Meghan HOT: Prince Harry’s girlfriend poses for series of racy publicity photos...

Meghan HOT: Prince Harry’s girlfriend poses for series of racy publicity photos after landing a daytime TV show role 13 years before their royal romance began

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Posing seductively as a fresh-faced budding actress, these are the photographs Meghan Markle hoped would kick-start her career.

In photo-shoot snaps taken 13 years before she met Prince Harry, the American actress is pictured showing off her looks and figure.

The Prince’s girlfriend did the Hollywood portfolio shoot as a 22-year-old in 2003 – eight years before she got her big break with television legal drama Suits.

Girl next door: Miss Markle chose a low-key outfit for the photo shoot so she could make the most of her natural looks

Meghan Markle in 2003

Fresh-faced: Actress Meghan Markle poses in denim jeans and a white vest top for portfolio shots at the age of 22

Sultry: The actress practised her pout in this seductive shot - looking into the distance while pretending to talk on the phone

Sultry: The actress practised her pout in this seductive shot – looking into the distance while pretending to talk on the phone

Night out: Meghan Markle and boyfriend Prince Harry wore matching beanie hats for a theatre date in London last month

Night out: Meghan Markle and boyfriend Prince Harry wore matching beanie hats for a theatre date in London last month

Meghan Markle

 Girl next door: Miss Markle chose a low-key outfit for the photo shoot so she could make the most of her natural good looks

Demure: The actresss' 2003 photoshoot, pictured, followed an early TV role in hit US medical drama General Hospital

Demure: The actresss’ 2003 photoshoot, pictured, followed an early TV role in hit US medical drama General Hospital

Feminine: Miss Markle, who got her big break in US legal drama Suits, posed in a knee-length white skirt and blue top

Miss Markle

Feminine: Miss Markle, who got her big break in US legal drama Suits, posed in a knee-length white skirt and blue top

Camera ready: The budding star, then just 22, was confident on set despite being new to the Hollywood scene, a source said

Camera ready: The budding star, then just 22, was confident on set despite being new to the Hollywood scene, a source said

Playful: Alongside a series of sultry poses, Miss Markle showed off her sense of humour by giggling in front of the camera

Miss Markle in the 2003 photo shoot

Playful: Alongside a series of sultry poses, Miss Markle showed off her sense of humour by giggling in front of the camera

Perfect pout: Miss Markle, now 35, sat for a series of close-up portraits that showcased her feminine features

Perfect pout: Miss Markle, now 35, sat for a series of close-up portraits that showcased her feminine features

In the series of glamour shots, she is seen posing in a tight white top – exposing her midriff.

The star, now 35, posed up having just appeared in an episode of US daytime medical drama General Hospital.

A source said: ‘Meghan Markle came to the photographer as a referral from her management group.

‘They had just signed her so she needed a set of fresh photos.

‘She was very professional and knew exactly how to pose for the camera – despite being new to Hollywood.’

Born and raised in Los Angeles, divorcee Miss Markle is believed to have begun dating Prince Harry in June last year after being introduced by mutual friend Markus Anderson.

The fifth in line to the throne Harry, 32, confirmed the relationship with the Toronto-based actress in November.

Natural: Taken years before her big break, the photos show Miss Markle was already comfortable in front of the camera

Meghan Markle

Natural: Taken years before her big break, the photos show Miss Markle was already comfortable in front of the camera

Wistful: Crouching down and playing with her hair, Miss Markle looked every inch the leading lady in the photographs

Wistful: Crouching down and playing with her hair, Miss Markle looked every inch the leading lady in the photographs

Mega-watt smile: The actress looked full of youthful exuberance as she beamed in front of the camera

Meghan Markle

Mega-watt smile: The actress looked full of youthful exuberance as she beamed in front of the camera

Vibrant: Miss Markle climbs out from a soft-top car as she brings the Hollywood portfolio images to life

Vibrant: Miss Markle climbs out from a soft-top car as she brings the Hollywood portfolio images to life

Glowing: Miss Markle emphasised her radiant skin with a touch of eye shadow, bronzer and lipstick

Miss Markle

Glowing beauty: Miss Markle emphasised her radiant skin with a touch of eye shadow, bronzer and lipstick

Longing: The actress looked every inch the heartbroken lover as she posed for a photograph on the floor

Longing: The actress looked every inch the heartbroken lover as she posed for a photograph on the floor

In the series of glamour shots, she is seen posing in a tight white top – exposing her midriff

Meghan Markle

Keeping it simple: In the series of glamour shots, she is seen posing in a tight white top – exposing her midriff

Soft: One arm resting behind her head, Miss Markle looked into the distance for this breathtaking profile picture

Soft: One arm resting behind her head, Miss Markle looked into the distance for this breathtaking profile picture

Finding her light: Despite being new to Hollywood, the 22-year-old actress was a natural in front of the photographer's lens

Meghan Markle

Finding her light: Despite being new to Hollywood, the 22-year-old actress was a natural in front of the photographer’s lens

The couple last saw each other last month, when Meghan visited Harry in London.

The pair made the most of their time together, shopping for a Christmas tree and watching The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time at a West End theatre.

From images of the theatre date it appeared Harry was doing most of the talking as they strolled along Shaftesbury Avenue, with the Prince gesturing with his hands and looking animated.

The glamorous Meghan, 35, kept her head down but appeared to be smiling as she enjoyed the evening.

But the couple spent Christmas apart, with Harry celebrating with the Queen and Royal Family in Norfolk.

Blushing: Looking out at the camera from behind her soft fringe, Miss Markle brought a feminine touch to this image

Blushing: Looking out at the camera from behind her soft fringe, Miss Markle brought a feminine touch to this image

Meghan Markle

Meghan Markle in 2003

Young star: The photographs were taken shortly after the actress signed with a new management group in 2003

Natural beauty: Brunette locks swept off her face in a simple updo, Miss Markle looked fresh-faced and feminine in this shot

Natural beauty: Brunette locks swept off her face in a simple updo, Miss Markle looked fresh-faced and feminine in this shot