Meghan Markle may be hanging with royalty these days thanks to her romance with Prince Harry, but the Suits actress had a very different childhood from the British hunk. In fact, as she tells Vanity Fair, her youth was spent surrounded by the Bundys — not dignitaries from around the world.
“Every day after school for 10 years, I was on the set of Married . . . with Children, which was a really funny and perverse place for a little girl in a Catholic-school uniform to grow up," she recalls in her cover story. (Her dad, Thomas Markle, was a lighting director on the legendary sitcom.)
Her parents divorced when she was a little kid, but she remembers that her family always remained close despite the separation. “What’s so incredible, you know, is that my parents split up when I was two, [but] I never saw them fight. We would still take vacations together. My dad would come on Sundays to drop me off, and we’d watch Jeopardy! eating dinner on TV trays, the three of us. . . . We were still so close-knit.”
And while Markle has found success in Hollywood herself these days, before becoming a full-time actress, she went to Northwestern University where she double-majored in theater and international relations... and also worked at the U.S. Embassy in Argentina her senior year. Of that experience, she said, "So I had been in a completely different world and then suddenly jumped into this one.”
Is there anything Markle can't do? Well, apparently not: “My parents had been so supportive watching me audition, trying to make ends meet, taking all the odds-and-ends jobs to pay my bills. I was doing calligraphy, and I was a hostess at a restaurant—and all those things that actors do. My father knew how hard it is for an actor to get work, so he above all people was so proud that I was able to beat the odds.”
Check out Markle's Suits co-star Gabriel Macht, below.