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