I'll admit it outright. Before it emerged in the autumn of 2016 that Suits actress Meghan Markle had been quietly dating Prince Harry for a couple of months, I had precisely zero awareness of The Tig, Markle's lifestyle blog or - as she put it - her hub for the discerning palette. But as the old adage goes, you don't know what you've got until it's gone, and ever since the site was excised from the web (presumably at the request of Kensington Palace) and taken off Instagram, The Tig has become a source of fascination. What does 'Tig' mean? Did it have an internship programme? Did Meghan Markle spend her evenings consulting Google Analytics for the site while sipping on its namesake wine? Sadly, we'll probably never know, but thanks to archiving tool The Wayback Machine, we can take a look at a handful of Meghan's old posts for some unexpected insights into her attitude to life..
1. She has a 'girl crush' on Elizabeth Hurley
In the introduction to the Liz edition of her Tig Talk interview franchise, Meghan even mentions the British star's role in The Royals, E!'s guilty pleasure drama based on the exploits of a fictional European monarchy...
2. She's fully sold on meditation...
The name of her former meditation guru? Light. Just Light. Here's hoping he's summoned over to the palace some time soon.
3. But baking is not her thing
'There’s something about the technicality of it that stifles my inner rebel; no dash of this or extra spoonful of that,' she writes. Don't expect to see the Duchess starring on celebrity Bake Off any time soon, then.
4. A 'Tig moment' is a moment of discovery
Or, as Meghan puts it, a moment of 'getting it.' The inaugural Tig moment came when she first sipped Tignanello wine - makes sense now, doesn't it?
5. She loves a well put-together coffee table
We're now picturing Meghan as she artfully strews the surfaces of Nottingham Cottage with Audrey Hepburn photobooks and succulents, to Harry's slight bemusement.
6. She spent a month in Italy after reading Eat, Pray, Love
Elizabeth Gilbert, you have so much to answer for.
7. She has not one but four nicknames
Meg, MM, M&M and Flower. Wonder if the Queen uses any of them...
8. She listens to Sophie Ellis-Bextor
Or, at least, a Sophie Ellis-Bextor tune once graced one of her pick-me-up playlists on The Tig. Here's hoping it was Murder On The Dancefloor.
9. She's an advocate of 'alone time'
Going to the cinema on your own, taking yourself out for dinner, solo holidays - Meghan's a fan of all three.
10. She's been having facials since she was 13
Which probably explains how she looked so radiant in minimal make-up on her wedding day...
11. Her favourite drink? Red wine hot chocolate
We'll need a few minutes to get our head around that one, but according to La Markle, it 'combines two of every lady's classic loves, wine and chocolate.' Who are we to question?
NOW READ: Prince Harry And Meghan Markle's Relationship Timeline
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle met in London in July 2016.
They were introduced by mutual friend Markus Anderson, who is the director of Soho House.
In October 2016, the Express became the first newspaper to publish news that Prince Harry had a new girlfriend.
On November 8th 2016, Kensington Palace released an unprecedented statement which referring to Markle as Harry's girlfriend for the first time.
In the statement, Prince Harry condemned the 'wave of abuse and harrassment' faced by Markle, saying that he was 'worried about Ms. Markle's safety and is deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her.'
'It is not right that a few months into a relationship with him that Ms. Markle should be subjected to such a storm,' the statement continued.
The couple were papped together for the first time in December 2016, shopping for a Christmas tree in London at the Pines and Needles store.
Later that week, they were seen on London's West End, catching a performance of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
In February, Prince Harry wore a his 'n' hers bracelet on the cover of Town & Country magazine, just weeks after Markle was pictured wearing the same one on Instagram.
In March 2017, Meghan joined Prince Harry in the Caribbean for the wedding of his friend's Tom 'Skippy' Inskip and Lara Hughes-Young.
It was the first time that Markle accompanied Harry to a wedding, marking another milestone occasion for the couple.
The first public event attended by the couple was the polo at Coworth Park in May 2017.
Later in May, Markle attended the party portion of Pippa Middleton's wedding to James Middelton.
Prince Harry was seen driving her to the event after the church ceremony.
The couple made their first official public appearance in September, when Markle attended the opening of Prince Harry's Invictus Games.
Meghan wore a maroon midi dress with a pleated chiffon skirt by one of her favourite Canadian brands Aritzia.
She teamed it with a matching burgundy biker jacket by Mackage.
Although Prince Harry was sat next to First Lady Melania Trump at the event, rather than his girlfriend, she was only seated a few rows behind him.
The couple were photographed together the following day at the wheelchair tennis.
Much was made of Markle's choice of outfit: ripped jeans and a white blouse called 'The Husband'.
The couple 'broke with royal protocol' by holding hands and appearing affectionate while at the Invictus Games.
Prince Harry reportedly spent time with Meghan's mother Doria while at the Games too.
The couple indulged in some PDA at the closing ceremony.
Prince Harry was photographed kissing Meghan.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, Meghan referred to Harry as her boyfriend numerous times, saying: 'We're a couple. We're in love. I'm sure there will be a time when we will have to come forward and present ourselves and have stories to tell, but I hope what people understand is that this is our time.'
In late September 2017, it was reported that Meghan had met the Queen, prompting speculation that the relationship was getting serious.
In early November 2017, it was reported that Meghan Markle was leaving Suits after seven series.
In mid-November 2017, bookies suspending betting on an impending royal engagement, as speculation grew that an announcement was about to be made.
On November 27th 2017, Prince Charles announced the engagement of his younger son Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after 15 months of dating.
The couple later appeared at a photocall, with Markle wearing a white dress coat by Canadian brand Line The Label. The website has subsequently crashed.
The engagement ring, by Cleave and Company, was reportedly designed by Prince Harry himself, using two stones that belonged to Princess Diana.
When asked by waiting photographers if the proposal was romantic, Harry joked 'of course!'