Meghan Markle’s unearthed candid letter to herself about ‘brutal mental battle’

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AS MEGHAN MARKLE celebrates her 41st birthday, Express.co.uk looks back at a candid letter the Duchess of Sussex wrote to herself in which she described the “constant battle” she faced during her “brutal 20s”.

It stands in contrast to how the former Hollywood actress marked her 33rd birthday, which saw her publish a personal open letter on her now-defunct lifestyle blog, The Tig.

In the letter, Meghan described her 20s as “brutal”, revealing that she was in a “constant battle with herself” and gave her followers some well-meaning pieces of advice.

Back in 2014, she wrote: “I am 33 years old today. And I am happy. And I say that so plainly because, well…it takes time.

Meghan Markle

Meghan wrote a candid letter to herself describing the mental battle she faced. (Image: Getty Images)

Meghan Markle

The Duchess of Sussex wrote the letter in 2014 when she was 33 years old. (Image: Getty Images)

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“To be happy. To figure out how to be kind to yourself. To not just choose that happiness, but to feel it.”

Opening up on her years at a “cliquey” high school and then navigating the world of Hollywood as an aspiring actress, Meghan revealed how she struggled to fit in.

She wrote: “My 20s were brutal – a constant battle with myself, judging my weight, my style, my desire to be as cool/as hip/as smart/as ‘whatever’ as everyone else.

“My teens were even worse – grappling with how to fit in, and what that even meant. My high school had cliques: the black girls and white girls, the Filipino and the Latina girls. Being biracial, I fell somewhere in between.”

Meghan Markle as Rachel Zane

Meghan played Rachel Zane in the legal drama ‘Suits’ (Image: Getty Images)

She wrote: “I must have been about 24 when a casting director looked at me during an audition and said: ‘You need to know that you’re enough. Less makeup, more Meghan.’”

Concluding the letter on a positive note, the former ‘Suits’ actress departed her wisdom to her fans, telling them that they are “enough just as you are”.

She wrote: “You need to know that you’re enough. A mantra that has now engrained itself so deeply within me that not a day goes by without hearing it chime in my head.

“That five pounds lost won’t make you happier, that more makeup won’t make you prettier, that the now iconic saying from Jerry Maguire – ‘You complete me’ – frankly, isn’t true.

“You are complete with or without a partner. You are enough just as you are.”

Meghan encouraged her fans to “find their happiness,” writing: “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 to tell yourself right back. I want you to find your happiness.”

The Duchess has consistently used her platform to advocate for young people — particularly women and girls.

Long before she met Harry, Meghan worked for women’s rights.

While making a name for herself in Hollywood, the 41-year-old worked on women’s rights issues with organisations including World Vision, the Myna Mahila Foundation and One Young World, in addition to the United Nations.

Meghan Markle

Meghan has long been an advocate for women’s rights. (Image: Getty Images)

Meghan hinted she has found her match in Prince Harry, who is also known for his humanitarian work.

Back in 2018, Meghan said Harry, 37, is also a feminist while greeting a well-wisher in Wales who told her: “It’s great having a feminist in the Royal Family.”

“He’s a feminist too,” replied Meghan, in reference to Harry.

More recently, the Duchess affirmed her husband’s feminist views during a conversation with Gloria Steinem.

Meghan and American feminist icon Ms Steinem condemned the US Supreme Court’s controversial ruling in a joint interview for Vogue in June.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

Harry and Meghan travelled to New York for the keynote address. (Image: Getty Images)

She continued: “My husband and I talked about that a lot over the past few days,” adding, “He’s a feminist too.”

“And his reaction last week was guttural, like mine.”

Ms Steinem “testified” she had known Harry as a staunch advocate for “people’s rights”.

In July, the Duke called the recent rolling back of constitutional rights a “global assault on democracy and freedom” during a visit to the United Nations in New York.

He added: “This has been a painful year in a painful decade.”

“We’re living through a pandemic that continues to ravage communities in every corner of the globe,” he noted, later referencing the effects of climate change, disinformation and the war in Ukraine.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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