She has also worked with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women as an Advocate. Markle was a counsellor for international charity One Young World, speaking at the 2014 annual summit in Dublin on the topics of gender equality and modern-day slavery. She also attended the 2016 summit in Ottawa.
Markle was in a relationship with actor and producer Trevor Engelson between 2004 and 2013, marrying on September 10, 2011 and divorcing in August 2013. Since June 2016, she has been in a relationship with Prince Harry.
On November 8, 2016, an official statement was released from the Royal Family’s communications secretary addressing the “wave of abuse and harassment” directed toward Markle that followed the announcement of her relationship with Prince Harry. The statement spoke to the sexism, racism and defamatory stories directed at Markle and urged the press to “pause and reflect” before driving these storylines.
In September 2017, during an interview with Vanity Fair, Markle spoke in public for the first time about her love for Prince Harry saying, “We’re two people who are really happy and in love. We were very quietly dating for about six months before it became news, and I was working during that whole time, and the only thing that changed was people’s perception.” Later that month, they made their first public appearances together at an official royal engagement – the wheelchair tennis event, and the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games in Toronto.
On November 27, 2017, it was announced that Markle and Prince Harry were engaged. By then, she had met Harry’s family and had met Queen Elizabeth II several times. The couple will live together at Nottingham Cottage in London, on the grounds of Kensington Palace, after the wedding in May 2018.The engagement ring given by Harry to Markle consists of three diamonds, two of which were taken from the jewellery collection of the Prince’s mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.
The engagement announcement prompted much comment about the possible social significance (or insignificance) of Markle becoming a proudly mixed-race royal.
Though she attended Catholic school as a child, Markle identified as a Protestant prior to her engagement to Prince Harry. Following her engagement, it was announced that she would be baptised and confirmed into the Church of England before the wedding. She will also become a British citizen. Despite Markle’s status as an American divorcee, neither the Crown nor the Church of England have raised objections to the marriage, unlike in 1936 when Edward VIII was forced to abdicate the throne to marry the twice-divorced Wallis Simpson; thus, Prince Harry will remain in the line of succession.
Poignantly the royal chose their first photocall in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace, much loved by his late mother Diana
‘I knew she was the one from the very first day’: Beaming Prince Harry says he is ‘thrilled’ to announce engagement to Meghan Markle as she proudly shows off a sparkling ring made with Diana’s diamonds and designed by HIM. Announcement made a week after his grandmother the Queen celebrated her 70th wedding anniversary. Poignantly Harry chose first photocall in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace – loved by his late mother. Her majesty has given her blessing and she and Prince Philip say they are ‘delighted for the couple’. Harry and Meghan got engaged in London earlier this month and to marry in Spring 2018, Prince Charles said.
Meghan could become a princess or be given title Duchess of Sussex when she marries fifth in line to throne. Pair have not said where they’ll wed but it could be Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral or Windsor Castle. Harry, 33, and Meghan, 36, revealed they were an item a year ago after a four to six-month secret relationship. They will live in Nottingham Cottage in Kensington Palace next door to William, Kate, George and Charlotte. Meghan has quit the hit show Suits and is shipping all her belongings to Britain including her two dogs