It’s safe to say that when entering a marriage, or any long-term romantic commitment, some concessions and compromises need to be made. For Meghan Markle, however, that list is a long one. The now-retired actress (more on that in a bit) has moved away from family and friends in Canada and the U.S. to start a new royal life with Prince Harry in the U.K. She knew what she was getting into, but the heart wants what it wants so it’s a small price to pay.
First off, Season 7 of Suits was Markle’s last. The show’s creator spoke with Radio 4’s Today and revealed that they actually worked on writing her off a year ago, as they watched Meghan and Harry’s romance blossom.
— Suits (@Suits_USA) November 28, 2017
As we already knew, Meghan packed away her home in Toronto for Nottingham Cottage, but it seems she also had to sacrifice another great love: her older dog, Bogart. According to the Prince’s communication secretary Jason Knauf during a briefing on Tuesday, her first rescue pooch will be “living with friends.” The Daily Mail added that the Palace refused to speculate as to why Bogart was not brought to the U.K. and the decision had “lots of complexity to it,” but he is believed to be too old to make the flight over.
Acclimatizing to royal life goes beyond the change in both her work and home lives. Markle will also be “baptized and confirmed” in the Church of England prior to the May wedding, Knauf added. FYI, Kate also had to be confirmed before marrying Will; she, however, was already baptized as a baby.
Meghan, who was born in Los Angeles, also plans on becoming a British citizen, but it’s unknown whether she’ll keep her U.S. citizenship after the wedding. If she does, her and Harry’s kids, should they have any, could technically be eligible for both the throne and the U.S. presidency — but that wouldn’t be for decades. We can dream, though.
Sadly, it appears as though Markle will be giving up her commitments to World Vision Global and UN Women, both of which she’s worked with for years. Instead of maintaining her own humanitarian work, Meghan will instead join Harry, Prince William and Duchess Kate‘s Royal Foundation, and her first patronage as a royal will be with it. It would be nice if she could come full circle and bring her own international charitable cred to the royal fam, no?
One thing I thought very surprising from BP press con: Meghan is ditching all the charities she’s previously worked with (UN Women and World Vision Global) as she apparently wants a “clean slate”. Her first patronage will be to join Kate, William and Harry at Royal Foundation.
— Emily Andrews (@byEmilyAndrews) November 28, 2017
If you think it’s all about wedding planning until May, think again. The two are already preparing for their first official engagement together — THIS WEEK.
Prince Harry is looking forward to introducing Ms. Markle to a community that has become very special to him.
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) November 28, 2017
Harry and Meghan will be in Nottingham on Friday where they’ll visit a charity fair and meet with people working to support those who live with HIV and AIDS. They’ll also speak to staff and mentors at Nottingham Academy about a program designed to prevent young people from turning to a life of crime. Markle may be making all kinds of life-altering changes, but at least it’s all for good.