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7 Things We Learned About Prince Harry's Girlfriend Meghan Markle From Her Blog

Prince Harry's girlfriend Meghan Markle Credit: Constant Media

Guardian UK, 19 January 2017

A lot has changed for actress Meghan Markle in the last year. Namely, that by starting to date Prince Harry she has become arguably the most scrutinised woman in the western world.

Thanks to sightings of her shopping for a Christmas tree with HRH in south London, and popping out from Kensington Palace to stock up on supplies in Whole Foods, many are expecting the prince to pop the question any minute now. Because nothing says commitment like an overpriced chia and cacao bar.

Prince Harry’s new girlfriend, California-born actress Meghan Markle, is both an animal-lover and part-time vegan

So what do we actually know about the woman who could be a future member of our Royal Family? Other than that she is American, a TV actress in series Suits, a campaigner on gender equality issues, and *gasp* a divorcee, we're not nearly as clued up as we might like to think.

When Prince William looked set to propose to Kate Middleton we knew everything there was to know about her "middle class roots" and their fairytale St Andrews university romance.

Thoughtfully, Markle (or "MM" as she is apparently known to friends) has a lifestyle blog through which we can learn a little more about the woman who one day could be Princess Meg.

Called The Tig - named after an occasion when Markle tried a wine called Tignanello and experienced "unbridled joy" (steady on) - the blog has a touch of Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop about it.

There are family recipes, playlists, advice on being the perfect hostess and how to curate the perfect city break.

Here's what we learned about Meghan Markle from The Tig:

1. She likes 'warm and fuzzy feelings'

According to her blog, Markle loves to snuggle down with a book or share a cosy meal with friends

Markle is all about cosiness. Over the past couple of months, she has filled her blog with book recommendations, wintry playlists and warming recipes, such as Grandma Markle's Apple Butter Toast, "made in the crockpot to truly let you set it and forget it". Plus, there's a pumpkin fondue described as "the best f****** thing I've ever eaten".

Granted, there are a few Goop-esque monstrosities, like a particularly grim sounding spicy broccoli and hempseed stew (not the most sociable of meals, one imagines).

But generally Markle seems to be as much about having friends round to share a bottle of red as she is keen on greeting the day with a downward dog and a turmeric smoothie.
Her latest obsession is with red wine hot chocolate, which does exactly what it says on the tin. She says: "Combining two of every lady’s classic loves, wine and chocolate, this remarkably easy yet decadent dessert has been the talk of the town this season". So that's what she was buying ingredients for in Whole Foods.

2. She loves Paris (Harry, take note)

Markle loves to travel and is a particular fan of the French capital Credit: Alamy

  • "The food, the accent, the je ne sais quoi of the women with their inherent chicness – I sigh un petit peu just typing this."
  • Markle is a big fan of the French capital, so much so that she asked her pal Elettra Wiedermann (daughter of Isabella Rossellini and just one in a long line of name-drops) to curate a Paris guide for her blog.
Seems like a perfect spot for a proposal... just saying.

3. Serena Williams probably knew about Prince Harry before you did

Serena Williams and Markle became firm friends last year Credit: Pirelli

The two became friends at the beginning of 2016, when the tennis superstar barreled up to Markle at an event and decided they should hang out.
She nauseatingly refers to Williams as "this fancy lady", but actually, their friendship does seem quite sweet.

"We hit it off immediately," says Markle, "taking pictures, laughing through the flag football game we were both playing in, and chatting not about tennis or acting, but about all the good old fashioned girly stuff.
"So began our friendship. She quickly became a confidante I would text when I was traveling, the friend I would rally around for her tennis matches, and the down to earth chick I was able to grab lunch with just a couple weeks ago in Toronto."

What's the betting Williams was one of the first to know when a certain red headed royal arrived in Markle's life?

4. She's struggled with demons

Markle admits she struggled with body image in her 20s but is much more confident now Credit: REX

Until now, at least, Markle has written a candid, personal blog every year on her birthday.
On turning 33 in 2014, she opened up about how happy she felt now to be in her 30s.

