Meghan Markle used ‘bold’ networking strategy to reach out and ‘boost her profile’

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Before Meghan Markle met Prince Harry, she was a successful actress starring in hit legal drama Suits, had her own website called ‘The Tig’ and had secured several contracts with fashion designers. Speaking about her accomplishments, celebrity biographer Sean Smith has revealed how Meghan was able to boost her profile so quickly.

Writing in his new book, Meghan Misunderstood, the writer said Meghan utilised a networking technique when visiting London in the summer of 2016.

He wrote: “One of the strategies Meghan used to boost her profile was putting herself next to a famous person; they could both benefit from the resulting publicity.

“This approach had worked well, for instance, when she was photographed with the champion Irish golfer, Rory McIlroy.

“He poured cold water over her as part of the ALS ice bucket challenge that was very fashionable for a while.

“Rory had nominated Meghan, which meant he was the one throwing the water and she was the one getting drenched.”

Mr Smith also revealed Meghan was confident in sending messages to people she didn’t know, in the hope they would respond and strike up a conversation.

He said: “Meghan never minded cold-messaging someone.

“She was an old hand at using social media to reach out.

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“She had done so boldly when starting The Tig and making contact with supermodel Heidi Klum, who she had never met.”

The Tig was Meghan’s lifestyle blog, which she launched in May 2014.

On September 9, Meghan wrote an entry about the supermodel, which read: “Last year, at a Golden Globe after-party, I spot what can only be described as the most beautiful woman I had ever seen.

“Yes, empirically speaking, Heidi Klum is gorgeous.

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“But it was more than that… she looked real.

“Like the kind of chick you would want to grab a drink with, who juggles mommy hood with being a producer/host/model/designer and isn’t afraid to get messy or laugh at herself.”

She later asked Heidi to contribute to the blog.

Meghan first met Prince Harry in the summer of 2016, after the pair were set up by a mutual friend.

The pair immediately hit it off and began meeting up regularly, leading to the couple’s official relationship announcement being made in November that year.

As the relationship became more serious, Meghan started to take a step back from her previous life.

She didn’t renew her commercial contracts, closed her blog and pulled out of Suits.

Meghan Misunderstood by Sean Smith (HarperCollins, £16.99) is out 12th November.

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