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Meghan Markle Cooks & Arranges Flowers in Return to Instagram after Blasting Social Media Bullying

Meghan Markle surprised the digital world with a bold return to social media, unveiling a new chapter that merges her royal heritage with personal passion. However, she faced criticism for this new venture.

American Rivera Orchid logo, dated March 2024 | Source: Instagram/AmericaRiveraOrchid

American Rivera Orchid logo, dated March 2024 | Source: Instagram/AmericaRiveraOrchid

Meghan Markle, The Duchess of Sussex, has recently made waves with her return to social media, unveiling an Instagram account named American Riviera Orchard. This move is particularly striking, given her previous public stance on the downsides of social media.

The account, as stated in its bio, is personally run “by Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex,” signaling a significant step back into the digital world for Meghan.

American Rivera Orchid’s flower arrangement, dated March 2024 | Source: Instagram/AmericaRiveraOrchid

Meghan Markle standing in a hallway, dated March 2024 | Source: Instagram/AmericaRiveraOrchid

Meghan Markle standing in a hallway, dated March 2024 | Source: Instagram/AmericaRiveraOrchid

To date, the page features just the brand’s logo and name, yet Meghan has already begun sharing Instagram stories, including videos of herself cooking, arranging flowers, and standing in the hallway of what appears to be her Montecito, California home.

The internet’s response to Meghan’s re-emergence on social media has been deeply divided. Criticism has been swift, with many pointing out perceived contradictions between her past grievances with public scrutiny and her current use of a public platform.

Meghan Markle cooking, dated March 2024 | Source: Instagram/AmericaRiveraOrchid

Meghan Markle cooking, dated March 2024 | Source: Instagram/AmericaRiveraOrchid

Meghan Markle's Instagram story, dated March 2024 | Source: Instagram/AmericaRiveraOrchid

Meghan Markle’s Instagram story, dated March 2024 | Source: Instagram/AmericaRiveraOrchid

“Where’s the privacy they so much long for? What about stepping down from royal duties and not going to use the titles,” one person wrote. “They don’t know how to do anything if it’s not related with their titles.”

“Crying everywhere about how terrible social media [is] & how people abuse her, opens a new Instagram to exploit the title & make money from it,” another echoed.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, dated March 2024 | Source: Instagram/AmericaRiveraOrchid

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, dated March 2024 | Source: Instagram/AmericaRiveraOrchid

Other critics argued, “Not worth a dime from me,” “I see you’re still using that title… the one you ran away from!!!! What a joke,” and “So low !! [sic] Still using the Royal family.”

Conversely, a significant portion of the online community came to Meghan’s defense, underscoring the harshness of the critiques and expressing support for her new venture.

Meghan Markle during the Wes Gordon runway show during MADE Fashion Week Fall 2015 at Milk Studios on February 13, 2015 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

Meghan Markle during the Wes Gordon runway show during MADE Fashion Week Fall 2015 at Milk Studios on February 13, 2015 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

Supportive comments include: “Wow these comments are meeeeean. What happened to ‘if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all’ [sic]???” and “You are just a normal mom who wanted her privacy!!” Others also expressed their admiration for Meghan, writing“I love this, i love Meghan [sic]” and “Just keeps winning!!”

Meghan’s foray into lifestyle branding with American Riviera Orchard represents a return to her roots, reminiscent of her pre-royal days when she ran the lifestyle blog “The Tig.”

Meghan Markle at 'Feeding Birkenhead' citizen’s supermarket and community café, on January 14, 2019, in Birkenhead, Merseyside, England. | Source: Getty Images

Meghan Markle at ‘Feeding Birkenhead’ citizen’s supermarket and community café, on January 14, 2019, in Birkenhead, Merseyside, England. | Source: Getty Images

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry during a cooking demonstration at the Villa des Ambassadors on February 25, 2019, in Rabat, Morocco. | Source: Getty Images

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry during a cooking demonstration at the Villa des Ambassadors on February 25, 2019, in Rabat, Morocco. | Source: Getty Images

The brand aims to encapsulate her interests in home, garden, food, and lifestyle, with various products including jellies, jams, spreads, tableware, and even cookbooks.

