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.