Before he and the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle was a suitcase model on the game show “Deal or No Deal from 2006 to 2007.
LOS ANGELES – Meghan Markle married Prince Harry and catapulted himself into the royal stratosphere, she spent some time as a suitcase model on the game show ” Deal or No Deal.”
The series, presented by comedian Howie Mandel, will make her return later in December on CNBC after them out of the air for 9 years, but Mandel and the show’s executive producer Scott St. John remembered of their time with Markle, and Mandel even joked that the former actress appears royal tendencies even back then.
“She was not involved in many episodes, but I remembered her. She was a very nice person,” St. John told reporters Wednesday via satellite from Universal Studios in Orlando at the 2018 Television Critics Association’s Summer Press Tour.
“I can’t say that I saw anything – actually, I think that all the women on our show are special.”
Mandel agreed, saying: “she was a bit duchessy,” which drew laughter from the room of media members.
St. John continued: “I mean, she has a relationship with a person of the Royal Family, and there were qualities that he saw in her, and she saw in him. That’s all that mattered – it doesn’t matter what we saw.”
Mandel used the time to be the champion of the women who spend their days holding metal cases in which the fate of the “Deal or No Deal” participants.
“That speaks to who we have now and that we had then,” he said. “Not everyone will have the opportunity to meet royalty, but these are all people who have something substantial – they are not just standing there with a case.”
He continues: “They have careers, they have hobbies, they have a family, they are entrepreneurial – they are all people. So, when someone like Harry will meet someone who happened to be on our show, there is a lot to offer.”
In May, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tied the knot in St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.
“Deal or No Deal” is scheduled for a new start in December 5 to CNBC.