Since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement, it seems like everyone has been itching for new information about the Suits star. That curiosity hasn’t let up since their extravagant wedding. However, the newest royal family member wasn’t always in the spotlight. At one point, she was a normal kid, eating some popcorn while watching The Simpsons in the ’90s like everyone else. In these rare pictures of Meghan, it’s so fun to see her journey from a child to a real-life royal family member.
It looks like Meghan and her dad, Tom Markle, have always been pretty close. This picture of the two of them together is so sweet! Nowadays, he lives a rather private life in Baja, California. However, he used to be a part of the entertainment industry, like his daughter. He’s actually won Emmy awards for his work as a lighting director. Maybe that’s where his daughter realized she wanted to be on-screen. Tom has worked on shows like The Facts of Life and General Hospital, while he’s no longer in the field. It’s impressive all the same.
Close To Her Family
This group photo is so sweet! As a kid, it seems like Meghan was very close to her family, so it only makes sense they would be wary of the fact that she was marrying into the British royal family. “I’m sure at the onset, both my parents and my close friends were concerned because we got very quickly swept up in a media storm that was not part of my life before that, but they also had never seen me so happy,” Meghan said after she got engaged.
She Was On TV At A Young Age
This photo is from one of Meghan’s first TV appearances. At 11 years old, she heard an Ivory dish soap commercial claim that “women all over America are fighting greasy pots and pans” with their product and she knew had to speak out against this message. That’s how Meghan ended up on Nick News with Linda Ellerbee. Her letter-writing campaign led to Ivory changing the phrasing of their commercial.
We all know that school dances typically end with embarrassing photos, but as it turns out, this isn’t the truth for Meghan. This picture from her homecoming dance in high school just goes to show how pretty she was in her teenage years. Since she was voted queen, she must already be used to living the royal life and wearing a crown!
You might not have known this – Meghan’s dad, Tom, has lived an extraordinary life. He won the lottery when they were kids! As Meghan’s half-brother (also named Tom) said, “If Meg marries Harry she’ll have won the lottery of life but dad winning the lottery helped us all,” he said, “That money allowed Meg to go to the best schools and get the best training. Meg is someone who has always had laser focus. She knows what she wants and she doesn’t stop until she gets it.” The winnings were $750,000!
Hanging Out At Home
This photo of little Meghan is just too adorable. At this age, she would have been living a charmed life. While her parents got divorced when she was 6 years old, she went to a very cool elementary school. It turns out that she attended Hollywood Little Red Schoolhouse.
In Her Sister’s Lap
This photo was taken in 1982 and shows Meghan being held by her half-sister, Samantha Grant. Samantha lives in Ocala, Florida and is also Tom Markle’s daughter. Meghan and her sister have a 17-year age difference. It’s reported the two were never that close.
Her Sister Admits It
Unfortunately, it seems that they aren’t close nowadays, either. Samantha has said she’s working on a book about Meghan, which is titled The Diary of Princess Pushy’s Sister. This could have been a joke but clearly reflects a little bit of jealousy behind their relationship.
Meghan has said that her parents would take her to visit hospice patients and deliver meals to them as well as donating food on Thanksgiving. Meghan has also traveled to Jamaica and remote parts of the world with her mother to see how other people live. It sounds like making these things a part of her upbringing have helped form Meghan into the person she is today.
Her & Her Dad
While there are a lot of photos of young Meghan with her father online, this one shows them together when she was a bit older. It looks like her dad is rooting for her now just as much as he always has. When her engagement was announced, he and her mother released this statement: “We are incredibly happy for Meghan and Harry. Our daughter has always been a kind and loving person.
To see her union with Harry, who shares the same qualities, is a source of great joy and passion for us parents. We wish them a lifetime of happiness and are very excited for their future together.”
Meghan & Her Nephew
Meghan seems to be close to her extended family as well as her parents. In this photo, Meghan is with her little nephew. She has two half-siblings, Thomas Markle Jr. and Samantha Grant. It’s been said that Samantha describes Meghan as a social climber who’s always had her sights set on becoming a princess.
