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She was once just a tourist like us.

Stacey Leasca
November 29, 2017

Meghan Markle is living proof that royal dreams can become reality.

On Monday, Meghan and her now fiancé Prince Harry announced their royal engagement to the world, which caused fans everywhere to experience just a tinge of jealousy that it was happening to her and not them.

But now, a new photo has surfaced that proves once upon a time Meghan was just like us, looking in at Buckingham Palace as a simple tourist in London.

The photo, which was apparently taken when Meghan was just 15 years old, shows the soon to be royal sitting outside the palace next to a friend as they await a tour.

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Ninaki Priddy, the woman sitting next to Meghan in the photo and her alleged childhood best friend, told the Daily Mail that she’s “not shocked at all” by the engagement.

“It's like she has been planning this all her life,” she said. “She gets exactly what she wants and Harry has fallen for her play. She was always fascinated by the Royal Family. She wants to be Princess Diana 2.0. She will play her role ably, but my advice to him is to tread cautiously.”

Though Meghan appears to remember it differently. In her joint interview with Prince Harry she told the BBC, "We talk about it now. Because I'm from the states you don't grow up with the same understanding of the Royal family, I now know there's a global interest in them...I didn't know much about him [before]."

If Meghan did plan this engagement that far in advance, then more props to her for actually making it happen. Prince Harry and his betrothed are expected to wed in May of 2018 at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, a venue which has special significance to Harry. The prince was christened in St. George’s Chapel in 1984 and his father, Prince Charles, also married his current wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, in the chapel in 2006.

Prior to the wedding, Meghan will become a British citizen and be both baptized and confirmed in the Church of England, meaning she would have to be rather dedicated to the long-game of her plan.

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