The whole world is still buzzing about the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, now formally known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. The event, which took place on May 19, was anticipated by people around the globe and was one of the most covered occasions of the year.
But now that the couple has tied the knot and is stepping into married life, this also means a new royal life for American actress Meghan Markle. What changes are in store for her? Here are some adjustments that the new Duchess will have to make now that she’s royalty.
1. So long, selfies and social media
While all the guests and supporters at the wedding proved that everyone loves taking photos of the new couple, they can’t take photos of themselves. Meghan’s days of Snapchat filters are long gone now that she’s royalty.
And speaking of Snapchat, this ban also applies to social media as well. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram — you name it. The Duchess has already shut down her blog, The Tig, as well as her Instagram account. One just can’t expect royals to be posting about their daily lives online, and it’s just a rule that’s accepted even by the newest members of the Royal Family.
2. Dresscode, dresscode, dresscode
One of the most obvious and biggest adjustments Meghan will have to make is with regards to her wardrobe choices. The Duchess, who was quite fashion forward in her pre-Harry days, will have to ditch the ripped jeans and leather skirts for longer hemlines and hats. One wardrobe requirement that the Queen especially wants followed is the wearing of nude stockings by all female members of the Royal Family. Meghan has already broken this rule once during their engagement photos, but it seems now that she’s officially a royal, she’s adhering to the rules.
3. Always on the Queen’s time
The new royal protocols that the new Duchess has to adjust to don’t just affect her when she’s out in public, but also her private life as well. Whenever she, or anyone for that matter, is in the same location or house as the Queen, they cannot eat after Her Highness has stopped eating and they cannot retire to bed before Her Highness either.
4. No politics, please
While Meghan was very active in voicing out her political stances prior to her life with Harry, she will have to stay mum about the topic from now on. Following the Queen’s requirement to stay strictly neutral with regards to political matters, the whole Royal Family cannot vote, comment on politics, or stand for election.
5. Dropping the act
Now that Meghan is officially a Duchess, she simply can’t pursue her former acting career anymore — but it wasn’t a decision she seems to regret. In their engagement interview with BBC, Meghan said: “I don't see it as giving anything up. I just see it as a change. It's a new chapter." While acting was certainly a big part of the Duchess’ life, being married to Harry and her life of Royalty will now take center stage.
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