New Meghan Markle book: 6 surprising revelations from Princess Diana biographer

Andrew Morton, the late Princess Diana‘s biographer, reveals in his new book, Meghan: A Hollywood Princess, that Prince Harry‘s future wife, Meghan Markle, was always fascinated by the royal family.

Here are 6 surprising things we learned about the future royal from Morton’s book, which is set for release in the U.S. on April 17.

1. She Was Obsessed With Princess Diana

Morton writes that Markle was heartbroken after Harry’s mom died in a car crash in Paris: “Meghan and her friends watched the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, in early September 1997, tears coursing down their cheeks at the poignant moment when the cameras zoomed in on the royal coffin.” Perched on top of the coffin was an envelope with the word “Mummy” written on it — it was a letter from Harry.

“According to family friends, she was intrigued by Diana, not just for her style, but for her independent humanitarian mission, seeing her as a role model,” the author claims, adding that her friend Ninaki Priddy said, “She was always fascinated by the royal family. She wants to be Princess Diana 2.0.”

2. She Packed on the Freshman 15 in College

After a tumultuous childhood in L.A. that saw her parents split when she was a toddler, Markle headed to Chicago to attend Northwestern. Away from her doting mother, Morton writes that the teen wore heavier makeup, highlighted her hair and gained weight from drinking, eating carb-heavy dorm food and making late-night visits to Burger King. The sorority girl was a “party animal,” who enjoyed staying out late, Morton adds.

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When she ditched the tights

Wearing hosiery is reportedly an unspoken rule for female members of the royal family, and one that Queen Elizabeth is a stickler for. Meghan Markle defied tradition when she went sans tights for her engagement photos.

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When she spent Christmas with Queen Elizabeth

Meghan Markle made history when she became the first fiancée to spend Christmas with the queen at her Sandringham residence. Usually, events with the queen are reserved for spouses of royals. When Kate Middleton was engaged to Prince William she wasn't given that special privilege and instead spent the holiday with her own family.

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When she wore a messy bun

There's no rule (that we know of) that claims royal ladies must have perfect blown out tresses for all royal engagements, but it's a look we've become accustomed to since Duchess Kate came into the picture in 2011 with her glossy curls and impeccable chignons. 

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When she decided to make a speech at her own wedding

In Britain, traditionally the groom, father of the bride, and the best man make speeches after the wedding. However, the former actress will make a speech at her May 19 ceremony to pay tribute to Prince Harry and his family.

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When she showed PDA with Prince Harry

Royal couples usually refrain from showing PDA in public -- a precedent set by Queen Elizabeth -- but it seems as if Meghan and Harry can't get their hands off each other!

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When she gave an autograph

Royals aren't allowed to give autographs for security reasons, but Meghan Markle made an exception for one 10-year-old girl.

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When she hugged kids

Again, for security reasons, royals are usually required to keep their hands to themselves (handshakes are okay). However, Meghan Markle defied that rule when she gave a group of children hugs while visiting a community center.

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When she wore head-to-toe black

Usually, the dark hue is reserved for somber occasions like funerals or events like Remembrance Sunday Service. In fact, you'd never see Duchess Kate stepping out in an outfit like this for any public appearance.

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When she wore a suit to a black-tie event

Meghan Markle shocked and stunned the world when she showed up to a black-tie affair with an Alexander McQueen suit on instead of a ball gown. While there's no official rule that royals must wear gowns, the move broke from tradition in a major way.

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When she wore a crossbody bag

Holding clutches during public appearances is usually the norm for members of the royal family. Because protocol states you shouldn't offer your hand to any member of the royal family, Kate opts for clutches to avoid any awkward confrontations. However, Meghan surprised everyone when she stepped out in Scotland with a crossbody.

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When she took a political stance

When she appeared alongside Duchess Kate, Prince Harry and Prince William, Meghan Markle expressed her support for the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements. It was a surprising moment considering protocol forbids members of the royal family to take sides on political issues.

