KEY POINTS

  • Meghan Markle had two interviews with Larry King before she became a royal
  • She discussed several topics with King, including her show "Suits," lifestyle blog and advocacy for U.N. Women
  • King died at 87 on Saturday after being hospitalized with COVID-19

Meghan Markle sat down for a couple of interviews with legendary host Larry King years before he passed away.

King, 87, passed away Saturday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles where he had been hospitalized with COVID-19 since December, CNN reported. Over the course of his career, he had conducted over 50,000 interviews, per CNN, including two with Markle before she married Prince Harry and became the Duchess of Sussex.

King first interviewed Markle in 2013, alongside her former "Suits" costar Patrick J. Adams, when they appeared on "Larry King Now" to promote the third season of their USA Network legal drama, Insider reported. During the interview, which recently resurfaced after being shared by Marie Claire and The Express, the host asked Markle about her character, Rachel Zane.

"Rachel is the paralegal at the firm," Markle said.

"Seductive?" King interrupted.

"I don't know, do you think so Larry?" Markle responded.

Markle also explained how she got the role, revealing that she thought it was "one of the worst auditions I had ever done." But she added that she "didn't realize that behind closed doors they disagreed with me on that fact."

King then asked the two stars if they had plans to leave the entertainment industry. Markle said she had considered quitting but felt lucky to have the opportunity she had gotten because she knew other aspiring actors who have been trying to make it but couldn't.

"This feels like a slow burn, but really doing this for six, seven years and then having a show like this with this level of success is crazy," Markle said at the time. "Someone said to me a long time ago, don't give it five minutes if you're not going to give it five years. On that five year mark, I was really eager."

In 2016, King invited Markle on his show for another interview, where they talked about her lifestyle blog The Tig and her advocacy for the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, or U.N. Women.

She shared her personal experience with the gender pay gap and spoke about the sexist dish soap commercial she had called out and forced a company to redo when she was 11. During their second chat, King asked Markle if her appearance affected her advocacy, noting that she wasn't the "average American woman."

"I would like to think that I am ... " Markle said, but King interrupted, "You're not."

The then-actress insisted that one should be taken seriously regardless of how they look. "For me, also, I think it's really great to be a feminist and to be feminine," she added.

On Saturday, King's family released a statement through his official Facebook account to announce his passing. In the message, the late host's family recognized his work and thanked everyone who extended their love and support for King.

"The world knew Larry King as a great broadcaster and interviewer, but to us he was 'dad,'" their statement read. "He was the man who lovingly obsessed over our daily schedules and our well-being, and who took such immense pride in our accomplishments -- large, small, or imagined."

"Through it all, we knew without a doubt in the world that he loved us more than life itself," they continued. "He was an amazing father, and he was fiercely loyal to those lucky enough to call him a friend. We will miss him every single day of our lives."

Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends the annual Remembrance Sunday memorial at The Cenotaph on Nov. 10, 2019, in London, England. Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images