How a mysterious lottery win gave Meghan Markle this surprising jump into the British royal family

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Before they married last year, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were seen together constantly.

When you win the lottery, it’s most unlikely your daughter could turn into a princess. Not many people know how this happened to actor Meghan Markle.

As you might know, British royal and former tearaway Prince Harry got married to "Suits" tv actor Meghan Markle in May 2018.

It was a world event, and now there’s baby Archie.

But it turns out there's an interesting background story to Meghan's rise to fame and stardom - and now royalty. 

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Meghan rose to fame after landing a role in TV detective show Castle, in which she played a killer who dressed as Sleeping Beauty.

But the surprise was how she climbed her career ladder. It happened very simply, like this.

Her father, Tom Snr, won US$750,000 in the Californian State Lottery in 1990 when the actress was just nine years old. 

And the win was enough to get her catapulted into many opportunities to advance her career. Her half-brother Tom Jnr, 51, says their father's win meant she got the best chance in life.

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Meghan's step-brother Tom Jnr is seen here with her, aged 2.

"That money allowed Meg to go to the best schools and get the best training. Meg is someone who has always had laser focus.”

“She knows what she wants and she doesn't stop until she gets it," he said.

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"She was always the family's princess but now she's going to be a real princess and I couldn't be more proud."

Actually, she won’t be able to call herself a princess because of the complicated succession and royal titles. She is officially a duchess.

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Meghan Markle’s sorority photo during the 2000-2001 school year. PHOTO: Northwestern University

As a result the win, Meghan was able to attend the prestigious Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where she studied theatre and international studies.

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Dad Thomas Snr with a young Meghan in this early family snapshot she posted to her Facebook page.

Now isn't that just the best use of a lottery fortune you could imagine?

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