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Meghan Markle Has Some Advice for Singletons on Valentine's Day

"Be your own beautiful, darling, cherished, and funny Valentine. You deserve it."
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Meghan Markle may be marrying a literal prince later this year, but she wasn't always so lucky in love. Back in 2015, she reflected on her single status on her now-defunct lifestyle blog The Tig.

In a post titled "Be Your Own Valentine," Markle offered advice to her fellow "singletons" on the day made for happy couples and Hallmark Cards.

It’s funny how a Hallmark holiday can bring up so many feelings for people–ebbing and flowing from the lovey-dovey to the lonesome. But Valentine’s day, with its tales of Cupid and swan song of chocolates and roses and saccharine sweetheart candies does just that. It’s a strangely divisive one. Where couples are cuddled up and singletons see their requisite froyo as a cup of lonely. But it doesn’t need to be. I think you need to be your own Valentine.

While Markle will surely spend Valentine's this year with her future husband, no doubt toasting their upcoming nuptials, back then she was "running amok through the streets of New York," drinking pink cocktails in a new pair of shoes.

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"Those shoes, by the way, were my gift to myself," she wrote. "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," she continued. It's all more evidence of a fiercely independent streak that will be a welcome jolt to the centuries-old institution of the British monarchy come May 19.

Three years after this post was first published, her case for self-love on Valentine's Day, still rings true, even when coming from the mouth of a future royal.

"Whether you have a special someone, you’ll be with friends, or you’ll be flying solo this [holiday] (or any other day for that matter), be good to yourself. Love yourself, treat yourself, honor yourself, and celebrate you," she wrote.

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"Be your own beautiful, darling, cherished, and funny Valentine. You deserve it."

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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