Meghan Markle Made These Major Sacrifices to Marry Prince Harry

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s marriage appears to be a picture-perfect fairytale but it didn’t come without some major sacrifices on Markle’s part. The biggest sacrifice was, of course, giving up her career as an actress, but it was much more than just leaving a job behind.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wedding day
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle | OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images

Prince Harry met Meghan Markle

Prince Harry and Markle first started dating in 2016 when they were set up on a blind date, with the actress later revealing in their post-engagement interview that they “should protect her [their matchmaker’s] privacy and not reveal too much of that.”

Harry explained:  “We met once and then twice back-to-back, two dates in London” in July 2016, with Markle adding, “It was definitely a set-up. It was a blind date.”

Markle’s friend asked if she was interested in meeting Prince Harry and she had one very important condition, that he had to be nice. She noted: “I didn’t know much about him so the only thing that I had asked her when she said she wanted to set us up was, I had one question: ‘Well, is he nice?’ because if he wasn’t kind it just didn’t seem like it would make sense.”

Markle left her acting career behind

Markle had a successful acting career at the time, best known for her role on the TV show Suits. In a 2015 interview with Best Health, Markle remarked how “shooting on set” was part of a “perfect day” for the actress.

She explained: “I love to work, to be honest. On my perfect day, I would wake up late, take my dogs for a walk, do some yoga and have a great sashimi lunch. And, because I love to work, if I was able to go and shoot one scene, then that would be fantastic for a little creative impulse.”

She continued: “Then I would have a really great dinner with friends. I love to cook. I’m pretty low-key. I travel so much that, in my downtime, I really relish the quiet.”

Markle left that love of work and being creative in her career behind when she and Harry were set to get married, making her final appearance as Rachel Zane in Apri 2018 and getting married to Prince Harry in May.

She gave up her lifestyle blog

Perhaps less of a sacrifice was Markle’s decision to shut down her lifestyle blog The Tig, which she once described as “a passion project.”

The website was shut down in April 2017, six months after her relationship with Prince Harry was officially announced. She wrote in the site’s final post: “What began as a passion project (my little engine that could) evolved into an amazing community of inspiration, support, fun and frivolity.”

She added: “You’ve made my days brighter and filled this experience with so much joy. Keep finding those Tig moments of discovery, keep laughing and taking risks, and keep being the change you wish to see in the world.”

The blog was definitely a labor of love, as she shared with Best Health: “The concept was really to have a hub for all the things I find exciting. There’s no strategy to it, which is perhaps the reason for its success.”

She added: “It just organically comes from me about the things I want to share. The think pieces I write about empowerment and self-identification are the real heart of the site. Maybe [readers] come to the site because they’re in search of the perfect blowout, but they end up walking away from it thinking, ‘I’m enough. Wow, that’s a great reminder.’ For me, that has been the real joy.”

Markle found that very fulfilling, remarking: “It’s great if they like my clothes or my hairstyle, but at the end of the day, when all that stuff is gone, let’s talk about what’s really important. Thankfully, The Tig is an outlet for me to start that conversation candidly.”