From a Hollywood actress to a Duchess to the infamous “Megxit,“ as the tabloids call it, Meghan Markle has had her share of ups and downs. In fact, ever since her entry into the British Royal Family, she has been in the limelight and a major part of the news cycle. With the recent rumors of her return to acting, the headlines only keep rolling. Speaking of her acting career, very few know that Meghan Markle appeared in CW’s 90210.
With a few minor movie roles in her portfolio, Markle is most famous for her recurring role as Rachel Zane in the USA Network’s popular Legal Drama Suits. However, in the very nascent stage, as a model and a new actor, the lady Sussex sported a tiny appearance in the American Teenage Drama 90210. Let us find out more about it.
The Meghan Markle Cameo in 90210
Meghan Markle played a blink-and-miss character named Wendy in the series 90210. Premiered in 2008, 90210 was a remake/ spin-off of the hit 90s show, Beverly Hills 90210. The show initially chronicled around the teenage siblings Annie (Shenae Grimes) and Dixon (Tristan Wilds) as they move from Kansas to Beverly Hills. While Dixon has his reservations about joining the new school, Beverly Hills High, Annie is excited about rekindling with an old flame, Ethan Ward.
While already dating the rich and popular Naomi Clark, the Casanova kept his options pretty open. In an early episode of season 1, Annie spots Ethan in the school parking lot. As she musters the courage to talk to him, her hopes are quashed as she witnesses a girl appear next to him. Hidden from plain view at first, let’s just say she was otherwise engaged. That was Wendy, played by none other than Meghan Markle.
Markle’s discomfort with the scene in question
Apparently, this cameo did not thrill the Duchess of Sussex. In a biography titled Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family, authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand illustrate how the actress wasn’t comfortable with the “two-episode arc on the CW reboot of 90210.” According to them, “her character, Wendy, stirred up trouble when she was caught giving o*al s*x to playboy student Ethan Ward in a school parking lot.”
However, as a newcomer at the time, Meghan had to take it in her stride and accept the role. After all, “struggling actresses can’t be picky.” Fortunately, her remarkable seven-season run on Suits is more than enough to make the minor appearance in 90210 a distant memory.
Do you remember the Duchess of Sussex from the teen drama? Let us know in the comments.