Meghan Markle is by far one of the most popular celebrities to come out of the woodwork this year. Before her romance with Prince Harry, no one really knew who she was, unless you watched her USA legal drama, Suits. But now that she’s about to become Prince Harry’s future wife, she’s a household name on both sides of the ponds. It’s a drastic change to the life that she’s currently used to. And for a lot of royal fans and critics alike, it’ll be interesting to see if Meghan will adapt to her new lifestyle and her new title as a royal. It is hard to imagine an actress entering the world of the British royal family. As we all know, the royal family is a family like no other. The moment you step out of line, they will spit you out like a stale piece of buttercream sponge cake.
With that being said, here are 20 reasons why we think Meghan Markle won’t be able to survive as a member of the British royal family. Sure, she’s got Prince Harry to rely on, but she’s not only marrying him. She’s marrying the entire British royal family. She’ll have to adapt to their rules and regulations and as Meghan will soon learn, it won’t be easy. Check out our list below and let us know what you think in our comments section.
20 She’ll Be Forced To Keep Quiet
It doesn’t matter if Meghan Markle will be in a position that she wants or doesn’t want to be in: she’ll be forced to keep quiet. As a member of the British royal family, Meghan will have to oblige with the monarchy’s rules and regulations. As Prince Harry’s wife, her main obligation is to serve the United Kingdom and not give her opinion about public matters. And she sure has them, as we know because of her past.
It’s without a doubt that for someone like Meghan Markle, this is going to be hard. After all, she used to be one of the most outspoken actresses in the entertainment world. She had her opinions and she wasn’t afraid to speak out about them, regardless of what they were. But that will all soon end the moment she marries Prince Harry.
19 She Can’t Express Her Opinions
Whenever a national or international tragedy occurs, many Hollywood actors and actresses like to voice their support or disdain on social media. After all, those in the entertainment industry are sometimes the first people to say anything when it comes to big, headline news. And Meghan was no different. She made it no secret that she wasn’t a fan of the current American administration, that she supported women’s rights, and that she wanted to make the world a better place.
But now the only opinion that Meghan will have is the one that comes from her future husband’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth. Meghan Markle won’t even be able to grant an interview without it being pre-approved by the Queen of England herself. For someone like Meghan, that’s going to be frustrating for sure.
18 She Won’t Be Able To Go Back To Hollywood
If Meghan was hoping that she could pull double duty as both an actress in Hollywood and a royal princess in London, that’s not going to happen. In fact, Meghan will have to kiss her Hollywood goals and aspirations goodbye in order to become a full-time royal instead. Meghan already has one foot out the door. She announced that she won’t be returning for the next season of the long-running USA legal drama Suits. Meghan was with the show since 2011 as her character Rachel Zane.
Of course, the only way Meghan will be able to return to Hollywood is if she pulls the plug on her royal marriage. But it might not be that easy. By the time that happens, everyone will have labeled Meghan as a royal and not as the actress she used to be.
17 She’ll Have Much Less Time With Friends
Before she met Prince Harry, Meghan was basically free to do whatever she wanted, whenever she wanted. But that’s not the case anymore. With a full royal schedule of different duties, obligations and public appearances, she won’t even have personal time for herself, let alone any for her friends.
Meghan used to be very tight with her A-list circle of friends, including her former Suits co-star Patrick J. Adams, Serena Williams and Priyanka Chopra. But now that she’s going to be a royal princess, Meghan will be lucky if she even gets to bump into them on the red carpet. She can kiss all of those Hollywood parties and get togethers goodbye. Her Saturday night will be reserved for playing board games with Harry, Prince William and Kate Middleton. Well, that’s only if they can still get along!
16 She’ll Have More Restrictions
Meghan Markle is already feeling the restrictions that have been put on her life. She’s not even married to Prince Harry yet, but already the royal family has made it clear that she needs to be more of a private than public person. Meghan was forced to shut down her lifestyle blog, The Tig. She’s also stopped interacting with her fans on social media. Meghan is no longer posting or sharing photos on her Instagram, Twitter and Facebook accounts.
As a matter of fact, Meghan’s Twitter and Instagram accounts have been deactivated and wiped out all together. Her entire social media presence is gone and we have a feeling that this wasn’t up to her. As a future royal, Meghan is already learning that she needs to play by the Queen’s rules, whether she likes it or not.
15 She’ll Have To Keep Up Appearances
As Kate Middleton has already learned, being a royal is all about keeping up appearances. Even if you just had the worst fight with your royal husband, you can’t let the world know. Whatever happens behind closed doors must stay behind closed doors. Kate Middleton and Prince William have been doing a great job of keeping a united front whenever they are in public. Now, that’s not to say that they are faking it. But surely they can’t be that happy and in love with each other all the time, right?
With Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, it will be the same thing. Meghan will have to learn to keep up appearances and eventually she might grow tired of it. She might be an actress, but for Meghan it won’t be easy trying to convince the world that you utterly love everyone in the royal family all the time.
14 She’ll Have To Bow Down To Kate Middleton
This has got to be toughest part of Meghan Markle’s future job. As the future Queen of England, there’s a strong possibility that Kate Middleton will make Meghan Markle bow down to her each and every time she steps inside a room. Now, we don’t know if Kate will make Meghan do this for sure, but one thing is for certain: the Duchess has seniority over her. And knowing Kate Middleton, she might want to exercise that seniority over Meghan. After all, Kate will probably want to remind her new sister-in-law that she was there first. She knows the royal family better and longer and she knows what kind of games they play behind closed doors.
Also, should Meghan become the more popular royal wife, Kate might retaliate. After all, if there’s one thing that Kate loves the most, it’s making headlines.
13 She’ll Have To Deal With Jealousy
Speaking of Kate Middleton, there’s a good chance that she might already be jealous of all the attention Meghan Markle has been getting in the press. There’s no way that the Duchess will allow Meghan to push her out of the spotlight that she loves so much. It’s the attention she gets from the media that she loves the most about her job.
Also, she’s had the spotlight all to herself for the last five years now. It’ll be interesting to see if Kate will make a little room for Meghan. So far it hasn’t happened and according to critics, they are not holding their breath. There’s only room for one Queen and so far Kate Middleton has made it pretty apparent that it’s for her. Meghan will have to claw her way to the top, so to speak.
12 Camilla Parker-Bowles: Friend Or Foe?
While it’s doubtful that Meghan Markle will have Kate Middleton to lean on as a friend and a confidant, there’s a good chance that she might have a relationship with her husband’s mother-in-law, Camilla Parker-Bowles. Just like Meghan, Camilla was an outsider to the royal family. According to some people, she’s still an outsider because they just can’t forgive her for allegedly ruining Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s marriage, even though it was already past the point of no return.
For Meghan, she might see Camilla more as a friend than a foe. That’s because Camilla knows where Meghan is coming from. She’s American, she’s a Hollywood actress and she’s someone who has no experience with the royal family. We see Camilla taking Meghan under her wings and giving her the guidance she will desperately need.
11 She Can’t Push Boundaries With Her Clothing Anymore
Let’s face it: as a Hollywood star, Meghan Markle used to love showing off to her fans both on social media and on the red carpet. The more alluring the look, the better. For someone like Meghan, she knew it was all part of her persona as a television actress. She knew pretty well who her audience was and what they wanted.
Of course, she can’t do that anymore. Meghan knows that as a royal princess, hemlines matter! There’s no way that she’ll ever be able to show her knees in public again. Her wardrobe is going to completely change. However, it will be put to Meghan as far as what direction she wants to go in. She can continue to have a modern, stylish look or she can be like Kate Middleton and go heavy on the tweed dresses and coats.
10 She Can't Reach Out
Meghan Markle knows that the public is going to be watching her each and every move from now on. She won’t be able to pop into her local Tesco store for some groceries or to catch the latest flick at the box office. She can basically kiss her freedom goodbye because as a royal, someone out there will always be calculating her steps.
It might sound a little scary and bizarre, but that’s the price you pay for being a member of the British monarchy. We’ve all seen what happened to Princess Diana after she married Prince Charles, right? Plus, Meghan won’t be able to reach out to her friends and family much. The only person she’ll have to rely on is Prince Harry. And that might be both a good and a bad thing.
9 The Press Will Eat Her Alive
If there is one thing that Meghan Markle will learn pretty quickly, it’s that the press is ruthless. If she doesn’t watch her ever step, they will eat her alive. It happened to Princess Diana and it happened to Prince Andrew’s ex-wife Sarah Ferguson. And if Meghan doesn’t watch out, it might happen to her as well.
But then again, Meghan is a Hollywood actress. She knows how the press works and she knows how to say the right things when they need to be said. She’s been trained for this line of work. It’ll just be interesting to see if she has the stamina to ignore all of the haters and the bad press that will come her way. If not, she will be crushed, and not in a good way, of course.
8 She’ll Often Be Compared To Princess Diana
For Meghan, this might be a good or bad thing, depending on how she views it. A lot of people will compare her to Prince Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana. As a matter of fact, Meghan Markle will get more comparisons to Princess Diana than Kate Middleton has had so far. That’s because Meghan and Diana have one thing in common: they are incredibly compassionate about their charity work. Just like Diana, Meghan wants to make the world a better place and she’s been working with several different charities throughout her years as an actress. Kate, unfortunately, hasn’t displayed that kind of passion the same way Meghan has in public.
