MEGHAN MARKLE is celebrating her birthday tomorrow and it will be her first as part of the royal family.
While the day will be very different to previous celebrations, one thing will remain the same – her birthday wish.
Getty – Pool Meghan Markle follows in her mum’s footsteps by seeing birthdays as a personal New Year
Each year, Meghan, 36, uses the time to reflect on her life and think about her future, a tradition that is inspired by her mum Doria Ragland.
Meghan revealed the sweet habit in 2016 on her now-deleted lifestyle website The Tig when she wrote: “My mom has always said that birthdays are your own personal New Year.
“Your own chance to make resolutions just for yourself and what you prognosticate for your year ahead.”
And what she wishes for is extremely sweet…
The Mega Agency Meghan will spend her actual birthday at the wedding of one of Harry’s best pals
She said she wishes for “More surprises, more adventure, more opportunities to grow, more days filled with giggles and cheeky jokes, more delicious meals, and more inspiration. Always more inspiration.”
Her reflective stance may be the result of years of crippling self-doubt.
She confessed: “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. So everyday during lunch, I busied myself with meetings – French club, student body, whatever one could possibly do between noon and 1pm- I was there. Not so that I was more involved, but so that I wouldn’t have to eat alone.”
Instagram She uses her birthdays to reflect on the previous years and to wish for more adventure and more opportunities to grow
She continued that at the age of 33 in 2014 she had learned to be at peace with herself.
Meghan wrote: “And I am happy. And I say that so plainly because, well…it takes time. To be happy. To figure out how to be kind to yourself. To not just choose that happiness, but to feel it.
“So for my birthday, here’s what I would like as a gift: 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.”
This year Meghan’s big day has a special significance for someone else too.
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While The Duchess of Sussex is set to mark her 37th birthday this Saturday, August 4, it’s an important day for the entire royal family – especially the Queen.
Eagle-eyed royal fans will know that while August 4 is Meghan’s special day, it’s also the birthday of another member of the royal family.
The Queen Mother, Elizabeth, was also born on the same date, in 1900.
Getty – Contributor Meghan revealed the sweet habit in 2016 on her now-deleted lifestyle website The Tig
Last year, Meghan spent her 36th birthday on an African safari with Prince Harry.
And while we expect the 33-year-old Prince is planning something special for his wife, Meghan will spend her actual birthday at the wedding of one of Harry’s best pals, Charlie van Straubenzee.
Charlie was one of the ushers at Meghan and Harry’s wedding and its expected Harry will be carrying out best man duties this weekend in return.