Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry's Anniversary: 10 Surprising Facts About the Royal Couple

Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, celebrate their first wedding anniversary Sunday. Arguably one of the most famous couples in the world, it's easy to think you might know everything about them. But here are ten facts you might find surprising.

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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and the Duchess of Sussex depart after their wedding ceremony at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. Jane Barlow - WPA Pool/Getty Images

1. Harry was not a great student

Although Harry attended Eton College—a prestigious boys' school that's educated everyone from former British prime minister David Cameron to Nineteen Eighty-Four author George Orwell—the prince didn't leave with very good grades.

Harry only graduated high school with two Advanced (A) Levels: a B in art and a D in geography. For context, English students typically study three to four A Levels between the ages of 16 and 18. Three are often required for university entry.

Although Harry's art score beat more than half of other students on similar courses, roughly two-thirds of the country's geographers out-performed him that year, according to statistics from the Joint Council for Qualification CIC.

One of his teachers once told an employment tribunal she written much of the prince's coursework for his art qualification. But Harry denied he had cheated and was vindicated by the examination board, as The Guardian previously noted.

2. Meghan may have gotten Procter & Gamble to change a sexist ad—when she was 11

Meghan is well-known for her feminist views and her support for women's rights. But what isn't so well known is how long she has been campaigning on these issues.

Frustrated by a tagline for a Procter & Gamble dishwashing soap, she sent letters to numerous powerful figures and to the company behind the product when she was 11. Soon after, Procter & Gamble replaced "women" with "people" in the line: " Women all over America are fighting greasy pots and pans." Meghan discussed the incident on Nick News in 1993, and recalled it during a speech to the U.N. last year.

"I remember feeling shocked and angry and also just feeling so hurt. It just wasn't right and something needed to be done," she said of the incident in a speech to the U.N.

3. Harry's bad behavior extended beyond that time he wore a swastika.

Although he's now a doting father, Harry's bachelor days produced plenty of fodder for British tabloids. Some incidents—like when he wore a Nazi-style uniform to a party in 2005, and the time he was photographed naked in Las Vegas—are well-remembered.

But several minor scandals have mostly been forgotten. In 2002 Harry reportedly attended a rehab clinic in Peckham, London, at the behest of his father, over his alcohol and cannabis use.

He's also had notable scuffles with the paparazzi: once in 2004 and once in 2007. Clarence House said the prince was defending himself during the 2004 incident, which left a photographer with a cut lip. The second was a simple stumble, according to his representatives.

Also in 2007, tabloid News of the World—which ceased publication amid a major British phone-hacking scandal—published purported photos of Prince Harry snorting vodka.

4. Meghan is actually called Rachel

Although the Duchess goes by Meghan, her given name was "Rachel Meghan Markle." According to baby Archie's newly-revealed birth certificate, she now goes by "Rachel Meghan Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex."

The document gave her occupation as "Princess of the United Kingdom," as the BBC noted. It also revealed Meghan gave birth at Portland Hospital in London, not at home as had previously been speculated.

5. Harry was the first royal to fight on the frontline since 1982

During his military career, Harry was deployed to Afghanistan in secret for 10 weeks, making him the first royal to serve on the frontline since his uncle, the Duke of York, fought during the Falklands War in 1982.

His first campaign was cut short when details of the secret tour leaked online. He later learnt how to fly military helicopters, and eventually returned to Afghanistan.

Taliban spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid told Reuters the group were targeting the prince, shortly after he arrived in Afghanistan in 2012. "We are using all our strength to get rid of him, either by killing or kidnapping," he said, "We have informed our commanders in Helmand to do whatever they can to eliminate him."

But Harry remained in Afghanistan for a 20-week tour.

6. Meghan used to work as a calligrapher

Before her days on mega-hit Suits, Meghan used to write wedding invitations between auditions to supplement her income. She claimed to have written invitations for celebrities like Paula Patton and Robin Thicke in an interview with Esquire.

Meghan credited her clean cursive to the handwriting classes she took during a six-year stint at a Catholic girls' school.

She told Good Housekeeping: "I think handwritten notes are a lost art form. When I booked my first pilot, my dad wrote me a letter that I still have. The idea of someone taking the time to put pen to paper is really special."

7. Harry set up the Invictus Games

Harry created a sports competition for wounded, injured or sick service personnel and veterans in 2014. Inspired by the Warrior Games in the U.S., the Invictus Games features sports including wheelchair basketball and indoor rowing.

Since its launch, the Games have taken place in Orlando, Toronto and Sydney. In 2020, the competition will move to Rotterdam & The Hague in The Netherlands.

8. Meghan interned at the U.S. Embassy in Argentina

The British royals wield major soft power. But diplomacy wasn't entirely unfamiliar to the duchess when she joined the family last year. During her studies at Northwestern University, the future actress successfully applied to intern at the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

In 2013, she told Marie Claire: "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."

But after meeting a manager back in the U.S., she decided to pursue her acting career.

9. Harry is working on a TV show with Oprah

Prince Harry is working with Oprah Winfrey on a show for Apple TV that will focus on mental health. The documentary series, which will launch in 2020, is co-created and executive produced by the pair.

"Our hope is that this series will be positive, enlightening and inclusive—sharing global stories of unparalleled human spirit fighting back from the darkest places, and the opportunity for us to understand ourselves and those around us better. I am incredibly proud to be working alongside Oprah on this vital series," the prince said of the project.

10. Meghan is related to William Shakespeare

According to genealogy website MyHeritage.com, Meghan is fifth cousin 13 times removed to the world's most famous playwright, William Shakespeare. The distant relatives share common ancestors John Whalesborough, born in 1369, and his wife Joan.

Like her husband, Meghan is also distantly related to late British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Harry is related to the politician through his mother, Princess Diana, who is thought to be a very distant cousin through ancestor Charles Spencer (1675-1722) who married Anne Churchill.

Meghan is thought to be sixth cousins five times removed to Churchill. She's related to the statesman through via Zachariah Howe (born 1640) who was born in Essex County, Massachusetts

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