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How Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton's hidden talents could form a 'super lucrative' wedding business

Could a new business venture for the royals be on the cards?

Do you know that Meghan Markle once made a living as a calligrapher?

The 36-year-old Duchess-in-waiting was so good at her freelance job as a wedding calligrapher in fact, that she counted Robin Thicke and Paula Patton, and fashion house D&G, among her many high-paying customers.

“I went to an all-girls Catholic school for six years during the time when kids actually had handwriting class,” the former Suits star told Esquire in 2013.


“I’ve always had a propensity for getting the cursive down pretty well. What it evolved into was my pseudo-waitressing job when I was auditioning. I didn’t wait tables. I did calligraphy for the invitations, for, like, Robin Thicke and Paula Patton’s wedding.”

The bride-to-be also worked for designers Dolce & Gabanna, writing the party invitations that would be sent out to fashionistas and celebrities over the festive season.

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She described her job as a calligrapher as "super lucrative", and said that there may even be a few business cards floating around that could resurface.

“It’s super-lucrative," she revealed, "because there so so few people doing it. What’s funny is I probably still have some calligraphy business cards floating out in the world and I can’t wait for someone to call me in a month or something, and say, ‘Can you please do these for my son’s Bar Mitzvah?’”

She even had advice to give others about hand-writing notes: "I guess the number-one thing is you have to take your time. Just do fluid strokes, you don't have to have a fancy pen by any means," she revealed. "And here's the other thing, you have to write in a way that's authentic to you. So even if it is chicken scratch, just take a little bit more time and try to make the letters more fluid. At the end of the day, if the guy is going to write the girl a letter, whether it's chicken scratch or scribble or looks like a doctor's note, if he takes the time to put pen to paper and not type something, there's something so incredibly romantic and beautiful about that."

Meghan won't be the only woman in Kensington Palace with a talent for designing beautiful wedding invites however, as soon-to-be sister-in-law Kate also has an artistic streak.

Mother-of-two Kate Middleton put her hidden talents on display at her sister's big day back in July, when it was revealed that she provided he illustration that appeared on Pippa and husband James Matthews' service programmes.

The Duchess sketched the picture of St. Mark's Church, where the couple tied the knot, and received praise from both the reverend and from her new brother-in-law James.

Reverend Nick Wynne-Jones, who led proceedings, said it was a “lovely piece” and groom James gushed over his new sister-in-law's talents in his wedding speech “And to Pippa’s sister Kate, such ability – a beautiful drawing of St Mark’s church in the order of service,” according to The Sun.

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Kate graduated from the University of Fife in Scotland with an MA in the history of art, and is a patron of the Art Room and The National Portrait Gallery.

After the engagement announcement of her brother-in-law Prince Harry and his future wife Meghan was made, Kate said she was "absolutely thrilled" for the couple.

"William and I are absolutely thrilled," she said during a visit to the Foundling Museum in central London.

"It's such exciting news.

"It's a really happy time for any couple and we wish them all the best and hope they enjoy this happy moment."

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Due in April 2018, Kate will have obviously her hands full in the lead up to her brother-in-law's big day, so the chances of her turning out a suite of invites for the happy couple seems slim, however together with soon-to-be sister-in-law Meghan, the two could really shake up the wedding industry with their artistic talents.

Watch this space...?