American Riviera Orchard already has its website available to the public. However, it only shows the brand’s logo and a waitlist sign-up. The logo, featuring calligraphy that harks back to Meghan’s side hustle of doing calligraphy for weddings, adds a personal touch to the brand, emphasizing her involvement and personal style.

Meghan Markle during her visit to the Royal Variety Charity's residential nursing and care home, Brinsworth House in Twickenham, south west London on December 18, 2018. | Source: Getty Images

Meghan Markle during her visit to the Royal Variety Charity’s residential nursing and care home, Brinsworth House in Twickenham, south west London on December 18, 2018. | Source: Getty Images

Meghan Markle talks to guests during an event at Kensington Palace on September 20, 2018 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Meghan Markle talks to guests during an event at Kensington Palace on September 20, 2018 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Meghan Markle at Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, north-west England on September 5, 2022 | Source: Getty Images

Meghan Markle at Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, north-west England on September 5, 2022 | Source: Getty Images

Meghan collaborated with Article to create the brand’s website design, the same group that made her website with Prince Harry.

This further highlights her commitment to aesthetics and functionality, with Meghan herself noting, “They’re not just designers; they are collaborators who elevate your ideas into visual identities. They’re a very special company. Plus they’re Canadian, so I’m a fan.”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at the Ms. Foundation Women of Vision Awards | Source: Getty images

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at the Ms. Foundation Women of Vision Awards | Source: Getty images

This return to social media and the launch of her lifestyle brand comes after Meghan shared her experiences of staying away from the internet due to the negativity she encountered.

Before her Instagram return, Meghan Markle took a ski vacation with her closest friends. She recently enjoyed a delightful ski vacation with close friends, briefly escaping the constant gaze of the public for a relaxing retreat in the snow. She was accompanied by Kelly McKee Zajfen and Heather Dorak, who did not hesitate to share glimpses of their joyous escapade on Instagram.

Meghan Markle, Heather Dorak and Kelly McKee Zajfen posing for a picture posted on March 1, 2024 | Source: Instagram/_heartmom_

Meghan Markle, Heather Dorak and Kelly McKee Zajfen posing for a picture posted on March 1, 2024 | Source: Instagram/_heartmom_

Amidst their cozy and warm skiing attire which included puffer jackets, beanies, and gloves, Meghan stood alongside Kelly and Heather, radiating happiness in a rare photo that beautifully captured their friendship. Additional pictures posted by Kelly and Heather showed not just the trio but also their spouses and children, who were all immersed in the joy of the snowy trip.

Kelly McKee Zajfen and Heather Dorak posing for a picture posted on March 1, 2024 | Source: Instagram/_heartmom_

Kelly McKee Zajfen and Heather Dorak posing for a picture posted on March 1, 2024 | Source: Instagram/_heartmom_

Kelly McKee Zajfen's daughter posing for a picture posted on March 1, 2024 | Source: Instagram/_heartmom_

Kelly McKee Zajfen’s daughter posing for a picture posted on March 1, 2024 | Source: Instagram/_heartmom_

Kelly McKee Zajfen and her partner sharing a tender moment posted on March 1, 2024 | Source: Instagram/_heartmom_

Kelly McKee Zajfen and her partner sharing a tender moment posted on March 1, 2024 | Source: Instagram/_heartmom_

Kelly McKee Zajfen and her daughter posing for a picture posted on March 1, 2024 | Source: Instagram/_heartmom_

Kelly McKee Zajfen and her daughter posing for a picture posted on March 1, 2024 | Source: Instagram/_heartmom_

Kelly McKee Zajfen posing for a picture posted on March 1, 2024 | Source: Instagram/_heartmom_

Kelly McKee Zajfen posing for a picture posted on March 1, 2024 | Source: Instagram/_heartmom_

Kelly McKee Zajfen and Heather Dorak's children posing for a picture posted on March 1, 2024 | Source: Instagram/_heartmom_

Kelly McKee Zajfen and Heather Dorak’s children posing for a picture posted on March 1, 2024 | Source: Instagram/_heartmom_

Both women also accompanied their carousel posts with endearing captions that spoke to the deep emotional ties they share with the Duchess of Sussex.

