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Meghan Markle exposed as Duchess’ ‘playful’ New Year’s resolution led to Harry meeting

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Millions of people around the world are preparing to reflect on their 2020 and set a resolution for the year ahead. It is true that many do not stick to their New Year’s resolutions, a tradition said to trace back to the ancient Babylonians some 4,000 years ago. The Royals are no different when it comes to this annual ritual.

Meghan Markle, who earlier this year left the Family’s inner circle with Prince Harry for a private life in the US, used to publish her resolutions on her blog, The Tig.

This was before she began dating Harry, and The Tig has since been deleted.

The blog and many of its articles have been archived, however, offering a unique insight into Meghan’s life pre-royalty.

At the end of every year, she shared her goals and aims for the future.

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And while many appeared fairly trivial, her 2016 resolution, it has been suggested, might have proved vital to her first meeting with Harry.

In the years before 2016, Meghan had said she aimed to “stop biting her nails and swearing” – both of which she failed to do.

Writing on her blog, she said: “The swearing comes in lulls triggered by being overworked or feeling mighty cheeky after a couple drinks.

“And when it comes to the biting of the nails—well, it still happens with a turbulent flight or a stressful day.

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“It’s unladylike. But then again, so is the swearing. Dammit.”

Changing tact, in 2016, she decided that she would approach life “playfully”.

She wrote: “For this new year, the only thing I aim to do is to approach life playfully.

“To laugh and enjoy, to keep my standards high but my level of self-acceptance higher.

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“My New Year’s resolution is to leave room for magic.

“To make my plans, and be okay if they sometimes break.

“To set my goals, but to be open to change. To let the magic know that there is an open door policy with me in 2016 and that it is always welcome to join the party.

“I invite you to do the same. Have a beautiful, blissful, and incredibly magical 2016. So grateful to be with you on the ride.”

The Daily Mirror suggested it was this set of resolutions that “would change her life forever”.

Seven months later, in July 2016, Meghan and Harry were set up on a blind date in London by a mutual friend.

They met at Dean Street Townhouse in Soho.

Four years later and the pair has married, welcomed their first child, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor into the world, and turned their backs on royal life.

Their departure followed a bombshell interview with ITV during their royal tour of South Africa in October 2019.

It was here they admitted struggling with the intensity of royal life and the publicity that came with it.

Since leaving for Canada in January, and then the US shortly after, Meghan and Harry have visited the UK only a handful of times.

Members of The Firm are only thought to have had passing encounters with Archie, whose first birthday was in May.

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