Before she was a duchess or full-time former royal, Meghan Markle was already a very busy human, juggling her acting career (which included a lead role on USA's legal drama Suits) and running her (now defunct—RIP) lifestyle blog, The Tig.
In 2015, Meghan was still a year away from meeting her future husband and doing very 2015 things like weighing in on the virtues of being a 'girl boss' and how one could go from aspiring girl boss to actual girl boss.
These were real topics Meghan really discussed in a 2015 interview with InStyle, which is making the rounds again in the wake of news that Meghan and Prince Harry are entering the world of finance as 'impact partners' for Ethic, a company the New York Times describes as a 'fintech asset manager in the fast-growing environmental, social and governance space'.
So what did 2015 Meghan have to say about the art of girl boss-ing?
'I think the biggest part of being a girl boss in the office, at home, or anywhere you go is just knowing your value. As you get older, you become more comfortable in your skin and comfortable in saying “no” to things. Rachel is an example of that on television, and as The Tig has grown as a brand, I’ve also learned that saying “no” is just as valuable as saying “yes”. It’s something that, I think, comes with age and really having a sense of your self-worth. And then you make choices based on that.'
She also stressed the importance of delegating (which can only be more important now that she and Harry are helming the Archewell empire, right?):
'Be able to delegate, because there are some things that you just can’t do by yourself. I often joke on set that it takes a village to raise an actress. But building a strong team around you and being able to really communicate well with them is part of what’s going to bring you a higher level of success.'
There were also a couple of moments in the interview that feel weirdly relevant to Meghan's very publicised drama with the royal family, like this bit about the importance of rising above toxic office politics:
'Don’t get involved in the interoffice politics. On Suits it can be cheeky and fun to see Rachel and Donna being gossipy, but people get caught up in that. I think in life and in the office, it’s best to stay out of the drama. You’ll be endlessly happier for it. If you want to do that, save that for drinks after work with your girlfriends.'
And this one, about how vital work/life balance is, in which Meghan literally says “you don't need to make your life your job” and advocates straight up walking away (/flying across the Atlantic and starting over?) if that's what it takes to take care of yourself:
'Take things with a grain of salt and find balance within your life. On your lunch break, leave to go and get some fresh air. You don’t need to make your life your job. I have to find that balance for myself, as well. Between The Tig and my time on set or at home, I have to make the time to throw in a yoga class or walk my dogs or literally just turn it all off and meditate for a minute. I think you have to make time for yourself so that work doesn’t become the end-all be-all.'
Basically, this is just proof that Meghan's views about success have been in place for years now and that she's willing to practice what she preaches, even when the 'job' in question is being a member of The Firm.