I listened to a news report and it said she really is of the people when describing the royal wedding news and showing Meghan Markle with crowds of screaming fans. My Korean text book translated the sentence as she is really popular among people. How come of the people means "popular"? What is the exact meaning of of the people?
people (n.) etymonline
Meaning "body of persons comprising a community" first recorded late 13c. in Anglo-French; meaning "common people, masses" (as distinguished from the nobility) first recorded c. 1300 in Anglo-French. Meaning "one's own tribe, group, etc." is from late 14c. ... Legal phrase The People vs., in U.S. cases of prosecution under certain laws, dates from 1801.
[plural] ordinary people who are not members of the government or the upper classes
Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth. - Abraham Lincoln
My sense is not popularity ( as she was not until her path intersected royalty) but is of the common people, of my people, of the proletarians, among us 'bread-eaters'.