Why Meghan Markle treats her birthday like her own ‘personal New Year’

By Meaghan Wray

As Meghan Markle rings in her 37th year and her first birthday as the newly minted Duchess of Sussex on Saturday, she is likely spending some time reflecting and preparing for her next 365 days as an official member of the Royal Family. While the brunette beauty is independent and secure all on her own, she was never without the support of her amazing mother, Doria Ragland, who’s had some great birthday advice for her now-royal daughter.

Meghan and Doria arrived at Cliveden Estate the day before her royal wedding. Photo: © Steve Parsons - Pool / Getty Images

According to Doria, nobody should have to wait until Jan. 1 to make resolutions – a birthday is the perfect time for change. In her now-defunct blog, The Tig, the former actress opened up about being inspired by her yoga-instructor mom. “My mum has always said that birthdays are your own personal New Year. Your own chance to make resolutions just for yourself and what you prognosticate for your year ahead,” she wrote in the post.

When Meghan blows out her candles on Aug. 4, there are a few things she might be wishing for. Whether it’s “more surprises, more adventures” or “more opportunities to grow,” as per her old lifestyle blog, we know that the royal will be checking off many new boxes as she embarks on her new life as Prince Harry’s partner. And though things are better than ever for the Los Angeles native, especially with all of the work she gets to do for her personal causes, it wasn’t always easy for Meghan.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex shared a kiss at the Berkshire Polo Club. Photo: © Samir Hussein/WireImage

Years ago, in her blog, she revealed the struggles she faced in her 20s. “My 20s were brutal – a constantly battle with myself, judging my weight, my style, my desire to be as cool/as hip/as smart/as ‘whatever’ as everyone else,” she shared candidly. “My teens were even worse – grappling with how to fit in, and what that meant. My high school had cliques: the black girls and white girls, the Filipino and the Latina girls.”

When she turned 33 years old, the former actress wrote an essay for ELLE UK, in which she shared her birthday wishes for all the other women who may have struggled as she did. “So, for my birthday, here’s what I would like as a gift: I want you to be kind to yourself. I want you to challenge yourself. I want you to stop gossiping, to try a food that scares you, to buy a coffee for someone just because, to tell someone you love them… and then tell yourself right back. I want you to find your happiness.”

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