Newly-resurfaced video of future Meghan Markle reveals the former actress starring in a Tostitos commercial — years before she became the breakout star of the hit series Suits, and nearly a decade before her engagement to Prince Harry.
The ad, which appears to date back to 2009, shows Meghan, now 36, in the aisles of a supermarket, wondering which bag of chips to buy for an upcoming party.
She frowns at the prospect of purchasing chips made with 13 different ingredients, before opting for the three-ingredient Tostitos.
Job: Meghan Markle once starred in a Tostitos commercial as a budding actress
Shopping: A resurfaced clip of the ad, which appears to date back to 2009, shows Meghan, now 36, in the aisles of a supermarket
Decisions: She can be seen wondering which bag of chips to buy for an upcoming party
Choices: Meghan’s character isn’t enthralled by the prospect of purchasing chips made with 13 different ingredients, before opting for the three-ingredient Tostitos
‘Thirteen ingredients? That’s more people than I invited to the party,’ a voice narrates as Meghan picks up another brand’s chips. ‘Unless Denise brings Gary. Ugh, Gary and those short shorts.’
The camera, which initially showed Meghan in black pants, a blue top, a grey jacket, and a white purse, zooms in on her face before as Meghan laments Gary’s potential appearance at the party.
It then turns to the various bags of chips as Meghan grabs a bag of Tostitos Scoops.
‘Light corn, vegetable oil, and salt,’ the voice continues. ‘Yeah. Three ingredients is good.’
Meghan then walks away as a screen states: ‘Tostitos. Surprisingly simple.’
Too many: ‘Thirteen ingredients? That’s more people than I invited to the party,’ a voice narrates as Meghan picks up another brand’s chips
Shopper: Meghan eventually decides to buy Tostitos, reassured by the fact that they are only made with three ingredients
Outfit: The camera shows Meghan in black pants, a blue top, a grey jacket, and a white purse
The ad appears to have been shot about two years before Meghan started starring on Suits, rising to fame as Rachel Zane in the legal drama.
If it does date back to 2009, Meghan, who celebrated her 28th birthday on August 4 of that year, is in her late twenties in the footage.
This is not the first time one of Meghan’s previous acting roles has resurfaced.
In November last year, it emerged that Meghan was once a ‘suitcase girl’ on Deal or No Deal.
The mini-dress-clad models are responsible for carrying and opening the metal briefcases that played such a key role in the set-up.
Videos of Meghan’s stint on the game show – which was hosted by Howie Mandel – lasted for a little less than a year, between 2006 and 2007, ten years before she met Prince Harry.
Rising star: Meghan worked as a ‘suitcase girl’ on Deal or No Deal at the start of her acting career, between 2006 and 2007
Working the camera: The now-36-year-old was one of 26 women who had to carry a suitcase that was filled with a monetary amount, ranging between one penny and $1 million
Surprise! Meghan appeared on the show ten years before she met her fiance Prince Harry, and said in 2013 that she did it in order to ‘make ends meet’ while auditioning for other roles
Winner! Although she revealed that she never had the winning case, Meghan certainly knew how to put on a show while appearing on the show in a series of very provocative outfits
In a 2013 interview with Esquire, the former Suits star explained that she took the role on the show in order to ‘make ends meet’ while she was auditioning for other acting roles, having decided to make a rather drastic career change and leave her job at the U.S. Embassy in Argentina to pursue a life as an on-screen star.
And it seems that Meghan wasn’t exactly overjoyed to be talking about her time spent on the show – and quickly tried to change the subject in favor of something else.
‘Definitely working on Deal or No Deal was a learning experience, and it helped me to understand what I would rather be doing,’ she said.
‘So if that’s a way for me to gloss over that subject, then I will happily shift gears into something else.’
Videos of Meghan’s time on the show started resurfacing after the news of her engagement was made public in an official statement made by the royal family in November.
Moving on: Prince Harry and Meghan announced the happy news of their engagement in November last year, after months of speculation
There she goes! At the start of each show, Meghan would have to stroll down some stairs with her fellow models, carrying a suitcase in one hand and smiling at the camera (pictured with 11)
In the various clips, the California native can be seen modeling a variety of thigh-skimming mini dresses, ranging in colors from black to orange to red – some of which featured rather tacky diamante embellishments – and high heeled shoes while wielding her numbered cases.
One video sees Meghan taking on something of a starring role, with Howie, who is now a judge on America’s Got Talent, calling her by name.
The actress – who is wearing a silky orange dress – is asked by Howie to open up her case, and is then seen grinning with joy after revealing a relatively low sum inside the luggage – $5.
At the start of that same episode, Meghan can also be seen making the rather tricky descent down some stairs into the studio alongside her fellow suitcase girls, carrying her suitcase in one hand while beaming at the cameras.
However, Meghan revealed to Esquire that she was never lucky enough to have the winning case.
Glamorous: The look was much more over-the-top than the natural make-up Meghan has been opting for in recent weeks
Happiness: The former actress will marry Prince Harry in May 2018, having started dating him in the summer of 2016
Stepping out: Meghan and Harry sparked rumors of an engagement over the summer when they made a public appearance at the Invictus Games in Toronto (pictured)
‘I didn’t ever have [the winning one]. I don’t think I did,’ she explained, before adding: ‘I was the ill-fated number 26, which for some reason no one would ever choose.
‘I would end up standing up there forever in these terribly uncomfortable and inexpensive five-inch heels just waiting for someone to pick my number so I could go and sit down.’
Those days are now distant memories for the former star. Meghan has quit her role on Suits following her engagement in order to move to the UK, where Meghan now lives in a cottage on the grounds of Kensington Palace with Prince Harry.
She and Harry are due to wed at Windsor Castle in May 2018.