This Secret Religious Ceremony Just Made Meghan Markle Even More Like British Royalty
Despite reports that her engagement to Prince Harry was unconventional for the royal family, Meghan Markle becomes more like British royalty every day. She has done a number of things to acclimate to her new life as her wedding looms.
One recent ceremony remained under the radar — until now. Markle has become even more like British royalty than ever before (page 6).
1. She gave up her personal social media accounts
Before she was engaged to a prince, Markle ran The Tig, a lifestyle blog that showcased her greatest passions: health, travel, and food. She plausibly followed “royal protocol” by wiping all of her accounts: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram among them.
You can read or follow any Markle news via the Kensington Palace twitter (or any media outlets who report on her). However, you’ll no longer get Meghan Markle news from the source, it seems.
Next: Markle made a career switch.
2. She quit acting
Markle starred as Rachel Zane in Suits and, much to the dismay of fans (and paralegals everywhere), she will exit at the end of season 7. The former actress explained why she chose to quit acting: she can spend her time on causes that have been “very important” to her. “You realize that as you have … a voice that people are willing to listen to, [it comes with] a lot of responsibility,” she said.
Markle said she didn’t see her career switch as “giving anything up,” but rather a new period of her life. “For me, once we hit the 100 episode marker, I thought, I have ticked this box and I feel really proud of the work we’ve done there and now it’s time to work as a team with [Harry].”
3. She’s adopting British fashion
Markle has begun sporting A-line dresses, peacoats, and hats galore since she and the prince announced their engagement. As The Cut reports, she has added her own Canadian twist to her style (the American lived in Toronto while shooting the drama Suits).
John Muscat, the Canadian designer of LINE the Label, recently renamed a coat “The Meghan” after Markle wore it for her engagement reveal. “I was surprised that she chose to wear our coat for such an incredible announcement. She’s bringing a little bit of Canada with her to London,” he said.
4. She’ll become a British citizen
Meghan Markle is the first American royal-to-be since 1937. While Americans will always hold Markle near-and-dear to our hearts, she will become a British citizen before marrying Prince Harry.
Kensington Palace said that when it comes to becoming a citizen, Markle will be treated like every other American and will be “compliant with immigration at all times,” according to Prince Harry’s communication’s secretary Jason Knauf. “I can also say she intends to become a UK citizen and will go through the process of that,” he said. Markle allegedly claims she’ll retain her U.S. citizenship in order to take dual nationality.
Next: Meghan is adopting this unconventional British custom.
5. She’ll meet Harry’s two ex-girlfriends
Many found it unconventional that Prince Harry invited his two serious ex-girlfriends — Chelsy Davy and Cressida Bonas — to his wedding. However, it appears it’s royal custom to invite exes, especially those who run in the posh inner circle, to your nuptials.
Her wedding may mark the first time Markle meets Harry’s former lovers, however, she doesn’t seem too concerned. Daily Mail correspondent Richard Eden spoke with a friend of Harry’s who doesn’t “think Meghan will mind” that the two women are present at her wedding.
Next: The recent secret ceremony that furthered Meghan’s journey to British royalty.
6. She was baptized
Markle became a full-on member of the Church of England on March 6 when she was secretly baptized at St. James’ Palace in London. Prince Harry stood by her side and her future father-in-law was reportedly there to support with his wife Camilla.
Markle attended a Roman Catholic high school, however, she was raised Protestant. According to CNN, it wasn’t required that she convert. The bride-to-be announced she would be baptized before her wedding when she and Harry got engaged.
The wedding will be influenced by both countries
The wedding is shaping up to be a solid mix of American influence and British perfection. Prince Harry and Markle hired California-native Claire Ptak to bake their wedding cake. While Ptak was raised American, she currently lives in London — just like Markle.
The two will marry at Windsor Castle, the same place that Harry’s father, Prince Charles, married his current wife, Camilla Parker Bowles.
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