Meghan Markle Duchess of Sussex Timeline 1981-2022

Meghan Markle

Born – 4th August 1981
Father – Thomas Markle (b. 1944)
Mother – Doria Loyce Ragland (b. 1956)
Spouses – m. 2011, div 2013 – Trevor Engelson (b. 1976), m. 2018 – Prince Harry (b. 1984)
Children – Archie Harrison (b. 2019), Lilibet (Lili) Diana (b. 2021)


1981 (4th August)
Rachel Meghan Markle was born to Doria Loyce Ragland and Thomas Markle in Los Angeles, California.
1986 (around)
Meghan attended Hollywood Little Red Schoolhouse.
1987 (during)
Meghan’s parents divorced.
1992 (during)
Meghan was annoyed by a commercial that stated “Women all over America are fighting greasy pots and pans.” and wrote letters to Procter and Gamble, First Lady Hillary Clinton, the host of a children’s news programme and a notable attorney. She was filmed by the children’s news programme and Procter and Gamble changed their advertisement to “People all over America are fighting greasy pots and pans”. Meghan has been a champion of women’s rights ever since.
1992 (Autumn)
Meghan attended Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles.
1999 (during)
Meghan attended Northwestern University where she studied Theatre and International Studies.
2003 (Summer)
Meghan graduated with a degree in Theatre and International Studies.
2003 (Autumn)
Meghan worked as an intern at the American Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2004 (during)
Meghan had a small role in the television show Century City.
2004 (during)
Meghan began a relationship with Trevor Engelson, an actor and producer.
2006 (during)
Meghan played a part in the television show The War At Home. She also appeared in CSI:NY.
2010 (during)
Meghan played the character Tatiana in the film Get Him to the Greek.
2010 (during)
Meghan played the character Megan in the film Remember Me.
2011 (during)
Meghan played a delivery girl, Jamie, in the film Horrible Bosses.
2011 (July)
Meghan began playing the character Rachel Zane in the drama Suits.
2011 (10th September)
Meghan married Trevor Engelson at Ocho Rios, Jamaica.
2013 (August)
Meghan and husband Trevor Engelson divorced.
2014 (during)
Meghan founded the website, The Tig, a lifestyle magazine website.
2016 (during)
Meghan spoke about modern day slavery and gender equality at the One Young World Charity annual summit in Dublin.
2016 (May)
Meghan met Prince Harry of the United Kingdom at a club in Toronto, Canada and they began dating.
2016 (November)
Meghan worked with Reitmans, a Canadian clothing company, to produce a line of women’s fashion workwear.
2016 (8th November)
It was officially announced that Prince Harry was in a relationship with Meghan Markle.
2017 (April)
Meghan closed her website, The Tig.
2017 (23rd September)
Harry opened the third Invictus games in Toronto, Canada. During the games Meghan made her first public appearance with Prince Harry.
2017 (27th November)
It was announced that Harry and Meghan had become engaged.
2017 (late November)
Meghan completed work on the seventh season of Suits. This was to be her last acting role as she resigned from acting shortly afterwards.
2017 (1st December)
Meghan and Harry made an official walkabout in Nottingham.
2017 (Christmas)
Meghan celebrated Christmas with the royal family at Sandringham.
2018 (January)
Meghan deleted all her social media accounts.
2018 (6th March)
Meghan was baptised and confirmed by Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury.
2018 (12th March)
Meghan was present with other members of the royal family at a service to commemorate Commonwealth Day held at Westminster Abbey.
2018 (23rd March)
Meghan and Harry made an official visit to Northern Ireland.
2018 (19th May)
Meghan and Harry were married at St George’s Chapel Windsor. Following the marriage Meghan became Duchess of Sussex.
2018 (12th October)
Meghan attended the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank at St George’s Chapel Windsor.
2018 (15th October)
Kensington Palace announced that Meghan, was pregnant and that the baby would be born in the Spring. The announcement was made as Harry and Meghan began a tour of Australia.
2019 (February)
Meghan and Harry made an official visit to Morocco.
2019 (March)
Meghan was appointed vice president of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust.
2019 (6th May)
A son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was born to Meghan and Prince Harry.
2019 (23rd September)
Meghan and Prince Harry began a tour of South Africa.
2019 (4th October)
It was announced that Meghan was suing the Mail on Sunday newspaper for publishing a private letter without permission.
2020 (8th January)
Meghan and Harry announced that they would be stepping back from being senior royals. They will divide their time between the UK and the USA and will work to become financially independent. They will maintain their current patronages and will set up a new charitable foundation.
2020 (18th January)
It was officially announced that Meghan and Harry would step back from Royal duties and would not receive public funding. They would no longer use their HRH titles nor would they officially represent the Queen. Meghan and Harry also stated that they would repay the £2.4 million public money used to refurbish Frogmore Cottage.
2021 (14th February)
Harry and Meghan announced that their second child would be born in the summer.
2021 (19th February)
It was announced that Prince Harry and Meghan will not be returning as working members of the UK Royal Family.
2021 (7th March)
An interview given by Meghan and Harry with Oprah Winfrey, was broadcast in the United States. It was broadcast in the UK the following day. In the interview a number of claims were made against the Royal Family.
2021 (4th June)
A daughter, Lilibet (Lili) Diana was born to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in California.
2022 (3rd June)
Meghan and Harry were in the UK to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. They attended the service of thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey.
2022 (4th June)
Meghan and Harry arrived in London to attend a number of charity events over the following week.
2022 (8th September)
Prince Harry became fifth in line to the throne after his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, died at Balmoral Castle. His father became King Charles III and his brother William became heir to the throne.
2022 (19th September)
Meghan and Harry attended the funeral services for Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey and Windsor Castle.


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