Meghan Markle may not be British royalty anymore, but she still commands a huge fan following around the world. When she first met Prince Harry more than three years ago, the couple tried to keep their relationship under wraps, but when the news of their romance finally reached the tabloids, people wanted to know more about the divorced American actress, who had won the heart of U.K.’s most eligible bachelor.
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This morning, The Duchess of Sussex went back to college! Joining students and educators at The University of Johannesburg The Duchess was able to announce a new series of gender grants from the Association of Commonwealth Universities, of which she is patron. She was also able to announce four new scholarships to help students study in different commonwealth countries, allowing cross cultural understanding and an opportunity to deepen their educational studies abroad. One of the recipients of these grants shared his story of growing up on farmland in Kenya, where he paid for his education trading vegetables to cover schooling costs (cauliflower leaves to be exact!) He is now doing a research study on carcinogens in his country, its link to cancer – his work is helping to change practices and to save lives. The Duchess was so moved by the work being done across the education sector and to talk with such like-minded thinkers about the importance of access to education and the support needed internally. When the round table discussion this morning moved to the challenges faced in this sector and how daunting it can all seem, The Duchess said, “Sometimes access to education can seem so big, you wonder where to even begin? So you begin with one student, or one school, you simply begin. And that’s when we see change.” She continued by referencing a Martin Luther King Jr quote: “Take the first step… you don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” Since @the_acu_official Gender Grants were launch in 2016, 28 universities in 17 countries have benefited with a minimum of 600 beneficiaries participating in workshops supported by the grants. #RoyalVisitSouthAfrica Photo ©️ PA images
Meghan was such a breath of fresh air in an otherwise-traditional monarchy, but there’s still a lot that people don’t know about her. Here are some of her secret talents that she learned long before she met her prince charming.
A Great Cook
Before she married into the royal family, Markle ran a lifestyle blog called The Tig, where she posted daily inspirations, recipes, and other adventures. Unfortunately, she had to shut down the website due to privacy concerns so fans never really got to experience some of her favorite dishes like avocado toast and oatmeal brûlée.
The former actress enjoys cooking so much that she insisted on not having a royal staff in their home so that she could have free reign in the kitchen. Meghan could have easily hired an army of chefs after marrying Prince Harry but she wanted to do it all herself, and from what we’ve heard from inside sources, she’s pretty good at what she does.
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Earlier this week, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex returned to visit the women of The Hubb Community Kitchen and “Together, Our Community Cookbook.” These women came together in the wake of the Grenfell tragedy to cook meals for their families and neighbours who had been displaced from the fire. With funds from the successful cookbook, they have now been able to share their spirit of community with so many more. The Hubb continues to work with local organisations to build hope, bring comfort and provide not simply a warm meal, but with it, a sense of togetherness. The Duke and Duchess were so happy to reconnect with the women and hear about the projects they continue to develop to help those in their community and beyond. Image © SussexRoyal
When Meghan was younger, she developed an interest in cursive writing which eventually earned her a career as a professional calligrapher. Meghan continued it as her side gig while she tried to find her footing in the entertainment industry.
Her handwriting was so beautiful that she was hired by clients to work on wedding invitations. She even taught a calligraphy course in a Beverly Hills high school once.
Some of us saw Meghan’s wild side during the couple’s African tour, but not everyone knew that Meghan actually loves dancing. An old acting resume unearthed by a news agency a few years ago showed jazz, ballet, and tap dancing as some of her skills.
Meghan graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in international relations, quickly landing internships in several international embassies.
She managed to impress her employers with her multilingual skills. Apparently, she can speak both French and Spanish, although it’s unclear when she learned the languages.