THE NEXT FIVE YEARS

She’ll soon be HRH but Meghan’s de­ter­mined to be more than the ti­tle of ‘Harry’s wife’…

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in a mat­ter of days (EEK!) Meghan Markle will walk down the aisle of St Ge­orge’s Chapel in the grounds of Wind­sor Cas­tle, as she pre­pares to marry His Royal High­ness Prince Harry. But while we wait to see the fine de­tails of the big day (mainly The Dress), at­ten­tion has started to turn to what will hap­pen af­ter they wed. What will she spend her days do­ing and will she have a chance to re­ally pur­sue the causes close to her heart? Be­cause ev­ery­thing is set to change af­ter 19 May. Then there’s the mat­ter of chil­dren, which – ac­cord­ing to Harry – will hope­fully come in ‘the near fu­ture’.

When Meghan and Harry are mar­ried, it’s ex­pected The Queen will gift her grand­son the ti­tle Duke of Sus­sex (as she gifted Wil­liam the ti­tle Duke of Cam­bridge). Sim­i­lar to Kate’s, Meghan’s of­fi­cial ti­tle is likely to be­come Her Royal High­ness The Duchess of Sus­sex. Over the

last few months, the pub­lic have been given an in­sight into what kind of re­spon­si­bil­i­ties Meghan will have in her new role.

We’ve heard the pair are mak­ing start­ing a fam­ily a pri­or­ity. Dur­ing the cou­ple’s of­fi­cial en­gage­ment in­ter­view, Harry men­tioned that the cou­ple would ‘hope­fully’ be ex­tend­ing their fam­ily soon. Ac­cord­ing to an in­sider, both Meghan, 36, and Harry, 33, can’t wait to have kids.

‘They love chil­dren,’ ex­plains a friend. ‘It’s very high on the agenda. Harry is so close with his niece and neph­ews and they both feel ready for this next step.’

How­ever, we’re told that for Meghan, what’s of key im­por­tance is learn­ing about the royal fam­ily eti­quette and mak­ing her­self a real part of royal life. Since an­nounc­ing their en­gage­ment last Novem­ber, the cou­ple have al­ready made ap­prox­i­mately 14 royal vis­its and engagements. While they’re now said to be hav­ing some well-de­served time off be­fore the wed­ding (Harry re­port­edly is work­ing out hard for the big day), it’s ex­pected Meghan and Harry will fo­cus a lot of their at­ten­tion on the Com­mon­wealth. The cou­ple are ex­pected to put LGBT rights at the fore­front of their agenda.

Last month, Her Maj ap­pointed Harry as Com­mon­wealth Youth Am­bas­sador and in his first speech in the new role, he gushed about his bride-to-be work­ing along­side him. ‘I am also in­cred­i­bly grate­ful that the woman that I am about to marry, Meghan, will be join­ing me in this work,’ re­vealed Harry. ‘Which she too is hugely ex­cited to take part in.’

Meghan – whose fi­nal episode of Suits aired a fort­night ago – spoke about her act­ing ca­reer in an in­ter­view last year, re­veal­ing she was tak­ing ` a change in di­rec­tion. ‘It’s a new chap­ter,’ she ex­plained. ‘I’ve been work­ing on my show for seven years… once we hit the 100th episode marker I thought, you know I have ticked this box and I feel re­ally proud of the work we’ve done there and now it’s time to work as a team with [Harry].’

‘And to­gether, as I said, there’s a hell of a lot of stuff and work that needs do­ing,’ Harry con­tin­ued. ‘At

For us, it’s go­ing to be mak­ing sure our re­la­tion­ship is al­ways put first

the mo­ment for us, it’s go­ing to be mak­ing sure that our re­la­tion­ship is al­ways put first, but both of us have pas­sions for want­ing to make change, change for good. And you know with lots of young peo­ple run­ning around the Com­mon­wealth, that’s where we’ll spend most of our time hope­fully.’

But while the cou­ple are ready to get stuck into heaps of work, there are cer­tain things that will now be off lim­its to Meghan, once she’s wed into the royal fam­ily. As of 19th May, Meghan may no longer be able to take selfies (The Queen re­port­edly told the US am­bas­sador that she found them ‘strange’), sign au­to­graphs due to fears of forgery, or ap­par­ently, ac­cord­ing to sev­eral re­ports, re­tire to bed be­fore The Queen as per tra­di­tion. Meghan’s also ap­par­ently had eti­quette lessons ahead of her royal life. Last week she was seen putting her ‘princess’ lessons into prac­tice, as she was pic­tured ap­ply­ing ‘the duchess slant’ – a way of keep­ing knees and an­kles to­gether, with legs slightly slanted to the side. Ac­cord­ing to an in­sider, Meghan is ready to em­brace royal life.

‘Meghan’s made it clear she wants to work re­ally hard,’ ex­plains a friend. ‘She’s look­ing for­ward to tak­ing on some re­ally im­por­tant roles that will help peo­ple in need – not just in the UK but around the world.

‘She can’t wait to get stuck into ev­ery­thing – the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, help­ing as many peo­ple as she can and fol­low­ing the causes she’s pas­sion­ate about. She’s so ex­cited.’

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