Meghan Markle fan has £23,000 worth of surgery to look like her royal idol

Francesca Specter
Yahoo Style UK deputy editor
Tanya Ricardo spent £23,000 to look like Meghan Markle. [Photo: Caters]

A woman has spent £23,000 on cosmetic surgery in a bid to look like Meghan Markle.

Tanya Ricardo, 30, had extensive surgical procedures on both her face and body in order to make her look more like the Duchess.

This included liposuction to transfer fat to her buttocks, fat grafts to her cheeks, further liposuction under the cheeks and chin, breast augmentation from a C-cup to a D-cup, lip fillers and other injectable treatments.

Ricardo, a land technician from Houston, Texas, says, even before her surgery, she has “always resembled” the Duchess – “We both have dark hair, big brown eyes and a structured fine nose”.

Naturally-slim Ricardo was accused of having an eating disorder. [Photo: Caters]

Now, she thinks her dramatic transformation takes the likeness one step further.

“But now that I had had a couple of surgeries on my face it accentuates her look on me even more [...] I see it in the shape of my face.”

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“When people say they see the resemblance, which for me makes me feel like it was mission accomplished,” she adds.

Ricardo’s surgery on her breasts and buttocks was also inspired by Markle’s curvier frame.

Ricardo, pictured before her transformation, had extensive surgery on her face and body. [Photo: Caters]

Growing up, she was accused of having anorexia due to her slimness – which she says is natural.

“I have always been a very skinny girl, so I never really felt like I was a woman and surgery has been on my mind.

“People have teased me for my whole life, even to this day, they say things like ‘Eat a cheeseburger’ or they accuse me of having an eating disorder.

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“This wasn’t and has never been the case, I eat and I love food.”

A single mother of one, it took turning 30 to motivate Ricardo to change the way she looked.

Ricardo, pictured after her transformation. [Photo: Caters]

“I feel like a different person and happy, hopefully the negative comments will stop and won’t affect me.

“They transferred some of the extra baby fat in my stomach from pregnancy into my butt.

“I never had a but before, I felt like I never had curves when I was young so it’s great.

“I’ve not fully healed so haven’t seen myself full but my face and top half is great, I can’t wait to show it off at the beach.

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“My family were concerned initially because they always thought I was beautiful, but after seeing what a wonderful job Dr. Rose did they are happy too.”

She adds: “Now I’m ecstatic, I can’t wait to be able to hit the gym with extra weight in the right places and then I’ll be good to marry another Prince.”

Ricardo isn’t the first woman to spent tens of thousands on surgery to resemble the Duchess.

Earlier this year, Xochytl Greer, 36, underwent five and a half hours of cosmetic surgery to undergo a nose job, liposuction on her stomach and thighs and a buttock lift – all in the name of resembling Markle.