Photos from Meghan Markle’s visit to Malta in 2015 have recently resurfaced, giving us a rare look inside the Duchess of Sussex’s life before she became royal—and before she even met Prince Harry.
Meghan Markle Posed at Buckingham Palace at 15
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Markle, whose great-great-grandmother Mary Bird was born in Malta, visited the Mediterranean country to learn about her ancestry, E! News reports. Markle said “yes without hesitation” when asked to visit Malta, she wrote in her now-defunct lifestyle blog, The Tig, per E!.
Meghan tried Maltese dishes and met with some locals as she soaked in the culture and got in touch with her roots, per Daily Mail. The trip was photographed for ELLE UK.
She also visited the Casa Rocca Piccola, a 16th century palace of a Maltese noble family. (How’s that for royal foreshadowing?) There, she was pictured wearing a għonnella or faldetta, a traditional hooded headdress and shawl.