father and Harry's grandmother. The families share a common ancestor, Sir Ralph Bowes.
6. Her family once won the lottery
When Meghan was nine years old, her father won about R11 million in the lottery. The money allowed her to go to a good school and paid for her college fees.
7. She worked as a freelance calligrapher
Meghan once did the calligraphy for singer Robin Thicke and actress Paula Patton's wedding invitations in 2005. Before becoming an actress, she worked as a freelance calligrapher. She still sends handwritten notes using her talent.
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