Meghan's first taste of Britain! How Ms Markle's dream tour of Europe in her teens saw her fall in love with the UK (and landed her right on Harry's doorstep!)

  • Newly unearthed images capture Meghan at the tender age of 15 during her family tour of Europe?
  • In June 1996 the bride-to-be visited the UK cities of Bath and London where she posed by Buckingham Palace?
  • She also made stop-overs in Paris and Switzerland where she visited a diamond house and tried on rings?

She will become a British citizen following her marriage to Prince Harry in May, but Meghan Markle is certainly no stranger to UK soil.

The actress, 36, first got her taste of England at the age of 15 during a tour of Europe in June 1996 at the age where she visited several UK cities including Bath and, of course, London.

Buckingham Palace was, unsurprisingly a must-see attraction for the American tourist and one remarkable photo from the trip sees the bride-to-be posing before the home of who would become her in-laws. ?At the tender age of 15 the teenager could not have known?she would enter its gates 21 years later as the fiancée of a prince.

As well as the capital, Meghan also paid trips to some of Britain's quainter spots including the historical city of Bath, touring some of the most famous landmarks alongside her family and close friend Ninaki Priddy.?

Another charming photograph sees Meghan and Ninaki visiting a diamond house in Switzerland where they excitedly try on engagement rings, having no idea that Meghan would one day be presented one by a prince.?

The trip also involved a stop-over in Paris, with one souvenir photo capturing the care-free teen chatting with her friend at the fountain by the Louvre. ???

The travel-loving actress is sure to be met with plenty more opportunity to see the world as she marries into the royal family with the couple set to?travel the world after tying the knot in Windsor next May.

The Royal couple will visit Sydney in October where the Prince will host his fourth Invictus Games. They will also visit key Commonwealth country Canada, where Meghan lived for six years. The newly-engaged? couple will also visit the US and could lend their support to the Walk of America for injured veterans in June.?

Photos have emerged from Meghan Markle's trip to Europe in 1996. As a 15-year-old she stopped for a photo in front of Buckingham Palace with friend?Ninaki Priddy (pictured) with no idea she would enter the palace 21 years later as Prince Harry's?fiancée

Photos have emerged from Meghan Markle's trip to Europe in 1996. As a 15-year-old she stopped for a photo in front of Buckingham Palace with friend?Ninaki Priddy (pictured) with no idea she would enter the palace 21 years later as Prince Harry's?fiancée

Meghan explored other UK cities during her holiday in June 1996, including the historical city of Bath where she can be seen here sightseeing

Meghan explored other UK cities during her holiday in June 1996, including the historical city of Bath where she can be seen here sightseeing

The 15-year-old also made a stop-over in Paris, with one souvenir photo capturing the care-free teen chatting with her friend at the fountain by the Louvre

The 15-year-old also made a stop-over in Paris, with one souvenir photo capturing the care-free teen chatting with her friend at the fountain by the Louvre

Alongside Ninaki (pictured here exploring historical Bath), Meghan was joined by family members for the holiday

Alongside Ninaki (pictured here exploring historical Bath), Meghan was joined by family members for the holiday

The teenager's holiday snaps showcase her playful side as she mucks about with her pal Ninaki (pictured here), which is still evident even today?

The teenager's holiday snaps showcase her playful side as she mucks about with her pal Ninaki (pictured here), which is still evident even today?

Another destination during the trip was Switzerland where Meghan and Ninaki can be seen here, excitedly trying on diamond wedding rings at a diamond house

Another destination during the trip was Switzerland where Meghan and Ninaki can be seen here, excitedly trying on diamond wedding rings at a diamond house

Future royal: Prince Harry and Meghan?announced engagement their engagement on Monday and will marry in May at Windsor Castle
Fan favorites: Meghan joined Harry, 33, for their first royal charity engagement in?Nottingham, England, on Friday, and she quickly earned a legion of new fans?

Future royal: Prince Harry and Meghan?announced engagement their engagement on Monday (left) and will marry in May at Windsor Castle; they made their first official appearance since revealing the news on Friday in Nottingham (right)

A star in the making: Little Meghan, then aged five, sang The Wheels On The Bus in 1986 during an end-of-year show at the private Little Red School House she attended during her childhood in Hollywood

A star in the making: Little Meghan, then aged five, sang The Wheels On The Bus in 1986 during an end-of-year show at the private Little Red School House she attended during her childhood in Hollywood

Focused: The future actress looked intent on doing her best as she stood onstage next to her fellow students during the show

Focused: The future actress looked intent on doing her best as she stood onstage next to her fellow students during the show

Ensemble: Meghan (pictured third from right) stood in formation with her classmates as they took to the stage together

Ensemble: Meghan (pictured third from right) stood in formation with her classmates as they took to the stage together

Entertaining: A young Meghan got her face painted during a event at the Little Red Schoolhouse in Los Angeles around 1990

