Meghan Markle turns 41: 11 ways the Duchess of Sussex made headlines so far in 2022

How did it all begin?

The former American actress became a member of the British royal family when she married Prince Harry in May 2018 at Windsor Castle. The couple welcomed a son named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor in 2019.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s departures from royal duties began in 2020 over what they described as the British media’s intrusions and racist attitudes toward the former “Suits” star. The family now resides in the coastal city of Montecito, California.

In the wake of quitting royal duties, the couple gave a televised interview to Oprah Winfrey in March 2021, which was viewed by 61 million people across the globe. In June of that year, the couple welcomed a daughter named Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.

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As the Duke and Duchess of Sussex continue to navigate life in America, Markle had all eyes on her once again in 2022. Here are 11 ways she made headlines so far:

MEGHAN MARKLE RECEIVES A SYMBOLIC $ 1 REWARD

Meghan Markle successfully won her legal case against Britain's Mail.

Meghan Markle successfully won her legal case against Britain’s Mail. (NDZ/Star Max/GC Images)

In January, it was revealed that the Duchess of Sussex would receive the nominal sum of 1 pound, or $ 1.22, after a court found that Britain’s Mail on Sunday invaded her privacy. Markle successfully won her legal case against the paper for publishing a 2018 letter she sent to her estranged father, Thomas Markle.

The outlet was also required to pay an unspecified sum for the separate case of infringing Markle’s copyright by publishing parts of the five-page letter, which was written shortly after she married Harry. It was noted that the unspecified sum would be donated to charity.

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MEGHAN MARKLE CONDEMNS RUSSIAN INVASION

Meghan Markle and her husband publicly shared their support for Ukraine amid the Russian invasion.

Meghan Markle and her husband publicly shared their support for Ukraine amid the Russian invasion. (AP)

In February, Markle and Harry publicly came forward to speak out about the Russian invasion of Ukraine. A spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex posted a statement on their Archewell website that read, “WE STAND WITH THE PEOPLE OF UKRAINE.”

“Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and all of us at Archewell stand with the people of Ukraine against this breach of international and humanitarian law and encourage the global community and its leaders to do the same,” their statement read.

That same month, the couple reiterated their support at the NAACP Awards after being honored with the President’s Award. The ceremony aired live on BET in Los Angeles. The couple went on to donate to several organizations in support of Ukraine.

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MEGHAN MARKLE GETS SUED BY HER HALF-SISTER

Samantha Markle, left, has given numerous interviews to UK outlets about her half-sister.

Samantha Markle, left, has given numerous interviews to UK outlets about her half-sister. (FOX / Getty)

A year after Markle gave a televised interview to Winfrey, the former “Suits” star was sued by her half-sister for allegedly making “false” statements during the tell-all. Samantha Markle, who filed the lawsuit, accused the duchess of defamation “based on demonstrably false and malicious statements.”

Samantha argued that the duchess lied about being an “only child” and about the last time she saw her elder sibling. She also claimed Markle falsely stated that Samantha changed her last name to Markle after the former Hollywood actress started dating Harry. As recent as late July, Markle denied that she lied to Winfrey about being an “only child.”

MEGHAN MARKLE ANNOUNCES NEW PODCAST

MEGHAN MARKLE’S SPOTIFY PODCAST ‘ARCHETYPES’ TO EXAMINE ‘LABELS THAT TRY TO HOLD WOMEN BACK’

Spotify announced that Meghan Markle was hosting a new podcast titled "Archetypes."

Spotify announced that Meghan Markle was hosting a new podcast titled “Archetypes.” (Photo by Dominic Lipinski – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

In March, it was revealed that Markle would host a podcast on Spotify titled “Archetypes,” which will “investigate the labels that try to hold women back.” It was noted that the Duchess of Sussex will speak with historians and experts to “uncover the origin of these stereotypes and have uncensored conversations with women who know all too well how these typecasts shape narratives.”

The title of the show refers to the theme of the series, as well as Archewell, the nonprofit organization founded by Markle and Harry. That name pays tribute to their firstborn. Markle, who has a history of activism for women’s rights, revealed in an audio teaser that she hopes to address stereotypes that have long generalized women.

MEGHAN MARKLE MAKES FIRST PUBLIC APPEARANCE IN EUROPE SINCE ‘MEGXIT’

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, watch the sitting volley ball competition on day 2 of the Invictus Games 2020 at Zuiderpark, April 17, 2022, in The Hague, Netherlands.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, watch the sitting volley ball competition on day 2 of the Invictus Games 2020 at Zuiderpark, April 17, 2022, in The Hague, Netherlands. (Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

In April, Markle joined her husband in the Netherlands for the Invictus Games, which marked the couple’s first public appearance in Europe since stepping back as senior royals in 2020. The event came a day after the couple visited Queen Elizabeth II privately at Windsor Castle. The couple received an enthusiastic welcome from cheering competitors at The Hague. The week-long games are for active servicemen and veterans who are ill, injured or wounded.

