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Five things to know about Meghan Markle

Meghan Markle.
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Meghan Markle.

Who is Meghan Markle, the American actress engaged to Prince Harry? Here are five things to know.

Her first name is actually Rachel

Meghan Markle, 36, was born Rachel Meghan Markle, coincidentally sharing the same first name as the character she portrayed until recently in the USA Network show, “Suits.”

She was born and raised in California and now lives in Toronto

Markle, who is biracial, is the daughter of a social worker and yoga instructor and a cinematographer.

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She has lived in Toronto while filming “Suits,” and told Vanity Fair in September that seven Canadian winters was “a long time for someone who grew up in Southern California.” According to the Associated Press, the couple is expected to reside at Kensington Palace after the wedding.

She was married once before

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Markle was married to Hollywood producer Trevor Engelson for about two years, divorcing in 2013.

She already has royal ties — sort of

Markle is descended on her father’s side from Lord Hussey, 1st Baron Hussey of Sleaford, who was beheaded by King Henry VIII in 1537, according to an amateur historian. Lord Hussey’s great-great-great-grandson, New Hampshire landowner Christopher Hussey, was among the first founders of Nantucket.

She’s friends with Serena Williams

The two met several years ago while at the Super Bowl, and Williams was recently quoted in Vanity Fair offering advice to Markle on how to deal with the paparazzi.