Enjoying Some Popcorn
Here’s proof that even actresses turned princesses enjoy a tasty snack every now and again. Especially when it comes to popcorn. So many pictures of Meghan are so glamorous, even as a young teenager. However, this grounds her in real life, making it clear she’s just like the rest of us. Well, she’s a bit luckier than the rest of us, that’s for sure.
Knowing how stunning Meghan is today, it isn’t surprising to see she was just as pretty in her college days. She went to Northwestern University where she studied and graduated in 2003 with a double major in theater and international studies. Two majors that are clearly reflecting in her life today.
Daddy’s Little Girl
Meghan is the perfect example of a ‘Daddy’s Girl’. Her dad, Tom, has always cherished her. While he lives a rather secluded life in Baja, he’s still on ‘speed dial’ for his daughter. He’s ready to speak to her whenever she wants to.
She Got The Spotlight
Here we have little Meghan posing for one of those school photos. The funny thing about this picture is that around the time it was taken, a psychic told her she saw a rare line on her palm. This indicated she’s an ambitious little girl who will rise up in society with nothing but charm and wit to get what she wants.
Posing With Her Dad
Meghan’s father, Tom, is no stranger to paparazzi. The most intriguing thing about his pictures with his young daughter is because it depicts both of them in such a casual way, with them acting like normal people.
Preparing For Her Day With The Prince
We can’t help but see this photo as an epic foreshadowing, but it’s still an adorable photo nonetheless. It’s definitely a reasonable glimpse into Meghan’s future wedding. On the left, we see Meghan at her aunt’s wedding.
At Buckingham Palace
Back when Meghan was 15 years old, she went on a trip to London with her friend. Was she planning on marrying Prince Harry all those years ago? We know that probably wasn’t the case, but the picture on the left shows Meghan posing in front of Buckingham Palace, the very place she would marry her prince 22 years later.
Here we have a 15-year-old Meghan on that same trip to London. She’s sitting with her friend at a restaurant and seems to be drinking some kind of milkshake. Whether it has alcohol or not, we can’t say.
Playing Royal Princess
This is a photo of Meghan at 8 years old pretending to be a royal princess. The irony isn’t lost on us. We shouldn’t overreact, however. Don’t all little girls do this when they’re kids? Or at least most of them?
Posing With Ted McGinley
Meghan, on the very left, had the chance to get a picture posing with the “Married With Children” star, Ted McGinley. It’s so cute how Meghan is blushing as the good-looking actor is wrapping his arms around her.
Back in High School
Recently, the singer Katharine McPhee Foster shared a throwback photo of her and Meghan on her Instagram. She explained that she and Meghan used to perform in plays together when they were in Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles.
Performing In A School Play
If you look to the far right in the photo, you’ll see little Meghan on the stage performing. Seeing as her father is so involved in entertainment, it only makes sense that Meghan would want to as well.
Posing For The Yearbook
This yearbook picture of Meghan was taken in 1999 at the all-girls Catholic Immaculate Heart in Los Angeles. As it turns out, she was a kind and caring student, with more brains than anything else.
Classroom Yearbook Photo
It seems that Meghan was the center of attention even before she became a Hollywood star. She is quite literally in the center of this photo! She does look like a very driven young woman who has plenty of optimism.
Here we have Meghan’s graduation picture. Of course, she has no idea what her future has in store for her with Prince Harry. She just looks so happy and excited! Not to mention, her freckles are adorable.
Meghan went to Northwestern University in Chicago, where she was an active member of the sorority Kappa Kappa Gamma. According to her sorority sisters, she was very active in the group and contributed to every single event.
Meghan is pictured below in a playboy vest, all smiles, alongside her sisters. The values of sisterhood and friendship are written all over this image. We know Meghan is not only beauty and brains but a genuine human- she may not have a great relationship with her half-sister, but her sorority was the sisterhood she needed.
Another Baby Photo
Clearly, Meghan gets her good looks from her mom! Her mother is where she gets her African roots. We aren’t sure why the media paints Meghan as a ‘daddy’s girl’. It looks like she has a good relationship with her mother as well.
Don’t Eat Him!
