Meghan Markle's Rise To A Royal: From The 80s Till Now

We take a look back at the soon-to-be royal's style over the years.

It's the kind of stuff fairytales are made of.

In just a few days, the world will stop to watch Meghan Markle walk down the aisle to marry Prince Harry in one of the most eagerly anticipated royal weddings in history. 

But before this loved-up pair tie the knot at Windsor Castle on May 19, let's have a look back at some snaps of the American actress to reveal the making of a princess.

The early years, 1980s

It all began back in the days of Strawberry Shortcake and Care Bears. Born in Los Angeles on August 4, 1981, Meghan gets her gorgeous complexion from her mother, who is of Puerto Rican and African American descent and her father, who is of Dutch, English and Irish decent.

Who's that girl, 2005
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After graduating from Northwestern University in 2003 with a double major in theatre and international studies, Meghan decided to pursue a career in acting and in her early days she supported herself by working as a calligrapher. Here she attends the Kari Feinstein Pre-Emmy Style Lounge in 2005.

Making her markle, 2006
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After appearing in a number of small roles for several television shows and soap operas, the fresh-faced Meghan started to make her mark on Hollywood. She was often snapped frequenting red-carpeted events, such as George Lopez’s Great Chefs of LA in 2006, where this pic was snapped.

Deal or no deal, 2006-2007
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Va Va Voom! You might be surprised to learn the royal-to-be once appeared on the NBC game show Deal or No Deal. Many of Hollywood’s elite are unaware she was on the show, but Meghan was a case model in 2006 and 2007.

California dreamin', 2009
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Like most Hollywood actresses, Megan attended many awards ceremonies. Here she rocks her California tan at the DPA pre-Emmy Gift Lounge at the Peninsula Hotel on September 18, 2009.

Fresh faced beauty, 2010
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Meghan showed off her youthful good looks as she stepped out in subtle pinks and pastels for the Some Kind-a Gorgeous Style and Beauty Lounge at the Chateau Marmont on August 26, 2010.

A suitable performance, 2011
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After appearing in a couple of films in 2010 and one in 2011, Meghan landed her dream role in the USA Network show Suits. And not too long afterwards she was gracing the pages of fashion and lifestyle magazines.

Some like it hot, 2012
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After steaming up our screens in Suits, Meghan became a regular guest on talk shows and Hollywood hot lists. Here she attends the TV Guide Magazine 2012 Hot List Party at SkyBar at the Mondrian in Los Angeles.

A league of her own, 2012
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Now a star in her own right, Meghan oozed style and sophistication at the USA Network and The Moth presentation of 'A More Perfect Union' at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood on February 15, 2012.

A natural beauty, 2012
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With her natural -- and slightly sultry -- good looks, it's no surprise Meghan was a fave with the fashion mags. Here she arrives at the GQ Men Of The Year Party at Chateau Marmont on November 13, 2012.

From strength to strength, 2013
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Over the years, Meghan's style continued to flourish. In 2013 the actress wowed the paparazzi as she sashayed the red carpet at ELLE's Women in Television Celebration at Soho House on January 24.

The ultimate rock chick, 2014
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Rocking an edgy look while staying true to her classic style, Meghan pulled out all the stops when she attended Fall Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week on February 8, 2014 in New York City.

Wild about Harry, 2016
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Despite trying to keep her relationship with Prince Harry on the down low she  papped in the royal box at Wimbledon in 2016. And the word was out ...

The Princess Bride, 2018
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Since her engagement to Harry, Meghan's style has definitely evolved. She now opts for demure, classic styles from renowned designers. And soon, a wedding gown too.

Feature image: Getty / Instagram/@otherprincessmeghan