An engagement is a life-changing moment in a person’s life, to be sure—but it’s especially true for Meghan Markle. Life will never be the same for the Suits actress turned future royal now that she’s agreed to marry Prince Harry. In fact, the engaged couple must go through some major changes to prepare for their big day, and their life together after the wedding will be even more complicated. So ahead of their wedding (in May 2018!), we asked royal expert Myka Meier, founder and director of etiquette company Beaumont Etiquette, to give some insight into just how much Meghan’s world will change. Spoiler: a lot.
1. Meghan will need to go through intensive protocol training before each event she attends. This includes British dining and afternoon tea events. “When she meets representatives from foreign countries, she must know how to meet and greet them,” Meier explains. “Meghan will also need to learn things like how to curtsey.”
2. She’ll have security with her around the clock. Meghan now has one of the most recognizable faces in the world—she’ll need protection.
3. She’ll take on royal duties. Meier says Meghan will likely no longer work as a commercial actress, as her new duties will occupy the majority of her time.
4. The cover interview she did with Vanity Fair earlier this year is probably the last of its kind. According to Meier, Meghan will be unable to take on media interviews without going through royal protocol and vetting through the palace’s communications team first.
5. She will have her own royal aids. So that’s one (of many) perks to becoming a royal…
6. She will be unable to take on paid brand endorsements. Yes, that means no #ad or #sponsored Instagram posts allowed.
7. All hair, makeup, and nails are done in the palace by a designated team. No more salon appointments!
8. She will become a patron of (most likely) a few charities or causes she finds important. “These will be officially announced by the palace,” Meier says. “In the beginning, she’ll be joined by Harry and perhaps Kate and/or Camilla to do charitable and state events. They’ll let her get used to royal protocol before sending her out on her to do events, walkabouts, and speeches, which is similar to the Duchess of Cambridge’s experience.”
9. As a member of the royal family, she will have to be careful about what she puts out in the world. Her private thoughts on various news-worthy and social topics, including politics, will be severely limited. “She may support charities affiliated with these causes, but she can’t give the appearance of a political leaning,” Meier explains.
10. She may be encouraged to dress modestly, even when not at a royal event. Meghan’s style has evolved a lot over the years—and will continue to do so.
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