meghan: ‘my sacrifice for harry’
With an engagement announcement ‘imminent’, she’s making some big changes
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
With ex-husband, producer Trevor Engelson
Prince Harry has a hectic schedule, but he’s dedicated to his charity work