Meghan Markle and Prince Harry tied the knot on Saturday, on May 19, in the most long-awaited event of the year! Their wedding is only the beginning of a long and happy life. However, Meghan Markle had to give up her old lifestyle and adjust to the new life of the British royalty.
For one thing, Meghan was an American actress who never had any ties to British royalty or even to Britain itself. So one would imagine that a lot of things was new to her and there is much more to get used to after the marriage.
Here are some of the ways Meghan's life has changed after she officially became the Duchess of Sussex.
1. She gave up her acting career
Markle confirmed she was quitting acting during her and Prince Harry's engagement interview. She starred in the TV legal drama Suits for seven seasons.
2. She won't be active in politics
As a member of the royal family, you are not allowed to discuss some political views publicly. You also cannot vote or run for office.
3. She will have security with her at all time
Where she usually went about her way without having a need for bodyguards, she will now have to accept that there will be guards on her 24/7 for protection.
4. Her official name has changed
Even though Kate Middleton is still often referred to by her name, her official name is actually, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, because the royal family only stick with the first name. Meghan Markle is now the Duchess of Sussex, and this is one more thing she needs to get used to.
5. Her wardrobe changed
Where she was once comfortable with short skirts and questionable outfits, she had to class things up after her engagement with the Prince.
6. No more selfies
It is considered a breach of protocol to take selfies or even sign autographs.
7. Her humanitarian efforts will be in the spotlight
Before even meeting Prince Harry, Meghan has been interested in humanitarian activities. And now, we will learn so much more about them.
8. She will have to attend royal events
The royal family organizes multiple royal events all year round and now we can expect to see Meghan on the guest list.
9. She will gain 'aunt' status
After marriage, she has become an aunt to the adorable Princess Charlotte and Prince George.
10. She can't play monopoly
Evidently, this game has been banned among the royal family because it can get way too competitive.
11. No more PDA (maybe)
Holding hands in public is usually frowned upon by the royal family. But Harry and Meghan have already broken that particular protocol a few times so we really can't say for sure if marriage will change things.
12. She had to be baptized
Meghan was raised as a Protestant. However, as a member of the royal family, she was baptized into the church of England.
13. She will become a British citizen
The British Royal Family has actually confirmed this development.
14. The scrutiny
Meghan herself admitted, during the engagement interview, that all the attention and scrutiny she has been facing were quite unexpected. We doubt this will let up anytime soon.
15. No magazine covers
Meghan covered Vanity Fair last year, where she talked about her love for Harry. We don't think this will be happening again.
When a person gets married, a few changes are to be expected. In this case, Meghan has become an actual royalty and we bet she does not mind making a few adjustments for this purpose.