It’s hard to remember Kate Middleton before she was a princess — those days when she was partying and attending school. It’s, of course, easier to remember Meghan Markle’s pre-Prince Harry days since it was like five minutes ago. It must be a whirlwind fantasy for the two of them who both used to be regular people and are now embarking on a lifestyle that some of us have only heard about.
Meghan Markle is soon to become another royal member of the family, leaving the life of a commoner. My how far she has come. Remember the days when princes had to marry within their station? The great thing was both of them had a chance to live regular lives without the constraints of royalty before they became royals themselves. Middleton attended parties and got to live the life of an Ivy League student while Markle lived in the Hollywood limelight as an actress and TV personality. Markle’s life is about to change, however, and she’s going to have to behave more like a royal and less like a Hollywood starlet. Check out these 20 rarest photos of Meghan and Kate before they became royal.
24 She Used To Be A Working Girl
Before she had the duties of being a princess, she attended the University of St. Andrews in Fife, Scotland. After she graduated from university, she started working with as an accessory buyer for a British retailer called Jigsaw. We all know that Middleton has always had great fashion sense and being around fashion was something that she enjoyed. The founder of the chain, Belle Robinson, said this about what it was like to have Kate as an employee. "I was so impressed by her," she told The Standard in 2008.
"She sat in the kitchen at lunchtime and chatted with everyone from the van drivers to the account girls. She wasn't precious."
She left Jigsaw in 2007 because she wanted to work at her parents’ event planning company as a marketing officer, photographer, and website designer.
23 Meghan Modelled On Deal Or No Deal
How could we forget that Meghan Markle used to be one of the models that carried the money suitcases on Deal Or No Deal? During those years, she probably never would have dreamed that she would one day be living the life of a princess. She’s certainly a beautiful woman and many models went through the TV show. Many have wished Markle well since the announcement that she is now engaged to Prince Harry. It just goes to show that dreams can come true regardless of how you start off in life. When it comes to living in the limelight, she doesn’t think that she has changed much. “Who you are as a person will only be amplified once you are 'famous,' so if you had a good heart, then I would imagine you'll have the same good heart, but the means to do even more with it.”
22 Kate Loved To Party
We certainly don’t see Kate Middleton rocking outfits like this one anymore. Those are some bright green sequins. She’s been a fashion maven for years, though, so we rarely see her wearing anything offensive. She’s always had great things to say about her family and her childhood. By all accounts, she is very close to her sister Pippa and had a great childhood growing up.
“I was lucky. My parents and teachers provided me with a wonderful and secure childhood where I always knew I was loved, valued, and listened to.”
That certainly makes her more stable when it comes to raising her own family. The remarkable thing about Middleton, however, is that she enjoys working with people who suffer from addiction, especially when it affects children.
21 Meghan Attended The Golden Globes
Meghan Markle has certainly had many great fashion moments over the years, which probably comes from her modelling days. When you’re around fashion enough, you typically pick up on what’s fashionable and what isn’t. Markle has her own take on women in the modelling industry.
“Some women are able to wake up looking effortlessly chic — as though a bevy of fashion fairies twisted their low-lit locks into a messy chignon while they slept.
They choose a frock from their exceptionally curated closet and leave a trail of custom fragrance and perfection in their wake.” We all seem to know women like this.
20 Kate Was A Little Wild
When Kate was a young adult, she would often go out for drinks with her sister Pippa or some of her friends. They would hit London hotspots like Bunga Bunga, Boujis, or Mahiki. Middleton loved to dance and she and her friends would often go out and dance the night away. She attended many festivals, clubs, and parties. She was definitely a free spirit, but not really the type to dance on tables. So, all and all, she was just out trying to have some fun with her friends. When it comes to work, though, Middleton always believed she pulled her weight wherever she was.
“I think I know I've been working very hard for the family business, sometimes those days are long days.
I think if I know I'm working hard and pulling my weight, both working and playing hard at the same time, I think everyone who I work with can see I am there pulling my weight.”
19 Meghan Likes To Collect Swag
Who wouldn’t? We would just love to be in the swag room during one of the awards shows; those celebrities certainly clean up. Celebrities get items like beauty supplies, trips, jewelry, and gift cards in those bags. They’re amazing. Here we see Markle collecting her swag at a pre-Emmy gift lounge in 2009. Markle is certainly one to watch in fashion as well; she has that in common with her new sister-in-law. When it comes to casual wear, Markle is often seen in a basic outfit.
“Put on a sweater and really great sneakers with a big scarf, and you'll look so stylish. For me, they are an everyday essential.”
She is a fan of scarves and we've seen her sport one on many an occasion.
18 Kate Was Part Of A Fashion Show In College
We're sure the Queen would love to have Kate's model photos burned. She would not like to see these pictures released again, especially the one where she donned a transparent dress in college when she volunteered to model for a charity fashion show. Of course, this wouldn’t be something you would expect to see a future princess wearing, but she also didn’t have a crystal ball at the time. Though, we have a feeling that she would have walked the runway in that scandalous dress anyways. Middleton has always been a classy girl, so when it comes to moments like that, you just have to chalk it up to being youthful.
17 Meghan Looks Stunning In Lace
Meghan looks amazing in this black lace dress by Diane von Furstenberg. She’s never had a problem making great fashion choices and you can never go wrong with a little black dress. She has come a long way in her personal life as well as her professional one. She has often said that reflecting on her past makes her appreciate her future and we couldn’t agree more.
“Reflecting on where I came from helps me to appreciate and balance what I have now.”
Because of the hardships that she may have endured growing up, she is quite emphathetic and sympathetic. She is likely going to be a good fit for the Royal family.
16 Kate Loved A Good Pair Of Skinny Jeans
There was a time when Kate Middleton always wore skinny jeans; she absolutely loved them. We know the Queen wouldn’t be caught dead in them, but it’s not like they had skinny jeans when she was Kate’s age. The fact that Kate used to be someone who wore skinny jeans all the time was actually cited as one reason that British researchers cautioned women against wearing jeans that were that tight because it could cause circulatory complications. Now, that might be going a little too far; we suppose it would depend on just how tight some of these pants are. We think that Middleton looks great and her whole outfit is simple and fashionable.
15 Meghan Shopped Like Everyone Else
Meghan Markle is looking ravishing in a strapless coral dress and her hair was particularly short at this time. This would be in 2010, and the actress was perusing beauty products at a beauty and style lounge. We need to find out how to get into some of these lounges because it looks like it would be a lot of fun. Markle is looking polished in the photo and we have to admit that she looks pretty good with short hair. Like most girls, Markle loves getting dressed up.
“I love the opportunity to get properly dressed up. I've worn three Lanvin dresses, and they've all been a dream. They're so well made, with the most beautiful craftsmanship.
I don't tend to go with things that are ornate — just beautifully-made pieces and some classic jewelry. Let the work speak for itself. I love that.”
14 We Miss Kate’s Edgy Days
Yes, there was a time when Kate Middleton dressed like a young girl. As we can see here, she is sporting a jean skirt, something we would never see her wearing these days. The Queen has banned a lot of Kate’s old fashion styles like wearing wedge heels and short dresses. She was getting sick of how often Kate’s dress would blow up in the wind. It’s not like Kate was trying to moon the crowd, but the Queen put a stop to it anyway. We doubt that the Queen would approve of this style either.
Apparently, the night before she was out with her husband-to-be, Prince William, at the Mahaki nightclub until the wee hours of the morning.
She was seen shopping for shoes the next day and she’s looking a little tired from her late night out.
13 Meghan Is Looking A Little Shy
It’s funny to see some of our favorite celebrities as a teenager. You wonder what their life was like and if it was similar to ours. Meghan Markle is almost unrecognizable as a teenager and she definitely seems a lot more shy. These three girls looked like they were having a lot of fun as they laughed and joked around. She attended the Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles. When growing up, Markle has said that her mom was obsessed with cooking turkey.
“Mom cooked a lot of turkey when I was growing up. Turkey meatloaf, turkey burgers, ground turkey shepherd's pie — my childhood was the Bubba Gump of turkey.
You'd think I would be sick of it, but when I find gems like Gwyneth Paltrow's turkey meatball recipe, it's as though the fowl is no longer foul to me.”
12 Kate Had Serious School Spirit
Dressed as a baby and covered in foam, Kate Middleton looks like she is having the time of her life. We happen to think she looks adorable as she ensues on some high-jinx at St. Andrews. This was before she met Prince William but we feel like he would have swooned at the sight of her in this outfit. She had a successful career in school, playing many sports and even winning a school record when it came to high jump.
“There was hardly a sport she didn’t play,” said one schoolfriend. “She was very pretty, but also quite shy, and a bit of a mummy’s girl, so the boys didn’t notice her as much as you would have expected.”
Well, she managed to land herself a Prince so she couldn’t be doing that poorly.
11 Kate Looks Like A Normie
Before she was a princess, Kate often dressed like any other young girl. But these days, she’s not allowed to show off as much skin as she used to. It’s not appropriate for a royal wife to be showing off her goodies for all the world to see. If you think that doesn’t apply to a tank top, you would be wrong. Middleton once wore a pair of skinny jeans on a Safari trip in India and one blogger got upset about it. He stated that the skinny jeans were "tight enough to accentuate more of Kate's assets than are acceptable for a Royal wife.” So, we know that there are certain expectations when it comes to the Royal Family, though we’re not sure we understand what the big deal is about skinny jeans.
10 Meghan Is Striking In Blue
Isn’t she though? This is the kind of color that goes great with her hair color and makes those eyes pop. We also love the fact that she wore red shoes with the blue dress. In this photo, she is at the Golden Globes after party that was hosted by Warner Bros. and InStyle in 2012. Fortunately, Markle has been able to balance her career with a good amount of travel.
“It's all about balance, and I have so much happiness in my career and am fortunate to travel the world and see so many amazing things — it will also be nice to be anchored to something grounded and in the same place. Raising a family will be a wonderful part of that.”
Here's hoping Markle can still travel around as much as she'd like. That cottage seems a little small.
9 Kate Is Looking Quite Rugged
Boots and suede are always a great look. She’s had these books for over 12 years now and we wonder if she still wears them now that she’s a royal. She accessorizes them great with a brown suede jacket. When it comes to an outfit, you can never go wrong with a pair of jeans and boots and Middleton looks very cool in this particular outfit. The great thing about these outfits is that you can mimic them by hitting up your nearest Gap or Banana Republic. Kate’s a great example for Meghan coming into the family and she probably has a lot of tips for her to fit in. But she states that she still has things to learn herself. “Everyone teases me in the family that I spend far too long chatting. So, I think I've still got to learn a little bit more and to pick up a few more tips, I suppose.”
8 Meghan Always Looks Classy And Elegant
Meghan Markle looks flawless and graceful in this grey dress. The one thing about Markle’s style is that it is always classy. She may not have the same issues with the Queen as Middleton did when it came to her fashion fails. She wore this gorgeous dress at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2012. When it comes to being cool, her friends always go to her for advice on things and we can see why.
“I'm the person friends come to when they want to find the perfect restaurant or boutique hotel on the outskirts of Paris.
As opposed to scouring the Internet for a travel guide, wouldn't you rather ask the people who are really cool who go there? That's what I do.”
7 Kate Goes On A Shopping Trip With Mom
Before she graduated from college, Middleton was Christmas shopping with her mother, Carole in 2005. Here we see her wearing a short top and jeans with a blue blazer. A very cool outfit and one that is perfect for a day of shopping. Soon after this picture was taken, she started to work as an assistant buyer with the fashion retailer Jigsaw. This is another outfit that can be mimicked for a few hundred dollars. You may wonder how someone meets a prince to marry. The two attended the same school that’s how and although Middleton didn’t meet him right away, it was long before they connected. “Actually, William wasn't there for quite a bit of the time initially, he wasn't there for Freshers Week, so it did take a bit of time for us to get to know each other but we did become very close friends from quite early.”
