Meghan's Wikipedia entry changed from 'model to activist-humanitarian' days before going public with Harry
The Wikipedia entry on Meghan Markle's page had been changed only days before her relationship to Prince Harry was made public in October 2016. In what can be viewed as an interesting switch, Meghan's occupation on the site was changed to show her as 'actress, activist, humanitarian' instead of the 'actress, fashion model and spokesmodel' that previously graced the page, Daily Mail reports.
It was later that month that Meghan's relationship with Harry became public. Another reference to her time as a 'briefcase girl' on Deal or No Deal had also been removed from the page. The page had initially read, "Meghan Markle (born August 4, 1981, in Los Angeles, California) is an American fashion model, spokesmodel, and actress. She is best known for her role as Rachel Zane on the USA legal drama Suits."
"She was the model who held case #24 on the US version of the television game show Deal or No Deal (season one) and also played Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent Amy Jessup in Fox's sci-fi thriller Fringe," the page stated.
An edit made on October 9, 2016 at 10.48 pm removed her role on the hit game show from the top of the page. During this edit, a 'Humanitarian work' section was also added. The section read, "Markle is actively involved in the socio-political arena and in 2016 she became Global Ambassador for World Vision Canada, traveling to Rwanda for the Clean Water Campaign."
"She has also worked with The United Nations Women, where, as an Advocate, she presented at UN Headquarters for the HeforShe Gender Equality Campaign in September 2014," the section states. "Meghan has also been a panelist on the esteemed list of speakers for One Young World (Dublin, 2014), and has traveled to Afghanistan with the Joint Chief of Staff on a USO tour December 2014," it goes on to say.
A final save made at 10.51 pm had her occupation altered in a box which appeared on the right-hand side of the page.
The changes were traced to an unnamed user with an IP address that was linked to a Los Angeles PR company. However, there is no evidence to suggest that Meghan was ever represented by the firm. This has led people to question whether a friend of Meghan could have knowingly made the changes in preparation for the public scrutiny she would be subjected to once her relationship was revealed to the public.
Harry and Meghan's new biography titled 'Finding Freedom' claims that the pair had been 'tipped off' that a publication was planning on running a story about their romance.
"The following day Meghan felt somewhat bittersweet. On the one hand, she was disappointed that their secret was out. It was no longer just the two of them. While Meghan, before she met Harry, had occasionally set up a paparazzi photo here and there or let info slip out to the press, she did everything in her power to protect the privacy of her relationship with the prince," the book states.
"She knew keeping things quiet meant they could get to know each other without pressure or further worries that came from reporters covering their romance," the book revealed. All that changed in 2016.