Ever since her relationship with Prince Harry was confirmed, Meghan Markle has faced her fair share of tough times and criticisms.
In fact, long before she and Harry were engaged, the Duchess of Sussex faced a wave of sexist and racist abuse - and it got so bad, the Duke was even forced to issue a statement (opens in new tab) revealing that he was concerned about her safety.
She's since battled with negative comments from members of her family too, including her father, Thomas Markle, who has given numerous interviews to the media criticising his daughter. Her half-sister, Samantha, has also been particularly critical.
So it seems that perhaps Meghan may well be needing to rely on an old mantra she has for dealing with conflict in her life.
In an old blog post on her now-defunct lifestyle website, The Tig, Meghan shared a quote from the Portugese author Jose Micard Teixeira.
In the newly resurfaced post (opens in new tab) from her blog, the quote gives an interesting indication into how Meghan may be reacting to, and dealing with, the criticism she's faced since becoming a member of the royal family.
The first line of the quote reads, "“I no longer have patience for certain things, not because I’ve become arrogant, but simply because I reached a point in my life where I do not want to waste more time with what displeases me or hurts me."
It also includes a poignant reference to 'lies' and 'conflict' - which interestingly may relate to the mistruths being communicated about the Duchess.
The quote reads, “I no longer spend a single minute on those who lie or want to manipulate. I decided not to coexist anymore with pretence, hypocrisy, dishonesty and cheap praise.
"I hate conflict and comparisons. I believe in a world of opposites and that’s why I avoid people with rigid and inflexible personalities. In friendship I dislike the lack of loyalty and betrayal."
Meghan's favoured quote also reveals how the Duchess, long before even meeting Harry, decided to reserve her 'love' only for those who love her.
One part of the quote reads, "I lost the will to please those who do not like me, to love those who do not love me, and to smile at those who do not want to smile at me."
The empowering quote then gives a poignant suggestion as to how Meghan is dealing with the current conflict in her life. And we have to say - we reckon they're some pretty good quotes to live by.
The mantra also perhaps explains why she has chosen to close the door on relationships with people who have caused her problems since marrying Prince Harry.
Despite the negativity, many close friends, including Serena Williams and Priyanka Chopra, assert that Meghan has never been happier than she is with her new husband.
And it seems that from pictures of the besotted couple, that couldn't be more true.
Amy Hunt is an experienced digital journalist specialising in homes, interiors and hobbies. She began her career working as the features assistant at woman&home magazine, before moving over to the digital side of the brand where she eventually became the Lifestyle Editor up until January 2022. Amy won the Digital Journalist of the Year award at the AOP Awards in 2019 for her work on womanandhome.com.
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