'Deal or No Deal' Host Howie Mandel Doesn't Remember Meghan Markle Being a Briefcase Girl on the Game Show


When Meghan Markle ties the knot with Prince Harry on Saturday, May 19, she'll undoubtedly rank as the highest-ascending "briefcase girl" in the history of Deal or No Deal! In fact, we wouldn’t be surprised if her net worth exceeded that of any winning contestant from the NBC game show.

Yes, the 36-year-old Suits star did indeed model for the game show Deal or No Deal during its second season while trying to jumpstart her acting career. However, the show's host Howie Mandel just claimed in a new interview that he doesn't remember the royal-to-be being on the show.

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"To be honest, I don't even remember her. I don't. I don't," he admitted to E! News in a new interview. "I'd like to say I do and if she's watching, and she's not right?" He then joked while looking into the camera, "I don't remember you. I don't remember you. I've seen a lot of pictures and I don't..."

Perhaps that's why Meghan left him off the guest list for her special day this weekend. "I feel shunned I was not invited. I gave her her start. I'm not gonna watch," he quipped. "I will not be watching."

He then joked about how Deal or No Deal set Meghan up for royalty. "I believe that that's always the previous step to royalty — you're a case holder and then you're a duchess," Howie joked. "I said to her, 'You start with Howie. You move to Harry. Howie to Harry.'"

While Meghan was on Deal or No Deal, she also did freelance calligraphy to earn money around the same time. And she’s only proud of one of those jobs, it seems. "I would put [Deal or No Deal] in the category of things I was doing while I was auditioning to try to make ends meet," Meghan told Esquire in 2013. "I went from working in the US Embassy in Argentina to ending up on Deal. It's run the gamut. Definitely working on Deal or No Deal was a learning experience, and it helped me to understand what I would rather be doing. So if that's a way for me to gloss over that subject, then I will happily shift gears into something else."

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Maybe the game show wouldn’t have been such an "or-Deal" if Meghan had actually toted the winning briefcase... like, once. "I didn't ever have it," she told the magazine. "I don't think I did. I was the ill-fated number 26, which for some reason no one would ever choose. I would end up standing up there forever in these terribly uncomfortable and inexpensive five-inch heels just waiting for someone to pick my number so I could go and sit down."

Actually, it looks like she was the Briefcase #24 gal, not #26, but we don’t blame her for blotting out that detail from her memory! Suffice it to say, her days spent holding a briefcase are long over. And she’ll likely never have to wear a pair of inexpensive heels again!

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