Since they announced their engagement last week, the Internet has been gushing over Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. Digging a little deeper on Markle’s profile, however, shows us that this woman was born to be a royal.
Here are the reasons why we think so:
1. She unknowingly became a feminist icon at 11 years old
The star has been an advocate for women’s rights ever since she was a little girl. Markle catched the attention of the public when she wrote a letter to the then First Lady Hillary Clinton about a sexist ad she saw in class. She recalled watching a commercial for a dishwashing liquid with the tagline ‘Women all over America are fighting greasy pots and pans.’ After her letter gained recognition, Proctor and Gamble changed the start of the tagline to ‘People all over America …’
2. She has a degree in Communications
Markle graduated from Northwestern University in 2003 with a degree in Communications. The actress was said to be active in social secs and the sorority Kappa Kappa Gamma during her stay there. Since completing her degree, Markle has shared that she wouldn’t rule out studying again for a master’s degree.
3. She ran a lifestyle website called The Tig
Putting her Communications degree to good use, the star used to run a blog that featured topics like food, travel, fashion, and beauty. In April 2017, Meghan announced the end of The Tig after nearly three years, saying, “What began as a passion project (my little engine that could) evolved into an amazing community of inspiration, support, fun and frivolity. You’ve made my days brighter and filled this experience with so much joy. Keep finding those Tig moments of discovery, keep laughing and taking risks, and keep being ‘the change you wish to see in the world.”
4. She’s a humanitarian and a philanthropist
“My mother raised me to be a global citizen, with eyes open to sometimes harsh realities,” she once wrote in a post on The Tig. Some of her accomplishments include becoming the Global Ambassador for World Vision Canada in 2016, traveling to Rwanda for the Clean Water Campaign and also presenting at United Nations Headquarters for the HeForShe Gender Equality Campaign in 2014.
5. She has hidden talents such as calligraphy
Acting, writing and working as a philanthropist aren’t the only things Markle is capable of. She also happens to be a professional calligrapher, sharing that she thinks handwritten notes are a lost art form. “I used to be a calligrapher for weddings and events — that was my side job while I was auditioning,” she shared in an interview on Good Housekeeping.