Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s royal wedding is almost here. Markle has gone through an incredible transformation ever since she began her relationship with Prince Harry. In fact, she’s changed so much, some people are upset about it. One behavior in particular has drawn attention — and not all of the attention is positive.
Here’s one thing that’s changed the most about Meghan Markle since joining the British Royal family and the reaction she’s getting.
Life before Prince Harry
Before Markle became famous, she made ends meet by working as a wedding calligrapher. She also worked on the game show Deal or No Deal as one of their suitcase models. Markle told Esquire in a 2013 interview she chose calligraphy instead of waitressing.
I’ve always had a propensity for getting the cursive down pretty well. What it evolved into was my pseudo-waitressing job when I was auditioning. I didn’t wait tables. I did calligraphy for the invitations for, like, Robin Thicke and Paula Patton’s wedding … I would sit there with a little white tube sock on my hand, so no hand oils got on the card, trying to pay my bills while auditioning.
Next: There was a method to her job choices.
Making money moves
Although Markle had a string of odd jobs, she told Esquire she thought carefully about the types of jobs she chose. One of the reasons she chose calligraphy was because it was a skill few people have, so she knew it would be easy to find work.
Said Markle, “Oh, it’s super-lucrative. Because there are so few people doing it. What’s funny is I probably still have some calligraphy business cards floating out in the world, and I can’t wait for someone to call me in a month or something, and say, ‘Can you do these for my son’s Bar Mitzvah?’ joked Markle in her Esquire interview.
Next: Her family has this to say about Markle’s newfound fame.
What her family is saying
Friends and family say success has changed Markle. One of her most outspoken family members, half-sister Samantha Grant, seems to have a lot to say these days. According to her, Markle hasn’t spoken to Samantha or her half-brother, Thomas Jr., in years. Grant said Markle had gotten too busy to keep in touch. “I should’ve really reached out more… but I’m proud of her,” Grant told UK publication the Mirror.
Next: This person said she doesn’t recognize Meghan anymore.
Where’s the old Meghan?
Ninaki Priddy, a childhood friend of Markle’s and the maid of honor at her first wedding, told Daily Mail she misses the friendship she used to have with the future royal. She says Markle grew distant once her career took off. Priddy claims money and fame put a wedge between them. “Ninaki says she no longer recognizes the girl with whom she shared her childhood,” reports Daily Mail.
Next: This is one of the biggest changes people are upset about.
The one change people are upset about
Now that Markle is getting closer to becoming an official member of the royal family, she’s under more scrutiny than ever. One thing a lot of people are talking about are her spending habits. Some are commenting on how much she’s spending on clothes and accessories. Markle has spent more than $100,000 on her wardrobe since her engagement to Prince Harry in November 2017.
Next: This how Meghan used to be.
Her old spending habits
Markle used to be known for her frugal ways. Before becoming part of the royal family, she received a lot of attention for her affordable clothing choices. Her most affordable clothing purchases included a $15 cotton V-neck shirt from Everlane, a $29 striped shirt from J. Crew, and $40 quilted puffer vest, also from J. Crew.
Next: When Meghan did this, it caused quite a stir.
The engagement photo controversy
Most people would agree Markle and Prince Harry looked lovely in their engagement photos. However, not everyone was focused on the beauty of a couple in love. A major topic of discussion was the fact Markle wore a $75,000 Ralph & Russo gown. Her half-sister, Samantha Grant, even publicly criticized Markle for making the purchase. “If you can spend $75,000 on a dress, you can spend $75,000 on your dad,” Grant, told In Touch referring to their bankrupt father.
Next: Where does she get money for her expensive clothes?
Who’s paying for Meghan’s clothes?
You might be surprised to learn who foots the bill for Markle’s fancy wardrobe. According to People magazine, Markle pays for her clothes out of her own pocket. However, she does have help putting her flawless looks together. Assistants request options from designers, and after they choose an outfit, the rest are returned and the outfit that is worn is paid for.
Next: Here’s what happens after Meghan marries Prince Harry.
After the wedding
Once Markle and Prince Harry tie the knot, she won’t have to spend her own money on clothing. People reports her clothing budget for official outings will be paid for by the money Prince Charles gives to Prince William, Kate Middleton, and Prince Harry from his Duchy of Cornwall income of roughly $28 million. The royals are not allowed to accept clothes for free.
Next: These are some of the most expensive items Meghan purchased so far.
Some of Meghan’s most outrageous purchases
Markle has received attention for purchasing some wildly expensive outfits and accessories. Among them are a $625 pair of navy Manolo Blahnik pumps. She wore them during a Commonwealth Day church service at Westminster Abbey. She was also see wearing a $1,795 navy blue trench dress by designer Jason Wu. She wore this dress to an event for the Royal Foundation Forum. And for her visit to Buckingham Palace on Christmas day, she wore a $5,995 pair of Birks Snowflake Large Jacket Earrings. Surprisingly, as of this writing, the pricey earrings are sold out.
Next: Another royal faced similar criticism.
Kate Middleton has also faced backlash
Markle isn’t the only royal who has faced criticism for her spending habits. Kate Middleton also spends a lot of money on her wardrobe. Consequently, she was slammed for having “disgusting” shopping habits. Some of Middleton’s most expensive purchases include a $10,891 Chanel coat and a $7,765 custom Alexander McQueen dress.
Next: Meghan’s choices have had a big impact on this industry.
Meghan’s fashion choices have even crashed websites
Markle has had a significant impact on retail sales. Now that all eyes are on her, she has the attention of designers and shoppers everywhere. For example, the white coat Markle wore for her official engagement appearance with Prince Harry caused sales of the coat to spike. The website of the brand that sells the coat, Canadian brand LINE the Label, reportedly crashed within an hour. In addition, the brand said it would rename the coat “the Meghan.”
Next: Here’s another financial move some are questioning.
A big financial decision
Prince Harry made headlines after it was revealed he won’t ask Markle to sign a prenup. Although it’s great he thinks the marriage will last the test of time, it could turn out to be a bad decision. Although both Markle and Prince Harry each have their own wealth, Prince Harry is worth a lot more and his fortune could be at risk. Estimates put Prince Harry’s net worth at anywhere from $25 million to $40 million. Markle’s net worth is about $5 million.
Next: An expensive event.
How much the wedding will cost
Another big expense that’s coming up is the royal wedding. According to E! News, the costs just for security are expected to be more than $33 million. That’s about how much Prince William and Kate Middleton paid for security for their 2011 wedding. Protection included undercover police officers, snipers on roofs, and even investigations conducted by counter terrorist officers a few months before the wedding.
Next: This is the latest on the royal wedding.
The latest wedding updates
It was recently revealed that Markle and Prince Harry will have a carriage procession through Windsor after their wedding ceremony. This way they will be able to greet fans after they tie the knot. Kensington Palace shared the updates, also revealing the wedding will take place at noon at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. The reception will be held inside the castle at St. George’s Hall. A second reception will be held for close family and friends, reports the UK’s Express.
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