Before she was a royal, Meghan Markle explored the world of office politics through her role as paralegal Rachel Zane on the USA hits Suits.
“In life, in the office, in any of that, stay out of the drama,” she told InStyle in a 2015 interview. “You’ll be endlessly happier for it. If you want to do that, save that for drinks after work with your girlfriends. But I would say don’t get involved in the inner-office politics.”
Three years before she would marry into the royal family, the then-future Duchess of Sussex also spoke about juggling her acting career, work on her now-defunct lifestyle blog, The Tig, and her personal life.
“Find balance within your life,” she advised. “That is one of the most important things. So that means that your lunch break, you leave and go and get some fresh air. You don’t make your life your job. All of those things are so important—that you have a really full, flourishing life. I have to find that balance for myself as well between The Tig, my time on set or my time at home, I have to make the time to throw in a yoga class or walk my dogs or literally just turn it all off and meditate for a minute. I think you have to make time for yourself so that work doesn’t become the end-all be-all.”
In the wide-ranging InStyle interview, parts of which were never published, Meghan — who recently announced the new patronages she’ll be supporting in her royal work, many of which are focused on women’s and girls’ empowerment — addressed what it means to be a “girl boss.”
“As I’ve gotten older, too, I think you become more comfortable in your skin and comfortable both in saying ‘no’ to things, which is a huge girl boss moment I think for any of us,” she said. “And Rachel is an example of that on television. I think me personally in growing The Tig as a brand and taking on projects—saying ‘no’ is just as valuable as saying ‘yes.’
“And then also being able to delegate things,” she continued. “I often joke on set—it takes a village to raise an actress. But I think with anything you can’t do it by yourself. So building a strong team around you and being able to really communicate well with them is part of what’s going to have that level of success for you. So I feel really grateful that all of those things are coming to fruition, but I think above all of it is something that comes with age, of really having a sense of your self-worth and then you make choices based on that.”
Working on Suits also helped Meghan transform her laid-back, self-described “California girl” vibe into a more sophisticated style. She explained that while her go-to feel good outfit used to be distressed jeans, kitten heels and a blouse, that had changed.
“Now the outfit I put on and I feel so good in are these black, …read more