The entire world went into a tizzy when the news of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement surfaced. Testimonials were given, congratulations poured in, even the internet commemorated the day with memes and honestly, the ring that Prince Harry designed himself (with his mother, Princess Diana’s diamonds) deserved all the attention!
And not just that. While Prince Harry is not the first royal who is marrying an American, it is imperative to note that Meghan comes from the entertainment industry, was divorced and is of mixed race. All the things that truly make her a 21st century Princess!
Now, while it was a euphoric moment for all of us–especially for ‘Suits’ fans (yes, even if Meghan had to retire from the show eventually)–there were publications that ran pieces like ‘Who is Meghan Markle?’, ‘Know The Girl Price Harry Is All Set To Marry’, et al. And I can’t begin to explain how bad a disservice that was to Meghan’s accomplishments till date and women empowerment.
But then it dawned on me; if people don’t know it yet, it’s time to learn more about the girl who is so much more than just Prince Harry’s fiance!
Of course, you know her as the feisty Rachel Zane from the American legal drama, ‘Suits’ who stands for her friends and everything that is right…
But it wasn’t a cakewalk. The climb to the top is filled with steps laid down by hard-work and perseverance.
During her initial days, Meghan as a part of her humble beginning, worked as a freelance calligrapher to support herself between early acting jobs.
Amidst several small and guest appearances, she even modelled that included a stint as a “briefcase girl” on the US game show, Deal or No Deal.
And the rest is history!
If you don’t know it already, Meghan was founder and editor-in-chief of lifestyle website The Tig from 2014 to 2017. She also turned an entrepreneur when she joined hands with the clothing company, Reitmans and released a line of women’s fashion workwear.
Like that wasn’t enough, the lady of the moment went on to work with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women as an advocate.
But honestly, it doesn’t come as a surprise. Not anymore. Not after I have watched the 11-year-old Meghan fighting gender stereotypes before she could understand the dynamics of it.
That’s right. Meghan was not even a teenager when she understood sexism for the social evil it is and worked towards bringing a change.
Back in elementary school, for a social studies assignment, she was shown a commercial for a dish-washing liquid that began with ‘Women are fighting greasy pots and pans’ and she knew the message she saw.
So, not only did she condemn it, she wrote to its makers requesting a change in their narrative and Voila, a change was born!
If you do not believe me, watch this video and see for yourself.
And if this doesn’t say the mettle of Meghan, I don’t know what will. So, that my friends, is the story. The exemplary story of the extra-ordinary MEGHAN MARKLE!