How Meghan Markle Has Changed Since Becoming a Royal

For the past two years, the world has been watching Meghan Markle’s transition from an American actress to a British royal, wondering how and what she’s been doing behind Palace doors.

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The good news is that Vanity Fair just published a report detailing Markle’s life as a royal, and it sounds like she’s made some pretty significant changes. Here’s how Markle has changed since becoming the Duchess of Sussex.

She reportedly struggled at first

Being a member of the royal family means adhering to lots of rules and regulations, from behavior to fashion choices. And it’s no secret that Markle has reportedly struggled with that.

She’s unconventionally private when it comes to her and Prince Harry’s newborn son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor; she shows affection in public, which is a rarity for those in the royal family; and she likes to dress in her own unique way.

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She’s faced criticism for many of her choices, but sources told royal expert and author Katie Nicholl in June 2019 that the Duchess of Sussex has remained positive by avoiding the press and leaning on her husband, who is “100 percent devoted.”

“The papers like to use the word difficult. I’d say ‘different,’” a source close to the duchess told Nicholl. “It was hard for her. She didn’t have a support structure in place and she was getting used to living in a new country and being part of a very unique institution.”

She’s learning the culture

More than a year after becoming a royal in May 2018, Markle is reportedly finally starting to settle in and get comfortable. According to Vanity Fair, she’s even adopted some Britishisms.

“She says ‘pants’ less, and I’ve heard her say ‘bits and bobs,’ ” a source noted.

Her husband, Prince Harry, has reportedly changed, too. “Once a royal rebel, he now starts his mornings with a green juice (blended by Meghan) and practices meditation; he has quit smoking and rarely drinks alcohol,” Nicholl explained.

Home sweet home

In early 2019, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex moved out of Kensington Palace and into Frogmore Cottage, which is a wedding gift from Queen Elizabeth II.

According to People, the couple has been molding it into their home, renovating the five-bedroom house on the grounds of Windsor Castle with an upgraded kitchen, bathroom, wardrobes, and flooring. They also re-landscaped the garden and more.

Fans hoping to get a glimpse of Frogmore Cottage will be able to see it and its extensive, taxpayer-funded $3 million renovations in an upcoming feature in British Vogue. But it sounds like the perfect place for Markle, Prince Harry, and their baby boy, Archie.

“It’s like their private oasis and sanctuary,” a friend told Nicholl. “It’s lovely and cozy, and they are very happy there.”

“Their home is so cute and warm,” a source added to People. “The energy of the space is so much better [than Kensington Palace]. It’s a total fresh start.”

That could be just what Markle needs as she continues making her transition. Best of luck to her.