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12 Things To Know About Meghan Markle, Prince Harry’s Fiancée

The palace officially announced the royal engagement on November 27th! Did you know she used to be on "Deal or No Deal"?

On Monday, November 27th, Kensington Palace announced the engagement of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle, an American actress and philanthropist. The happy couple are set to marry in spring 2018—and are keeping mum about any further details so far!

Now that one of the world’s most eligible bachelors is off the market, people want to know everything about his bride-to-be. Who is this 36-year-old actress soon moving into Kensington Palace? How did the ridiculously attractive couple meet? And most importantly, what is her favorite type of wine?

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Here’s everything you want to know about Prince Harry’s fiancée Meghan Markle ahead of their big day:

1. She grew up in Hollywood—sort of.

Born August 4, 1981 as Rachel Meghan Markle, she grew up in Los Angeles and considers herself a California girl at heart. Although she is not Catholic, according to Vanity Fair, she graduated from a Catholic high school in L.A..

Her father, Thomas Markle, was a successful lighting director for “General Hospital” and “Married … With Children.”

She told Vanity Fair, “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.” We can imagine!

Happy camper. #girlstrip with @benitalitt @heatherdorak @mishanonoo #spain #eatpraylove #pool #ibiza

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2. She’s best known for her role on “Suits.”

Since 2011, Markle has starred as Rachel Zane on the USA Network show “Suits” and lived in Toronto, where the show films. She recently announced that she would be leaving the show after seven seasons, which sparked rumors of an impending engagement between her and Prince Harry.

Last episode before summer vacation…. #seasonsix #episodeten #suits #BTS @suits_usa

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3. She once worked in Argentina.

After studying theater and international relations, Markle graduated with a Communications degree from Northwestern University in Illinois in 2003. During her senior year of college, she worked at the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

4. She did some odd jobs trying to support herself as an actress.

While auditioning for roles, Markle worked as a hostess in a restaurant and writing calligraphy on wedding invitations, she told Vanity Fair. According to Tatler, she did the calligraphy for Robin Thicke and Paula Patton’s wedding invitations in 2005. She said her father, in particular, is proud she “beat the odds” to become a working actress.

5. Her mom is her best friend.

Her mother is a yoga instructor and social worker named Doria Ragland, whom Markle calls her best friend.

Markle’s parents broke up when she was 2 years old but remained so close that the family went on vacations together. “What’s so incredible, you know, is that my parents split up when I was two [but] I never saw them fight,” she told Vanity Fair. “We were still so close-knit.”

6. She’s got (celebrity) friends in high places.

Markle is good friends with “Quantico” star Priyanka Chopra, with whom she saw the Broadway musical “Hamilton” last year:

About last night. Thank you to my babe @priyankachopra for the best date night #Hamilton #NYC

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She is also friends with tennis champ, Serena Williams, according to her Instagram page: