Meghan Markle is fully immersed in life as a royal, but living under the crown might not be what she expected it to be. The former actress’ life has changed drastically over the past several months, and she’s still getting used to all of the changes. After leaving behind Hollywood and her role as Rachel Zane on the long-running USA series, Suits, Markle has also shuttered her lifestyle blog, closed down her social media accounts, and ended her partnerships with various brands.
Clearly, there is a lot the philanthropist is willing to do for love, and anyone can see how much she and Prince Harry adore one another. However, the rules, codes, and regulations that come with being a member of the royal family may have left her feeling stifled and confined.
A Nottingham prison
Though Markle was relatively well-known for her work on Suits, filming and living in Toronto provided her with a decent amount of anonymity. She was able to move about her day, running errands, and hanging out with friends without the world watching her every move. All of that changed overnight.
According to The Independent, “[She is] relatively confined within the gates of Kensington Palace, where she and Harry live in a two-bedroom property Nottingham Cottage. And she has turned to Harry’s stepmother Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, for practical advice.”
Next: Will she have to give up this valuable piece of her identity?
Goodbye U.S. citizenship?
Her career isn’t the only thing Markle was expected to give up now that she’s a royal. She will also be turning in her U.S. passport for one that says U.K. Since the royal couple lives in London, it makes sense that she would go through the process of becoming a full U.K. citizen.
It’s too early to say if Markle will have to give up her U.S. citizenship altogether, or if she will be able to remain a dual citizen.
Next: No manual for handling royal life
A pre-wedding crash course
If there is one thing that has kept Markle steady on this new journey, it’s Prince Harry. However, that doesn’t mean she didn’t experience some pre-wedding jitters. Unlike her sister-in-law, Duchess Kate Middleton who had a decade to adjust to life as a royal, Markle got a crash course in just a few months.
The Independent reported, “Meghan may appear confident when on royal walkabouts, but she does have some pre-wedding butterflies – not about Harry, but about her new life. As [Princess] Diana once famously said, ‘there is no manual,’ so Camilla is the best thing Meghan has. [Duchess] Camilla is happy to help.”
Next: When boredom strikes
Nothing to do
Markle had a full and robust life before meeting Prince Harry. Though she attended a handful of informal royal engagements, outside of wedding preparations, her daily itinerary was rather stale prior to the wedding, which must be quite alarming for someone who is used to working long days on a television set.
An insider told The Independent, “KP [Kensington Palace] is beautiful, but when Meghan wakes up she has nowhere to go. She can’t potter about on the High Street, attend gym classes, or jog around Hyde Park. Instead, she is confined to yoga at home or visits to Kate and William in Apartment 1A.”
Next: Tea with the duchess
Bonding with Duchess Kate
Though Duchess Kate and Prince William are only a short walk away, the couple is currently preoccupied with parenting their children, Princes George and Louis and Princess Charlotte.
Still, Markle has been able to be a source of comfort for the duchess while she suffered from severe morning sickness during her third pregnancy. According to US Weekly, Markle often pops over to sit with the duchess and share a cup of tea. “She shares tips she’s read about healthy eating,” the publication writes.
Next: Heightened security
A target for hate
Markle is perhaps one of the most outspoken and modern members of the royal family that we’ve seen in a long while. Older than her husband by three years, Markle is American, divorced, and of mixed-race heritage. As a result, she has been a target of racist attacks and unfortunately, a terrible hate crime.
Palace officials recently intercepted a threatening message sent to Markle and Prince Harry that contained racist commentary and a white powder substance. Because of this incident, Markle will have to deal with even tighter security.
British security expert Robert Jobson told Us Weekly, “Meghan is just a lovely woman who wants to marry the man she loves, she’s hurting no one. This will have an impact on security to just make them more aware that there could be a threat.”
Next: Markle will need to avoid this touchy topic in public.
No more politics
The British royal family is expected to remain neutral in political matters, at least in public and when it comes to voting. Though there is nothing specific in British law saying the royal family can’t vote, it’s widely considered unconstitutional for them to do so. They also can’t hold any type of political office.
Next: A more robust schedule
Filling up her time
Prior to her nuptials, Markle may have had to spend several months merely hanging about. Luckily, Prince Harry and the palace are sensitive to all of the hoops she’s jumped through to adjust her life and be by the prince’s side. As a result, it looks like Markle’s calendar should begin to fill up.
The couple joined Prince Willam and Duchess Kate in their first official royal engagement in February 2018. They attended the inaugural Royal Foundation Forum and took the stage together to talk about topics including, “projects they are currently working on, and their ambitions for the future.”
Next: Lucky for Markle, the royal atmosphere is changing for the better.
Though Markle gave up quite a bit to become Prince Harry’s wife, she won’t have to give up as much as Prince Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana. In fact, the monarchy and Queen Elizabeth herself have become more liberal in the recent years. The British monarchy now encourages female royals to lean in.
Royal observer Sally Bedell Smith told Moneyish, “The monarchy has never been more popular, and that has to do with their ability to capture the public imagination and admiration.”
Additional reporting by Becca Bleznak.
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