This will no doubt come in handy in her royal duties.


Every Southerner knows the value of a thank-you note – and all the more so, a hand-written thank-you note. Turns out, our royal-to-be, Meghan Markle, has her Southern etiquette down pat.

In an interview with Good Housekeeping, Meghan revealed that among her many talents, she loves calligraphy. "I think handwritten notes are a lost art form," Meghan told GH. "When I booked my first 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."

Her handwriting skill, Meghan said in a video with Larry King, was honed while in school. She attended an all-girls Catholic school in Los Angeles, where she practiced the craft in a handwriting class.

"I've always had a propensity for getting the cursive down pretty well," she told Esquire. "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."

Meghan freelanced in calligraphy through her auditions in Los Angeles, even working for Dolce & Gabbana doing celebrity correspondence during the holiday season. "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."

She also shared a few handwriting tips that all Southerners would do well to follow when crafting the perfect thank-you note (and, they happen to be oh-so dreamy):

"The number-one thing is you have to take your time. Just do fluid strokes, you don't have to have a fancy pen by any means. And here's the other thing, you have to write in a way that's authentic to you...At the end of the day, if the guy is going to write the girl a letter, whether it's chicken scratch or scribble or looks like a doctor's note, if he takes the time to put pen to paper and not type something, there's something so incredibly romantic and beautiful about that."

We agree, Meghan! Certainly Miss Markle's hand at calligraphy will be incredibly helpful when it comes to pulling off a stunning royal wedding.