Markle also worked with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women as an Advocate.
“I spoke about this in a speech I gave for International Women’s Day with UN Women just two years ago. It is a testament to the fighting spirit I had as a young girl, and the responsibility I now feel as a grown woman; and even more so as an actress," she wrote on The Tig last year. "The moment Suits became successful and I realized people (especially young women) were listening to what I had to say."
And there's no doubt that Markle will bring that special something to the royal family.
"The general impression I'm getting from the people on the streets is that she's a breath of fresh air, she's going to help to rejuvenate the royal family and everyone is really wishing them very well," royal expert Katie Nicholl told ET this week. "There's a real sense of happiness about this engagement announcement."
Markle herself is excited about taking on her royal duties. During her first interview with Prince Harry on the BBC, she spoke about how she's ready to focus on the next chapter of her life and leaving her acting career behind.
“I think what’s been really exciting -- as we talk about this as the transition out of my career -- is that the causes that have been very important to me, I can focus even more energy on,” she expressed. “You realize that as you have access, or a voice that people are willing to listen to, [it comes with] a lot of responsibility, which I take seriously.”
“In these beginning few months and now being boots on the ground in the U.K., I’m excited to really get to know more about the different communities here and smaller organizations that are working on the same causes that I’ve always been passionate about,” she added.
It's as if Markle has been preparing for this role her whole life.
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