Meghan Markle's royal engagement makes history

The American actress, 36, has already been married and will be the first bi-racial woman to marry into the royal family.
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Thankfully no one was injured. Back to Amy at kensington palace for a closer look at Meghan Markle and how the future American princess is breaking barriers. Amy. Reporter: That's right, robin. You know, there was a time when Meghan Markle's nationality, her race, even the fact that she's divorced may have disqualified her from joining the royal family in any official way. But as we now know those days are over. At 36 she is three years older than her new fiance prince Harry. Meghan, how are you feeling? So happy. Reporter: And making history. I would absolutely call Meghan a trail blazer. She knows exactly the causes she believes in and one of the thing that Harry really loves about her. Reporter: Meghan Markle, the first biracial woman to marry into the royal family. Her father an Emmy award winning lighting director. Her mother a social worker. Markle writing about her background in a 2016 article in "Elle" magazine says I have come to say who I am, to share where I'm from, to voice my pride in being a strong confident mixed race woman. Prince Harry early calling out the British media for their reporting on Markle warning the racial undertones of the comment pieces had crossed a line. Of course, it's disheartening, you know, it's a shame that that is the climate in this world to focus that much on that or that it would be discriminatory in that sense but I think, you know, at the end of the day I'm really just proud of who I am and where I come from and we have never put any focus on that. We have just focused on who we are as a couple. Reporter: Markle's engagement to the prince not her first. The actress married to a TV producer in 2011 and divorced him two years later. The last British royal to marry a divorcee king Edward VIII. You've met quite a few. I have on both sides of his family. His mom's side as well which is really important to me. We've had a nice time getting to know them and progressively helping me feel a part of not just the institution but also part of the family. Reporter: Markle raised in Los Angeles where she attended an all girls catholic school and was voted homecoming queen. In college studying theater and international relations. She's passionate about theater, really understands the importance of making art that serves a broader social purpose. Was aware of what it meant to be a woman of color, a biracial woman who when she went to the world represented an array of experiences. Reporter: Beginning her acting career with small parts including as a model on "Deal or no deal." All before landing her star making role as Rachel Zane in the show "Suits." You can't see me in my dress. I never heard of Meghan before and I was beautifully surprised when I walked into that room and saw her and there she was sitting there. I was like, I okay, I'm going to have to up my game. Reporter: But Markle outspoken on social issue, even politics. I think in 2012 the Republican party lost the female vote by 12 points. That's a huge number. Reporter: Deeply dedicated to humanitarian work serving as U.N. Women's ambassador. Women need a seat at the table. Reporter: And travels the world on charitable missions. This is the water that she's going through all this work to get. Reporter: Those causes something she will likely share with her future husband for years to come. She's capable of anything. One of the first things we started talking about when we met was the different things we wanted to do in the world and how fashion pat we were about seeing change. I think that was -- that's what got date two in the books probably. Reporter: The royal couple announced they plan to marry next spring. Prince Harry says he hopes to start a family soon and so this is truly a new generation for the royal family. Just a few moments ago we heard from the duchess of Cambridge who spoke about the new engagement. William and I are absolutely thrilled at such exciting news and it's really happy time for any couple and we wish them all the best and hope they enjoy this leap moment. Reporter: Everyone here in great Britain so excited about Meghan and prince Harry's engagement, in fact, you want to know what the number one Google search here in the uk was yesterday? Will we get a day off when prince Harry gets married? Back to you guys. Er in just like us. Just want a day off. Hey, Amy. We'll get back to you. They really seem to be well matched and have the same kind of passion. Joining us now is royal contributor someone we'll speak to I think between now and the wedding quite a bit, Victoria Murphy. And, Victoria, we heard in Amy's piece all about Meghan Markle. Just tell people what a big deal this is, the engagement. Well, this is a really exciting thing for the royal family. Prince Harry has long been the most popular member next to the queen and people have really wanted to see him settle down and the fact that he has chosen to settle down with somebody from a very ordinary background. Someone who does not fit in any way the description of an aristocratic royal bride exciting. There's this real sense that, you know, here is a new phase for the royal family where they are really a modernizing and the issues like divorce that may have been an issue for them is now no longer something that is a problem and the first mixed race person to ma Ary into the royal family. For generations this has been made up of mostly white uries and Britain is increasingly mul multicultural and now the royal family is reflecting that more. This is definitely a very exciting very modern love match. Hard to think of a barrier she's not breaking, Victoria. In a way it is hard to think of a barrier she's not breaking but I think that what's interesting when the couple were asked about this in their engagement interview yesterday, they were kind of asked, you know, what do you feel you represent here? And they were really very relaxed about that. They were kind of saying, you know, for us, it's just about being in love and we just fell in love and focused on our relationship and you only have to look at them kind of looking into each other's eyes in that interview to really get caught up in that love story and as Meghan said, you know, it's not about where they've come from. It's about how they feel about each other. They do seem very natural together, don't they? They do. Victoria, thanks very much.

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