6 Meghan Looks Chilly At The Stadium
Meghan Markle looks cool and casual while wearing a go-to item, a scarf while attending a New Jersey Devils/New York Rangers game at Madison Square Garden in 2013. She looks a little chilly, but still beautiful as she watches the game. As Markle stated before that she is a fan of the scarf and thinks it’s an essential piece that should be in everyone’s wardrobe. One of Markle’s favorite travel destinations is Barcelona and we can bet she’s thinking about it in this chilly picture.
“Barcelona is one of the best cities in the world. I love it there. I love Big Sur. It's stunning and you get a therapeutic experience there.
The drive up the coast is one of the most beautiful I've ever done. Also, Hong Kong. I could easily live there.”
5 Kate Looks Smashing In A Russian Fur Hat
She’s probably someone that gets often bothered by PETA when she is seen wearing items like this one. Middleton sported this Russian fur hat in 2006. It wouldn’t be the first time that she got in trouble with PETA either.
She posted pictures of her and her family skiing on vacation where she was seen wearing fur-lined gloves on the slopes. PETA criticized her for her fur accessories.
It’s pretty obvious that Middleton likes her fur. She was asked once in an interview whether she had a picture of William on her wall as a teenager and she gave a funny response that is likely the same as most teenage girls. “No, I had the Levi’s guy on my wall, not a picture of William, sorry.”
4 Meghan Loves A Good Fundraising Event
This photo was taken of Meghan Markle as she participated in a fundraising event in New York in 2013. It’s good to see that she has a good heart and is interested in helping others. She should make a great princess and fit in just fine with the family.
“I'm consistently asked how I keep a foot in two contrasting worlds — one in the entertainment industry, predicated on wealth and indulgence, and the other in humanitarian work.
To me, it's less of a question of how can you do this, and more a question of how can you not?” She’s going to have to figure out how to keep her feet in two worlds as well now that’s she’s going to be a princess. One foot in her royal world while another is kept in the real world.
3 Kate Is An Athlete
At least she was when she was in school, probably not so much anymore. This picture shows both her and her sister Pippa playing hockey at Marlborough College. The two were only one year apart in school because Pippa is 18 months younger than Kate. Both were big into sports at the time and you can see that Kate's legs were a little more muscular at the time, which is usually what happens when you play sports all the time. These days, she's a lot leaner. On her team, she was part of the defence squad of the school's 1st XI. We certainly don't see photos like these of Kate any longer. She wasn’t just into hockey at the time, she played tennis and used to beat many of the boys at high jump.
2 Meghan Met Celebrities At A Young Age
That’s right, that’s little Meghan Markle in this photo posing with friends as well as Ted McGinley from Married… With Children. Markle had an opportunity to meet the actor because her father, Tom, who worked on the show as a lighting director. So technically she was in show business earlier than we thought. She got the chance, with some of her friends to meet a bunch of the actors on the show. No wonder she ended in Hollywood herself, she probably got the acting bug a long time ago. She decided to leave the TV series Suits, probably because she has bigger fish to fry and it’s unlikely that the Royal Family will have an actress on board.
"I don't see it as giving anything up. I just see it as a change," she said. "It's a new chapter, right? And also, keep in mind, I've been working on Suits for seven years. We were very, very fortunate to have that sort of longevity on a series.
I've ticked this box, and I feel very proud of the work I've done there, and now it's time to work with [Harry] as a team."
1 Kate Was A Silly Girl In College
It’s hard to believe that it’s Kate in this silly school photo but it is. It’s actually a pretty cute picture. This is just one of many photos that were taken from her private school experience. Like at many other schools, there was bullying there every though a year’s worth of tuition cost over $30,000. Middleton was someone that experienced bullying while there because she was considered to be “meek” and “skinny.” Sounds like there were girls who were jealous of her. Susan Cameron, one of the people who worked at the school said,
“‘Girls are cliquey by nature and they can be rather cruel.
They can sense those who are slightly weaker, or who haven’t shown their strengths yet, and it’s those girls who are likely to end up being picked on or teased.”