British Royal Family

A talent fit for royalty! Meghan Markle had a secret life as a calligrapher before she was famous

She even produced the wedding invitations for a very well-known singer-songwriter…

By Candice Mehta-Culjak
Meghan Markle pursued many an odd job before making it big as an actress and meeting the love of her life, Prince Harry. She was a Deal Or No Deal suitcase holder, the writer behind a popular lifestyle blog and we now know she was also a calligrapher.
People magazine recently reported that the 36-year-old worked as a calligraphy instructor at Paper Sourcer -- a paperie and gift retailer -- in Beverly Hills, California from 2004 until 2005.
"It was her part-time job as she was going through auditions," Paper Source CEO, Winnie Park, told the publication. "She taught calligraphy and hosted a group of customers and instructed them during a two-hour class on how to do calligraphy."
In addition to her job at Paper Source, the royal-to-be also worked as a freelance calligrapher -- even writing the invitations for Robin Thicke and Paula Patton's wedding in 2005.
So, should we expect to see her impeccable work as we edge ever closer to the royal wedding? Well, it seems unlikely…
The invitations, posted mid-March, were produced by Barnard and Westwood.
"The invitations follow many years of Royal tradition and have been made by Barnard Westwood," a statement from the palace read alongside a photo of the royal invite. "They feature the Three-Feathered Badge of the Prince of Wales printed in gold ink."
It's clear a lot of thought have gone into the invitations, as the palace notes that "using American ink on English card, the invitations are printed in gold and black, then burnished to bring out the shine, and gilded around the edge."

Around 600 people should expect an invite to the service, with a select 200 close friends invited to an after party at Frogmore House on the castle grounds -- of course, that's where the royal couple took their stunning engagement photos and it's also where they spent time together as their relationship blossomed.
"Guests have been invited to the service at St George's Chapel and to the lunchtime reception at St George's Hall, which is being given by Her Majesty The Queen," Kensington Palace tweeted. "Later that evening, around 200 guests are being invited to the reception at Frogmore House given by The Prince of Wales."
With the invitations sent out, the countdown is well and truly on! And we can barely wait.
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Harry, 33, and Meghan, 36, will marry at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19.