It’ll be up to Meghan if she wants to follow on Princess Diana’s footsteps. And if she doesn’t, the press will definitely give her a hard time about it.
7 She’ll Learn How To Smile And Wave… And That’s It
As a member of the British royal family, you have two very important jobs: you have to learn how to wave in public and you have to learn how to smile in public. And you have to learn how to repeat these two basic elements all the time and especially during your royal engagements. It might get repetitive, but it’s also part of the job description.
For someone like Meghan Markle, she might quickly grow frustrated with this. As an actress, yes, she’s used to this kind of attention, but she doesn’t want to be a robotic doll at the same time. She wants to do something, say something and be part of the dialogue. But as Prince Harry’s wife, she’ll have to learn to stay mute. And that might not last very long for someone so outspoken like Meghan.
6 She Might Get Homesick
This has got to be the toughest part of Meghan Markle’s new life. Sure, she’ll have a life that’s full of royal jewels and all the finest luxuries that life can offer, but at the same time there’s a chance that she’ll be utterly homesick. As a member of the royal family, she won’t be able to grab the next flight out of London to visit her friends and family back home in Los Angeles. She won’t have those kind of choices anymore. She’ll be stuck in London, whether she likes it or not.
What’s more, Meghan won’t be able to make any Starbucks coffee runs without getting attention. She won’t be able to shop at Whole Foods or Target. And she certainly won’t have the California coastline or In-N-Out at her fingertips anymore.
5 She’ll Have To Drop Her Accent
Not only will Meghan Markle get homesick, but she’ll also have to drop her American accent, too. But for Meghan, that might not be very hard. After all, she’s a trained actress. She’s used to being someone that she isn’t because she’s been doing that in front of the television cameras for years now.
But then again, it might not be very hard for Meghan to switch from American English to British English. After all, she’ll be spending a lot of time with her new husband Prince Harry and his family. Sooner or later she’ll be dropping the cookies for biscuits. She’ll also be strolling on footpaths and not sidewalks. She’ll slowly but surely also lose her California twang to sound more posh with her pronunciation. It’s all part of her princess transformation.
4 She’ll Have to Adapt A More Posh Persona
Speaking of sounding posh, Meghan Markle will have to adapt an entirely new posh persona, too. For someone like Meghan Markle, this might be hard because she always grew up as an outsider. She was never part of the “in” crowd, so to speak. But that’s all about to change. She’ll soon be married to one of the most important men in the royal family and she’ll have to act the part as well.
Meghan once said, “Just as black and white, when mixed, make grey, in many ways that's what it did to my self-identity: it created a murky area of who I was, a haze around how people connected with me. I was grey. And who wants to be this indifferent color, devoid of depth and stuck in.”
3 She Might Grow Tired Of The Façade
It doesn’t matter who you are, or where you come from: everyone grows tired of the façade. And for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, it will be hard for them to always pretend that they are in their honeymoon stage. Things might be great for them right now, but will it be the same a few short years from now?
Plus, Meghan has never pretended to be someone she’s not. She’s not a high-end society woman or lady who loves to lunch. She’s different. She once said, “Some women are able to wake up looking effortlessly chic – as though a bevy of fashion fairies twisted their low-lit locks into a messy chignon while they slept. They choose a frock from their exceptionally curated closet and leave a trail of custom fragrance and perfection in their wake.”
2 She’ll Need Survival Skills
Meghan once said in the past, “At the end of the day, if the guy is going to write the girl a letter, whether it's chicken scratch or scribble or looks like a doctor's note, if he takes the time to put pen to paper and not type something, there's something so incredibly romantic and beautiful about that.”
From what we know so far, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s love story is pretty organic. He didn’t have to wine and dine her in order to get her attention. Their love blossomed the way you’d expect, despite the distance between them. But now that they are getting married, Meghan’s life is going to change drastically. She’ll need to learn new survival skills in order to make it in the royal family. She won’t be able to live off of Prince Harry’s romantic gestures forever.
1 She Might Lose Touch With Reality
If there’s one thing that the royal family often gets criticized for, it’s that they have no touch with reality. After all, they are used to a prim and proper lifestyle that’s lived behind palace doors. In order for Meghan to survive her years as a royal, she’ll need to stay true and firm to her roots. She can’t forget who she is or where she came from, for that matter. After all, this is an entirely new world that she’s coming into and one that is so foreign and different than what she’s used to.
Meghan once said, “Who you are as a person will only be amplified once you are 'famous,' so if you had a good heart, then I would imagine you'll have the same good heart but the means to do even more with it.”
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