Actress’s background, interests could serve her well after marriage to Prince Harry next spring
Watching Prince Harry and Meghan Markle meet the media for the first time after their engagement was announced, there was a sense the California-born actress was as ready as she could be for the full glare that will come with marrying into the Royal Family.
Markle, the 36-year-old former Toronto resident who will marry the fifth in line to the throne next spring, walked confidently arm and arm with her prince into the November chill Monday in the garden at Kensington Palace in London.
She waved, as royals so often do, and — briefly — showed off the lustrous three-diamond ring she received earlier this month.
“Meghan, as you saw, … at that all-important photo call is clearly very confident in front of the cameras,” Katie Nicholl, royal correspondent for the Mail on Sunday and Vanity Fair, told CBC News.
“She seems to be taking all of this in her stride.”
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Beyond the cameras that will follow Markle everywhere she and Harry go, however, there is a sense that her background — which in many ways is considered unconventional for a royal — will stand her in good stead in a House of Windsor looking to the future.
“This feels very modern. It feels very new,” said Nicholl.
“It certainly is going to be, I suspect, the relationship that really nudges the Royal Family into the 21st century.”
‘Passion for humanitarian work’
In some ways, it will be an easy fit for Markle, who had been based in Toronto for her role in the USA Network legal drama Suits.
“One thing that Harry and Meghan have in common is their passion for humanitarian work,” said Carolyn Harris, a Toronto-based royal author and historian.
Harry, 33, is involved in causes ranging from support for mental health to his Invictus Games for wounded, injured and sick soldiers and veterans. Markle has worked with World Vision and the United Nations. She has travelled to Rwanda and advocated for issues ranging from clean water to rights for women and girls.