meghan: ‘my sac­ri­fice for harry’

With an en­gage­ment an­nounce­ment ‘im­mi­nent’, she’s mak­ing some big changes

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Cur­rently tour­ing the US with her co-stars on the hit show Suits, it’s fair to say that Meghan Markle, 35, is look­ing pretty smug. And we can’t be­grudge her be­cause we’d look the same if we’d scored a date, or say, a year with Prince Harry. Yes, it’s been that long! When asked at last week’s show press con­fer­ence about her ‘Bri­tish boyfriend’, the star just smiled and stayed silent. Oh, to be Meghan.

Meghan’s kept very quiet about her ro­mance with the 32-year-old Prince since the pair first con­firmed their re­la­tion­ship – they ap­peared hold­ing hands in Fe­bru­ary, af­ter which the Prince is­sued a state­ment ask­ing ev­ery­one to ‘re­spect their pri­vacy’. But we’re told she’s now vowed to make some changes so they can move to the next stage.

‘Meghan’s al­ways felt re­ally un­com­fort­able with the whole royal spot­light thing – she didn’t want to de­tract from her own ca­reer. But she’s con­ceded that she’ll need to make some sac­ri­fices for them to con­tinue with their ro­mance,’ an in­sider tells Look.

The first in­di­ca­tion from Camp Meghan that things were about to change was the clo­sure of her beloved life­style web­site The Tig. Meghan stunned fol­low­ers with an an­nounce­ment on the site that read: ‘Af­ter close to three beau­ti­ful years on this ad­ven­ture with you it’s time to say good­bye.’

Then there was the news that she’d re­quested time out from her Suits schedule to deal with the at­ten­tion she was re­ceiv­ing as Harry’s other half. And de­spite some re­ports sug­gest­ing she might use her sta­tus to boost her act­ing ca­reer, we’re told that, on the con­trary, Meghan’s de­ter­mined not to let work get in the way of her re­la­tion­ship. Pre­vi­ously, she wed film pro­ducer Trevor En­gle­son in 2011, the same year she started film­ing Suits. Friends have said the fame and the hec­tic schedule both con­trib­uted to the break­down of their two-year mar­riage af­ter seven years to­gether and that she’s des­per­ate not to let it hap­pen again.

‘Cur­rently, Meghan has no more act­ing work sched­uled. She’s turned down sev­eral roles as she knows from ex­pe­ri­ence that the sched­ules would make things very dif­fi­cult for her and Harry – es­pe­cially as he’s so busy, too,’ says our source. ‘This time she wants to give it her all be­cause she re­ally be­lieves they have some­thing special.

‘She’s now re­alised she can’t live her life as she did pre­vi­ously if she wants [her and Harry] to work. But they’re madly in love and she knows it’s worth it. The big thing she’s com­ing to terms with is pre­par­ing to base her life in the UK and seriously cut­ting down on her own work com­mit­ments. It’s about mak­ing the tran­si­tion to her new life as easy and seam­less as pos­si­ble. Ev­ery­thing’s been very behind closed doors un­til now and that’s go­ing to be one of the big­gest changes. They’ll be a much more pub­lic cou­ple from this point.’

The ac­tress now plans to fo­cus on her char­ity work. ‘I think being able to give back and do any sort of hu­man­i­tar­ian work will make your life feel a lot more bal­anced, be­cause you re­alise where your pri­or­i­ties should be,’ she re­cently said. ‘I don’t know any­one who just does one thing any more. As women, I don’t think we’ve ever just done one thing. We do it all!’

Her de­ci­sion has been en­tirely per­sonal. ‘Harry hasn’t pres­sured her in any way,’ our source re­veals. ‘He’s given her the time and space to ad­just to the idea of a very pub­lic life, and Meghan has now told him she’s to­tally ready.’

In fact, Meghan’s next step might be work­ing to­gether with Harry. ‘Meghan’s blown away by Harry’s de­ter­mi­na­tion to im­prove the lives of oth­ers. She’s in­spired by his pas­sion and wants to work with him; and I know Harry is thrilled that Meghan is find­ing her con­fi­dence,’ says our source.

We’re told the cou­ple are ready to make their first of­fi­cial ap­pear­ance to­gether soon with the rest of the roy­als – who, sources say, Meghan has al­ready met. ‘She feels the time is right and they should be think­ing about an of­fi­cial pub­lic en­gage­ment,’ says our in­sider. ‘It’s some­thing she and Harry have dis­cussed pri­vately for a cou­ple of months.’

‘I think when you’re grate­ful for lit­tle things and you don’t lose sight of that is when you can en­joy it,’ says the star. ‘I’m pretty cer­tain the whole point is to en­joy this silly lit­tle life ride that we’re all on.’ We couldn’t have put it better our­selves, Meghan.

From this point they will be a much more pub­lic cou­ple

Meghan:

With ex-hus­band, pro­ducer Trevor En­gel­son

Prince Harry has a hec­tic schedule, but he’s ded­i­cated to his char­ity work

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