Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (born Rachel Meghan Markle) is an American member of the British royal family and former actress. Markle was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Her acting career began at Northwestern University; her last and most significant screen role was that of Rachel Zane for seven seasons (2011–2018) in the American TV legal drama Suits. She also developed a social media presence. This included The Tig (2014–2017) lifestyle blog which garnered recognition for her fashion sense and led to the creation and release of two clothing lines in 2015–2016. During The Tig period, Markle became involved in charity work focused primarily on women's issues and social justice. Markle was married to American film producer Trevor Engelson from 2011 until their divorce in 2013. She retired from acting upon her marriage to Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex in 2018 and became known as the Duchess of Sussex. In January 2020, the pair stepped down as senior members of the royal family and later settled in her native California. In October 2020, they launched Archewell Inc., an American public organization that focuses on non-profit activities and creative media ventures. They have two children, Archie and Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor.
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