Meghan Markle's fierce three-word mantra that drove rise from TV star to royalty

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Meghan Markle's mantra said she wanted to choose happiness

Meghan Markle always kept a key mantra in her mind that helped her rise from a TV star to a member of the Royal Family, a friend of hers has said.

While starring in TV drama Suits, the Duchess of Sussex wrote emotional essays about race and women's rights, also filling her old blog, The Tig, with inspirational quotes. According to her college best friend Lindsay Roth, one Meghan's favourite mottos for life was "I choose happiness." Another of her favourite mottos was: "Of this be sure: You do not find the happy life... you make it."

In 2013, radio host Lizzie Cundy said Meghan confided that Hollywood was "a really brutal place" and that she would have felt at home in London if she had not made a breakthrough. In a message shared with her Instagram followers, Meghan once shared a quote by F Scott Fitzgerald that said: "Be brave. Live the life you want - it's worth its weight in gold." She added: "It's never too late, or too early to be whoever you want to be."

To facilitate her reinvention, Lizzie claimed Meghan had her eye on a gig in reality TV and a British boyfriend to go with it. "She told me she wanted to be on an English reality TV show and that she wanted an English boyfriend," Lizzie continued.

"She set her sights on Made In Chelsea and worked hard to get in with that crowd. We were having a chat and then she said: 'Do you know any famous guys? I'm single and I really love English men.' So I said: 'We'll go out and find you someone.'"

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In the summer of 2016, Meghan then met Prince Harry after being set up by a mutual friend. Their first date took place just over seven years ago when they met for drinks at 76 Dean Street in Soho, London.

Harry did not create the best impression after traffic caused him to be late, but both "giggled endlessly" - and another meet-up was on the cards just a day later. Their second date took place on July 4, 2016, when they met up again in London. And in their Netflix series Harry & Meghan, the duchess revealed how Harry described it as a "bittersweet" celebration.

Reading aloud the stirring speech she read at their wedding two years later, Meghan said that while July 4 is an important day for Americans, it was also a poignant date in their romance. Meghan said in her speech: "They have their second date and he brings her cupcakes because it's 4 July. 'A bittersweet celebration,' he says. Ironic really. Her country's independence from his country. Yet in this moment, they know they don't want to be independent from each other."

After their second date, they spent a romantic holiday in Botswana before committing to a long-distance romance between London and Toronto, where Meghan was filming Suits. The couple then went on to marry on May 19, 2018 in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, and now live in California with their two children, Archie and Lilibet.

Chiara Fiorillo

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