Meghan’s heartfelt high school letter revealed
IN HIGH school, Meghan Markle demonstrated "the depth of her heart" by writing a letter to a fellow classmate who was "very shy" and 'a "bit of a loner", according to her former teachers.
The letter, which was written in 1993 and only recently unearthed, reveals that during her time at Immaculate Heart High School in California, Markle was sensitive, kind, and compassionate towards those around her.
The Duchess of Sussex's former headmistress, Christine Knudsen, said she received the letter from one of the student's in Markle's group, according to the new documentary How to Bag a Prince that aired on Britain's Channel 5.
"Meghan wrote her the most wonderful loving note," says Ms Knudsen in the broadcast, "Even though Meghan was not her close friend at all. It just shows the depth of [Markle's] heart."
In strong and flowing handwriting, the letter reads: "Dear Michelle, You are so strong and so wonderful - your courage in strength in times of hardships is as admirable as your optimism and friendly nature.
"I am so lucky to have you in my group and to be able to lead you on this adventure. Never stop sharing your beautiful spirit and always remember how special you are. I am here if you ever need me. I love you, Meghan."
And Markle's kindness extended beyond an introverted friend in need.
According to her religious studies teacher at Immaculate Heart, young Meghan approached her about how to help the local homeless people.
Maria Pollia told the show's producers, "One day, after class, Meghan approached me and said, 'So tell me more about serving on Skid Row.'
"And so I suggested she continued to volunteer at this soup kitchen in her senior year. Meghan always took it a step further, not just distributing food but learning people's names, learning their stories."
The letter and the stories of Markle's high school years foreshadow the woman she has become today: a relatable member of the royal family with a passion for humanitarian aid work.
She recently appeared at the Queen's Young Leaders Awards Ceremony at Buckingham Palace on June 26, for a program that celebrates the achievements of young people from the Commonwealth working to improve the lives of people across a diverse range of issues such as living with mental health problems, access to education, promoting gender equality, and food scarcity and climate change.
And perhaps it's this attitude that enabled the down to earth California girl to not only "bag a prince" and become Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, but to change the way we see royalty.