In her caption, Kelly expressed, “Beyond grateful for the best of friends! What a trip! Thank you doesn’t even begin to express what my heart is feeling after this trip. The love of family time, adventures, and belly laughs made this trip one for the books! Here’s to many more adventures with friends that feel like family and appreciating each day. ❤️‍🩹”

Heather Dorak and her family posing for a picture posted on March 1, 2024 | Source: Instagram/heatherdorak

Heather Dorak and her family posing for a picture posted on March 1, 2024 | Source: Instagram/heatherdorak

Heather Dorak's kids posing for a picture posted on March 1, 2024 | Source: Instagram/heatherdorak

Heather Dorak’s kids posing for a picture posted on March 1, 2024 | Source: Instagram/heatherdorak

Heather Dorak's kids posing for a picture posted on March 1, 2024 | Source: Instagram/heatherdorak

Heather Dorak’s kids posing for a picture posted on March 1, 2024 | Source: Instagram/heatherdorak

Kelly McKee Zajfen and Heather Dorak's children posing for a picture posted on March 1, 2024 | Source: Instagram/heatherdorak

Kelly McKee Zajfen and Heather Dorak’s children posing for a picture posted on March 1, 2024 | Source: Instagram/heatherdorak

Echoing the sentiment, Heather added, “Wow, what a perfect trip!! My heart is so full […] Truly lucky in love with our wonderful friends!” More than just a group of best friends—like Meghan Markle—Kelly, and Heather each have built impactful careers and prioritize the importance of health and wellbeing.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry spotted in New York City on May 16, 2023 | Source: Getty Images

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry spotted in New York City on May 16, 2023 | Source: Getty Images

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle spotted in New York City on May 16, 2023 | Source: Getty Images

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle spotted in New York City on May 16, 2023 | Source: Getty Images

Meghan, Kelly, and Heather’s ski trip comes at a time when the Duchess and her husband, Prince Harry, have been assured additional security for their future visits to New York City by the NYPD, following a security incident in May 2023. The incident involved a reckless and relentless pursuit of the couple by paparazzi, which very nearly led to driving and pedestrian collisions.

As previously reported on March 9:

Meghan Markle at the "Breaking Barriers, Shaping Narratives: How Women Lead On and Off the Screen" panel during the 2024 SXSW Conference and Festival at Austin Convention Center on March 8, 2024 in Austin, Texas. | Source: Getty Images

Meghan Markle at the “Breaking Barriers, Shaping Narratives: How Women Lead On and Off the Screen” panel during the 2024 SXSW Conference and Festival at Austin Convention Center on March 8, 2024 in Austin, Texas. | Source: Getty Images

Meghan Markle illuminated the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, with her presence, marking International Women’s Day with a significant appearance.

Gracing a keynote panel alongside media titans Katie Couric and Brooke Shields on Friday, Meghan dove into deep discussions on women’s representation in media, an issue close to her heart.

Meghan Markle and Katie Couric at the "Breaking Barriers, Shaping Narratives: How Women Lead On and Off the Screen" panel during the 2024 SXSW Conference and Festival at Austin Convention Center on March 8, 2024 in Austin, Texas. | Source: Getty Images

Meghan Markle and Katie Couric at the “Breaking Barriers, Shaping Narratives: How Women Lead On and Off the Screen” panel during the 2024 SXSW Conference and Festival at Austin Convention Center on March 8, 2024 in Austin, Texas. | Source: Getty Images

Meghan Markle at the "Breaking Barriers, Shaping Narratives: How Women Lead On and Off the Screen" panel during the 2024 SXSW Conference and Festival at Austin Convention Center on March 8, 2024 in Austin, Texas. | Source: Getty Images

Meghan Markle at the “Breaking Barriers, Shaping Narratives: How Women Lead On and Off the Screen” panel during the 2024 SXSW Conference and Festival at Austin Convention Center on March 8, 2024 in Austin, Texas. | Source: Getty Images

However, it was the type of attire the Duchess chose for the event quickly became a focal point of online discourse. She opted for a sublime ensemble embodying breezy business casual with a silky pinstripe skirt set. The internet’s reaction to Meghan’s fashion statement was sharply divided.

Critics were quick to voice their opinions, with some disparaging remarks comparing her sophisticated attire to bedsheets. “It looks like wrinkled bedsheets,” one comment read. Others skeptically asked“Dreamy ensemble = Pyjamas?” and “Dreamy ensemble? Oh, do you mean it looks as though she slept in it?”

Meghan Markle at the "Breaking Barriers, Shaping Narratives: How Women Lead On and Off the Screen" panel during the 2024 SXSW Conference and Festival at Austin Convention Center on March 8, 2024 in Austin, Texas. | Source: Getty Images

Meghan Markle at the “Breaking Barriers, Shaping Narratives: How Women Lead On and Off the Screen” panel during the 2024 SXSW Conference and Festival at Austin Convention Center on March 8, 2024 in Austin, Texas. | Source: Getty Images

Meghan Markle at the "Breaking Barriers, Shaping Narratives: How Women Lead On and Off the Screen" panel during the 2024 SXSW Conference and Festival at Austin Convention Center on March 8, 2024 in Austin, Texas. | Source: Youtube/SXSW

Meghan Markle at the “Breaking Barriers, Shaping Narratives: How Women Lead On and Off the Screen” panel during the 2024 SXSW Conference and Festival at Austin Convention Center on March 8, 2024 in Austin, Texas. | Source: Youtube/SXSW

The critical commentary didn’t stop there. Some unfavorably compared her to Kate Middleton, Princess of Wales, with one commenter blatantly stating“She’s a hot mess. Her hair, too casual wrinkled outfit are no match for Catherine, Princess of Wales who is always dressed impeccably with class [sic].”

Others wrote“The woman, yet again, managed to look like a total mess,” “Did she wake up and decide it was too much effort to put clothes on, so decided on her bed sheets???” and“Who dresses her, doesn’t she have friends?”

Meghan Markle at the "Breaking Barriers, Shaping Narratives: How Women Lead On and Off the Screen" panel during the 2024 SXSW Conference and Festival at Austin Convention Center on March 8, 2024 in Austin, Texas. | Source: Youtube/SXSW

Meghan Markle at the “Breaking Barriers, Shaping Narratives: How Women Lead On and Off the Screen” panel during the 2024 SXSW Conference and Festival at Austin Convention Center on March 8, 2024 in Austin, Texas. | Source: Youtube/SXSW

Meghan Markle at the "Breaking Barriers, Shaping Narratives: How Women Lead On and Off the Screen" panel during the 2024 SXSW Conference and Festival at Austin Convention Center on March 8, 2024 in Austin, Texas. | Source: Getty Images

Meghan Markle at the “Breaking Barriers, Shaping Narratives: How Women Lead On and Off the Screen” panel during the 2024 SXSW Conference and Festival at Austin Convention Center on March 8, 2024 in Austin, Texas. | Source: Getty Images

Contrasting the wave of criticism, Meghan also received a torrent of support from fans and admirers. Compliments flowed in, praising her choice of dressing and overall demeanor with remarks like, “I so much love her, her dressing and gesture,” and a simple yet powerful, “So pretty.”

Meghan’s attire reveals the craftsmanship and luxury behind the ensemble from Giuliva Heritage. Her “Husband Shirt in Striped Silk” is a testament to tailoring excellence, featuring long sleeves, a tailored fit, and adorned with elegant mother-of-pearl buttons.

Errin Haine, Meghan Markle, and Katie Couric at the "Breaking Barriers, Shaping Narratives: How Women Lead On and Off the Screen" panel during the 2024 SXSW Conference and Festival at Austin Convention Center on March 8, 2024 in Austin, Texas. | Source: Getty Images

Errin Haine, Meghan Markle, and Katie Couric at the “Breaking Barriers, Shaping Narratives: How Women Lead On and Off the Screen” panel during the 2024 SXSW Conference and Festival at Austin Convention Center on March 8, 2024 in Austin, Texas. | Source: Getty Images

Paired with it, the “Lena Skirt in Striped Silk” cascades gracefully to full length, crafted from luminous silk and secured with a side zipper. Both pieces, meticulously hand-made in Italy from 100% silk sourced sustainably, reflect hours of dedicated craftsmanship and techniques.

The shirt and skirt, retailing for about $973 and $1,050 respectively, are not just garments but a showcase of Giuliva Heritage’s commitment to quality and sustainability. Despite her attire’s evident luxury and craftsmanship, the public’s opinion remained polarized.

Errin Haine and Meghan Markle at the "Breaking Barriers, Shaping Narratives: How Women Lead On and Off the Screen" panel during the 2024 SXSW Conference and Festival at Austin Convention Center on March 8, 2024 in Austin, Texas. | Source: Getty Images

Errin Haine and Meghan Markle at the “Breaking Barriers, Shaping Narratives: How Women Lead On and Off the Screen” panel during the 2024 SXSW Conference and Festival at Austin Convention Center on March 8, 2024 in Austin, Texas. | Source: Getty Images

The discussion surrounding her outfit did not reflect the substantive issues she addressed at the SXSW event, titled “Breaking Barriers, Shaping Narratives: How Women Lead On and Off the Screen.” The event tackled various pressing issues, including the pervasive toxicity of social media.

SXSW proudly invited Meghan to be a speaker, calling her a champion for feminist causes, human rights, and gender equity. During the discussion, Meghan shared her ordeals with social media, recounting the abuse she faced, particularly during her pregnancies and as a new mother.

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle photographed with their son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor at the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation during their royal tour of South Africa on September 25, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa | Source: Getty Images

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle photographed with their son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor at the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation during their royal tour of South Africa on September 25, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa | Source: Getty Images

“The bulk of the bullying and abuse that I was experiencing in social media and online was when I was pregnant with Archie and with Lily and with a newborn with each of them,” Meghan shared, highlighting the cruelty instead of the catty nature of the attacks.

“You know us as moms, it’s such a tender and sacred time. You can either succumb to it or nearly succumb to how painful that is,” she added.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pose with their newborn son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle on May 8, 2019 in Windsor, England. | Source: Getty Images

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pose with their newborn son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor in St George’s Hall at Windsor Castle on May 8, 2019 in Windsor, England. | Source: Getty Images

Prince Harry, Duchess Meghan, and baby Archie Mountbatten-Windsor at the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation during their royal tour of South Africa on September 25, 2019, in Cape Town. | Source: Getty Images

Prince Harry, Duchess Meghan, and baby Archie Mountbatten-Windsor at the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation during their royal tour of South Africa on September 25, 2019, in Cape Town. | Source: Getty Images

She emphasized the necessity for a safer online environment, especially for women and children, and pointed out the tragic irony of women being the ones to perpetrate hate towards other women. “We have forgotten about our humanity, and that has got to change,” she said. Her heartfelt message underscored a broader call to action for humanity to embrace kindness and empathy.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in New York in 2022 | Source: Getty Images

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in New York in 2022 | Source: Getty Images

