Now, Meghan Markle is living a fairytale. She's happily in love, engaged to marry Prince Harry, and one of the most famous women in the world - not to mention, she's about to become a royal (read: real-life princess).
But two years ago on Valentine's Day, the Suits actress was single - no prince or royal tours of Scotland in sight - and took to her now shut down lifestyle blog, The Tig, to write about the importance of self-love.
“I think you need to be your own Valentine,” Markle wrote in 2015, according to People.
“Last season I was chatting with my Suits sister wives, Sarah [Rafferty] and Gina [Torres], and was in some sort of funk, bemoaning something that was so futile I don’t even remember what it was now. But I was faaaaaar from showing [myself] self love," she continued.
"One of them stopped me - truth be told I can’t remember which one because they both impart their sage wisdom with me on the daily—but one of the stylish wise ones stopped me and said, ‘Hey! That’s my friend you’re talking about. Be nice to her.’”
“They were protecting me from myself,” she explained. “From my own criticism, and my own self doubt. They were reminding me to treat myself as well as I treat those closest to me. To be my own valentine.”
“This Valentine’s Day I will be with friends, running amock through the streets of New York, likely imbibing some cocktail that’s oddly pink, and jumping over icy mounds in my new shoes through the salted snowy streets of the West Village,” Markle wrote.
“But those shoes, by the way, were my gift to myself. Because I’ve worked hard, because I’m not going to wait for someone to buy me the things I covet (nor do I want to), and because I want to treat myself as well as I treat those dearest to me. Because I am my own funny Valentine.”
Just a year and a half after penning the sweet post, Markle was introduced to Prince Harry through a mutual friend. The rest, as they say, is history.