Speaking to Vogue in 2013, Markle told the magazine how at the age of 20, and reportedly short of credits to complete her junior year, she successfully applied for an internship at the US embassy in Buenos Aires 'for a few months'.
It was their economic devaluation and our Secretary of the Treasury at the time, Paul O'Neill, was there, so I'm 20 years old, in Buenos Aires, in a motorcade, doing that whole thing. I thought for sure I would still have a career in politics.
She added that working in the embassy 'rooted' her 'performance' as Rachel Zane, the character she owned for 103 episodes of Suits.
After she returned to Los Angeles Markle met a manager who had been impressed by her work in a student film, and her journey into politics was put on hold.
Describing the disconnect between her politics and show business, Markle wrote:
My brain, heart and spirit couldn’t shift gears that quickly – from the purpose-driven work I had been doing all week in Rwanda, to the glitz and glamour of an award show – plus the pomp and circumstance that comes with it.
If you are feeling under qualified, join the club.
As Vogue has pointed out, many headlines following the engagement alluded to skills listed on Markle's pre-Suits acting CV, such as 'juggling' and 'stripping' rather than any of her other achievements.
Other headlines looked to her former careers; such as her freelance calligraphy work for Dolce & Gabbana's celebrity correspondence, or her single appearance as a briefcase model on Deal or No Deal.