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Meghan Markle's side bun

She does it again! Meghan rocked a chic side bun during a surprise trip to Ireland, but just like her messy bun, it's an uncommon style for royals to rock.

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3. She Avoided Donald Trump

After briefly working for the U.S. embassy in Brazil, she returned to L.A. with her heart set on a career in showbiz. She landed a role as a briefcase girl on the game show Deal or No Deal in 2006, reportedly getting paid $800 an episode. Morton writes that she avoided one celebrity guest on the show — future president Donald Trump. The businessman, who was promoting The Apprentice, gave the models his card and invited them to play golf at one of his courses, the author reveals. Tameka Jacobs, a fellow briefcase girl, told Morton, “He was super-creepy, but some girls were attracted to money and power and took his number. Meghan was one of the girls who gave him a wide berth.”

4. Her First Marriage Ended Suddenly

She met New Yorker Trevor Engelson at a dive bar in West Hollywood. The producer, tall with reddish blond hair and blue eyes, got her a small role in the film Remember Me, starring Robert Pattinson and in 2011 she scored the lead in Suits. That meant relocating to Toronto, while Engelson remained in L.A. They wed in Jamaica and tried to maintain a long-distance relationship but split two years later. “The marriage ended so abruptly that Meghan sent Trevor her diamond wedding and engagement rings back by registered mail,” Morton claims, adding that even now, five years later, Engleson “can barely contain his anger” towards his ex.

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EAST HAMPTON, NY - AUGUST 26: Meghan Markle and Trevor Engelson attend COACH Legacy Photo Exhibit by REED KRAKOFF at Coach on August 26, 2006 in East Hampton, NY. (Photo by Billy Farrell/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - NOVEMBER 06: Trevor Engelson attends The Hollywood Reporter's annual Next Generation reception at My House on November 6, 2009 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 11: Trevor Engelson (L) and wife actress Meghan Markle arrives at the Anti-Defamation League Entertainment Industry Awards Dinner Honoring Ryan Kavanaugh at The Beverly Hilton hotel on October 11, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 11: Actress Meghan Markle (R) and her husband Trevor Engelson arrive at the Anti-Defamation League Entertainment Industry Awards Dinner at the Beverly Hilton on October 11, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 30: Manager Trevor Engelson (L) and director Dito Montiel attend the Los Angeles Premiere of 'Man Down' on November 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 26: Executive producers Trevor Engelson (L) and Michael London attend the premiere of FX's 'Snowfall' at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on June 26, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
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5. She and Harry Had an Instant Connection

Markle and Harry met at London’s Soho House on July 1, 2016, after being set up on a blind date and “they had each other at ‘Hello,'” Morton writes. Their first meeting was “intoxicating” and they enjoyed back-to-back dates before she had to fly back to Toronto. Two days after that first date Markle posted a picture on her Instagram account of two Love Hearts candies with the message “Kiss Me.” She joined him on safari in Botswana the following month.

6. She Rehearsed Tea-Drinking Before Meeting the Queen

Months before meeting Harry’s grandmother,Queen Elizabeth II, in autumn 2017, Markle visited Rose Tree Cottage in Pasadena, California, for afternoon tea. It was there that she learned all the protocols that go along with having tea with the Queen, including crooking her finger as she held her cup and saucer, Morton writes. Markle’s one-hour meeting with the monarch went well, with Harry remarking in the couple’s first joint interview that his fiancée managed to charm even the Queen’s beloved Corgis.

