Run, don't walk, to a bookstore, because the new Meghan Markle biography is out, and it's chock-full of anecdotes about her time at Northwestern University before she was engaged to Prince Harry. According to The Chicago Tribune, who published a story previewing the book on Monday, author Andrew Morton spends about 12 out of Meghan: A Hollywood Princess's 250 pages recapping her life at college.
As many of us know, Meghan graduated from Northwestern in 2003 with a double major in theater and international studies, but Morton's book reveals a lot more details about her time in undergrad. Like many Northwestern students, she lived in a residence hall, wanted to study English, got an impressive internship (to the U.S. embassy in Buenos Aires), and took late-night trips to Burger King, Morton writes, per the Tribune. But unlike some students, Meghan also considered Northwestern an "early dream," with Morton writing that she'd planned for the university to be her first stepping stone to Broadway.
While at her dream school, Meghan also took part in some famous Northwestern traditions. According to the Tribune, Morton writes that she was a "party animal" who participated in the university's Dance Marathon, a philanthropic event where students dance for 30 hours straight to raise money, and a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. There, her sorority sisters "embraced her warmly," with the exception of those who thought she was "too assertive."
But it wasn't all dance parties and midnight snacks. While at Northwestern, Meghan also faced a lot of racism at the "overwhelmingly white" school, Morton writes, per the Tribune. “As she was light-skinned, many fellow students didn’t realize she was biracial, making her a fly on the wall as they made racist jokes or expressed bigoted opinions,” Morton writes in his book, according to the Tribune.
Meghan has spoken about her experience as a biracial student at Northwestern before. In 2016, she wrote an essay for Elle in which she opened up about one particularly hurtful incident. “Navigating closed-mindedness to the tune of a dorm mate I met my first week at university who asked if my parents were still together,” Meghan writes. “‘You said your mom is black and your dad is white, right?’ she said. I smiled meekly, waiting for what could possibly come out of her pursed lips next. ‘And they're divorced?’ I nodded. ‘Oh, well that makes sense.’ To this day, I still don't fully understand what she meant by that, but I understood the implication. And I drew back: I was scared to open this Pandora's box of discrimination, so I sat stifled, swallowing my voice.”
But it was also at Northwestern where she started to feel validated about some of her experiences as a biracial woman. “I took an African-American studies class at Northwestern where we explored colorism; it was the first time I could put a name to feeling too light in the black community, too mixed in the white community,” she told Allure in 2017.
Meghan: A Hollywood Princess comes out on Tuesday.