Updated: Feb 22, 2018 1:10 pm
Being proposed to by a prince might sound like a romcom movie come to life, but if you ask soon-to-be royal Meghan Markle, it's a lot of hard work, too. For one, you have no life. Once you become part of the elite family, you cease being a "normal" person and everything you once loved must be scrubbed away from the Internet, lest the wee commoners find out you once got drunk on rosé and marathoned Fuller House in one sitting. And it's for that reason that, after Prince Harry announced their engagement, Meghan had to delete her lifestyle blog, The Tig, and all her social media accounts. And it's a shame too because Meghan's lifestyle blog was so much less irritating than Gwyneth Paltrow's.
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Before Prince Harry, Meghan wasn't some elusive royal with a nice smile and an arsenal of weird hats. Judging by her blog, the former actress was an actual person who enjoyed fine dining, curating trips through exotic cities, being occasionally self-deprecating, and drinking lots of wine while reading generic book club novels. You know, like a human being — the very thing the royal committee apparently wanted to put a stop to.
Although The Tig was shut down in early 2017, we used the Internet Archive to take a look at some of her old blog posts to learn more about the "real" Meghan, from how she learned to truly love herself to her other great passion, advocacy. Below, 10 more things we learned about Meghan from her blog.
She wrote a blog post about "being your own Valentine."
Hard to believe, but prior to meeting Prince Harry, Meghan was a lonely single gal riddled with insecurities. She wrote an inspiring blog post about the importance of loving yourself, and she brought up some insightful advice that was given to her by her Suits co-stars. "Last season I was chatting with my Suits sister wives, Sarah [Rafferty] and Gina [Torres], and was in some sort of funk, bemoaning something that was so futile I don’t even remember what it was now. But I was faaaaaar from showing the self-love," she wrote.
"One of them stopped me... and said, 'Hey! That’s my friend you’re talking about. Be nice to her.' They were protecting me from myself. From my own criticism, and my own self-doubt. They were reminding me to treat myself as well as I treat those closest to me. To be my own Valentine." Or, you know, be Harry's Valentine. That's definitely a better option.
She was terrified of launching the blog.
In a New Year's Day post, Meghan revealed that, although she was excited to launch her own lifestyle site, she found the whole endeavor intimidating at first. "I was petrified. That may come as a surprise to you, but let’s be real for a moment. I’m an actor," she wrote. "I have made a career of saying other people’s words for a living and making them sound believable... But this Tig thing…that was all me. My thoughts, my words, my likes, my ethos. If you didn’t like it, then you probably didn’t like me. And I (including the people-pleasing little girl in me) had to be okay with that." Aww, rest assured Meghan, we loved your blog — at least while it still existed.
She was always destined for more than Hollywood.
Although many of Meghan's articles were the usual fare about how to get hair like Rachel from Suits or red carpet fashion tips, Meghan also wrote about her charity work and revealed several times that she wanted to do more to create change in the world. "When I gave the speech for International Women’s Day, and UN Secretary General Bahn-Ki Moon led the standing ovation, I thought, 'This right here, this is the point,'" she wrote. "To use whatever status I have managed to garner as an actress, and maximize my opportunity for impact with the moments of value that resonate far greater than an audition ever could."
Well, once she officially becomes a royal, she's definitely going to fulfill that wish.