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DUSSELDORF, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 06: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex during the Invictus Games Dusseldorf 2023 - One Year To Go launch event on September 06, 2022 in Dusseldorf, Germany. The Invictus Games will be held in Germany for the first time in September 2023. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

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Meghan Markle's Transformation Over The Years

An Early Lesson About Race

Meghan Markle’s father is white and her mother is Black, and when she was growing up, she did not see many people who looked like her.
By middle school, the pressure to "choose" a race was further compounded when Markle had to fill out a box on a census. Her father simply told her, "Draw your own box."

Markle’s Dad Had A Cool Job

Markle’s dad, Thomas, worked as a lighting director and director of photography for the hit show "Married... With Children," and Markle spent a lot of time on the set with him.
It was the nature of her father’s job that introduced Markle to the magic of show business and gave her the chance to meet some of the era's most popular bombshells.

An Opinionated Young Girl

At 11, Markle was interviewed on Nickelodeon's "Nick News," where she gave her take on commercials that showed stereotypical scenes of women doing housework.
"I don't think it's right for kids," she said. Markle also wrote a letter to Procter & Gamble and got them to swap out the word "women" for "people" in a dishwashing commercial.


In 2002, Markle made her first appearance on "General Hospital" as a nurse. The next year, she graduated as a theater and international studies major from Northwestern University.
Post-graduation, Markle began auditioning for roles while working as a calligrapher. She even wrote the wedding invitations for Robin Thicke and Paula Patton's wedding.

Her "Deal or No Deal" Days

From 2006 to 2007, Markle worked as a "briefcase beauty" on the game show "Deal or No Deal." However, according to her, the job was far from glamorous.
"Definitely working on 'Deal or No Deal' was a learning experience, and it helped me to understand what I would rather be doing," Markle told Esquire.