Af­ter Pippa’s tips, now it’s MEGHAN’S MANTRAS


The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - News - By Rob­bie Grif­fiths and Char­lotte Grif­fiths

THEY are al­ready star­tlingly alike in looks – but now Prince Harry’s girl­friend Meghan Markle and Royal sis­ter-in-law Pippa Middleton are start­ing to sound alike too.

The actress moon­lights as a blog­ger and of­fers ‘mantras’ of a type not seen since Miss Middleton rec­om­mended putting wa­ter in the freezer to make ice.

Miss Markle breath­lessly de­scribes her lifestyle web­site The Tig, named af­ter her favourite wine, as a ‘breed­ing ground for ideas and ex­cite­ment for an in­spired lifestyle’.

But its ele­men­tary tips and ba­nal ‘life-af­firm­ing’ slo­gans might be de­scribed less kindly as glar­ingly self-ev­i­dent, risk­ing the sort of sneers that greeted the pub­li­ca­tion of Miss Middleton’s 2012 book Cel­e­brate, with its painfully ob­vi­ous ad­vice.

On Fri­day, Miss Markle took to her blog to of­fer tips on cut­ting back on food waste. ‘Re­duce waste by us­ing all the scraps,’ she wrote help­fully. ‘This age-old trick saves money and food from be­ing thrown out.’ She also sug­gested read­ers need not throw out half-eaten Christ­mas tur­key car­casses. She ad­vised boil­ing ‘left­over bones to make a flavour­ful and healthy broth’ and sug­gested slic­ing up cold meat to make a sand­wich.

The site is pep­pered with quotes which Miss Markle – who was spot­ted shop­ping in Toronto on Fri­day – de­scribes as ‘golden nuggets that be­come my mantras’.

She ad­vises read­ers to print them out ‘for a lit­tle daily pick-me-up’. One reads: ‘Shoot for the moon. Even if you don’t hit it, you’ll al­ways land in the stars’. An­other states: ‘Women are like teabags. They don’t re­alise how strong they are un­til they’re in hot wa­ter.’

In pre­vi­ous posts she shared her tips for good skin­care. Along­side the slo­gan, ‘we are stars wrapped in skin – the light you are look­ing for has al­ways been within’, she of­fered such ob­vi­ous sug­ges­tions as ‘drink­ing loads of wa­ter’, ‘ap­ply­ing sun­block’ and ‘get­ting a fa­cial’.

She goes on to list her favourite sa­lons but seems obliv­i­ous to the bud­gets of nor­mal peo­ple. One rec­om­men­da­tion was the Ni­chola Joss sa­lon in Lon­don’s Covent Gar­den, where a 60-minute fa­cial costs £250.

Ms Markle also shares a recipe she calls Grandma Markle’s ap­ple but­ter toast. ‘I rarely saw my Grandma Markle, as she hailed from New Hamp­shire and spent much of her life in Penn­syl­va­nia and Florida,’ she wrote. ‘To bridge that gap, she would al­ways send scrap­books, care pack­ages, and boxes of treats made from fam­ily recipes. ‘One of my most favourite was her ap­ple but­ter… this recipe is a walk down mem­ory lane – a re­minder of hold­ing my grandma’s hand and hav­ing sing-a-longs with her. En­joy!’

Re­duce waste by us­ing all the scraps... this is an age-old trick that will save you money Boil up left­over bones to make a healthy broth – and slice up cold meat to make into a sand­wich Shoot for the moon. Even if you don’t hit it, you’ll al­ways land in the stars

BLAND LEAD­ING THE BLAND: Meghan’s self­evi­dent ad­vice could earn her the same ridicule as Pippa Middleton, far left, en­dured

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