Before Meghan Markle was the Duchess of Sussex, she was a successful actress on this hit TV show Suits. As for her life before the limelight? While searching for a full-time acting gig, Markle calligraphed wedding invitations on the side (she even created Robin Thicke and Paula Patton's suite ahead of their 2005 wedding). While the new royal has since given acting up, she's still putting her calligraphy skills to good use as a public official.
After she and Prince Harry arrived in Ireland on Tuesday—the duo are currently on their first married royal tour—they met with prime minister Leo Varadkar and his staff in his private offices, where they were asked to sign the state guest book, reports People.
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The prince went first, but was disappointed in his signature. "I never sign big enough," he said. Markle then signed her own name, with the perfectly-curated script of a former calligrapher. Her husband couldn't help but praise her skills. "Yours is so much nicer than mine!" he told her.
It's no wonder. In addition to working as a freelance calligrapher, Markle also taught calligraphy, book-binding, and gift-wrapping classes at Paper Source. This isn't the first time we've seen Meghan put her pretty handwriting on display. According to another People report, it's likely that the Duchess designed her wedding reception programs, which outlined the royal wedding's evening activities in loopy script, complete with an "M&H" logo on top.