Meghan Markle took on multiple acting roles before landing one of her most important roles as the Duchess of Sussex. The king had worked as an actor for years before marrying Prince Harry. Most notable was her role as Rachel Zane on the hit drama show Suits. Meghan was on the show for seven of the nine seasons before finally exiting, with many fans speculating she left due to her relationship with Prince Harry. In a BBC interview, Meghan revealed how difficult it was to keep up with such a busy schedule of acting and royal duties. Back then, the humanist was just trying to make everything work, but it just seemed a bit too hectic.
Regardless of how she went, fans of the show loved her character. But before breaking into the industry with her role as Rachel Zane, Meghan, like any other actor, had to take on whatever role she could get. This has included commercial appearances, being a model for Deal or No Deal and even starring in one of the most famous soap operas.
Meghan Markle was in General Hospital
From a young age, Meghan Markle was no stranger to television. At just 12, the philanthropist was interviewed by Nick News. Even then, she had stood up for what she believed in, speaking out against Procter & Gamble’s slogan at the time, which read, “Women fight greasy pots and pans with ivory.” [Soap].”
Although this was televised, it wasn’t the actress’s first credited role. That happened in 2002 when she starred in the popular soap opera show General Hospital. Insiders shared that Meghan played the role of Nurse Jill in two episodes of the soap opera show, aged just 21. Although it was a small role, Meghan reportedly shared her thoughts on the role on her lifestyle blog, The Tig, which has since been removed. The actress wrote: “And there I was, behind the scenes of a glittering soap opera and TV sitcom, surrounded by famous actors and their glamorous teams, multi-million dollar budgets, and crew lunches that always included filet mignon and plenty of candy to make you think you’re in Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory” (via Toronto Sun).
Meghan had to wait nine years before landing her role in Suits, which eventually catapulted her to success.
Meghan’s return to television was not what one would have expected
Meghan Markle had taken on various royal duties with her marriage to Prince Harry and left her television career behind. However, when the couple made the controversial decision to leave the royal family and the obligations that came with it, they were preparing to become “financially independent,” according to their January 2020 statement.
Just a few months after the announcement, Meghan returned to television. But it was in a slightly different way than many people might have expected. Disneynature shared the news on social media that Meghan would be returning as the narrator for the nature documentary titled Elephant. Another famous streaming service that had a deal with the pair was none other than Netflix, according to The New York Times. However, the couple had some trouble getting their Netflix series out.
As of this writing, Meghan has made no attempt to return to television since the release of Elephant. Instead, she ventured into a new project. According to NBC News, the Duchess of Sussex negotiated an exclusive deal with Spotify for her Archetypes podcast back in December 2020. Now the podcast has multiple episodes with special guests like Serena Williams, Mariah Carey and more. Per Town & Country, the podcast was shelved following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Archetypes later returned with brand new episodes for everyone to listen to.