Hollywood shakeup Meghan Markle wasn’t a stranger to fame when she fell in love with Prince Harry — but following their 2018 wedding, actresses started clamoring to play her on screen.
California native, who started small in the entertainment industry in the early 2000s, broke into it. General Hospital, The War at HomeAndCSI: NY. She proceeded to make a name for herself in 2011 when she was cast as Rachel Zane on USA Network’s Suits. In 2016, her romance with Harry took center stage and Meghan’s life as a royal became her claim to fame.
After welcoming their son Archie in May 2019, less than one year later, the couple decided to resign from their senior royal duties and move to the United States. After their royal exit became permanent in 2021 — and the duo welcomed daughter Lili in June of that year — a return to acting appeared to be the last thing on Meghan’s mind.
“No. I’m done,” the BenchAuthor told VarietyIn her October 2022 cover story, she speculates that she might step in front of the camera once again. “I guess never say never, but my intention is to absolutely not.”
While Meghan isn’t planning to act professionally, her story has made its way to the small screen in a series of Lifetime original movies. The animated series starring the Duchess was made in 2021. The Prince.
“I haven’t given that much thought, to be honest. It’s all weird,” the Archewell cofounder told the outlet when asked how it feels knowing actors are playing her on screen. “You have to compartmentalize. If someone is talking about me, or casting an actor who plays me, it will be a cartoon of me that has been created to make people a lot more money. Once you can separate that out, it’s much easier to go: ‘OK. That actually has nothing to do with me.’ It genuinely doesn’t. It’s a hard lesson to come to grips with.”
The “Archetypes” podcast host does, however, have a piece of advice for any actress taking on her persona.
“I hope that in preparing for that role, she finds the softness and the playfulness and the laughter. The silliness,” Meghan confessed. “I just hope she finds the dimensions. Also, she can call me!”
Parisa Fitz-HenleyWho portrayed the Dater’s Handbook actress in Lifetime’s first Harry & Meghan Movie, which revealed that it was a lot of work to portray the duchess.
“It was an inside out job. Meghan has such a wonderful confidence and poise, and so it comes out in the way she carries herself,” Fitz-Henley told TodayIn May 2018. “It was really great to watch that. And that was a great example because I really do need to work on my posture.”
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