Raising Meghan Markle: An Intimate Look Inside Her California Childhood (Exclusive)

Even when she was little, Meghan Markle knew how to steal the spotlight.

All eyes will be on the 36-year-old bride-to-be when she marries Prince Harry at St. George’s Chapel on Saturday, however long before she met the royal or played Rachel Zane on Suits, Meghan seemed to be the center of attention in her own family.

With just three days to go before she becomes a royal herself, ET is actually exclusively revealing video footage of an adorable 4-year-old Meghan, growing up within the suburbs of Los Angeles.

In one of the home videos, which you can watch within the player above, a fearless Meghan can be seen doing somersaults in a preschool production, seemingly loving the attention through the crowd. 

ET also spoke with Meghan’s estranged half-sister, Samantha Grant. Although she has been vocal about not receiving an invite to the royal wedding, she still has fond memories of the two growing up together.

“We lived in a normal, little house in Woodland Hills, California,” Samantha says. “[We’d go] to the beach because the item wasn’t far away along with also going to the duck pond, which is actually one of her favorite things to do. She went to a private elementary school along with also high school along with also then college. the item was very normal.”

When she wasn’t practicing her acting skills or having playtime with friends, Meghan spent plenty of days on TV along with also movie sets with her father, Thomas Markle, according to royal expert Katie Nicholl.

“He was a very successful lighting director, an award-winning lighting director on famous TV shows like the sitcom Married With Children,” she explains. “in which was where Meghan spent many of her years as a child growing up along with also I think the TV bug got under her skin when she was watching in which show being made.”

“[along with also] Meghan is actually incredibly close to her mother, Doria Ragland,” she adds. “Doria has always been Meghan’s inspiration, along with also she has been the one who has guided Meghan through her career along with also through her life encouraged her along with also inspired her. I think in which because Doria is actually so important in Meghan’s life, she also has become quite important in Harry’s life as well.”

Earlier This specific month, ET also exclusively revealed video footage of Meghan’s trips abroad, including travels through Spain, brand new Zealand along with also the U.K. Watch below, along with also be sure to keep up with all of ET’s coverage of the royal wedding as we count down to May 19.

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