Before she became famous for being engaged to Prince Harry, Meghan Markle was one of those smoking hot suitcase models on “Deal or No Deal.” Remember that show hosted by Howie Mandel that had numbered silver suitcases ranging from $1 to $1 Million? And contestants had to randomly guess numbers hoping their case contained a big wad? While you were sitting on your couch, Meghan was standing the entire time, probably rehearsing lines to herself from other gigs.
Long before Meghan Markle was a soon-to-be royal, she was a case model on Deal or No Deal. pic.twitter.com/IUhwbl1vjQ
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Meghan revealed in a 2013 interview with Esquire that working on DOND was a learning experience.
ESQ: You were one of the briefcase girls on “Deal or No Deal.” That had to be sort of fun.
MM: I would put that in the category of things I was doing while I was auditioning to try to make ends meet. I went from working in the U.S. Embassy in Argentina to ending up on Deal. It’s run the gamut. Definitely working on Deal or No Deal was a learning experience, and it helped me to understand what I would rather be doing. So if that’s a way for me to gloss over that subject, then I will happily shift gears into something else.
ESQ: Can I just ask, do you know if you ever had the winning case?
MM: I didn’t ever have it. I don’t think I did. I was the ill-fated number 26, which for some reason no one would ever choose. I would end up standing up there forever in these terribly uncomfortable and inexpensive five-inch heels just waiting for someone to pick my number so I could go and sit down.
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Markle worked on the show from 2006 to 2007 (the show ended after a four-year run in 2009), 10 years before she met Harry. Some of her co-models tell Inside Edition that they remember her as someone who was very focused on becoming an actress, and that she’d read scripts on her down time. Meghan Markle just became way more likeable.