This is another photo of Meghan with her adorable little nephew when she was 11-years-old. It’s clear from this photo that Meghan adores her nephew. And, we get to see how she looked with her curls before she began straightening her hair.
Even from a young age, Meghan obviously was always fashion-forward. From her trendy sunglasses to her sweatshirt, it seems like she had it all together. Also, she must have loved Bert and Ernie by the looks of it!
It turns out that Meghan was homecoming queen back in her school days. This picture is of her and her friends around that time. Of course, Meghan was the center of the show. It looks like people simply couldn’t get enough of her!
Right Out Of The Yearbook
Naturally, Meghan was inclined to the fine arts. In this yearbook section, she was playing Lola Bananas in the Damn Yankees. On the bottom left, you can see Meghan. In fact, she took this role at the local all-boys school Loyola.
Playing Lola At Loyola Boys’ School
Here we have a close-up of Meghan playing Lola at the Loyola Boys school. It’s very lucky she was able to land the role. Clearly, Meghan is hyper-focused on preparing for her role while the man next to her seemed to be hanging around.
Performing With Friends
As you already know, Meghan wanted to be an actress ever since she was a little girl. In this picture, she was competing at a talent show at The Hollywood Little Red School. She’s posing with her friends Ninaki and Celine.
Here we have Meghan as an 8-year-old at a birthday party. In fact, this was her friend’s brother’s birthday party. It must be funny looking back at the photos and realizing that the birthday boy had the Princess at his party.
This photo somehow connects to the birthday photo we just saw. We see an 11-year-old Meghan riding a pony, looking happy as ever. This picture was taken at the Knots Berry Farm outside L.A. That birthday boy must have so many pictures to share on social media now…
Excited To Graduate The 6th Grade
This picture was taken at the Hollywood Little Red School. This was Meghan’s last day of elementary school, and she was clearly anticipating her summer vacation. It seems all her friends in the photo were as well.
First Year Of High School
It looks like Meghan is very excited to start high school in this picture. Did you know that she attended an all-girls high school? However, just like every other high school student, she probably lost her excitement once school actually began.
Friends In Uniform
Pictured below are Meghan and some of her classmates. The Duchess of Sussex is seen in her school uniform- she attended a Catholic institution. We think the queen would definitely approve of such a disciplined and religious system.
Where She Got Her Good Looks
This rather rare photo is of young Meghan with her mother at a graduation ceremony. The two look happy and content together, which we’re happy to see! The reason there aren’t many photos of young Meghan with her mom must be that they haven’t been shared by anyone online.
Even while in college, Meghan was already establishing herself in the show business. Not to mention, she majored in theater. Here we can see Meghan playing the lead role of Sleeping Beauty in a theater production.
Deal Or No Deal?
During her early Hollywood career, Meghan was actually one of the briefcase girls on Deal or No Deal. If you didn’t know, it was a very popular show where contestants would compete to choose the best ‘deal’ from a set of briefcases that were handed by models like Meghan. The girls would reveal the amount of money in the selected suitcase. It turns out that Meghan did this in 34 episodes over the span of several years.
Meghan truly embodies the #adoptdontshop message as a frequent rescuer of dogs. She adopted her first dog in December of 2012. Bogart is a Labrador-shepherd mix. Later, Meghan revealed she was inspired by Ellen Degeneres and her partner Portia.
In A Class Of Her Own
This photo is another of Meghan in college. Not only did she present herself as classy but her bubbly personality is embodied too. Meghan looks almost exactly the same today, age wears her exceptionally well.
Blast From The Past Trevor Engelson
Before the Duchess even met Prince Harry she was involved with producer Trevor Engelson. The couple married in 2011 with a destination wedding in Jamaica. The pair were unhappy together and later went on to divorce in 2013.
Meghan And Trevor During Their Marriage
The couple were pictured at an event during their 2-year marriage, looking rather happy. The couple dated for approximately 7 years before marrying however, they filed for divorce due to irreconcilable differences. Meghan supposedly cited this reasoning.
The Duchess served as maid of honor at the wedding of her dearly close friend, Lindsay Roth. The wedding took place in 2016, Meghan planned a destination bachelorette party where the bridal party traveled to the Greek Island, Hydra.