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Meghan Markle's emotional birthday message looks back at 'brutal' decade

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Meghan shared an extremely honest post on her blog The Tig to mark her 33rd birthday (Image: Getty)

As a former actress with a huge bank balance and a member of the royal family, you would expect Meghan Markle's birthday list to be pretty pricey reading.

However, there is just one thing the duchess wants for her big day - and it's the same thing she asks for every year.

While we don't know exactly how she spent her 39th birthday, it's likely that she's in LA with Prince Harry and Archie, and the easing of lockdown means she may have visits from mum Doria and friends.

But in her pre-royal life, Meghan was very open about her birthday and in her old blog The Tig she shared a message to fans sharing her ultimate birthday wish.

On her 33rd birthday, she wrote honestly about her "brutal" 20s, explaining how she struggled with her weight and appearance.

She wrote: "I am 33 years old today. And I am happy.

"And I say that so plainly because, well…it takes time. To be happy. To figure out how to be kind to yourself.

"To not just choose that happiness, but to feel it.

Meghan Markle worked on the US version of Deal or No Deal for one year (Image: NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

"My 20s were brutal – a constant battle with myself, judging my weight, my style, my desire to be as cool/as hip/as smart/as “whatever” as everyone else.

"My teens were even worse – grappling with how to fit in, and what that even meant. My high school had cliques: the black girls and white girls, the Filipino and the Latina girls.

"Being biracial, I fell somewhere in between. So everyday during lunch, I busied myself with meetings – French club, student body, whatever one could possibly do between noon and 1pm- I was there.

"Not so that I was more involved, but so that I wouldn’t have to eat alone.

"I must have been about 24 when a casting director looked at me during an audition and said “You need to know that you’re enough. Less makeup, more Meghan.”

"You need to know that you’re enough. A mantra that has now engrained itself so deeply within me that not a day goes by without hearing it chime in my head.

"That five pounds lost won’t make you happier, that more makeup won’t make you prettier, that the now iconic saying from Jerry Maguire -” You complete me” – frankly, isn’t true.

Meghan and Harry will spend the day in LA (Image: IAN VOGLER/DAILY MIRROR)

"You are complete with or without a partner. You are enough just as you are."

She goes on to ask a favour of her fans, telling them what she wants them to do for her birthday.

She writes: "So for my birthday, here’s what I would like as a gift: I want you to be kind to yourself.

"I want you to challenge yourself. I want you to stop gossiping, to try a food that scares you, to buy a coffee for someone just because, to tell someone you love them…and then to tell yourself right back.

"I want you to find your happiness.

"I did. And it’s never felt so good.

"I am enough."

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