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Meghan Markle Wanted to Be a Princess When She Grew Up

But it had nothing to do with the British royal family.
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Prince Harry's fiancé Meghan Markle has had royal ambitions for decades, but not in the way you might expect. In her introduction to a 2014 interview with Princess Alia Al-Senussi (whose family ruled Libya before Gadaffi) for her now-shuttered lifestyle blog The Tig, Markle wrote, "Little girls dream of being princesses. I, for one, was all about She-Ra, Princess of Power."

For those of you unfamiliar with the '80s cartoon reference, She-Ra is the twin sister of He-Man, and a sword-wielding royal rebel known for her strength. We're definitely not talking about Cinderella here.

"Grown women seem to retain this childhood fantasy," Markle continued, discussing America's cultural obsession with royalty. "Just look at the pomp and circumstance surrounding the royal wedding and endless conversation about Princess Kate," she said, making a reference to her now soon-to-be sister-in-law's nuptials.

Oh, how much can change in three years. And yet, Markle's exchange with Al-Senussi offers insight into what we can expect from her once she officially becomes a royal.

She praised Al-Senussi's smarts (emphasizing her academic credentials: degrees from Brown and the London School of Economics) and her philanthropic efforts (particularly her work for the Global Heritage Fund, an organization that works to "sustainably preserve the most significant and endangered cultural heritage sites in developing regions of the world").

The post, which can be read in full here, courtesy of the Internet Archive Wayback Machine, illustrates just how focused Markle was on the good Al-Senussi has done with her influence, and less so on her title or status.

It sounds like Markle may have found herself a royal role model. After all, the former American actress has already tossed aside the notion that she's interested in an antiquated fairy tale. In an article written for Elle UK in November 2016, just a few months after she started dating Prince Harry, she wrote:

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With fame comes opportunity, but it also includes responsibility. To advocate and share, to focus less on glass slippers and more on pushing through glass ceilings. And, if I'm lucky enough, to inspire.

Markle will soon have a much bigger platform. It will be fascinating to see what she does with it.

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

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