The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, has revealed that after taking a genealogy test to find out more about her family descent, she discovered she is 43 % Nigerian.
Meghan, who married Prince Harry at St George’s Chapel, Windsor in May 2018, brought the information to light following the latest episode of her Spotify podcast, Archetypes.
Her guests on the show were Issa Rae, Emily Bernard, and Ziwe Fumodoh, as they discussed their experiences as Black women around the topic “angry Black woman”.
The Duchess of Sussex says that she will continue to dig deeper as everyone she has told, especially Nigerian women “are like What!”
Meghan is a former American actress, best known for her role as paralegal Rachel Zane in US legal drama Suits and for her lifestyle blog.
She was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Her acting career began at Northwestern University; her last and most significant screen role was that of Rachel Zane for seven seasons (2011–2018) in the American TV legal drama Suits.
The Duchess of Sussex also developed a social media presence. This included The Tig (2014–2017) lifestyle blog which garnered recognition for her fashion sense and led to the creation and release of two clothing lines in 2015–2016.
During The Tig period, Meghan became involved in charity work focused primarily on women’s issues and social justice. She was married to American film producer Trevor Engelson from 2011 until their divorce in 2013.
Meghan retired from acting upon her marriage to Prince Harry in 2018 and became known as the Duchess of Sussex. They have two children, Archie and Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor.
In January 2020, the pair stepped down as working royals and later settled in California. In October 2020, they launched Archewell Inc., an American public organization that focuses on non-profit activities and creative media ventures.
In the following years, she released a picture book for children, The Bench, and launched a Spotify podcast, Archetypes. Meghan and Harry filmed a highly publicized interview with Oprah Winfrey, which was broadcast in March 2021.