A newly-surfaced 2015 picture of the former TV show suits actress Meghan Markle who is now the Duchess of Sussex has again reminded everyone of her connection to Malta. The Duchess, who was working for the show at that time, is also being appreciated for her poised demeanor while posing for a photo with Marquis de Piro and his wife Frances.
In Valletta on Saturday I was shown this pic of the then Meghan Markle with the Marquis de Piro and his wife Frances during her visit to the island in 2015. Meghan, whose great-great-grandmother was born on Malta 🇲🇹, wears the għonnella national head-dress. #duchessofsussex pic.twitter.com/J7S9Z2QvJg
— Majesty/Joe Little (@MajestyMagazine) November 26, 2018
The photograph was shared by Majesty Magazine’s editor Joe Little who took to Twitter and said: “In Valletta on Saturday I was shown this pic of the then Meghan Markle with the Marquis de Piro and his wife Frances during her visit to the island in 2015. Meghan, whose great-great-grandmother was born on Malta, wears the għonnella national head-dress.”
As mentioned by Joe Little in the tweet, Markle’s great-great-grandmother Mary Bird was born on the island in the year 1862 and in an interview given to the food blog Little Rock during her visit, Markle had mentioned that the trip to Malta was an effort to understand where she came from and what her identity was. “There is something so lovely about fitting in a piece of the puzzle,” she was quoted as saying.
“I’ve been fortunate to travel all over the world and I love a different cultural experience wherever you go, but to come somewhere where you so quickly settle in to feeling welcomed is really special; it’s this Maltese hospitality that is really special to the place,” Markle added.
Meghan’s connection with the island does not just end there. Her grandmother in-law, who is the Queen, spent years on the island after marrying Prince Philip in 1947. According to a report by Daily Mail, Queen’s bridesmaid Lady Pamela Hicks had said that she loved the island because of the privacy she got here and how she was able to lead a normal life.
Another interesting fact is that Malta’s national flower was included in Markle’s wedding veil because Malta is a Commonwealth country. People on Twitter were quick to react to the picture and shared their admiration for the Duchess. Meanwhile, the picture serves as a gentle reminder of Malta’s significance on the world map.