Megan Markle may be a member of the royal family but that doesn’t mean she has always been royalty. Before she married into the royal family and prior to the time that she was the lead actor on Suits, she had financial struggles that made it difficult to get through school.
Megan talked about her past financial struggles while giving a royal tour speech at the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji. She admitted that things were challenging in the past. Megan graduated from Northwestern University, where she double majored in international relations and theater. In order to get through college, she had to rely on financial aid.
“As a university graduate, I know the personal feeling of pride and excitement that comes with attending university,” Meghan said in the speech. “From the moment you receive your acceptance letter to the exams you spend countless late nights studying for, the lifelong friendships you make with your fellow alumni to the moment that you receive your diploma, the journey of higher education is an incredible, impactful and pivotal one.”
“I am also fully aware of the challenges of being able to afford this level of schooling for many people around the world, myself included,” she admitted.
“It was through scholarships, financial aid programs and work-study where my earnings from a job on campus went directly towards my tuition – that I was able to attend university. And, without question, it was worth every effort,” Meghan continued.
“Everyone should be afforded the opportunity to receive the education they want, but more importantly the education they have the right to receive,” Meghan expressed. “And for women and girls in developing countries, this is vital. When girls are given the right tools to succeed, they can create incredible futures, not only for themselves but for all of those around them.”
“And while progress has been made in many areas across the Commonwealth, there is always scope to offer more opportunities to the next generation of young adults, and specifically to young women,” she continued.
“My husband Harry and I wish you all the very best of luck as you continue your studies and your work. Your efforts now will help to make a positive future for each of you and your communities at large,” Meghan concluded.
Megan also announced new grants during the speech that would be available at the school to help female staff members. She conducted herself like a royal while she was at the podium, demonstrating how she has worked her way into the role.
"Everyone should be afforded the opportunity to receive the education they want, but more importantly the education they have the right to receive. And for women and girls in developing countries, this is vital.” — The Duchess of Sussex at @UniSouthPacific #RoyalVisitFiji pic.twitter.com/ZWXxiBNcEY
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) October 24, 2018
This is not the first time that Megan has talked about her past financial struggles. At one time, she admitted in an interview that she had a car in such poor shape that she had to climb into the trunk to drive it.
“The clicker wouldn’t open the front doors and I couldn’t afford to fix this car and this was how I got from one audition to the other,” Meghan admitted. “So what I would start to do is literally go to these auditions, park at the back of the parking lot and I would open my trunk … and crawl into the back of my car to the front seat to drive off to my next audition.”
Most of us see the life of luxury that Megan is now living but we should remember that she wasn’t born into royalty, she had her struggles like the rest of us.