A fairy tale is coming to life as a Los Angeles TV actress will be marrying Prince Harry, Britain’s fifth in line to the throne.
Meghan Markle, who stars in the TV show “Suits,” and Prince Harry and the royal family made the official announcement in London Monday.
The couple made a first public appearance in a “photocall” at Kensington Palace. Word is there will be a royal wedding this coming spring.
While refusing to divulge details about the royal proposal, Prince Harry said Markle was “the one” from “the very first time we met.” The bride-to-be said she is “so very happy.”
The engagement ring, which Markle happily displayed for reporters, was designed by Harry and includes some diamonds once owned by Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana, princess of Wales.
Markle, 36, is also known as a feminist and humanitarian.
She grew up in Los Angeles and has a communications degree from Northwestern University in Evanson, Ill, just north of Chicago.
She scored her first big TV role in 2011 on “Suits,” playing paralegal Rachel Zane. The show is now in its seventh season.
She was quoted in Elle UK in 2016 as describing the difficulty in getting roles in TV as a biracial actress. Her mother is African-American and father is Caucasian.
Before getting the “Suits” role, she lamented that she “wasn’t black enough for the black roles and I wasn’t white enough for the white ones.”
She has been something of an activist. She made a speech on International Women’s Day 2015 at a United Nations conference in which she said she is “proud to be a woman and a feminist.”
Markle was named United Nations women’s advocate for political participation and leadership.
In another Elle article, she said fame brings responsibilities and a need “to advocate and share, to focus less on glass slippers and more on pushing through glass ceilings.”
She was a “global ambassador” for World Vision. That charity worked to bring clean water to Rwanda, a major health issue for many parts of Africa. Markle traveled to that country in that role.
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