Meghan Markle will become a member of the royal family in one month, but back in 2005, she was just a clerk at Paper Source with beautiful handwriting. Even then, though, she was apparently giving off royal-to-be vibes, at least as far as Paula Patton is concerned.
Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Patton recalled that they had met at the store when she asked Markle to write the addresses on the envelopes of her wedding invitations to now ex-husband Robin Thicke.
"She had this beautiful writing," Patton told Entertainment Tonight. "That moment I feel like I said something to her. Like, 'You are meant to be royal' ... She was just so graceful and lovely, and actually really kind."
Patton wasn't the only one in awe of the pen-slinging abilities of the future duchess. Last month, Paper Source CEO Winnie Park told People that Markle's calligraphy skills were so good, she was paid to teach customers how to do it. “It was her part-time job as she was going through auditions," Park told the outlet. "She taught calligraphy and hosted a group of customers and instructed them during a two-hour class on how to do calligraphy.
"She would have advised customers on projects—from wedding invitations to creating personalized stationary to gift-wrapping," Park added. "She has talked about being a big fan of custom stationary and think it's the best gift to give a friend."
Markle's love for calligraphy is no secret. "I think handwritten notes are a lost art form," she wrote on her now-defunct lifestyle blog, The Tig, per People. "When I booked my first [TV] pilot, my dad wrote me a letter that I still have. The idea of someone taking the time to put pen to paper is really special."
Unfortunately, the world will probably never see any royal wedding invites addressed in Markle's own writing. In March, the Kensington Palace Twitter account unveiled the wedding invitations, and they turned out to be gorgeous but machine-printed, with black script inked on gold-embossed ivory card stock.
But you never know—Markle did joke in a 2013 Esquire interview that she still had some old business cards in circulation. "What's funny is I probably still have some calligraphy business cards floating out in the world," she said to Esquire, per Us Weekly. "I can't wait for someone to call me in a month or something, and say, 'Can you please do these for my son's Bar Mitzvah?'" Seems like a job for a royal if you ask us.