The new addition to the royal family was a fan-favorite to marry the “ultimate bachelor” of a prince. She is clearly relatable and has championed a ton of “firsts” for the royal family as the first mixed-race woman, first American, and first divorced woman to marry into the family.
However, Markle still has a ton of potential to be an incredible addition to Britain’s most famous bunch. We compiled a list of all the ways Markle was destined for royalty, including one photo that speaks for itself (page 5).
She isn’t extremely political
There was an uproar when reports surfaced alleging that Queen Elizabeth II was backing “Brexit,” the term used to describe Britain’s exit from the EU in 2016. This is because that would contradict a standard the royal family has held themselves to for years — staying out of the political matters “of the people.” Buckingham Palace denied the report in this statement: “The Queen remains politically neutral as she has for 63 years. … The referendum is a matter for the British people to decide.”
Markle notably backed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump in the 2016 election, however, other than a few Instagram posts on the subject, she remained focused on championing human rights over jumping party lines (which we’ll explore next). It’s unclear if she will need to refrain from engaging in American politics now that she’s married into the royal family, however, she’ll likely be required to stay hush on British political matters.
Markle backs various causes
Princes Harry, William, and Duchess Kate Middleton all partner with Heads Together, a cause dedicated to advocating with and fostering conversation about mental health. While it’s still unclear what role Markle will play in Heads Together now that she is married to Harry, she is no stranger to humanitarianism and actually backs a few causes of her own.
“She is also a campaigner with a variety of humanitarian interests and won’t want her marriage to limit her ability to speak out and support various causes – particularly those of gender equality,” BBC royal correspondent Daniela Relph said. Markle has been named global ambassador for World Vision, is an advocate for UN Women, and acts as a counselor for One Young World, a U.K.-based charity.
Next: She’s leaving on a jet plane.
She likes to travel
The royal family’s 2017 travel budget was $5.8 million — and Will and Kate even fly commercial airlines! In 2016, Queen Elizabeth carried out 33 engagements abroad while Prince Phillip traveled to engage in an astounding 147 international engagements.
Markle will likely join the Prince of Wales on his numerous international duties now that they are married. Lucky for the royal family, she is no stranger to travel. In fact, Markle and Prince Harry reportedly began their romance while on a trip to Botswana and have since visited Norway, and Montego Bay, among other destinations. “My mom was a travel agent, so off-the-beaten-path travel has always been a big part of my life,” Markle told Allure.
Next: Hold onto your hat, Kate Middleton.
She dresses the part
Markle has shown her potential as a style star time and time again: Her classic white-collared shirt on denim for the Invictus Games, a classy sleeveless dress and matching lace-up pumps at the World Vision event, and a head-to-toe white two-piece ensemble at the World MasterCard Fashion Week. We’re already hoping she and the Duchess of Cambridge will combine forces to make some type of royal fashion cheat sheet — Markle can use her blogging skills, after all.
The real royal pièce de résistance came shortly after Markle and Prince Harry announced their engagement. Markle attended the Christmas Day Church service with the prince in camel colored suede heeled boots, a long tan peacoat, and a hat fit for a queen (or, at least, a duchess).
Next: The photo that shows Markle was meant to be royal.
She looks great in a tiara
— Meghans Mirror (@MeghansMirror) January 11, 2018
No, Markle didn’t raid the queen’s tiara closet (assuming she has a closet dedicated to her headwear a la The Princess Diaries). A photo surfaced of Markle’s high school homecoming where she was crowned Queen, naturally.
Markle pulls off the tiara with a blue strapless dress and necklace that matches the crown perfectly. Looks like she was already dressing like royalty over a decade before her engagement.
Next: She can hang with the crowds.
She’s a social butterfly
Queen Elizabeth carried out a staggering 341 “engagements” (the catch-all term for events) in 2015, The Telegraph revealed, including hosting heads of state, taking the aforementioned trips, throwing parties at the palace, presenting awards, etc. And that was just the queen alone.
Markle will be expected to show her face and interact at all royal functions that Harry must attend as well as the trips and engagements the two will embark on together. The former actress is a self-proclaimed “social butterfly,” and was active on social media as well as in-person until she had to shut down her accounts, likely because no other royals have their own personal accounts.
Next: Markle may be a social butterfly, but she seems to be comfortable staying in.
But she can appreciate a good night in
When they aren’t taking on royal engagements, the family is usually staying out of the spotlight in one of their various palaces, most notably Kensington Palace where they primarily reside. Probably resting their feet and hanging out in sweatpants, taking a break from the designer clothing they usually don, we’d assume.
Markle was made for royal relaxation it turns out. Case in point, the story of Markle and Prince Harry’s engagement. The two were spending a low-key night roasting chicken at Kensington Palace’s Nottingham Cottage when Harry popped the question.
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