5 Things You Need to Know About Meghan Markle

When the news got out that Meghan Markle is engaged to be married to Prince Harry, public attention goes to her background - What makes the noble bachelor marry her, what’s so special about her?

Take a look at her fascinating background.

(1) She’s ancestrally linked to Shakespeare

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According to Myheritage.com, she is a descendant of William Shakespeare from her father’s side. This means she is not merely an American actress; she has a bloodline of being English which, may be considered way more iconic than the royalty.

(2) She has been married before

The royal wedding will be Meghan Markle’s second. Her previous marriage was with film producer Trevor Engelson, which lasted two years.

(3) She’s half Dutch-Irish

 Photo by: DIMITRIOS KAMBOURIS/USA

Photo by: DIMITRIOS KAMBOURIS/USA

Her reported connection with Shakespeare is just a part of Meghan Markle’s complicated ancestral background. Her mother is African-American and her father is Dutch-Irish. This means that the new British royal family will no longer by an all-European unit.

(4) She’s a philanthropist and humanitarian

 via Instagram @meghanmarkle

via Instagram @meghanmarkle

She launched campaigns against poverty and gender discrimination, and has participated in projects by organizations such as World Vision and the United Nations. She has also joined campaigns in Rwanda and in Indian slums. It is said she is among the few British royal members who’s committed to philanthropic undertakings.

(5) She’s an athletic person

Meghan Markle’s mother was a yoga teacher, and Meghan started practicing yoga at the age of seven, from which she learned how to adjust her mental focus and cope with stress and anxiety.