Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (born Rachel Meghan Markle), is an American member of the British royal family and a former actress. Markle was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Her acting career began while she was studying at Northwestern University. She attributed early career difficulties to her biracial heritage. Her most significant acting role is that of Rachel Zane in the American legal drama Suits, in which she starred for seven seasons (2011–2018). She simultaneously profited from a strong social media presence, including a lifestyle blog, The Tig (2014–2017). Through The Tig she gained recognition for her fashion sense, which led to creating and releasing two lines of clothing in 2015–2016. During her acting career, Markle became involved in charity work, focusing 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 in 2018, and started undertaking engagements as a member of the British royal family. Since then, she has been known as Duchess of Sussex. The marriage prompted comments about having a mixed-race person in the royal family. The couple stepped down as senior members of the royal family in 2020 following a period of privacy issues and perceived hostile treatment by the British tabloids. They subsequently settled in her native California, where they are pursuing business ventures and charity work. They have two children, Archie and Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor.