The Latest Meghan Markle Inspired Trend Is... Surprising

by Stephanie Maida · November 26, 2018

    Since before she garnered the official title of Duchess of Sussex, the "Meghan Markle Effect" has influenced everything from coats to nose jobs. Now, she's driving the upswing of something a bit more, shall we say, archaic?

    When word got out about the actress's former gig as a calligrapher who worked at the Paper Source and did freelance wedding invitations, fans the world over have been inspired to try their hand (quite literally) at the lost art.

    The Daily Mail reports that a Hobbycraft trends report has shown an increased interest in calligraphy kits, up by 40% compared to 2017. According to customer director of the UK-based chain, Katherine Paterson, "Putting pen to paper is becoming more popular and there's no doubt that the Duchess of Sussex has helped to raise the profile of calligraphy writing. Our calligraphy range continues to sell well and we only expect this to continue."

    Fun fact? Meghan created the invitations for the 2005 nuptials of Robin Thicke and Paula Patton. Think she hand-wrote all the thank you cards from her own A-list wedding?

    [Photo via @kensingtonroyal]