Meghan Markle calls her childhood self an ugly duckling with frizzy hair

Meghan Markle calls her childhood self an ugly duckling with frizzy hair

09/06/2022

Meghan Markle has described herself as being an "ugly duckling" during her school days.

The former Suits actress made a series of rare revelations about her childhood in the latest episode of her podcast, Archetypes, on which she's joined by The Office US writer and star Mindy Kaling.

Reflecting on growing up, the Duchess of Sussex, now 41, said it was “really hard” and that she was “the smart one forever and ever and ever” rather than the "pretty one" during her time at Immaculate Heart all-girls Catholic school in Los Angeles.

Speaking to Mindy, Meghan said she kept busy at lunchtimes at school and became president of clubs in an attempt to avoid worrying about who to sit with.

Mindy asked Meghan: “Were you not the pretty one growing up?" to which the Duchess replied: “No. Oh God, no.”

She continued: “[I was the] Ugly duckling. Ya no… maybe not conventional beauty, now maybe that would be seen as beautiful, but massive, frizzy, curly hair and a huge gap in my teeth.

"I was the smart one forever and ever and ever and ever, and then just sort of grew up.”

She continued: “I never had anyone to sit with at lunch. I was always a little bit of a loner and really shy, and didn’t know where I fit in.

“I was like ‘I’ll become the president of the multicultural club and the president of sophomore class and the president of this and French club’ and, by doing that, I had meetings at lunchtime.”

Mindy then admitted she thought Meghan would have been that “one nice hot girl who has her head screwed on”, but Meghan replied: “No, it was really hard”.

The podcast episode was released on Tuesday, the same day Meghan and the Duke of Sussex travelled to Germany for an Invictus Games event.

the couple are currently on an unofficial royal tour and on Monday, Meghan addressed delegates at the One Young World Summit in Manchester.

During the speech, her first since she and Harry quit the royal family, Meghan expressed her excitement at having returned to the UK.

The former actress, who is also a counsellor for the global youth charity organisation, told delegates: “You are the ones driving the positive and necessary change across the globe now, in this very moment.

“And for that I am so grateful to be in your company today.”

Meghan also spoke about the first time she was asked to be a counsellor for One Young World in 2014, which she said was a "pinch me moment".

She explained: "And there I was, the girl from Suits. I was surrounded by world leaders, humanitarians, prime ministers and activists that I had such a deep and long-standing respect and admiration for."

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