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MEGHAN MARKLE’S ANIMATED SERIES RECEIVES THE BOOT FROM NETFLIX

Meghan Markle's "Pearl" was supposed to tell the tale of a 12-year-old girl who is inspired by influential women from history.

Meghan Markle’s “Pearl” was supposed to tell the tale of a 12-year-old girl who is inspired by influential women from history. (Reuters)

In May, it was announced that the streaming giant dropped “Pearl,” the working title of an animated series created by Markle through Archewell Productions. Last summer, it was revealed that she was teaming up with Elton John’s husband, David Furnish, to create “Pearl” for Netflix. The duchess was going to serve as an executive producer alongside the Canadian filmmaker. The show was described as a “family series that centers on the adventures of a 12-year-old girl who finds inspiration in a variety of influential women throughout history.”

MEGHAN MARKLE VISITS UVALDE

A memorial is seen surrounding the Robb Elementary School sign, following the May 24 mass shooting at the school, on May 26, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas.

A memorial is seen surrounding the Robb Elementary School sign, following the May 24 mass shooting at the school, on May 26, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas. (Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

In May, Markle made a surprise visit to Texas to pay her respects to the 21 victims killed at Robb Elementary School. She was spotted placing a bouquet of white roses at a memorial. Markle ignored questions from reporters as she placed the roses tied with a purple ribbon for 10-year-old Uziyah Garcia, one of the victims of the attack. Markle was accompanied by a bodyguard who was reported to be Alberto Alvarez. Alvarez was with Michael Jackson the night the singer died in June 2009 at age 50.

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MEGHAN MARKLE ATTENDS PLATINUM JUBILEE CHURCH SERVICE

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, attends a national service of thanksgiving to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II at St. Paul's Cathedral on June 3, 2022, in London, England. 

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, attends a national service of thanksgiving to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II at St. Paul’s Cathedral on June 3, 2022, in London, England.  (Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

In June, Markle and her husband joined other members of the British royal family for a church service at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London honoring the queen’s 70 years on the throne. It was the couple’s first public appearance in the UK since stepping back from royal duties.

The pair had flown across “the pond” from their home in California, bringing their son, Archie, and daughter, Lilibet, who had never met her great-grandmother and namesake the queen. Elizabeth, 96, skipped the service following “some discomfort” after attending Trooping the Colour. The reigning monarch has been suffering from mobility issues.

MEGHAN MARKLE RELEASES CANDID PHOTO OF LILIBET

MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY RELEASE CANDID NEW PHOTO OF DAUGHTER LILIBET ON HER 1ST BIRTHDAY

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry celebrated Lilibet's first birthday in Harry's homeland.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry celebrated Lilibet’s first birthday in Harry’s homeland. (AP)

In June, Markle released a candid photograph of her daughter from a party at their Frogmore Cottage home where they celebrated her first birthday. At the time, Markle and her family were in the UK for the queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend. According to a spokesperson, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex invited close friends and family for a “casual, intimate backyard picnic” for their youngest child, who showed off a head full of red hair much like her father.

“It was such a privilege to celebrate the 1st birthday of Lilibet with my family and hers! Joy and face painting all around,” photographer Misan Harriman captioned an Instagram image of the little one playing in the grass.

MEGHAN MARKLE REACTS TO ABORTION RULING

Meghan Markle told Vogue that she and Prince Harry had a "guttural" reaction.

Meghan Markle told Vogue that she and Prince Harry had a “guttural” reaction. (Yui Mok/Pool via AP)

In June, Markle opened up to Vogue about how she and Harry reacted to the reversal of Roe v. Wade. The duchess spoke to award-winning journalist Jessica Yelling about the impact of the Supreme Court’s decision. While discussing Harry’s thoughts about the ruling, she said that “his reaction last week was guttural, like mine.”

MEGHAN MARKLE SAYS SHE, PRINCE HARRY HAD ‘GUTTURAL’ REACTION TO ABORTION RULING: ‘MEN NEED TO BE VOCAL’

“Men need to be vocal in this moment and beyond because these are decisions that affect relationships, families and communities at large,” the former American actress explained. “They may target women, but the consequences impact all of us. My husband and I talked about that a lot over the past few days. He’s a feminist, too.”

MEGHAN MARKLE SUPPORTS PRINCE HARRY AT UNITED NATIONS FOR NELSON MANDELA DAY

Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, listen to speakers at the General Assembly during Nelson Mandela International Day at the United Nations Headquarters, July 18, 2022, in New York City.

Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, listen to speakers at the General Assembly during Nelson Mandela International Day at the United Nations Headquarters, July 18, 2022, in New York City. (John Lamparski/Getty Images)

In July, Markle accompanied her husband to the United Nations in New York City where he delivered a keynote speech during Nelson Mandela International Day. During his speech, Harry spoke about his love of Africa since his first visit at age 13 and how it still held a special connection for him and Markle.

“For most of my life, it has been my lifeline, a place where I found peace and healing time and time again,” said Harry, 37. “It’s where I felt closest to my mother and sought solace after she died, and where I knew I had found a soulmate in my wife. And it’s why so much of my work is based there.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.