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US actress and fiancee of Britain's Prince Harry Meghan Markle (L) and Britain's Prince Harry (R) stand together as they wait to see off Britain's Queen Elizabeth II after attending the Royal Family's traditional Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk, eastern England, on December 25, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Adrian DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry leave the Christmas Day morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images)
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: Prince Charles; Prince of Wales Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on December 25, 2017 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: (L-R) Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on December 25, 2017 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - (L-R) US actress and fiancee of Britain's Prince Harry Meghan Markle and Britain's Prince Harry arrive to attend the Royal Family's traditional Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk, eastern England, on December 25, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Adrian DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
(L-R) US actress and fiancee of Britain's Prince Harry Meghan Markle and Britain's Prince Harry arrive to attend the Royal Family's traditional Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk, eastern England, on December 25, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Adrian DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Terms of release, which must be included and passed-on to anyone to whom this image is supplied: USE AFTER 31/05/2018 must be cleared by Kensington Palace. This photograph is for editorial use only. NO commercial use. NO use in calendars, books or supplements. Use on a cover, or for any other purpose, will require approval from Art Partner and the Kensington Palace Press Office. There is no charge for the supply, release or publication of this official photograph. This photograph must not be digitally enhanced, manipulated or modified and must be used substantially uncropped. Copyright in the photographs is vested in Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle. Publications are asked to credit the photograph to Alexi Lubomirski. WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER: (EDITOR'S NOTE: Image was shot in black and white. Colour version not available.) In this handout photo provided by Kensington Palace, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pose for one of two official engagement photos at Frogmore House in December, 2017 in Windsor, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alexi Lubomirski via Getty Images)
NO SALES. Terms of release, which must be included and passed-on to anyone to whom this image is supplied: USE AFTER 31/05/2018 must be cleared by Kensington Palace. This photograph is for editorial use only. NO commercial use. NO use in calendars, books or supplements. Use on a cover, or for any other purpose, will require approval from Art Partner and the Kensington Palace Press Office. There is no charge for the supply, release or publication of this official photograph. This photograph must not be digitally enhanced, manipulated or modified and must be used substantially uncropped. Copyright in the photographs is vested in Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle. Publications are asked to credit the photograph to Alexi Lubomirski. WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER: In this handout photo provided by Kensington Palace, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pose for one of two official engagement photos at Frogmore House in December, 2017 in Windsor, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alexi Lubomirski via Getty Images)
NO SALES. Terms of release, which must be included and passed-on to anyone to whom this image is supplied: USE AFTER 31/05/2018 must be cleared by Kensington Palace. This photograph is for editorial use only. NO commercial use. NO use in calendars, books or supplements. Use on a cover, or for any other purpose, will require approval from Art Partner and the Kensington Palace Press Office. There is no charge for the supply, release or publication of this official photograph. This photograph must not be digitally enhanced, manipulated or modified and must be used substantially uncropped. Copyright in the photographs is vested in Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle. Publications are asked to credit the photograph to Alexi Lubomirski. WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER: (EDITOR'S NOTE: Image was shot in black and white. Colour version not available.) In this handout photo provided by Kensington Palace, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pose for one of two official engagement photos at Frogmore House in December, 2017 in Windsor, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alexi Lubomirski via Getty Images)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arriving for the Queen's Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace, London. (Photo by Jonathan Brady/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 20: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive for the Queen's Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace on December 20, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle go on a walk about at Nottingham Contemporary on December 1, 2017 in Nottingham, England. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement on Monday 27th November 2017 and will marry at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle in May 2018. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle go on a walk about at Nottingham Contemporary on December 1, 2017 in Nottingham, England. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement on Monday 27th November 2017 and will marry at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle in May 2018. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
NOTTINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 01: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend a Terrence Higgins Trust World AIDS Day charity fair at Nottingham Contemporary on December 1, 2017 in Nottingham, England. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement on Monday 27th November 2017 and will marry at St George's Chapel, Windsor in May 2018. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01: Prince Harry and fiancee Meghan Markle attend the Terrence Higgins Trust World AIDS Day charity fair at Nottingham Contemporary on December 1, 2017 in Nottingham, England. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement on Monday 27th November 2017 and will marry at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle in May 2018. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
Britain's Prince Harry and his fiancee, US actress Meghan Markle gesture during their visit to Nottingham Academy in Nottingham, central England, on December 1, 2017. Prince Harry and his American actress fiancee Meghan Markle were welcomed by hundreds of people on their first royal visit as a couple since announcing their engagement this week. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Andy Stenning (Photo credit should read ANDY STENNING/AFP/Getty Images)
NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01: Prince Harry and his fiancee US actress Meghan Markle pose for a photograph with the cast and crew of a hip hop opera performed by young people involved in the Full Effect programme at the Nottingham Academy school on December 1, 2017 in Nottingham, England. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement on Monday 27th November 2017 and will marry at St George's Chapel, Windsor in May 2018. (Photo by Matt Dunham - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01: Prince Harry and his fiancee US actress Meghan Markle visit the Terrence Higgins Trust World AIDS Day charity fair at Nottingham Contemporary on December 1, 2017 in Nottingham, England. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement on Monday 27th November 2017 and will marry at St George's Chapel, Windsor in May 2018. (Photo by Adrian Dennis - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry and his fiancee US actress Meghan Markle greet wellwishers on a walkabout as they arrive for an engagement at Nottingham Contemporary in Nottingham, central England, on December 1, 2017 which is hosting a Terrence Higgins Trust World AIDS Day charity fair. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visited Nottingham in their first set of engagements together since announcing their engagement. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFF (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 27: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend an official photocall to announce their engagement at The Sunken Gardens at Kensington Palace on November 27, 2017 in London, England. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been a couple officially since November 2016 and are due to marry in Spring 2018. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 27: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend an official photocall to announce their engagement at The Sunken Gardens at Kensington Palace on November 27, 2017 in London, England. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been a couple officially since November 2016 and are due to marry in Spring 2018. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 27: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend an official photocall to announce their engagement at The Sunken Gardens, Kensington Palace on November 27, 2017 in London, England. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been a couple officially since November 2016 and are due to marry in Spring 2018. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 27: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend an official photocall to announce their engagement at The Sunken Gardens, Kensington Palace on November 27, 2017 in London, England. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been a couple officially since November 2016 and are due to marry in Spring 2018. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 27: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during an official photocall to announce the engagement of Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle at The Sunken Gardens at Kensington Palace on November 27, 2017 in London, England. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been a couple officially since November 2016 and are due to marry in Spring 2018. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 27: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during an official photocall to announce the engagement of Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle at The Sunken Gardens at Kensington Palace on November 27, 2017 in London, England. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been a couple officially since November 2016 and are due to marry in Spring 2018. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 30: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are seen at the Closing Ceremony on day 8 of the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 at the Air Canada Centre on September 30, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. The Games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for the Armed Forces. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 30: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are seen on day 8 of the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 on September 30, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. The Games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for the Armed Forces. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 25: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend the Wheelchair Tennis on day 3 of the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 at Nathan Philips Square on September 25, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. The Games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for the Armed Forces. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 25: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend the Wheelchair Tennis on day 3 of the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 at Nathan Philips Square on September 25, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. The Games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for the Armed Forces. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 25: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend wheelchair tennis on day 3 of the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 on September 25, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. The Games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for the Armed Forces. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 25: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend wheelchair tennis on day 3 of the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 on September 25, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. The Games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for the Armed Forces. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 25: Prince Harry (R) and Meghan Markle (L) attend a Wheelchair Tennis match during the Invictus Games 2017 at Nathan Philips Square on September 25, 2017 in Toronto, Canada (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for the Invictus Games Foundation )
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 25: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend the Wheelchair Tennis on day 3 of the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 at Nathan Philips Square on September 25, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. The Games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for the Armed Forces. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 25: Prince Harry (R) and Meghan Markle (L) attend a Wheelchair Tennis match during the Invictus Games 2017 at Nathan Philips Square on September 25, 2017 in Toronto, Canada (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for the Invictus Games Foundation)
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