Most of us will be familiar with Prince Harry’s childhood photos but those of his fiancé Meghan Markle are somewhat rarer.
Rarely seen photographs of an Meghan have re-emerged showing the actress as a care-free 11-year-old before she stumbled into royalty.
Known as ‘Sparkle Markle’ to friends the photos capture the bride-to-be when she went to the private Hollywood Little Red Schoolhouse in Los Angeles, California.
Photos of Meghan Markle in her primary school years have resurfaced showing the bride-to-be as a carefree 11-year-old on her graduation day (pictured centre)
The two photographs sourced from a yearbook from the famous school see her when she graduated year 6 in 1994.
One photograph captures the student with a huge smile on her face and wearing a graduation hat and another were she is seen with five girls all striking the same pose and she is seen to the far left.
Meghan was remembered as being a very warm and giving student and highly intelligent by fellow classmates.
During her primary years Meghan attended the private Hollywood Little Red Schoolhouse before moving on to an independent all-girls Catholic school, Immaculate Heart High, in LA.
The photos were taken from Meghan’s (far left) year 6 year book when she was attending the private Hollywood Little Red Schoolhouse
She went on to take theatre and international relations as a double major at the Northwestern University School of Communication, Illinois.
By the time she graduated in 2003, she had already made her screen debut in the US soap General Hospital.
Bigger parts on TV shows such as cult crime series CSI, and finally in Hollywood, began to trickle in. For a time she was on the American version of Deal Or No Deal as a ‘briefcase girl’ – holding the equivalent of the British TV game show’s red boxes.
Her starring role was of course Rachel Zane on the US series Suits after joining the show in 2011.
Prince Harry announced his engagement to Meghan on Monday and the pair appeared at a photocall at Kensington Palace in London
It was confirmed yesterday that she will not be returning to the series after announcing her engagement to Prince Harry.
Harry, 33, and Miss Markle, 36, appeared at a photocall at Kensington Palace in London yesterday.
Fifth in line to the throne Harry has been dating the American actress since the summer of last year.
Their 16-month whirlwind romance blossomed when they met through mutual friends in London, and the pair have been almost inseparable in recent months.
The couple will live together in Harry’s current home, Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace, and Miss Markle will become an HRH and a senior royal.
The couple announced that their wedding will take place at Windsor Castle (pictured) in May
The couple chose the ‘very special’ venue because the prince and his fiancé had spent time there together during their 16-month romance
She is expected to become a duchess – just like Kate Middleton did when she became the Duchess of Cambridge after saying her vows in 2011.
Miss Markle will most probably become HRH the Duchess of Sussex, if Harry is made the Duke of Sussex by the Queen on the morning of his wedding.
The pair were secretly engaged earlier this month, and Harry took Miss Markle to meet his grandmother the Queen for tea at Buckingham Palace in October.
The wedding will take place at St George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle in May because it is a place ‘close to the couple’s hearts’, it was revealed today.
The couple chose the ‘very special’ venue because the prince and his fiancé had spent time there together during their 16-month romance.
Harry’s communication secretary said that the couple, who were grateful for the warm wishes from the public, ‘would be putting their stamp on their wedding day’
They have shunned a larger wedding at Westminster Abbey or St Paul’s for a more intimate church service where his father married Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, in 2005 – but it is likely to be televised.
And in choosing Windsor Castle and its chapel the Queen and Prince Philip can easily travel to the wedding of the year as it was revealed that the royal family will pay for the event, the music, the flowers and the reception.
American Meghan, a protestant who went to a catholic high school, will be baptised and confirmed before the spring church wedding and is also said to be taking British citizenship to become a dual national.
Harry’s communication’s secretary Jason Knauf said Windsor was a ‘very special place’ for Harry, and that he and Ms Markle had spent time there together during their 16-month romance.
He said the couple were delighted to be holding the wedding in the ‘beautiful grounds of Windsor’.
Mr Knauf said the couple, who were grateful for the warm wishes from the public, ‘would be putting their stamp on their wedding day’. They will be making sure it reflects who they are as a couple,’ he said.