The One Personal Right Meghan Markle Was Forced to Sacrifice to Marry Prince Harry

When Meghan Markle married Prince Harry in May 2018, there was no doubt she was welcomed into a world full of luxury and privilege. Doors would be opened for her for the rest of her life, she would enjoy access to incredible jewels and expensive clothes that most could only dream of.

Still, the extravagance of a royal lifestyle came at a cost. Markle had to give up many of the freedoms that she enjoyed as an American actress — including one that definitely stings in these times of political unrest.

Read on to learn all of the things that Duchess Meghan had to give up to marry Prince Harry.

Meghan Markle had to give up her acting career

Meghan Markle attends the annual Remembrance Sunday memorial.
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Growing up in California as the daughter of a yoga instructor and a lighting director, Markle had dreams of Hollywood stardom. She worked hard to achieve her goals, and after many small roles in movies and television shows, she landed a prime role in the popular TV series Suits.

Her role as Rachel Zane gave Markle access to a whole new world of successful people. Markle was really able to spread her wings in the entertainment industry.

When Markle first met Prince Harry, she probably never imagined that she would be leaving her career behind. Still, they grew more and more serious. And, after a few months of dating, it seems likely that Markle probably had to start visualizing what a whole new future could look like.

Around the time of her engagement to Prince Harry, Markle archived her popular lifestyle blog, The Tig, and went dark on social media. She also stepped away from her acting career for good. After all, it was the price that she had to pay for becoming a member of the royal family and spending her life with the man that she had grown to love.

Meghan Markle had to leave her old life behind

It wasn’t just her acting career that Markle had to leave behind. Marrying Prince Harry also meant that she would spend the majority of her time in England, far away from all of her family and friends. Although Markle had spent a great deal of time in Toronto while filming Suits, many of her family members, including her mother, Doria Ragland, still lived in California. 

Markle had favorite restaurants and shops that she had to say goodbye to, and good friends that she would likely never see again. After all, becoming a member of the royal family meant that she would be on a strict schedule, meeting set deadlines and going to appointments that would be required of her.

Essentially, Markle had to leave her old life behind and begin again, entirely fresh, in a new country without any close friends nearby — with the exception of Prince Harry, of course.

What was the hardest thing for Meghan Markle to give up?

Quite possibly the most difficult thing that Markle had to give up was her right to vote in political elections. After all, Markle was an outspoken political activist from the time she was a child. And, all throughout her career, she made it a point to speak out in favor of causes that she believed in. 

Although being a royal meant that she would be able to work on behalf of charitable organizations, she would no longer be able to speak out in support of political candidates. Members of the royal family do not traditionally side with any political party or candidate, at risk of angering the queen.

For Markle, a proud Democrat, that was likely a very difficult change to make in her life. Still, she accepted the change, and so far, is going with the flow.