Meghan Markle recalls volunteering on Skid Row, reveals why she almost didn’t make an acting career



Prince Harry, Meghan Markle to marry on May 19, 2018

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Before she ever met Prince Harry, Meghan Markle spent her time volunteering, acting and running her now-defunct lifestyle website.

In the book “Game Changers: Success Secrets Of 40 Women At The Top’, that was recently in Australia, Markle recalled volunteering as a teenager.

“I started to work at a soup kitchen in Skid Row in Los Angeles when I was 13 years old, and the first day I felt really scared. I was young and it was rough and raw, and though I was with a large group of volunteers, I felt overwhelmed,” said the former “Suits” star. “I remember one of my mentors, Mrs. Maria Pollia) told me that ‘life is about putting others’ needs above your own fears’. That has always stayed with me.”

The 36-year-old revealed she had a moment of unsafe feeling, but it didn’t stop her from continuing to volunteer.

“Yes, make sure that you are safe and never put yourself in a compromising situation, but once that is checked off the list, I think it’s really important for us to remember that someone needs us and that the act of giving/helping/can do is really an act of grace once you get out of your head,” Markle advised.

Markle, who starred in “Suits,” for seven season before quitting acting to become a full-time royal, she said that she couldn’t have a career in show business.

“I worked for the AMERICAN Embassy, and was going down a path of foreign service. At the university, where I double majored in Theater and International Relations, so I knew that I loved the energy of both, but was not sure where I would establish his career. I was home (in Los Angeles) in the holiday one year, and a manager asked a friend for a student film I had done. She sent it to him and he called me a few days later, saying that he wanted to represent me. It was a turning point, because I was able to take a step back and re-evaluate what I really wanted to do. Plus, the truth be told, I was a little homesick at the time, so a stay in LA for a bit with a throw of the dice with his career as it seemed liked a good idea. Thank God it worked!” she said.

She said that they taped five pilots of shows that are not picked up by the networks, she has her big breakthrough with “Deal with it.” She added in her interview for “Game Changers” the day “Suits” got the green light from the US “is still one of the best days of my life.”

Meghan Markle appears as Rachel Zane in Suits.” She has since left the show.

(2017 USA Network Media, LLC)

Markle also raved about her website, the Tig, which she closed as soon as her romance with Prince Harry became world news.

She called The Tig-a “outlet for me personally,” that she used to combat the “smoke and mirrors, retouching, and disruption” in the entertainment industry.

“I am self-sufficient and a go-getter, so often I have to take a moment to just breathe. My brain is always busy, but at the end of the day, because it is all things that I am passionate about, it is easier to not more tired if I squeeze it all in,” she said at the time.

Markle offered her words of wisdom to her fans: “don’t give up five minutes if you don’t intend to be five years, be kind to yourself, Rome was not built in a day.”

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry forms of engagement photos.

(Alexi Lubomirski/Kensington Palace via AP)

Markle life has changed dramatically since the interview took place. In November, Kensington Palace announced Markle and Prince Harry’s involvement. The couple will wed on May 19. Markle retired to acting after the engagement news and she will focus on royal duties full-time.

Markle said in her first post-engagement interview, “I do not see it as something up. I see it as a change. It is a new chapter.”

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