Entertaining: A young Meghan got her face painted during a event at the Little Red Schoolhouse in Los Angeles around 1990

Back in the days: Meghan and Ninaki went roller skating together at the Moonlight Roller Rink in Los Angeles around 1994

Back in the days: Meghan and Ninaki went roller skating together at the Moonlight Roller Rink in Los Angeles around 1994

Lost in thought:?Meghan (right) and Ninaki looked pensive during Ninaki’s party in 1990—the first one when boys were invited

Lost in thought:?Meghan (right) and Ninaki looked pensive during Ninaki’s party in 1990—the first one when boys were invited

Cast: Meghan’s father, Tom, worked as a lighting director on the TV series Married... With Children, meaning Meghan and her friends, including Ninaki, got to meet some of the actors on the show, including Ted McGinley (pictured)

Cast: Meghan’s father, Tom, worked as a lighting director on the TV series Married... With Children, meaning Meghan and her friends, including Ninaki, got to meet some of the actors on the show, including Ted McGinley (pictured)

Famous friends: Ninaki, Meghan and another friend also posed with the actor David Faustino on the set of Married With Children back in 1991

Famous friends: Ninaki, Meghan and another friend also posed with the actor David Faustino on the set of Married With Children back in 1991

Hollywood: Meghan and her friends also posed for a photo with the actress?Amanda Bearse while visiting the set

Hollywood: Meghan and her friends also posed for a photo with the actress?Amanda Bearse while visiting the set

Pop culture reference: Ninaki and Meghan, donning a Simpsons T-shirt, can be seen in a photo taken while they were hanging out at home in 1991

Pop culture reference: Ninaki and Meghan, donning a Simpsons T-shirt, can be seen in a photo taken while they were hanging out at home in 1991

Beloved students: Both Meghan (right) and Ninaki (left) posed with?a teacher at Little Red Schoolhouse for a picture in 1992

Beloved students: Both Meghan (right) and Ninaki (left) posed with?a teacher at Little Red Schoolhouse for a picture in 1992

Teacher's pets? The girls appear in a snap with another teacher from the school, taken on the same day as the previous one

Teacher's pets? The girls appear in a snap with another teacher from the school, taken on the same day as the previous one

Outdoors: Meghan and two of her friends posed for a photo in Meghan's mother's garden in Los Angeles around 1993

Outdoors: Meghan and two of her friends posed for a photo in Meghan's mother's garden in Los Angeles around 1993

Having fun: The actress shared a joyful moment with her friends at the?Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles

Having fun: The actress shared a joyful moment with her friends at the?Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles

Buddies: Ninaki and Meghan's friendship is evident in many of the photos they took together throughout the years

Buddies: Ninaki and Meghan's friendship is evident in many of the photos they took together throughout the years

Group: Meghan had no problem cultivating friendships and often posed with pals for cozy photos such as this one, which shows her with Ninaki and two other friends

Group: Meghan had no problem cultivating friendships and often posed with pals for cozy photos such as this one, which shows her with Ninaki and two other friends

Way back when: Stunning photos capture Meghan at her 1999 high school prom at the Immaculate Heart High School

Way back when: Stunning photos capture Meghan at her 1999 high school prom at the Immaculate Heart High School

Trio: The actress and activist, then 17 years old, donned a bedazzled white gown and a traditional flowery corsage as she posed with her friend?Ninaki  (right) and another pal on the big night

Trio: The actress and activist, then 17 years old, donned a bedazzled white gown and a traditional flowery corsage as she posed with her friend?Ninaki (right) and another pal on the big night

Group's all here! Meghan happily posed during a dinner with her friends on her high school prom night; she is pictured next to her prom date, her pal Gian Carlo, with whom she had a strictly platonic friendship

Group's all here! Meghan happily posed during a dinner with her friends on her high school prom night; she is pictured next to her prom date, her pal Gian Carlo, with whom she had a strictly platonic friendship

All lined up: Another group shot shows Meghan (seventh from left) posing in her floor-length white gown and holding a bouquet of flowers, with her hair in an updo fit for the occasion

All lined up: Another group shot shows Meghan (seventh from left) posing in her floor-length white gown and holding a bouquet of flowers, with her hair in an updo fit for the occasion

Who is he? Meghan celebrated her graduation from Northwestern University in?Evanston, Illinois, during a night out in Chicago. It was during the outing that she posed with this mystery man, believed to be the maitre d' of a bar

Who is he? Meghan celebrated her graduation from Northwestern University in?Evanston, Illinois, during a night out in Chicago. It was during the outing that she posed with this mystery man, believed to be the maitre d' of a bar

Stopping for a snack: The actress was happy to stop at a drive-through to grab a bite to eat during the night out, which marked the end of her studies at Northwestern, where she majored in theater and international studies

Stopping for a snack: The actress was happy to stop at a drive-through to grab a bite to eat during the night out, which marked the end of her studies at Northwestern, where she majored in theater and international studies

