One moment you're working on your acting career, and the next you're set up on a blind date with a prince. As they say, the rest is history (literally). Meghan Markle's life has already gone through a series of changes while dating and becoming engaged to Prince Harry, but she's about to go through an even bigger transformation when she *officially* becomes royalty in May. From her strict fashion choices to no selfies (yes, it's a thing), here's 30 ways Meghan Markle's world is about to be turned upside down.
In her and Prince Harry's engagement interview, Markle revealed she had decided to quit acting, which is clearly a huge part of her life. The Suits actress starred on the legal drama for seven seasons beginning in 2011. You can see the hilarious engagement news reaction from her co-star Patrick J. Adams here.
Not *quite* as intense as the Secret Service, but pretty close. Hello, bodyguards.
Once you're married to a royal, you can't be active in politics or discuss specific political views publicly. They also don't vote and can't run for office. (So we won't be seeing President Markle in our lifetime.)
Perhaps one of the most life-changing events she'll go through. Royals only use a first name, but she won't be considered a princess since she doesn't have royal blood. (Also bet ya didn't know her real name is actually Rachel Meghan Markle. 😱)
Markle graduated from Northwestern University in 2003 with a degree in theater and international studies. Her sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma, just released this portrait of her from her sophomore year and it's gold.
Markle has had interesting pre-royal fashion choices over the years.
A royal? In jeans? The horror.
The royal family has to sit and arrive in a room in order of succession of the throne.
...like she does here in 2014. (And those cameras behind her will definitely be on her instead.)
...where she'll pretend she's a hostage and learn how to handle any dangerous situations. So it seems those acting skills will come in handy.
“My mother raised me to be a global citizen, with eyes open to sometimes harsh realities,” she wrote in a post on her former lifestyle site, The Tig.
In 2016, she became the Global Ambassador for World Vision Canada, presented at United Nations Headquarters for the HeforShe Gender Equality Campaign in September 2014, and on a USO tour in December 2014. 👏
Though it's unclear whether she shut it down because she knew she was becoming a royal or simply didn't have enough time to manage it, she wrote a heartfelt message to her readers: "After close to three beautiful years on this adventure with you, it's time to say goodbye to The Tig. What began as a passion project (my little engine that could) evolved into an amazing community of inspiration, support, fun and frivolity."
She continues, "You've made my days brighter and filled this experience with so much joy. Keep finding those Tig moments of discovery, keep laughing and taking risks, and keep being 'the change you wish to see in the world.' Above all, don't ever forget your worth—as I've told you time and time again: you, my sweet friend, you are enough."
Incase there’s a sudden death. (Morbid, we know.)
...like the Queen’s birthday parade AKA Trooping the Colour.
...and attend mental health awareness events like this one. The foundation, which encourages charitable causes, was set up in 2009 and is headed by the Duke and Duchess as well as Prince Harry. It's only fitting Markle would join them.
"I'm not a regular aunt, I'm a cool aunt."
Say it with us: "I am the daughter-in-law of Princess Diana." Just let that sink in.
True story. It gets way too competitive between the royals, so the board game is banned.
Nothing to see here.
The British Royal family has confirmed this. There’s also a theory that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s future children could become British royalty AND be able run for U.S. president (!!!).
Not Christmas day, according to this royal tradition. 🎄
We enjoy seeing Hamilton with Priyanka Chopra, too.
(Well, at least posting about them.)
Breaking traditional royal protocol once again, Markle talked about her relationship with Harry before they were even engaged.
If the Queen stands, Meghan stands. P.S. they have met multiple times, and the Queen totally approves of her. Here's hoping we catch a glimpse of them together soon!