She may soon be off to a whole new royal life, but up until recently Meghan Markle called Toronto home.
The former actress resided in the 6 as she shot six seasons of Suits, which premiered in 2011. With such close proximity to etalk HQ, we had the inside scoop on some of her favourite gems around town.
What Meghan wears, the public wants, and as she's proven time and again, she's a big supporter of Canadian fashion.
"We are extremely honoured that she wore the coat, we've been a supporter of hers for a long time, and her of us," says John Muscat, co-founder of Line. "I'm just blown away that she would wear our coat on this special day of hers."
And for Canadian luxury outerwear designer Bojana Sentaler, Christmas morning 2017 was the gift that keeps on giving, as Meghan was photographed on Harry's arm wearing a cream Sentaler jacket.
"I woke up at 6 a.m. on Christmas day... and I looked at my phone and somebody tagged me in a tweet and the first thing I was looking for [in the photos] is the ribbed sleeve [of my design]," she tells us. "So as soon as I saw the ribbed sleeve... I knew it was Sentaler, so I was so excited."
As for Montreal-based brand Mackage: their designs were a staple in her wardrobe even before Harry. "I just love the line, I love Mackage and the designers are so amazing," Meghan told us at Toronto Fashion Week in 2015.
And that hasn't stopped as she's worn Mackage leather and wool jackets to events with Harry in more recent times.
Local health haunts
Meghan's long been focused on her health and fitness, and while in Toronto told us walking along the lakeshore was one of her favourite outdoor activities.
"I love to eat healthy and then I still love to indulge and just work out," she told us in 2013.
And that included personal training sessions with Catalyst Health founder Dr. Craig McNamee.
"Our workouts were typically full body, about 45 minutes in length. She was here with us three to four days a week, high intensity, and we had lot of fun," Craig tells us.
Markle was also spotted regularly around town with her yoga mat -- on her way to and from Moksha Yoga.
"I think the real draw for yoga now is people are just living really busy lifestyles, so getting onto a yoga mat is different in that you are building strength, but you're also coming into a space that encourages mindefulness, that encourages healthy choices off the mat," Amanda Montgomery of Moksha Yoga tells us.
Where to wine and dine
During her years in Toronto, Meghan was known to frequent members club Soho House, as well as the dearly departed Harbord Room, known for its burger and some killer cocktails.
As for establishments the public can still enjoy, Meghan once told us Bar Isabel was one of her faves.
"We like to think of it as Barcelona Tavern by way of College St. in Toronto," says Alessandro Pietropaolo, the restaurant's general manager.
"She was a good customer... She did come in and we were always happy to have her, and if she were ever to come back to Toronto of course we would be happy to welcome her again."
For more casual bites, vegetarian restaurant Fresh was her go-to, with cameras even spotting her bringing her mom to the location.
"Over Christmas she came here for her Christmas meal a couple years ago, and her mom's super cool too," says Ruth Tal, the restaurant's founder. "Before she deleted her Instagram account, she frequently posted about our quinoa onion rings."
Jewels fit for a royal
Sure, we could talk about the stunning engagement ring Meghan wore to tell the world she was heading down the aisle, but before that there was a Canadian design to break news she and Harry were in fact a couple.
"One day we got a call, it wasn't the same as all the other calls," says Randi Herlich, of Montreal-based jewelry business The Right Hand Gal.
Indeed, Meghan was spotted out wearing a tiny M and a tiny H in yellow gold around her neck in December 2016, after Herlich's company, which she runs with sister Shawna, was commissioned for the job.
"We were the smoking gun, there was no press conference, there was no media conference, there were no words. It was a tiny little necklace with two initials and that necklace was to tell the world we are in fact officially dating," Randi says.
Getting pampered like a princess
While Toronto was Meghan's home away from home during Suits production, she found several ways around town to relax and get rejuvinated.
"Meghan is a natural beauty, and she's got good skin!" says Lorinda Zimmerman of W SkinCare, who says Meghan had visited her since 2011.
"She loved it, [our treatment is] non-invasive, it doesn't effect the schedule, it doesn't have chemicals, not the orange country housewives look."
Another of her faves in the city: Hammam Miraj spa inside the Shangri La Hotel.
"Miraj is inspired by Morocco, Istanbul, and Paris... It allows our guests to experience a different world otuside of the city," says Andrea Dunham, the spa's manager
And one of their most popular treatments? The codaleine perfect facial. "It brings out luminosity and radiance to the complexion."Meghan MarkleroyalsToronto