Meghan Markle Had Trouble Fitting in During High School

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex appears to be a totally self-assured woman who knows exactly who she is. However, that has not always been the case. It takes a great deal of courage and gusto to step away from something that doesn’t serve you, and though the duchess is able to do that today, she didn’t always have that much self-confidence.

In fact, like many of us during our teen years, she struggled to fit in and find her place in the world. On her now-shuttered lifestyle site, The Tig, Meghan spoke openly about not feeling good enough and struggling even into her 20s to figure out exactly who she was.

In a post for The Tig, the duchess shared that she had a lot of trouble fitting in during her high school years in Los Angeles. In fact, she found her love of acting and service because she eagerly threw herself into various activities to avoid loneliness.

Meghan Markle attended Immaculate Heart High School in LA

During her high school years, the Duchess of Sussex attended Immaculate Heart High School, a private all-girls high school with a stellar reputation. The duchess was able to attend the prestigious high school, because her father, Thomas Markle won the lottery in 1990. Markle used a portion of his $750,000 winnings to pay the duchess’ tuitions and fees.

In fact, when Meghan and Prince Harry got engaged back in 2017, Immaculate Heart congratulated her on their website, praising her charity work and expressing their excitement to have such an inspirational woman representing them.

Meghan Markle did not attend her 20th high school reunion

The Duchess of Sussex graduated from high school in 1999. However, she missed her 20th high school reunion in 2019. The reunion was held on May 5 and Meghan gave birth to her son, Archie Harrison on May 6.

However, since she is so thoughtful, the duchess sent an apology note to her former classmates regarding her absence. “Everyone was disappointed that they did not get to catch up with Meghan given everything that has happened to her,” a former classmate told Daily Mail. “But the whole group was super excited about her giving birth to the first British-American prince, it was all anyone talked about. They were so excited to get that letter from her. She is remembered as someone who is very thoughtful, and to get that kind of attention now that she is a Royal went down really well.”

When the duchess gave birth, Immaculate Heart congratulated her and Prince Harry on Instagram. “Immaculate Heart High School & Middle School congratulates IH alumna Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, and her husband, Prince Harry, on the birth of their son,” the tweet read. “The school community extends best wishes of happiness to the Royal Family on this joyous event!”

Meghan Markle didn’t always fit in in high school

Though she is remembered fondly at Immaculate Heart, the duchess didn’t quite fit in right away.

“My high school had cliques: the black girls and white girls, the Filipino and the Latina girls,” she wrote on The Tig. “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.”

We’re just glad the duchess was able to find her stride.