Meghan Markle’s Perfect Reading List for Her ‘Little Prince’ Or Princess

Meghan Markle, former American Actress, current philanthropist, and, most recently, the Duchess of Sussex, is also an avid reader!


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Left: Meghan Markle in an episode of Suits. Right: Photograph of Meghan Markle. | Image via Daily Express


On her various social media channels (her Instagram and her now-closed lifestyle blog The Tig), books have always been one of her most prominently featured interests. Of all the books Markle is excited about, her favorite is The Little Prince by French author Antoine de Saint-Exupery.


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For obvious reasons (that is, reasons involving puns) this would be the perfect book for Markle to read to her little prince, princess, or otherwise-specified member of the royal family. She’s elaborated on her love of this book:


I have long been obsessed with this book, and specifically with The Little Fox. Even if I don’t revisit the entire existential text (masked as a children’s book), the chapter of The Little Fox unearths a truth in me that is always worth the check-in.


Sadly, because of her royal obligations, her blog has come to an end, and so her full favorite list of books is no longer accessible. Thankfully, fans have done the work for us, and the books that are mentioned the most just so happen to be perfect for the different stages of growing up.


While The Little Prince is perfect for Markle to read her child to sleep while they are still young children, she’s also shared her favorite children’s books for a little later in life.


The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff


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This is a great read for middle school, a time when social pressures start to arise and questions of identity begin to form. Combining the nostalgic comfort that Pooh brings with Taoist ideals of just ‘being,’ The Tao of Pooh is a strong choice. Markle says:


Aspects of Taoism told through the characters of “Winnie the Pooh” – I mean, does it get better? This is a speed read that you can easily whip through in a day, but trust me when I say that you will revisit it time and time again for its refreshing perspective on how to move in the world.


The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz


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This book is perfect for high school, teaching us to live simply, love deeply, and be happy! With how obsessed some high schoolers can be with trends or the pressures of college, this book is a helpful resource to center oneself. Markle recalls when she read the book herself:


My mom gave me a copy of this book when I was 13 years old, and to this day, I constantly circle back to the Don Miguel Ruiz classic for the simplest ways to simplify your life. Don’t Make Assumptions gets me every time.


The Motivation Manifesto by Brendan Burchard


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A bit more of a complex read, The Motivation Manifesto urges us to be true to ourselves and break away from any of life’s limitations. With college being a time that challenges all we’ve learned about the world and ourselves, it’s the stage when we start building our adult lives against the odds of competition in our dream careers and societal pressures. This book is perfect to share with your child who’s going away to college. Markle loves it herself:


Annoyed by your self-doubt and distractions? The noise that keeps you from reaching your potential? Okay, so yeah. Me too. Even on my most Sasha Fierce days there’s a mean little voice in there going, “Hmmm…I’m not sure if you can, or should, or if you’re good enough to.” Time to tell that little thief of joy to get outta your head. This book is a must-have for waking up your inner badass, and being the very best version of yourself.


Who Moved My Cheese?: An A-Mazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life by Spencer Johnson


Who Moved My Cheese?: An A-Mazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life by [Johnson, Spencer]

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A book to help guide young professionals through the pressures of starting and managing their futures, Who Moved My Cheese? is perfect for college graduates trying to navigate their lives with degrees and the knowledge that their young adult lives are coming to a close. Markle read the book in her own college years:


A professor at Northwestern University had this book on our list of required reading for an Industrial Engineering class I took my junior year of college. It was a seemingly odd choice, but at the end of the day, the takeaway was a self-empowerment and motivational bent that I apply to decision making in my life to this very day. It’s an invaluable quick read.


Long before she knew she would be starting a family with the man of her dreams, Meghan Markle has been building the perfect reading list to share with her children!

With book like these filled with such positivity and love in mind, I look forward to the next generation and what they will bring to the crazy world we live in.


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