You may have heard of Meghan Markle. She was an Toronto-based American actress who was most famous for her role as Rachel Zane in the TV series Suits. She also had starring roles in the movies Remember Me and Horrible Bosses. Our favourite tidbit about her though is that she once came out with a recipe for Meghan Markle Filipino Adobo.
The story goes like this: struggling American actress finds a steady job in Toronto, makes some decent money running a couple of lifestyle blogs and endorsing a local clothing company. Goes on a blind date with British royalty, ends up getting married this year at Windsor Castle.
Not bad for someone who was in Canada on a Work Permit.
Her fairy tale wedding to Prince Harry has Filipino and Canadian subplots, just in case you were wondering.
She as born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She got bitten by the acting bug as a result of years of Bring-Your-Daughter-To-Work-Day (her dad was lighting director for the TV show Married…with Children.
In case you didn’t know, there’s a whole bunch of Filipinos in California. Almost 1.5 million, in fact. So it comes as no surprise that Markle might have made a friend or two from the Philippines growing up.
Markle had this to say: “Growing up in LA, with its melting pot of vast and varied cultures, I was no stranger to the Filipino community. I can whip up a big pot of chicken adobo like it’s nobody’s business, you’ll occasionally hear me toss out a ‘Salamat po’ conversationally…”.
Which is exactly what happened when she ran into a Filipino tourist during a public appearance at Endinburgh Castle before Valentine’s Day.
Markle used to blog quite a lot, anonymously chronicling her struggles as an aspiring Hollywood starlet on her website “The Working Actress“. As the Daily Mail reported, it was an intimate look at the difficulties faced by young actresses in Hollywood.
In 2014 she founded The Tig, a lifestyle blog that featured lifestyle articles and profiles on some prominent women in Hollywood including Jessica Alba, Elizabeth Hurley and Ivanka Trump.
It was on The Tig that Markle wrote about her fondness for the Philippines’ national dish: “I enjoy making slow-cooked food on Sundays, like Filipino-style chicken adobo.It’s so easy—combine garlic, soy (or Bragg Liquid Aminos), vinegar, maybe some lemon and let the chicken swim in that sauce until it falls off the bone in a Crock Pot.”
Kensington Palace has since shut down all of Markle’s social media accounts.
Markle lived in the Seaton Village, a quiet little neighbourhood in Toronto since 2011. In the Meghan Markle TV series Suits, her character Rachel Zane started out as a paralegal before becoming a full-fledged lawyer. It was during her residence in Toronto that Markle partnered with Canadian clothing company Reitmans on a line of clothing, with Markle becoming the public face of the brand.
It was a visit by the prince to Toronto for the Invictus Games that Markle was introduced to Prince Harry.
The event was a brainchild of the prince, where wounded, injured or sick armed service personnel would compete in different sports including basketball, volleyball and rowing. The third Invictus Games were scheduled to be held in Toronto where Markle was currently filming Suits. It was on a blind date set up by a mutual friend that the two met in October 2017.
Whilst Prince Harry was making public appearances for the Invictus Games in Toronto, a number of local tabloids were reporting that there seemed to be a bit more than meets the eye to his visits. After months of rumours, Kensington Palace finally admitted that the two were indeed dating, releasing a statement in November 2017.
Since then, royal watchers have been on the lookout for every single detail there is to find about the royal couple. Tabloids featured everything from Meghan Markle outfits to questions about how many carats were in Meghan Markle engagement ring (best guesstimates has it at 12 carats).
Prince Harry and Markle will be married on May 19, 2018 at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle (our favourite castle, after the one in Disneyland). While there will be only 600 people in attendance at the actual ceremony itself, 2,640 people from the general public were invited to join them for the reception.
We’ve been checking the mail everyday for the past couple of weeks, ours hasn’t arrived yet.
We sure do love happy endings. Best wishes to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle!
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