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THEN AND NOW: The biggest celebrity transformations of the past decade

INSIDER Logo By insider@insider.com (Gabbi Shaw) of INSIDER | Slide 3 of 41: Markle, 39, is truly proof of how much can change in 10 years. When the decade started, she was an actress on a legal procedural ... and now? She's easily one of the most famous women in the world, and the first inkling of diversity that the royal family has ever seen.She retired from acting to focus full-time on her royal duties and philanthropic endeavors, became a mom to adorable baby Archie, and is frequently cited as one of the most influential women in fashion.Not that it's all been bliss. Markle's family drama has become tabloid fodder, and she's been attacked by the media. She and Prince Harry have even left the monarchy behind, as they stepped back earlier in 2020. They moved to California, and signed a development deal with Netflix.

NOW: She became royalty when she married Prince Harry in 2018, although she stepped back from royal duties in 2020.

Markle, 39, is truly proof of how much can change in 10 years. When the decade started, she was an actress on a legal procedural ... and now? She's easily one of the most famous women in the world, and the first inkling of diversity that the royal family has ever seen.

She retired from acting to focus full-time on her royal duties and philanthropic endeavors, became a mom to adorable baby Archie, and is frequently cited as one of the most influential women in fashion.

Not that it's all been bliss. Markle's family drama has become tabloid fodder, and she's been attacked by the media. She and Prince Harry have even left the monarchy behind, as they stepped back earlier in 2020. They moved to California, and signed a development deal with Netflix.

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