Mike is a naturally gifted, brilliant guy but has followed exactly none of the rules.”When it came to casting Rachel Zane, “we needed somebody in the role that was absolutely engaging, relatable, young enough, who is beautiful in a non-traditional way, and who had an authenticity,” says Bonnie Hammer, chairman of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Group. I think it’s because Meghan has the ability to be smart and sharp but without losing her sweetness.”When she auditioned for the role, Markle showed up in black jeans, a plum-colored spaghetti-strap top, and heels.Aaron Korsh, the show’s creator, recalls that Rachel Zane was particularly challenging to cast because the role required “toughness and attitude while still being likable. It suddenly occurred to her that for the screen test she needed to look less casual and more like a lawyer.“I never thought that a story about six people working in a law firm in New York City would be something that would capture people’s interest all over the globe.
Criticism of Markle has been snob-ridden, racist, and uninformed. Last November, the Daily Star Online announced, “Prince Harry could marry into gangster royalty—his new love is from a crime ridden Los Angeles neighborhood”; “the royal’s future mother-in-law still lives in Crenshaw, surrounded by bloodbath robberies and drug-induced violence.”How does Markle handle the tabloid nonsense about her and Harry?
“I can tell you that at the end of the day I think it’s really simple,” she says. Markle’s safety and is deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her.” As for Markle, she prefers what the British call “ostriching.” She says, “I don’t read any press. As dolls in the 1980s were generally sold in sets of black and white, for Christmas one year her father bought “a black mom doll, a white dad doll, and a child in each color.
She dashed into an H&M and bought a little black dress for $35.
Sure enough, she was asked to change into the dress, which she hadn’t even tried on.
The couple met in London through friends in July 2016, Markle says. Markle, new to fame, has handled the hoopla with surprising aplomb.