'Ageless' school formal snap of Meghan Markle goes viral

It may have been taken 22 years ago - but royal fans say Meghan Markle still looks exactly the same as she does in an unearthed school formal photo.

An old snap of the Duchess of Sussex, now 38, showing her as a teenager has resurfaced on Instagram.

The image - taken in 1997 - shows the future royal aged 16, posing with her then-boyfriend Luis Segura.

Royal fans can't believe how little Meghan Markle has aged since her school days. Photo: Getty Images

She wears a slinky black dress with a choker, and her hair in an up-do, similar to the style she regularly sports on official engagements these days.

The young couple can be seen beaming as they stand in front of a Christmas tree.

At the time, Meghan was attending Immaculate Heart High School.

The caption, accompanying the picture online, reads: “16 year old Meghan Markle [poses] with her first boyfriend Luis Segura at a high school Christmas dance in 1997".

Since being shared, the post has received more than 63,000 likes - and many social media users were amazed at how little the Duchess appears to have aged.

One person wrote: "She still looks the same, good genes”, while another said: "She hasn't changed."

"You could have told me that was taken last year and I’d wholeheartedly believe you,” a person commented.

It comes as Meghan was praised for sending individual thank you letters to a group of school children who wrote to her.

Pupils from year 3 and year 4 at Woodlands Community Primary School in Birkenhead penned letters to the Duchess to mark Black History Month, which falls in October.

The school’s official Twitter account shared an image of the pupils clutching their individual letters, together with a letter from Claudia Spens, a representative for the office of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

“The children were extremely surprised but delighted to receive [the letters],” a representative for the school told Yahoo UK.

As Instagram is left overjoyed by the snap of the teenage Duchess, a royal expert has revealed how involved she was in setting up the @sussexroyal account.

“It was Meghan’s idea to have white borders on all of the pictures, she wanted a constant theme,” Omid Scobie told Yahoo UK.

“She’s very much a Hollywood millennial, she grew up in the public eye as a working actress with her social media boosting her profile. So, she knew exactly what tricks to bring along there.

“She even knew about Instagram algorithms.”

Words by Lauren Clark

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