Meghan Markle and Sacha Baron Cohen are the talk of the town

Deal or no deal: Whoopi Goldberg gives Meghan Markle a stark lesson in showbiz

In this Friday, Feb. 13, 2019 photo, Whoopi Goldberg, left, and Meghan Markle attend the Golden Globes, where she won the award for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy. (Peter Kramer/AP)

This is a digitized version of an article from The Times’s print archive, before the start of online publication in March 2009.

The archives has been digitized with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.

About the article

This article was written by Tony Barwick, who is a senior staff writer at The Times. Barwick was the deputy national editor for the newspaper from 2014 to 2015. From 2013 to 2014, he was its religion correspondent. Barwick also writes on music for the paper’s book section. He is the son of William Barwick, a former Times executive editor, who served as national editor from 1971 to 1999.


Meghan Markle is, by way of American royalty, a walking American success story. In London, her success has come at the expense of one of the world’s most famous actresses—Ola Kdonald—and her husband, the comedian Sacha Baron Cohen.

The royal couple, who will marry in a white wedding this weekend — the first time they will meet in the flesh since the breakup of Markle’s relationship with Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex — will join a long list of rich and notable Americans with royal connections, from Hollywood royalty to TV royalty.

It’s the sort of American success story that is made harder with each generation of newcomers to Hollywood. Not long ago, an upstart American actress — Nicole Kidman, say — was the toast of Hollywood. Now, the likes of Markle and her fellow royals — Kate Middleton and Prince Harry — are the talk of the town. And the more they are seen, the more they need to be talked about.

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