The panel also boasted other distinguished speakers, including Emmy Award-winning journalist Katie Couric; acclaimed actress, model, and author Brooke Shields; and Nancy Wang Yuen, a sociologist and diversity, equity, and inclusion consultant.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at a local farming family, the Woodleys, on October 17, 2018 in Dubbo, Australia. | Source: Getty Images

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at a local farming family, the Woodleys, on October 17, 2018 in Dubbo, Australia. | Source: Getty Images

Within this vibrant atmosphere, Prince Harry, seated among the audience, supported his wife. Being in the spotlight, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are often the subject of criticism and backlash. Previously, they went on a Valentine’s date that sparked online hate.

Meghan donned a striking ensemble of red, celebrating Valentine’s Day with Harry in Whistler, British Columbia. The royal couple, momentarily stepping away from their Invictus Games commitments, were seen exiting an upscale Italian eatery, Il Caminetto, following an intimate dinner.

Meghan looked elegant in a red coat, complemented by black wide-leg pants and a matching red clutch, while Harry exuded a casual charm in a navy sweater paired with dark denim jeans.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex on September 5, 2022 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex on September 5, 2022 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

The duo, arms intertwined, made their way to a luxurious Ford Expedition SUV, their smiles unwavering despite the pressures and criticisms that have shadowed them recently. However, their sighting only brought more backlash from the internet.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend the Invictus Games One Year To Go Event on February 14, 2024, in Whistler, Canada. | Source: Getty Images

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend the Invictus Games One Year To Go Event on February 14, 2024, in Whistler, Canada. | Source: Getty Images

The venue for their romantic dinner stands as one of Whistler’s premier dining establishments, known for its exquisite Italian cuisine. Dishes range from $21 to $55, while bottles of wine range from $5,758 to $10,334. People from the online community shared their sentiments on the dinner online.

“Secret?” one Facebook user wrote“Cameras and summoned Paps everywhere.” Another person concluded through a tweet that the couple’s dinner was “paid for by Invictus, donated funds for wounded veterans,” adding that their action was “grossly inappropriate.”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend the Invictus Games One Year To Go Event on February 14, 2024, in Whistler, Canada. | Source: Getty Images

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend the Invictus Games One Year To Go Event on February 14, 2024, in Whistler, Canada. | Source: Getty Images

A second person on Twitter echoed“Who paid i wonder [sic].” Another social media user also wrote, “How nice of BC taxpayers to be paying for this.”

One person particularly emphasized that Meghan’s “outfit looked a mess.” Meanwhile, another looked for the kids, writing“No children… hmmm… wonder where they are… not seen them…”

A few others tried to sway social media users not to mind the couple. “They are HISTORY. IGNORE,” wrote one. “They can’t be bothered,” another added.

Meghan Markle at the National Service of Thanksgiving on June 3, 2022 | Source: Getty Images

Meghan Markle at the National Service of Thanksgiving on June 3, 2022 | Source: Getty Images

This dinner outing comes amid their three-day visit to promote the 2025 Invictus Games, set to be hosted in this picturesque ski resort. The Games, which has always been dear to Harry, will introduce winter sports to its roster, including snowboarding, alpine skiing, and wheelchair curling, among others.

Doria Ragland, Duchess Meghan, and Prince Harry at the launch of a cookbook with recipes from a group of women affected by the Grenfell Tower fire at Kensington Palace in London on September 20, 2018. | Source: Getty Images

Doria Ragland, Duchess Meghan, and Prince Harry at the launch of a cookbook with recipes from a group of women affected by the Grenfell Tower fire at Kensington Palace in London on September 20, 2018. | Source: Getty Images

Harry’s dedication to the Invictus Games and its athletes remains unwavering. Mike Bourgeois, a former participant, highlighted the royal’s genuine interest in the competitors’ journeys, from their training and coaching to their well-being.

