PEOPLE confirms that the romance between the 32-year-old royal and the American actress started a “couple months ago,” according to a close friend.
Since they met, Markle has made multiple trips to London. (A rep for Kensington Palace said they wouldn’t comment on “private matters” and Markle’s rep did not respond for a request for comment.)
It may be too early to imagine the next royal wedding, but get to know Markle below.
1. Her biggest acting credit is as Rachel Zane on Suits
The 35-year-old Los Angeles native has been starring on the USA Network legal drama since 2011, but you may also recognize her from some other favorite television series. Markle has appeared in episodes of Castle, The League, Fringe and 90210.
As for movies, Markle has had roles in numerous recognizable titles, including a small part as an attractive Fed Ex worker in 2011’s Horrible Bosses and an appearance in Remember Me with Robert Pattinson.
2. She runs a lifestyle website called The Tig
Covering food, travel, fashion, beauty and more, The Tig has something for everyone. In the site’s “About” section, Markle explains that the name comes from a mispronunciation of a wine called Tignanello.
“So there I am, with very minimal wine knowledge and I take a sip of this wine,” she wrote. “It wasn’t just red or white – suddenly I understood what people meant by the body, legs, structure of wine. It was an ah-ha moment at its finest. For me, it became a ‘Tig’ moment – a moment of getting it.”
She continued, “From that point on, any new awareness, any new discovery or ‘ohhhhh, I get it!’ moment was a ‘Tig’ moment.”
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3. She has a passion for humanitarian work
Beginning at a young age, Markle says her mother took her traveling to remote places around the world that opened her eyes to poverty.
“My mother raised me to be a global citizen, with eyes open to sometimes harsh realities,” she wrote in a post on The Tig last week.
In 2016, she became the Global Ambassador for World Vision Canada, traveling to Rwanda for the Clean Water Campaign. She also presented at United Nations Headquarters for the HeforShe Gender Equality Campaign in September 2014 and traveled to Afghanistan with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on a USO tour in December 2014.
“I’ve never wanted to be a lady who lunches – I’ve always wanted to be a woman who works,” she wrote. “And this type of work is what feeds my soul, and fuels my purpose. The degree to which I can do that both on and off camera is a direct perk of my job.”
4. Showbiz is in her genes too
Aside from growing up in Los Angeles, Markle’s father worked behind the scenes of television shows.
“My father was the lighting director on two television shows as I was growing up. And there I was, behind the scenes of a glossy soap opera and a TV sitcom, surrounded by famous actors and their glam teams, multi-million dollar budgets, and crew lunches that always included filet mignon and enough sweets to make you think you were at Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory,” Markle wrote in her blog. “What I didn’t know then was that just twenty years later I would appeal to the executives on my show to ensure that our extra filet mignon and sweets aplenty were no longer thrown away, but rather donated to a soup kitchen I had been volunteering at since my arrival in Toronto. Or that they would say, ‘Yes.'”