She doesn't need validation from anyone.

By Faith Brar
December 20, 2017

Meghan Markle became a household name ever since she got engaged to Prince Harry last month. But sadly, her surge into the spotlight opened her up to some public criticism (sigh). Case in point: She's already been called out for being divorced, making her "unsuitable" to marry a prince.

Still, Markle has made it clear that she doesn't need people's validation: She's continuing her charitable work, standing up for great causes, and most importantly, maintaining a positive attitude. (See also: Meghan Markle's Go-To Workout Is Really Intense)

For the 12th issue of Darling, she penned a personal essay revealing the exact moment in her early 20s when she realized that she was "enough" just the way she is. (Related: Katie Willcox Wants You to Know That You're So Much More Than What You See In the Mirror)

In the essay, she shares that early in her career she struggled to find her value "in an industry that judges you on everything that you're not versus everything that you are." But things took a turn for the better when casting director April Webster interrupted Markle mid-sentence to give her a piece of life-changing advice. "I had never met her before, and at my very first audition for her, she stopped me mid-scene and said so simply, 'You need to know that you're enough.'"

Those few words changed everything for her.

"I was breathless," she wrote. "No one had ever seen it, or perhaps no one had ever called me out, but there in that small box of a room in Burbank, this woman I had never met saw me. My gut reaction was to smile. To smile hard. Maybe that would keep the tears tucked behind my draping eyes. It wouldn't have mattered if I cried, because she saw me. She saw all that self-doubt beaming through the self-tanner and excessive blush. 'You need to know that you're enough,' she said 'Less makeup, more Meghan.' She went on to say that I was like a 'shrinking violet,' wilted joy and energy and exuberance behind this shroud of insecurity. You couldn't pay for a therapy session this good. And that moment, for me, was a wake-up call."

If this isn't a reminder to replace self-doubt with self-love and acceptance, we're not sure what is. You are enough.