MEGHAN Markle has left fans stunned after playing a murderer ‘princess’ in an unearthed TV drama episode.
The Duchess of Sussex, 40, appeared in the fourth season of ABC crime series Castle almost 10 years ago – long before she met Prince Harry.
In an unearthed episode, her character Charlotte Boyd is tracked down by detectives Rick Castle and Kate Beckett, who are hunting down the killer of two women.
She is found lying on a bed in a Sleeping Beauty costume, appearing to have taken the same cocktail of drugs which killed the two victims.
They had both been found dressed as fairytale characters when they died – the first, as Little Red Riding Hood, the other, Snow White.
Red Riding Hood was found dead with claw marks covering her body, while Snow White was found murdered with a poisoned apple in her hand.
Meanwhile, Meghan’s character Charlotte, is introduced as a waitress later linked to the two women, both found to have been killed by a cocktail of drugs injected into them.
As the plot reaches its climax, Meghan’s character is found still alive dressed as Sleeping Beauty – she is rushed to hospital and it is realised she is being blackmailed.
In a tense hospital scene, Charlotte is then quizzed by Castle and Beckett before being arrested, revealing an impressive performance from Meghan.
And viewers were quick to comment on the surprise appearance, with one fan writing on Twitter: “Meghan Markle is in this episode of Castle that I’m watching and I had to do a double take.”
Someone else wrote: “Meghan Markle was in an episode of Castle? Damn.”
One viewer commented: “Just watched Meghan Markle in an old episode of Castle – she played such a good part.
“Just felt a bit strange watching her act and thinking of her life now.”
Another fan added: “I am watching an old episode of Castle where Meghan Markle is playing a victim who was being blackmailed. She looks so different.”
Someone else pointed out: “It was Meghan Markle! Not only that, it was ironically a fairytale themed episode, and in her first scene she was dressed as a princess.”
Before meeting Prince Harry, Meghan was best known as Rachel Zane from legal drama Suits.
But before that, she had played a number of smaller roles on TV and in films, like the Dater’s Handbook.
She has since given up her acting career, but is currently working behind the scenes with Netflix to produce her upcoming show, Pearl.