There’s no denying that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are one of the best-known and most talked about celebrity couples in the world today. We know that Markle met the prince when she was already somewhat famous, but her role as wife to her prince charming has for sure eclipsed any fame she had before that.

But it’s easy to forget that she had quite an amazing career—and interesting reputation—long before she walked down the imperial aisle. Let’s take a look at who Meghan Markle really was before her image got the royal treatment.