Linda Ellerbee, an American journalist who used to work on a children’s current affairs show called Nick News, recalls how she first became aware of Meghan when she was just a schoolgirl and received a letter from her complaining about a television advert she thought was sexist.
Linda said: “She had been in her classroom and a commercial had come up for Ivory Dishwashing Soap and in it, it said for women with greasy hands, or something like that, all over America.
“So she wrote a letter to the President of Proctor & Gamble and she included that letter in her letter to me.
“At first they denied having gotten a letter. And I pushed and pushed and finally they admitted they’d gotten it and they had gotten several letters and they were going to change the commercial and they did.
“And at that point we sent a crew out to do a story about this little girl, Meghan Markle.”
Meghan’s desire to help others saw her work at a soup kitchen on skid row in Los Angeles while she was at school.
The programme talks to some of her teachers and goes back to the kitchen where she used to help out and to speak to staff who said they were amazed when they heard she was marrying a Prince.
Aaron Korsch the creator of the legal drama Suits also appears in the Sky documentary.
Talking about giving Meghan her big break in the TV show that would make her famous he said: “the part of Rachel was a difficult role to cast because it required someone who had strength of character and also a good sense of humour.
“It was taking a while and then Meghan walked in the door and she just nailed it.”
Gina Nelthorpe-Cowne was Meghan’s agent and remembers clearly when this new phase in Meghan’s life began and she found out the actress was dating Prince Harry.
Talking about one of their last meetings together, Gina said: “Meghan and I were at lunch and she was really excited that day at lunch and I said to her you look fantastic Meghan. What’s going on in your life, you seem excited?
“And she said well yes, I have a date tonight. And I said really, with who, do I know him? And she said yes I’m sure you’ll know him, I’m meeting Prince Harry, and in a whisper she sort of said. And I said who? And she said, Prince Harry, I’m meeting Prince Harry tonight. And I said Prince Harry?!”
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The documentary Harry and Meghan: A Love Story will air on Sky One at 9pm on Wednesday 9th May and on Sky News at 9pm on Friday 11th May
:: Sky News will broadcast live in Windsor the week before the royal wedding with all the build up to the big day, with exclusive live coverage of the wedding in UHD in a special programme from 9am to 3pm on Sky News and Sky One on Saturday 19 May.