The 1 Thing Meghan Markle Had to Give Up to Marry Prince Harry May Surprise You

Marrying into the British Royal family brings with it many privileges. However, with the privileges come concessions. Meghan Markle’s life is changing drastically and will continue to change, even now that she has married Prince Harry. Here’s what Meghan’s giving up in order to be with Prince Harry.

U.S. citizenship

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Meghan Markle will no longer be a US citizen. | Meghan Markle via Instagram

That’s right, Meghan Markle will no longer be a U.S. citizen. She must apply for her citizenship in England. “I can also say she intends to become a UK citizen and will go through the process of that, which some of you may know takes a number of years,” Jason Knauf, Prince Harry’s communication’s secretary, told the BBC. One interesting fact about Meghan’s citizenship as it relates to her and Harry’s wedding is “if someone comes to the country as the fiancee of a British citizen, they must marry within six months.” Their May nuptials put Meghan under the deadline.


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Packing up and just running off to a vacation is no longer an option for Markle. | Meghan Markle via Instagram

No longer can Meghan take a weekend trip on a whim. Freedom with her time will be extremely limited. As a member of the British royal family she will have specific duties she must perform and events she’s required to attend. There’s no doubt being a member of the royal family is a full-time job.


Actress Meghan Markle attends ELLE's Annual Women in Television Celebration

Markle’s privacy will now be even more limited. | Angela Weiss/Getty Images

As a successful actress, Meghan Markle is used to having a limited amount of privacy. As she creates a new life with Prince Harry, her privacy will diminish greatly. It’s no secret everyone wants to know more about Meghan. In an unprecedented move, Harry released a statement about how Meghan’s being treated by the media. Harry’s statement makes it clear Meghan’s private life is becoming less so. There have been “attempts of reporters and photographers to gain illegal entry to her home,” the statement from Kensington Palace says.

Acting career

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Markle will have to give up acting in order to become a royal. | Meghan Markle via Instagram

Meghan will no longer continue her career as an actress. In fact, she ended her acting career before she walked down the aisle. As a main cast member on the hit television show, Suits, Meghan’s acting career was strong. Even with her continued success, Meghan is ready to be done with acting. “We were very, very fortunate to have that sort of longevity on a series…I’ve ticked this box, and I feel very proud of the work I’ve done there, and now it’s time to work with [Harry] as a team,” Markle told Sky News.

Her home

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Markle and Prince Harry will now be shacking up together. | Kensington Royal via Instagram

Suits, which is filmed in Toronto, was also the location of Meghan’s rental home. Meghan, a California native, rented a home in Toronto, up until recently. Marrying Prince Harry means Meghan’s home base will be in England. Meghan’s former home was off the market after one week, the New York Post says. Meghan now shares a home with Harry, which they affectionately call, “the cottage.”

The Tig

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Markle recently shut down her blog. | Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

Markle, a blogger, has officially shut down her website, The Tig. After blogging successfully for close to three years, her blog is no more. It’s believed Meghan’s decision to stop blogging was a direct result of her relationship with Prince Harry. She will be busier than ever before in her life, leaving little time to blog. Meghan bid the site farewell saying to readers, “You’ve made my days brighter and filled this experience with so much joy.”

Political views/activism

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Markle will still have a platform to make her voice heard. | Kensington Royal via Instagram

Meghan is outspoken in politics and an activist. As a royal, she will not vote. “Although not prohibited by law, it is considered unconstitutional for the Monarch to vote in an election,” according to the U.K’s Parliament. Even though Meghan cannot vote, she will be able to use her status as a platform to highlight causes important to her.

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