Trivia & Quotes from Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex

Some interesting facts about Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex
  • For a scene in A Lot Like Love (2005), the 2nd A.D. had to teach her how to drive stick shift just an hour before filming.
  • She was born on the same day as her ‘Suits’ co-star Abigail Spencer (who played Dana Scott).
  • She majored in theater and international relations at Northwestern University.
  • Meghan has English, German (Pennsylvania Dutch), African, Irish, Scottish, and Scots-Irish/Northern Irish ancestry, including colonial American roots going back to the 1600s.
  • She is an avid foodie whose culinary skills were woven into the home skills of her character, Rachel, in Suits.
  • She launched in May 2014 a lifestyle blog called The Tig (after the italian wine Tignanello), which focused on food, travel, fashion and beauty. She shut it down in April 2017.
  • Meghan grew up in the View Park-Windsor Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, sometimes known as ‘Black Beverly Hills’.
  • Her engagement ring was personally designed by Prince Harry himself. It features the main stone (sourced in Botswana) set on a yellow gold band surrounded by two diamonds from the late Princess Diana’s personal jewelry collection.
  • Her friends include actress Priyanka Chopra, tenniswoman Serena Williams, as well as her co-stars from ‘Suits’.
  • Meghan used to be a calligrapher. She hand-wrote the invitations of Paula Patton and Robin Thicke’s wedding.
Some interesting quotes from Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex
  • “My dad’s a lighting director. Growing up in Hollywood, I was around the entertainment industry all the time. I knew I’d end up in show business in some capacity, eventually.”
  • “I do think there’s some value to really throwing yourself into food and embracing where it comes from.”
  • “I’m from L.A., so I’m used to seeing people in sunglasses and flip-flops. There’s something so romantic about a man in a scarf and a knitted hat.”
  • “I went to an all-girls’ Catholic school for, like, six years during the time when kids actually had handwriting class. I’ve always had a propensity for getting the cursive down pretty well.”
  • “I had always been the theater nerd at Northwestern University. I knew I wanted to do acting, but I hated the idea of being this cliché – a girl from L.A. who decides to be an actress. I wanted more than that, and I had always loved politics, so I ended up changing my major completely, and double-majoring in theater and international relations.”
  • “Food makes travel so exceptional, because you get to taste what it’s actually supposed to taste like. To eat the real Pad Thai or finally have a proper curry is something pretty amazing.”
  • “Women don’t need to find a voice. They have a voice. They need to feel empowered to use it, and people need to be encouraged to listen.”
  • “It is said that girls with dreams become women with vision. May we empower each other to carry out such vision — because it isn’t enough to simply talk about equality. One must believe it. And it isn’t enough to simply believe in it. One must work at it. Let us work at it. Together. Starting now.”
  • “When I was just eleven years old, I unknowingly and somehow accidentally became a female advocate. […] See I had been in school watching a TV show in elementary school and, um, this commercial came on with the tag line for this dish washing liquid and the tag line said, ‘Women all over America are fighting greasy pots and pans’. Two boys from my class said, ‘Yeah, that’s where women belong, in the kitchen’. I remember feeling shocked and angry and also just feeling so hurt; it just wasn’t right, and something needed to be done. So I went home and told my dad what had happened, and he encouraged me to write letters, so I did, to the most powerful people I could think of. Now my eleven year old self worked out that if I really wanted someone to hear me, well then I should write a letter to the First Lady. So off I went, scribbling away to our First Lady at the time, Hillary Clinton. I also put pen to paper and I wrote a letter to my news source at the time, Linda Ellerbee, who hosted a kids news program, and then to powerhouse attorney Gloria Allred, because even at eleven I wanted to cover all my bases. Finally I wrote to the soap manufacturer. And a few weeks went by and to my surprise I received letters of encouragement from Hillary Clinton, from Linda Ellerbee, and from Gloria Allred. It was amazing. The kids news show, they sent a camera crew to my home to cover the story, and it was roughly a month later when the soap manufacturer, Proctor & Gamble, changed the commercial for their ivory clear dish washing liquid. They changed it from ‘Women all over America are fighting greasy pots and pans’ to ‘People all over America’. It was at that moment that I realized the magnitude of my actions. At the age of eleven I had created my small level of impact by standing up for equality.”