MEGHAN MARKLE poured her heart out in a Valentine’s Day post on her lifestyle blog ‘The Tig’ before she met Prince Harry.
Today is Valentine’s Day and hundreds of millions of people across the world will present their better half with gifts and go on date nights. The Duchess of Sussex has previously proved she is a romantic, now living in her very own romantic fairytale with her Prince Charming. Meghan once wrote about her ideal Valentine’s Day in a possible hint at how she and Harry like to spend their day each year.
Writing in her now defunct lifestyle blog, The Tig, before she met Harry, she said: “Without fail, every February 14th, I wake up feeling like I’m immersed in a Robert Doisneau photo, waiting with bated breath to be dipped into a kiss. “This is all happening in black and white, of course. And in Paris, if I had my way.” Meghan was still playing Rachel Zane in American TV legal drama Suits at the time, and had earned a mass following on social media for her work.
In the blog post, while she confessed to enjoying romantic gestures, she stressed that ultimately it is “the thought that counts”. She wrote in her 2015 post: “But delusions of Francophile grandeur aside, Valentine’s Day is special wherever you happen to find yourself. “And in terms of gifts, be it breakfast in bed, a sweet love note, or a single flower, it really is the thought that counts.”
Meghan and Harry will celebrate their fourth wedding anniversary later this year, having tied the knot in a lavish ceremony at Windsor Castle. But back in 2015, Meghan was in a relationship with celebrity chef and restaurateur Cory Vitiello, and penned another empowering blog post. She wrote: “I think you need to be your own Valentine. “I think you need to cook that beautiful dinner even when it’s just you, wear your favourite outfit, buy yourself some flowers, and celebrate the self love that often gets muddled when we focus on what we don’t have.”
Meghan revealed that she would be spending Valentine’s Day of 2015 “running amok through the streets of New York”, navigating the icy streets in a new pair of shoes. She wrote: “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.”
Addressing the importance of self-love, she finished: “Whether you have a special someone, you’ll be with friends, or you’ll be flying solo this Saturday (or any other day for that matter), be good to yourself. “Love yourself, treat yourself, honour yourself and celebrate you. Be your own beautiful, darling, cherished and funny Valentine. You deserve it.” Meanwhile, this will be a particularly emotional Valentine’s Day for the Queen as she spends it without the one she loves the most.
Her Majesty and Prince Philip enjoyed a vivacious romance spanning some 73 years of marriage, as royal experts revealed the Duke of Edinburgh was the master of the Valentine’s Day gift. Phil Dampier told The Sun: “Throughout the years he’s done so many touching things which the Queen will undoubtedly miss this year.
“He was always very good at doing some touching things for her. “Some of the gifts that he gave her, he made himself. “For example, he made her a makeup kit which she always kept in her handbag. “A small metal make-up kit that she would use every day.” Mr Dampier added Philip was always “very thoughtful” with his gifts, favouring a “more personal touch” than just buying the first thing he stumbled upon.