Before Meghan Markle met Prince Harry, she was a working actress, living in a rental property on a quiet street in Toronto. She was also living an equally quiet life, but all that changed when she and Britain’s most eligible bachelor announced in November 2017 that they were engaged.
After the couple’s happy news, there were a few things Markle had to give up and get used to. She had to retire from acting, delete her social media accounts, begin royal training, and couldn’t go anywhere without paparazzi following her. But, of course, there are also tons of perks to becoming a royal and Markle seems to be enjoying all that her new life has to offer.
Here’s a look at her glamorous life with the prince.
Markle moved from a rented home to a palace
Markle lived in a modest two-story, three-bedroom home since 2011 when she began filming the USA network show Suits. But when she said “yes” to Harry, she packed up her belongings and moved from the rental property to her new digs on the grounds of Kensington Palace.
The Daily Mail reported that Markle transformed her residence with Prince Harry at Nottingham Cottage from a bachelor pad to neatly decorated “marital home.”
Next: Markle always needs to look her best.
She pampers herself with facials by famed beautician
Now that Markle is photographed just about everywhere she goes, she needs to keep her skin looking radiant and has been doing so with some trusted, million-dollar hands.
Sarah Chapman is the facialist with the hands reportedly insured for $1 million. She owns the Skinesis clinic in Sloane Square in London and has a long list of celebrity clients including Naomi Watts, Uma Thurman, Gigi Hadid, and now Markle.
A full-service treatment with Chapman costs around $500.
Next: She made friends with one of the U.K.’s most famous stars.
Markle made friends with Victoria Beckham
It’s not just facials, the soon-to-be royal also needs to keep her hair looking great. As if it’s not enough to be able to ask the queen of England or Kate Middleton where to go for the best blow dry, she can also refer to Victoria Beckham for that.
Markle and the fashion designer became pals in 2017 and Posh Spice reportedly gave her a list of the most exclusive salons to go to. The retired actress previously visited Charles Worthington Salon to have her hair done, as well as Hershesons.
Next: She loves this upscale shopping district and this supermarket.
She enjoys shopping trips and Whole Foods
What girl doesn’t love shopping? One of Markle’s favorite places to buy new clothes and other items is King’s Road and Sloane Square.
The shopping district is filled with high-end boutiques, and Markle may have gotten the word of where to go from the Middleton sisters since it’s also a favorite shopping area of theirs. Markle has been spotted in the stores by herself or with Harry’s secretary, Heather Wong, and project manager, Clara Madden.
As for her supermarket of choice, she and the prince like Whole Foods and love the fact that there is one right across the street from the palace.
Next: Markle and her fiancé take weekend getaways.
Markle and Harry go on weekend retreats
During the week when the couple has public appearances and other royal engagements, things can get pretty hectic, so they make sure to head out of the busy city on the weekends when they can to relax.
One of the places they’ve been to is Harry’s father Prince Charles’ Gloucestershire estate. The two have also visited the Cotswolds on occasion and have stayed at the Soho Farmhouse, which is a popular spot for London’s elite.
Next: They eat out, but also dine in with friends several nights a week.
The pair dines with friends a few times a week
Markle and Harry are foodies, and while they like to cook themselves, they also love dining out as a couple and dining in with friends. The pair frequents restaurants in the Soho area, and when they want to dine in, they head over to their friends’ houses in West London to do so at least twice a week.
Next: Markle’s pet gets the royal treatment now as well.
Markle’s dog lives in luxury too
When Markle moved to London, she had to go without one of her rescue dogs named Bogart. The long trip was thought be a little too much for the older dog, so Markle enlisted some friends in Canada to take care of him.
However, her beagle named Guy did move across the pond with her and is enjoying the finer things in life in his new home at Nottingham Cottage. Guy is said to have his own union flag coat and only eats organic food.
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