His focus is on understanding the athletes. It’s about recognizing those embarking on a journey of recovery. That’s what drives him,” Bourgeois said. “He sees you and hears you. That’s what it was like for me. And I know that’s what it was like for a lot of my teammates.”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend the Invictus Games One Year To Go Event on February 14, 2024, in Whistler, Canada. | Source: Getty Images

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend the Invictus Games One Year To Go Event on February 14, 2024, in Whistler, Canada. | Source: Getty Images

Bourgeois also described the Prince as “super genuine. “This is where the Prince gets recharged. He’s with his people now; he’s with the soldiers and the veterans, and that’s shared experiences,” he added.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrived in Vancouver, Canada, days ago aboard a fuel-inefficient private jet. Their choice of transportation has since been criticized given their stance as environmentalists.

As previously reported on January 3:

In a recent Instagram post by High Brow Hippie, Meghan Markle’s hairstylist, the Duchess of Sussex’s stunning new hair color was unveiled. It has captured the attention of fans worldwide. Her hair, described as a “chocolate chestnut brunette,” showcased an exquisite blend of red and golden undertones with a dark overtone.

Meghan Markle at the Invictus Games One Year To Go Winter Training Camp | Source: Getty Images

Meghan Markle at the Invictus Games One Year To Go Winter Training Camp | Source: Getty Images

This shade not only enhances her complexion with a healthy glow during the winter months but also adds a high-power shine to the hair. The captivating photos, taken at the Invictus Games Training Camp, have sparked a wave of admiration among fans, with comments flooding in praising her new look.

Meghan Markle at the Invictus Games One Year To Go Winter Training Camp | Source: Getty Images

Meghan Markle at the Invictus Games One Year To Go Winter Training Camp | Source: Getty Images

Meghan’s hair has played a significant role throughout her life’s journey, embodying more than just a style statement. Her father, Thomas Markle, has shared touching anecdotes from her childhood, revealing the lengths he went to support her. Rising at dawn, he would spend hours helping Meghan straighten her hair, ensuring it looked precisely as she desired before school.

Meghan Markle at the Invictus Games One Year To Go Winter Training Camp | Source: Getty Images

Meghan Markle at the Invictus Games One Year To Go Winter Training Camp | Source: Getty Images

This ritual was a labor of love for her father, who, despite his career as an Emmy award-winning lighting director, embraced the role of an amateur hairdresser following the end of his marriage to Meghan’s mother. Meghan’s relationship with her hair also intersects with her experiences of racism from an early age.

Meghan Markle pictured at the Madewell, Alexa Chung & InStyle celebrate the launch of The Alexa Chung For Madewell Fall 2011 Collection, Los Angeles. | Photo: Getty Images

Meghan Markle pictured at the Madewell, Alexa Chung & InStyle celebrate the launch of The Alexa Chung For Madewell Fall 2011 Collection, Los Angeles. | Photo: Getty Images

A particularly poignant memory shared by her father recounts a time when, during a cross-country trip, they were unable to find a salon willing to accommodate them due to racial prejudices. This early exposure to racism marked the beginning of Meghan’s journey toward embracing and defining her identity.

Meghan’s evolution into the public figure we see today was significantly influenced by her time on “Deal Or No Deal,” where she adopted the glossy look that has become her trademark. Whenever Meghan had to do her own hair, she styled it in a sleek bun. Her father fondly recalls Meghan’s keen interest in the art of hair and makeup from a young age, nurtured by time spent on set and learning from professionals.

Reflecting on her childhood, Meghan has spoken about the complexities of identity and the challenges of fitting into categories. She described that when she was younger, she had curly hair, a freckled face, and pale skin. Her appearance was due to being mixed race, which made it difficult for her to fit in.

Today, as a mother, Meghan sees reflections of her own childhood in her son, Archie. A photo that was shared of her at the age of five, cozy in a black hoodie, bears a striking resemblance to Archie at the same age, illustrating the striking resemblance her son bears to her.