Meghan Markle reached the height of her fame worldwide after her wedding to Prince Harry in May 2018. The former actress had a notoriously difficult time since the wedding and suffered almost constantly from negative press.
Recently, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex decided to defend themselves and announced a lawsuit against the British tabloid Mail on Sunday. The news of the lawsuit has prompted many royal experts to study Markle and Prince Harry's past and decide when things went wrong for Markle.
Meghan Markle was not a very popular actress
On her way up, Markle did not have it easy. She worked as a suitcase girl on Deal Or No Deal before taking on some minor roles in films such as Horrible Bosses and Get Him to the Greek . Markle worked steadily and got some leading roles in television movies, but got her big break only in 2011, when she was cast as Rachel Zane in the drama series Suits .
Thanks to Markle's role in Suits the television audience recognized its name and face. For five years, Markle appeared on the show and the fame she gained through her role enabled her to work on several other passion projects such as her lifestyle blog The Tig .
However, Markle was never what would be called an A-list actress, and was most exclusively known to her fans as Rachel Zane in Suits . While many people believe Markle's career as an actress has prepared her for life in the royal family, as an interview with Markle and Prince Harry shows in 2017, this was not the case at all.
Prince Harry tried to warn Meghan Markle about the press
On the day that Prince Harry and Markle got engaged, they gave the press a traditional interview. The interview was an intimate look at the couple's relationship and is probably the most revealing interview they've ever given.
In the interview, Markle said she "did not understand what it was like to be a member of the royal family, and was completely unprepared for the intense trial she received. Prince Harry stated that he had tried to warn Markle "as much as possible," but both admitted that they were surprised by the media's and the public's response to the news of their relationship.
Markle also described a major misconception that people have about her: most people think that Markle as an actress would have been prepared for the onslaught of media attention. In fact, according to Markle, she turned most suits in Toronto, away from the paparazzi, and enjoyed a fairly peaceful life.
What's next for Meghan Markle?
It seems clear that Markle was more than slightly overwhelmed by all the negative attentions she has received since joining the royal family. She jumped from one tabloid scandal to the next, with neither the public nor the press reporting anything positive.
Now that Markle is reportedly working with a new publicity team, she may be willing to change the story around her personality and work with the press to change her image.
Hopefully the next year will bring a positive change to Markle's story.