Style: Meghan headed for the night out, which took place in 2003, in a pale blue shirt and matching skirt with a heavily distressed hem paired with a tiny black purse and high-heeled nude-colored sandals

Style: Meghan headed for the night out, which took place in 2003, in a pale blue shirt and matching skirt with a heavily distressed hem paired with a tiny black purse and high-heeled nude-colored sandals

Buddies: Ninaki (pictured with Meghan) partied with the actress during their graduation celebration and posed next to her; the friend took some of the snaps over the course of the night out

Buddies: Ninaki (pictured with Meghan) partied with the actress during their graduation celebration and posed next to her; the friend took some of the snaps over the course of the night out

Cause for celebration: The party came after Meghan earned her Bachelor of Arts and before she continued her career as a budding actress, at one point also working as a freelance calligrapher

Cause for celebration: The party came after Meghan earned her Bachelor of Arts and before she continued her career as a budding actress, at one point also working as a freelance calligrapher

Carefree: Meghan and her friends can be seen flashing bright smiles at the camera in all the shots from the party, which appears to have been a thoroughly joyful occasion

Carefree: Meghan and her friends can be seen flashing bright smiles at the camera in all the shots from the party, which appears to have been a thoroughly joyful occasion

Making memories: The pals made sure to capture their evening in plenty of fun shots, posing together in various settings

Making memories: The pals made sure to capture their evening in plenty of fun shots, posing together in various settings

Crafty! During her college years, Meghan painted the walls of her rented apartment in bright colors, and had to return them to their original white when it became time for her to move out

Crafty! During her college years, Meghan painted the walls of her rented apartment in bright colors, and had to return them to their original white when it became time for her to move out

Partying: Ninaki (left) and Meghan went on a road trip from Chicago to Los Angeles in 2003; they are pictured during a stop in Las Vegas, where they enjoyed a night out

Partying: Ninaki (left) and Meghan went on a road trip from Chicago to Los Angeles in 2003; they are pictured during a stop in Las Vegas, where they enjoyed a night out

Traveling the world: Meghan and her friend posed for a shot in front of the?Eiffel Tower replica in Las Vegas during their trip

Traveling the world: Meghan and her friend posed for a shot in front of the?Eiffel Tower replica in Las Vegas during their trip

Chilling: Ninaki and Meghan enjoyed a bit of sunshine poolside at their Las Vegas hotel during a road trip from LA to Chicago

Chilling: Ninaki and Meghan enjoyed a bit of sunshine poolside at their Las Vegas hotel during a road trip from LA to Chicago

Long drive home: The two friends (pictured together in Colorado) drove back to California after graduating from Northwestern in Illinois

Long drive home: The two friends (pictured together in Colorado) drove back to California after graduating from Northwestern in Illinois

Brunch time! Meghan, Ninaki and another friend shared a meal in Los Angeles at Toast about nine years ago

Brunch time! Meghan, Ninaki and another friend shared a meal in Los Angeles at Toast about nine years ago

Trend setters: Ninaki and Meghan took a selfie before they were all the rage during their road trip back in 2003

Trend setters: Ninaki and Meghan took a selfie before they were all the rage during their road trip back in 2003

Fun stop: Meghan posed for a snap with this large sign welcoming her to Keenesburg in Colorado during the journey

Fun stop: Meghan posed for a snap with this large sign welcoming her to Keenesburg in Colorado during the journey

Instant shot: The actress and her friend had fun at the photo booth located inside the Soho House club in LA in 2010

Instant shot: The actress and her friend had fun at the photo booth located inside the Soho House club in LA in 2010

Oops: Not all the shots were successful, as indicated by this one, in which Meghan and her friend are barely visible

Oops: Not all the shots were successful, as indicated by this one, in which Meghan and her friend are barely visible

Catching up: In 2011, which is the year Suits premiered, Meghan chatted with a friend on Google Plus along with Ninaki and Meghan's fellow Suits star Rick Hoffman

Catching up: In 2011, which is the year Suits premiered, Meghan chatted with a friend on Google Plus along with Ninaki and Meghan's fellow Suits star Rick Hoffman

Laughing: The conversation took an animated turn and Meghan's friend couldn't help but laugh at the trio's antics

Laughing: The conversation took an animated turn and Meghan's friend couldn't help but laugh at the trio's antics

Important occasion:?Meghan was joined by her friend Ninaki (left) and her college friend Lindsay (center) during her four-day wedding bash in Jamaica back in 2011

Important occasion:?Meghan was joined by her friend Ninaki (left) and her college friend Lindsay (center) during her four-day wedding bash in Jamaica back in 2011

Family: Doria, Meghan's mother, posed with her daughter during the celebration in?Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Family: Doria, Meghan's mother, posed with her daughter during the celebration in?Ocho Rios, Jamaica

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