Years before falling in love with Prince Harry, marrying into British royalty and becoming the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle wrote about being a princess on her now-defunct blog, The Tig. But anyone who knows the former actress could guess that she didn’t look up to the predictable Disney princess – for Meghan, it was all about powerful figures!
In 2014, the Suits star took to her blog to describe her ultimate princess hero: “Little girls dream of being princesses. I, for one, was all about She-Ra, Princess of Power. For those of you unfamiliar with the ‘80s cartoon reference, She-Ra is the twin sister of He-Man, and a sword-wielding royal rebel known for her strength. We’re definitely not talking about Cinderella here.”
Even before becoming a sister-in-law to the Duchess of Cambridge, the 37-year-old was already praising the royal for her degrees and charity work. She even referenced Kate’s royal wedding to Prince William in 2011 , writing: “Grown women seem to retain this childhood fantasy. Just look at the pomp and circumstance surrounding the royal wedding and endless conversation about Princess Kate.” Now Meghan can speak from experience – since making her public debut with Prince Harry, she knows a thing or two about being the focus of global fascination.
But it’s no wonder the two have gotten along swimmingly since meeting and becoming part of the same family, as Meghan also has a penchant for philanthropy and giving back to communities in need. When the ‘Fab Four’ – Prince William, Kate, Prince Harry and Meghan – stepped out for the first time as a quad at the Royal Foundation Forum , the duchess said: “Even if it’s doing it quietly behind the scenes, which is what I’ve focused my energy on thus far… meeting with the right people, meeting with the organizations behind the scenes quietly, learning as much as I can to maximize the opportunity we have here to really make an impact.”
And an impact she’s already made, especially as the first biracial divorcé to marry into British royalty, expanding the definition of a “royal” and “duchess” to a whole new group of young girls around the world. And even before she became a member of ‘the firm,’ Meghan had long used her She-Ra-worthy power to make a difference, from her position as an advocate for women’s rights with the United Nations to her humanitarian work with World Vision Canada.