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Meghan Markle at 5 years old. The future royal was raised in Los Angeles by her parents, Tom, a former sound engineer on the '80s sitcom "Married...with Children," and Doria, a yoga instructor and social worker.
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Meghan's elementary school portrait. "She was popular with every single group," says former classmate Tiffany Gooden.
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Meghan surrounded by friends in elementary school.
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Meghan's graduation photo from Fairfax High School in Los Angeles.
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She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority at Northwestern University. She is pictured in her 2000-2001 class portrait.
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After graduating from college, Meghan moved back to L.A. to launch her acting career.
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Her first nonspeaking gig was on a 2002 episode of "General Hospital."
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She also appeared as a briefcase girl on "Deal or No Deal."
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She garnered small parts before breaking out as paralegal Rachel Zane on "Suits."
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"I knew her when she was doing 'Deal or No Deal,' and you could just tell she was going to do so much more," says an industry source.
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After her two-year marriage to producer Trevor Engelson ended in 2013, Meghan continued building her humanitarian work, speaking passionately about women's rights and advocating for diverse beauty ideals in embracing her biracial background.
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A "Blind date," as Prince Harry and Meghan described their first meeting in July 2016, changed everything.
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And it made Meghan the first American actress since Grace Kelly to marry into a royal family.