She admitted: "My 20s were brutal – a constant battle with myself, judging my weight, my style, my desire to be as cool/as hip/as smart/as “whatever” as everyone else."

In her latest birthday post, in April last year (just a month before it is thought Prince Harry may have arrived on the scene) she gushes that her cup runneth over.

"When I close my eyes and think of what I wish for, I come up with a blank. A big old happy blank.
"I am feeling so incredibly joyful right now, so grateful and content that all I could wish for is more of the same."

All she desires from the next year, she says, is "More surprises, more adventure, more opportunities to grow, more days filled with giggles and cheeky jokes, more delicious meals, and more inspiration. Always more inspiration."

5. She's not an ornament

The pair are said to have met in May when Harry was in Canada promoting the Invictus Games Credit: PA

As well as playing the role of Rachel Zane on Suits, Markle spends a lot of time doing humanitarian work. She's a global ambassador for World Vision Canada and has also worked as an advocate for the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women.

She says: "I've never wanted to be a lady who lunches - I've always wanted to be a woman who works. And this type of work is what feeds my soul, and fuels my purpose."

If she does indeed become Princess Meghan, presumably she'll seek to further the issues she cares so deeply about.

6. Her dogs come first

Most living and breathing creatures, it seems, take second place to Markle's dogs, Bogart and Guy (seen here dressed in a Union Jack printed coat).

On the blog, she writes: "The first thing I do when I wake up is pick up my iPhone, kiss the dogs, and walk downstairs with them to let them in the backyard and feed them breakfast.
"Then while I wait for them to eat, I check some emails and send some texts, and we crawl back into bed for a little snuggle before starting the day."

7. She loves Sophie Ellis Bextor

Sophie Ellis Bextor Credit: Telegraph/Andrew Crowley

It's clear from reading The Tig that Markle has a lot of celebrity friends. Most of them have contributed a guest post (most recently, Michael Buble provided a list of his favourite Christmas songs).

But one slightly off-beat pal comes in the form of our own Sophie Ellis-Bextor, whose song Come with Us Markle includes in one of her many playlists.

She says: "Yes, sweet Sophie stole our musical hearts with the hit, Murder on the Dance Floor, a tune that has stood the test of time for our requisite late night grooving, but her new album Familia offers this beat titled, Come with Us that channels old school Madonna vibes like no other.

"Love, love, love! Bravo, Sophie! Love to you and the familia!"

Smart move, Meghan. Get in with the British crowd now, and it'll make life a whole lot easier when you move to Kensington.


  • A Statement by the Communications Secretary for Prince Harry


Since he was young, Prince Harry has been very aware of the warmth that has been extended to him by members of the public. He feels lucky to have so many people supporting him and knows what a fortunate and privileged life he leads.

He is also aware that there is significant curiosity about his private life. He has never been comfortable with this, but he has tried to develop a thick skin about the level of media interest that comes with it. He has rarely taken formal action on the very regular publication of fictional stories that are written about him and he has worked hard to develop a professional relationship with the media, focused on his work and the issues he cares about.

But the past week has seen a line crossed. His girlfriend, Meghan Markle, has been subject to a wave of abuse and harassment. Some of this has been very public - the smear on the front page of a national newspaper; the racial undertones of comment pieces; and the outright sexism and racism of social media trolls and web article comments. Some of it has been hidden from the public - the nightly legal battles to keep defamatory stories out of papers; her mother having to struggle past photographers in order to get to her front door; the attempts of reporters and photographers to gain illegal entry to her home and the calls to police that followed; the substantial bribes offered by papers to her ex-boyfriend; the bombardment of nearly every friend, co-worker, and loved one in her life.

Prince Harry is worried about Ms. Markle’s safety and is deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her. It is not right that a few months into a relationship with him that Ms. Markle should be subjected to such a storm. He knows commentators will say this is ‘the price she has to pay’ and that ‘this is all part of the game’. He strongly disagrees. This is not a game - it is her life and his.

He has asked for this statement to be issued in the hopes that those in the press who have been driving this story can pause and reflect before any further damage is done. He knows that it is unusual to issue a statement like this, but hopes that fair-minded people will understand why he has felt it necessary to speak publicly.

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