As if we needed more evidence that Meghan Markle is royally skilled. Prior to landing a consistent gig on USA Network’s smash legal drama Suits—which wrapped its seventh and final season this month—the struggling actress turned to one particular side hustle to pay her bills while living in L.A. That exact freelance role entailed… calligraphy.
Amid Markle and Prince Harry’s engagement news on Monday, November 27, several old interviews with the actress involving wedding-related topics were spotlighted, including talk about the future bride’s favorite celeb wedding dress, as well as her former side hustle.
“I went to an all-girls Catholic school for six years—during the time when kids actually had handwriting class,” Markle told Esquire in 2013. “I’ve always had a propensity for getting the cursive down pretty well. What it evolved into was my pseudo-waitressing job when I was auditioning. I didn’t wait tables. I did calligraphy for the invitations, for, like, Robin Thicke and Paula Patton’s wedding.”
While Thicke and Patton’s marriage didn’t last, Markle’s freelance business may live on—especially after having worked for big names like Dolce & Gabbana. “I would sit there with a little white tube sock on my hand, so no hand oils got on the card, trying to pay my bills while auditioning,” Markle added. “It’s super-lucrative. Because there so so few people doing it. What’s funny is I probably still have some calligraphy business cards floating out in the world and I can’t wait for someone to call me in a month or something, and say, ‘Can you please do these for my son’s Bar Mitzvah?’”
The actress-turned-activist, 36, also fondly recalled her calligraphy days earlier this year while chatting with Good Housekeeping. “I think handwritten notes are a lost art form,” she said at the time. “When I booked my first [TV] pilot, my dad wrote me a letter that I still have. The idea of someone taking the time to put pen to paper is really special.”
Indeed, Markle still takes lessons from her father to heart. In March 2016, the star showed off her penmanship on Instagram with a series of handwritten cards. “Because my dad taught me to always write thank you notes…. #gratitude #pentopaper,” she wrote.
This time, however, the British Royal Family will likely commission one of their go-to calligraphers to handle the invites. “Her Majesty The Queen has granted permission for the wedding to take place at the Chapel,” Kensington Palace shared Tuesday. “The Royal Family will pay for the wedding. Further details about the wedding will be announced in due course.”
The wedding will take place in May 2018 at Windsor Castle.