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Meghan Markle: 'I grew up on the $4.99 salad bar at Sizzler'

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Meghan Markle gave Democrats her order for policy reform Thursday in an open letter that included a shoutout to struggling restaurant chain Sizzler.

The Duchess of Sussex penned the letter to Democratic leaders supporting paid parental leave for all U.S. citizens, as President Joe Biden's proposed child tax credits are under threat of being cut from his social welfare spending package. In the piece, the duchess describes her upbringing as a struggle against poverty, despite her private schooling education and rearing in a family headed by an award-winning lighting director and photographer.

"I grew up on the $4.99 salad bar at Sizzler — it may have cost less back then (to be honest, I can’t remember) — but what I do remember was the feeling: I knew how hard my parents worked to afford this because even at five bucks, eating out was something special, and I felt lucky," the Montecito-based celebrity said about her childhood in the letter addressed to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.

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Markle's now-estranged father, Thomas Markle, won the lottery in 1990 and received $750,000 (the equivalent of $1.5 million today) when Meghan Markle was 9 years old. Before and after that stroke of luck, he was a successful lighting director on multiple television programs, receiving the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Design Excellence for a Daytime Drama Series for his work on General Hospital. He used a portion of his lottery money to pay for Meghan Markle's tuition at Immaculate Heart, a private all-girls Catholic school in Los Angeles.

"And as a Girl Scout, when my troop would go to dinner for a big celebration, it was back to that same salad bar or The Old Spaghetti Factory — because that’s what those families could afford to do too," the duchess continued in the letter published via Paid Leave For All, which describes itself as "the national campaign of organizations leading the fight for paid family and medical leave for all working people."

After graduating high school, Meghan Markle attended Northwestern University in Illinois, one of the most prestigious academic institutions in the world, also funded by her father's financial windfall.

"That money allowed Meg to go to the best schools and get the best training. Meg is someone who has always had laser focus. She knows what she wants, and she doesn't stop until she gets it," her older half-brother told the Independent in 2017.

The duchess went on to say the issue of parental leave was not about "Right or Left" but instead about "right or wrong," arguing paid leave "should be a national right." She speculated the contested tax credits were "something we all seem to agree on," adding, "At a point when everything feels so divisive, let this be a shared goal that unites us."

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Since stepping down from royal duties in January 2020, Markle and her husband, Prince Harry, have championed several social causes. The duke and duchess made explosive claims of racism in the royal family during an interview with Oprah Winfrey in March, later creating an organization, Archewell Inc., to "unleash the power of compassion to drive systemic cultural change."

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Original Author: Timothy Nerozzi

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