Did Meghan Markle Go to College?

Meghan Markle had her own tremendous life before she met and fell in love with Prince Harry in the summer of 2016. Before becoming the Duchess of Sussex, when she wed the prince in May 2018, Markle was a highly successful Hollywood actress, mostly known for her starring role as Rachel Zane on the hit USA drama, Suits. In addition to her acting career, the Los Angeles native is a highly engaged philanthropist who spoke out for women’s rights and education.

On Suits, Markle’s character Rachel was a paralegal who had finished law school but was struggling to take the bar exam. Since the duchess has been so open about the need for education –for women in particular, did she get the opportunity to attend college?

Duchess Meghan Markle attended Northwestern University

After attending  Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles and graduating in 1999, Markle enrolled in the prestigious Northwestern University located in Evanston — a suburb just outside of Chicago. Always the ambitious woman, Markle double majored in Theather and International Relations — a degree that was obviously extremely useful in her career and tied deeply to her passions. She was also a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority which is known for its charitable efforts.

The mother-to-be chose to attend Northwestern because of their exemplary drama department where she focused on African-American playwrights. Professor Harvey Young told Northwestern Now, “Being a biracial actress, Meghan had a sophisticated view and understanding of what it means to be perceived and treated differently. She was quite aware of how people respond to race and was very clear about the need to think about the experiences of people who are not only biracial but also people of color.”

In 2017, Markle told Allure, “I took an African-American studies class at Northwestern where we explored colorism. It was the first time I could put a name to feeling too light in the black community, too mixed in the white community.”

Studying abroad

Markle certainly wasn’t all about theater when she attended Northwestern. She also put her International Relations major to good use. While in college she snagged an internship at the US Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina where she learned to speak Spanish. She is also fluent in French.

As her celebrity grew Markle used her college experiences to extend her hand to the world. In 2014, she became involved with One Young World as a counselor. The organizations bring young leaders together to develop solutions to some of the world’s most pressing issues.

In 2015, Markle became the  UN Women’s Advocate for Women’s Political Participation and Leadership. During her speech at the UN’s International Women’s Day that year, she declared, “I am proud to be a woman and a feminist.”

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