Meghan Markle Gave up These Things to Join the Royal Family

Meghan Markle had to give up a lot to join the royal family. And, according to Marie-Chantal, Crown Princess of Greece, she will have to continue to make sacrifices for her new family.

“She will have to move away from the world of celebrities, and Hollywood, to quietly join that of other stars: the Royal Family,” the princess told French magazine Paris Match. “She is lucky to have a modern and sensitive man at her side,” she added.

We take a look at the things Meghan Markle already sacrificed to join the royal family, ahead.

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Meghan Markle gave up her dog to move to London. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Her dog

Before becoming a member of the royal family, Meghan Markle considered her dogs, Bogart and Guy her family. However, when Meghan moved to London, she had to leave one of her fur babies behind. Due to his age, many believe that her dog, Bogart would not have adapted to life in London as easily and it was in the dog’s best interest to leave him behind in Canada with Meghan’s close friends.

“This is a permanent decision that Meghan made on her own — not an easy one at that,” a spokesman for Kensington Palace explained.

Her United States citizenship

When she joined the royal family, Meghan Markle gave up her U.S. citizenship. That said, before dating Prince Harry, Meghan had been living outside of the U.S. for quite some time. In fact, the duchess once considered Toronto home. Meghan moved to the Canadian city in 2011, after landing her role as Rachel Zane on Suits.

Her social media accounts

Public social media accounts are one of the biggest royal family no-no’s. So, after things got serious with Prince Harry, Meghan Markle gave up social media — for good. While it would have been refreshing to see royal life through Meghan’s lens, the duchess’ new schedule is far too busy to keep up with social updates. Instead, fans can follow along on the royal family’s official accounts.

To follow Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Harry, and Meghan Markle, check out @kensingtonroyal. For updates on the queen and Prince Philip, follow @theroyalfamily. And, to see what Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles are up to, follow @clarencehouse.

Meghan Markle's blog, The Tig

Meghan Markle gave up her blog, The Tig to join the royal family. | The Tig

Her blog

In addition to her social media accounts, Meghan Markle also ran a successful lifestyle blog called The Tig. Named after her favorite wine, Tignanello, the lifestyle site covered recipes, shopping lists, her favorite travel spots, and celebrity interviews with some of Meghan’s most famous friends, including Serena Williams, Yara Shahidi, and Priyanka Chopra. Meghan also used the platform to speak to some of her experiences as a biracial child.

Shortly after confirming her relationship with Prince Harry, Meghan shut down The Tig. All that remains of her successful blog is a farewell letter that reads:

“After close to three beautiful years on this adventure with you, it’s time to say goodbye to The Tig. What began as a passion project (my little engine that could) evolved into an amazing community of inspiration, support, fun and frivolity. 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.’”

Her acting career

One of the biggest things Meghan Markle had to give up to join the royal family? Her career. It is against royal family protocol to work — unless for charity — so Meghan had to give up her acting career for life as a royal. That said, joining the royal family has allowed Meghan to spend more time focusing on causes that matter to her, as much of her new title consists of charity work.

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Meghan Markle is no longer allowed to share political opinions with the public. | WHAT WE SEEE via Youtube

Her political views

Before dating — and marrying — Prince Harry, Meghan was quite political. With a particular interest in women’s rights and feminist movements, the duchess has spoken out and volunteered with various humanitarian organizations that brought women-centric topics to the forefront. However, the royal family has strict rules about getting political and asks that every member keep their views to themselves.

Despite not being allowed to voice her opinions, Meghan Markle’s political stance is reflected in some of the charities she and Prince Harry are involved with.

Her favorite food

As a California native, it should come of no surprise that one of Meghan Markle’s favorite foods is sushi. That said, joining the royal family means the duchess is no longer allowed to eat shellfish. Unfortunately, food poisoning is common in shellfish and members of royalty cannot risk getting sick before important engagements.

In addition to shellfish, members of the royal family are warned against consuming undercooked meat — including, sushi.

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