While reflecting on her first ever business venture that she embarked on as a kid, The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, has revealed a very relatable habit that she still takes part in.
In a conversation about women’s efforts to achieve economic parity during the The New York Times DealBook Online Summit, Meghan, 40, spoke about her entrepreneurial roots, revealing she used to sell homemade scrunchies.
“I remember when I was really young — I must have been 8 or 9 — I started making scrunchies to sell,” she told host Andrew Ross Sorkin and Ariel Investments’ Co-CEO and President Mellody Hobson.
“I had my mom take me downtown to get scraps of fabric from the fabric stores, and sell them like five for five bucks, who knows.”
“I remember the feeling of knowing that I had done something, I had invested in myself and done this labor and been compensated for it. There’s a sense of pride that comes from that.”
The duchess, who waited tables prior to appearing on the TV show Suits, explained that she was taught financial literacy from a young age, before getting relatable as she divulged that she still scours the internet for promo codes before making online purchases.
“Do they have coupons anymore? I don’t know,” the 40-year-old said. “But I will never buy anything online without finding an online promo code first. That’s still in there. It’s a modern version of the same thing.”
Recently, Meghan’s estranged half-brother Thomas Markle Jr. accused the duchess of ‘riding her father’s coattails’ when it comes to her platform.
The current Big Brother VIP star took to his Instagram to speak about his and Meghan’s upbringing, saying that they grew up in privilege.
“Simply, the fact is, let’s not forget where she came from. She came from my father’s coattails. My dad worked his entire life in Hollywood on major, popular TV shows – Married With Children, General Hospital, the list goes on and on.”
He went on to say that, growing up, his sister got access to “the best schools, acting class, college, auditions”.
Meghan continues to use her platform for philanthropy and advocacy – championing women, sustainability, racial equality, and more.