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Tomorrow, on August 4, Meghan Markle will celebrate her birthday for the first time as the Duchess of Sussex. No doubt, now that she has married into the British Royal family, the way she spends her big day will be extremely different to previous years.
But a look back on an old blog post of Markle’s proves that you would be mistaken if you thought she wasn’t just as happy, four years ago when she was single, explaining to her readers that she was extremely content with the life she had built for herself at the time.
Courtesy of the Wayback Machine, which archives old internet pages, we are able to look back on Markle’s old blog, The Tig, which reminds us once again that she was an intelligent, extremely successful woman in her own right, prior to her relationship with Prince Harry.
But before we get to the heartening contents of her blogs, are you also wondering why it’s called The Tig?
Markle explains on the website’s “About” section that the name emerged when she was sipping on a glass of wine, Tignanello, when she experienced one of those delightful “ah-ha” moments.
“So there I am, with very minimal wine knowledge and I take a sip of this wine. It wasn’t just red or white – suddenly I understood what people meant by the body, legs, structure of wine,” the now Duchess of Sussex said. “For me, it became a ‘Tig‘ moment – a moment of getting it.”
“From that point on, any new awareness, any new discovery or “ohhhhh, I get it!” moment was a “Tig” moment. At New York Fashion Week understanding that clothes aren’t just pieces of fabric, but that they can be art. So Tig.”
She also explained that this site was designed to be “a hub for the discerning palate – those with a hunger for food, travel, fashion & beauty.”
One of the more inspiring posts she wrote came on her 33rd birthday, when she wrote a letter to herself.
"I am 33 years old today. And I am happy. And I say that so plainly because, well…it takes time. To be happy. To figure out how to be kind to yourself," Markle began the blog post.
She explained that her happiness came after years of struggling to fit in, saying her twenties were "brutal" and her teen years "were even worse" as a biracial girl in Los Angeles.