The Surprising Job That Changed Meghan Markle

It's hard to imagine Meghan Markle living an unknown life after the endless media frenzy surrounding her and her relationship with Prince Harry. But before she became a royal — and before the couple's unconventional decision to step down as senior royals — she was a normal gal in California who wanted to be an actress.

She wound up landing a role on the legal TV show Suits, but not before enduring several gigs and side hustles to keep herself afloat while she pursued her dream. She told Good Housekeeping in 2016: "I used to be a calligrapher for weddings and events — that was my side job while I was auditioning. I think handwritten notes are a lost art form." According to the outlet, she got gigs for some holiday letters from Dolce & Gabbana as well as the invitations for Robin Thicke and Paula Patton's wedding. While this was part of her journey, there was one job in her past that really shaped her.

Meghan Markle didn't escape chores as a kid

When Meghan Markle and Prince Harry toured Australia in 2018, they stopped at Macarthur Girls High School in Sydney, according to Yahoo! While there, Meghan addressed the students and shared that her very first job was taking out the trash and this humble chore made her the person she is today, per New Idea.

She said to the student body: "You guys all remind me so much of myself when I was growing up. I went to an all-girls school which was incredibly diverse as well." She added: "I think being around such empowered young women, it becomes something that you all just grasp onto to understand your world."

It was obviously really meaningful for her to be there because she said, "It makes me so emotional. You're doing really, really good work and I'm so happy that we're here. We give you our full support." It was no doubt very meaningful for the students to hear this too and to know that no matter how humble the task or chore, great things can be waiting in the future.