Unseen pictures of Meghan Markle show her exploring Maltese ancestry in traditional headdress before marrying Prince Harry

Never-before-seen photos show a relaxed and smiling Duchess back in 2015, as she explored the island and sampled local food and wine.

The 34-year-old visited Mdina, Valletta, Victoria and Dwejra during her stay in Malta, and posted snaps on her now-deleted Instagram page.

She called the countryside a piece of ‘bucolic bliss’, and she shared a photo of a herd of goats against a rural backdrop.

The mum-to-be was finding out more about her own ancestry, and confessed the land had a special place in her heart as her great-great-grandmother, Mary, was born there in 1862.

According to website 89.7 Bay, she said of her trip: “Coming to Malta has been really important to me because my great-great-grandmother lived here, so we’ve been trying to trace the ancestry.

“Before I came, people were telling me, ‘When you go to Malta, everyone will look like you,’ and I started to say, ‘Oh my gosh I do sort of blend in,’ and it’s the loveliest feeling.”

The Duchess of Sussex praised the people and the culture of the island, with her visit culminating in a photoshoot for ELLE.

As part of her stay she tried on a għonnella national head-dress, as she paid a visit to the Marquis de Piro and his wife Frances.

And ever the foodie, Meghan raved about the cuisine and took time to sample local delicacies.



The Daily Mail quoted an interview with Meghan, where she said: “In Gozo I loved the fresh goat’s milk cheeses, particularly the pickled ones with the black pepper on them.

“I’m about to have the spaghetti with rabbit, which I’ve been waiting to try.

“This morning, for breakfast, I tried the pastizzi with peas and ricotta.

“Oh my goodness they’re delicious!

“So my suitcase will be filled with all sorts of Maltese treats.”

The candid snaps are thought to have been taken in March 2015, just four months before she met Prince Harry.

They show a relaxed Meghan dressed casually in a grey t-shirt, jeans and her £1,600 MaxMara coat, which she has yet to wear since becoming a royal.

In more Meghan news, she apparently ‘upset’ Princess Eugenie by ‘not attending’ her evening wedding reception.

And it’s been claimed Meghan is ‘determined her child won’t be paraded around in shorts like Kate Middleton’s son Prince George’.

Plus here’s the story of Meghan and Harry’s romance in pictures.

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