5 Lessons we can all Learn from Meghan Markle

*** Note from the editor: this is an edited article, originally written  by  Wuraola Adegoke – Shanu for She Leads Africa***

If you are a fan of the TV show Suits, watched the royal wedding, keep yourself up to date with celebrity news, listen to the news or merely live in the world, you probably know by now that Meghan Markle is now Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Sussex.

Weddings are great,  but boy are royal weddings fascinating to watch. They happen once in a while but linger for a long while after because the world never stops talking about them. I will admit that nobody was allowed to distract me as I watched Prince Harry and Meghan tie the knot in May.

From Bishop Michael Curry’s sermon, the long line of celebrity attendees to how people from all over the world travelled to England to catch a a glimpse of the happy couple in their carriage, the royal wedding was a fascinating affair!

5 Lessons we can all Learn from Meghan Markle
Bishop Michael Curry’s church sermon | Tone’o | filckr


When you read about Meghan Markel’s story which includes a divorce and  a strained relationship with her family, you realise that her life is far from perfect- yet she is now the embodiment of royalty, purpose, and confidence.

Here are lessons we can all learn from her story.

Your Past Doesn’t Define You

If it was up to royal protocol, Meghan wouldn’t  be a part of the royal family today. She is a divorcee who was raised by divorced American parents; one of whom is African American.

These facts did not stop Prince Harry from marrying her. One’s past should not determine their future.

Define Your Own Path

Meghan was not sitting around waiting for her Prince to sweep her off her feet. Before meeting Prince Harry, she was a successful actress, UN ambassador, and blogger.

It takes a lot of courage and hard work to reach a point where the world cannot help but identify with you.  Meghan’s humanitarian work and passion for helping people especially women and children align perfectly with her husband’s charity work.

Don’t Fall for the Pressure

The media has not been favourable in their reaction to Doria Ragland, Meghan’s mother who was the only family member present on the wedding. Does she not have cousins, aunts  or uncles?

In a world where numbers are deemed prestigious, Meghan only had her mother by her side. Sometimes all you need is that one person who has been by your side from day one.

Keep Smiling

Go ahead and have a look at that sunny smile. One’s confidence can be seen through their smile.

You do not  know how much good a smile can bring your way. Apart from keeping you young it is a pleasant gift to those around you.

5 Lessons we can all Learn from Meghan Markle
Meghan Markle | Surtsicna | wikimedia commons


For those who have worked in customer service, you have probably been taught the importance of smiling. Business gurus put heavy emphasis on the importance of a smile in customer service interactions because a smile has the power to uplift everyone’s spirit.

Simplicity is Best

It’s a wedding! A royal wedding but Meghan isn’t moved by the fact that the whole world stood still for her. She appeared in a low bun, with pieces of hair falling out of place and proudly rocking her freckles.

You could hardly spot any make-up and she wore a simple dress.

She was not seeking to impress anybody except for the groom of course.

Featured image | Prince Harry and Ms. Markle visit Belfast’s Crown Liquor Saloon | Northern Ireland Office | flickr

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Best of Africa.

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