Now engaged to Prince Harry, actress Meghan Markle once spent time as a briefcase model on the game show Deal or No Deal.


Clips and still images of the Suits actress holding cases on the show made their rounds on the Internet in the hours after her engagement to the royal family member was announced. The 36-year-old says she got the job to make ends meet as she was trying to jumpstart her acting career.

Markle held cases on the Howie Mandel-helmed game show from 2006 to 2007. In a 2013 interview with Esquire, the actress says she did the gig out of necessity. “I would put that in the category of things I was doing while I was auditioning to try to make ends meet. I went from working in the U.S. Embassy in Argentina to ending up on Deal,” she admitted. “It’s run the gamut. Definitely working on Deal or No Deal was a learning experience, and it helped me to understand what I would rather be doing.”

Meghan Markle as Case Model on Deal or No Deal from Game Show Network on Vimeo.

She also shared that she never had the winning, million-dollar case. “I would end up standing up there forever in these terribly uncomfortable and inexpensive five-inch heels just waiting for someone to pick my number so I could go and sit down,” she said.

Besides appearing on Deal, Markle had guest appearances on General HospitalCSI: MiamiFringe, and Castle before landing her recurring role as Rachel Zane on Suits in 2011. Now, she plans to leave the series after seven seasons. Show creator Aaron Korsh explains that the showrunners decided to “take a gamble” on Markle and Prince Harry’s relationship and write her out of the show.

“I knew from a year ago that this relationship was burgeoning. And I had a decision to make because I didn’t want to intrude and ask her, ‘Hey, what’s going on and what are you going to do?'” he explained. “So collectively with the writers, we decided to take a gamble that these two people were in love and it was going to work out.” Markle confirmed that she would be leaving the show last month.

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