10 times Meghan Markle was just like us

WPA Pool/Getty ImagesMeghan Markle is a down-to-earth duchess.
  • Meghan Markle worked plenty of odd jobs before becoming an actress and a duchess.
  • She’s a member of the royal family, but she still does her own makeup and is a passionate foodie.
  • She has a pet name for husband Prince Harry and doesn’t shy away from PDA.

Meghan Markle may be a duchess, but that doesn’t mean she’s not down-to-earth.

When her longtime friend and makeup artist Daniel Martin asked what to call her after she was married to Prince Harry, he told People “She started laughing and she said, ‘I’m always going to be Meg.”

Here are 10 ways that Markle has shown that she’s still the same old Meg.


She worked odd jobs before her big break.

https://vimeo.com/244758698Markle on ‘Deal or No Deal.’

Markle wasn’t born into the royal family. Before she was a duchess, and even before she was an actress on “Suits,” Markle was a briefcase model on “Deal or No Deal,” a freelance calligrapher, a restaurant hostess, and more.

See all of her odd jobs here.


She’s a hugger.

Chris Jackson/Getty ImagesMarkle hugs 10-year-old Sophia Richards.

Embracing royals is usually off-limits for both security reasons and out of respect for their positions. But Markle goes right in for hugs.

At an event for International Women’s Day, Markle hugged 10-year-old Sophia Richards, who told her she wants to be an actress too.

“Meghan told me that I can achieve whatever I want to achieve. And Meghan said she would like to see me on TV when I become an actress,” Richards told People. “It was a dream come true. I will never forget this day.”


She does her own makeup.

Chris Jackson/Getty ImagesMarkle created this makeup look herself.

When photos of Markle at the Royal Air Force centenary celebrations showed her usual flawless face of makeup, Instagram users complimented her wedding day makeup artist Daniel Martin on a job well done. But he revealed in comments that Markle had done her makeup herself even though she surely has her choice of makeup artists.


She closes her own car door.

WPA Pool/Getty ImagesMarkle closes her car door.

It’s not against royal protocol for Markle to close her own car door, Myka Meier, royal etiquette expert of Beaumont Etiquette, told INSIDER. But royals are often shuttled between engagements by an entourage that opens and closes car doors for them. Many people saw Markle closing her own door as a sign that she is staying “down-to-earth and humble” as a duchess.


She uses a pet name for Prince Harry.

Dan Charity – WPA Pool/Getty ImagesMeeting the cast of ‘Hamilton.’

While posing with the cast of “Hamilton” at a charity performance in London, Markle stood in front of Prince Harry and appeared to turn around and ask “Can you see, my love?” The cast broke out into a chorus of “awws.”


She says her favourite Disney movie is “The Little Mermaid.”

Chris Jackson/Getty ImagesMarkle is a fan of ‘The Little Mermaid.’

Prince Harry and Markle attended the annual WellChild awards, where Harry has been a patron since 2007. Award winner Chloe, aged 10, asked the couple about their favourite Disney films. Markle chose “The Little Mermaid.” (Harry said he loves “The Lion King.”)


She’s a foodie.

Royals have a whole list of foods that they’re not allowed to eat and rules about how to dine properly. But Markle seems to regard food less formally.

Now that her days writing about cooking on her blog The Tig are over, Markle partnered with the Hubb Community Kitchen, an organisation that works with women affected by the Grenfell Towel Fire in London,to publish a cookbook of recipes. In the foreword, she wrote that one of her favourite meals is “collard greens, black-eyed peas, and cornbread – a meal I would look forward to throughout my childhood.”

“This was always eaten on New Year’s Day, a tradition steeped in ancestral history in which each component has a meaning: the black-eyed peas for prosperity, the greens for wealth, the cornbread for health and nourishment,” she wrote. “It wasn’t a New Year’s resolution; it was a wish. It wasn’t simply a meal; it was a story.”


She doesn’t shy away from PDA.

Ever since they first stepped out at the Invictus Games in 2017, Markle and Prince Harry have made their affection for each other clear to onlookers. While other royal couples like Prince William and Kate Middleton keep PDA to a minimum on engagements, Markle’s warmth and love for her partner are evident in the way she always seems to be reaching for his hand.


Her wedding included “something blue.”

WPA Pool/Getty ImagesMarkle’s veil included something blue.

An Old English rhyme advises brides to have “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue” with them on their wedding day. It’s a common tradition for brides to follow, and Markle included “something blue” by weaving a piece of the blue dress she wore on her first date with Prince Harry into her veil.


She sent out thank you cards for her birthday.

Charles McQuillan/Getty ImagesMarkle greets members of the public.

Markle sent postcards out to those who wished her a happy 37th birthday featuring a candid shot of her laughing with members of the public. Traditional royal postcards often feature posed photos, but her choice conveyed a more approachable image.

The postcard read: “The Duchess of Sussex is so touched you took the trouble to write as you did on the occasion of her 37th birthday. It really was most thoughtful of you and Her Royal Highness sends you her heartfelt thanks and best wishes.”

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