MEGHAN MARKLE

AS THEY PLAN THEIR FU­TURE TO­GETHER, THE ROYAL NEW­LY­WEDS ARE BUSIER THAN EVER — BUT AL­WAYS PUT EACH OTHER FIRST

Closer Weekly - - Contents - By LOUISE A. BARILE

In­side the royal new­ly­wed’s life with Prince Harry and their plans to move into a lux­u­ri­ous es­tate.

Most new­ly­weds can re­lax af­ter the wed­ding, but not Meghan Markle. Her life has only be­come more hec­tic since mar­ry­ing Prince Harry in May. On top of plan­ning for her first in­ter­na­tional trip on be­half of the Bri­tish crown, she’s over­see­ing the ren­o­va­tion of one home, the con­struc­tion of an­other and con­tin­u­ing to take lessons in royal eti­quette. “She meets with her per­sonal sec­re­tary, Sa­man­tha Co­hen, daily,” ex­plains an in­sider to Closer. “Sa­man­tha is a mem­ber of the queen’s team, has worked for the fam­ily for 17 years and is help­ing Meghan adapt.”

It’s been a big ad­just­ment for Meghan, 36, a Cal­i­for­nia girl and the for­mer star of the TV se­ries Suits, but also an ex­cit­ing one. “She used to lead a rel­a­tively nor­mal ex­is­tence and could eas­ily go un­no­ticed,” notes the in­sider. “Now, Meghan can’t even walk out of her front door with­out be­ing hounded. She has at least three se­cu­rity guards by her side when­ever she leaves Kensington Palace.” For­tu­nately, Meghan feels that be­ing mar­ried to her love, Harry, 33, makes up for the loss of pri­vacy and busy sched­ule. “At the end of the day, I think it’s re­ally sim­ple,” she says. “We’re two peo­ple who are re­ally happy.”

THEIR ROYAL ROU­TINE

Meghan and Harry like to rise at 6 a.m. to en­joy the early morn­ing hours. “They al­ways have break­fast to­gether,” con­fides the in­sider, who adds that Meghan has gen­tly prod­ded her

new hus­band into eat­ing health­ier fare like oat­meal with fruit and avo­cado toast in­stead of his fa­vorite tra­di­tional “fry-up” of ba­con, sausage and eggs. “Af­ter break­fast, they’ll go for a run to­gether,” says the in­sider. Meghan fin­ishes off her morn­ing rou­tine with some yoga to help her feel bal­anced.

The cou­ple’s work­day be­gins with vis­its from the sec­re­taries who han­dle their sched­ules. “Harry and Meghan check in to con­firm plans for the day, get an up­date on fu­ture ac­tiv­i­ties and to be made aware of any break­ing news,” says the in­sider. “The as­sis­tants will go through any­thing char­ity-re­lated and in­vi­ta­tions they need to RSVP for.”

Meghan’s aide also an­swers any ques­tions she may have about pro­to­col. “It’s been a ma­jor de­par­ture from Meghan’s old life — she’s been ad­vised against sign­ing au­to­graphs, wear­ing bright nail pol­ish, tak­ing self­ies, hav­ing any pub­lic po­lit­i­cal opin­ion or per­sonal so­cial me­dia ac­counts — but it’s some­thing she has to come to grips with quickly,” roy­als ex­pert James McCourt re­veals to Closer.

Later in the day, Harry might at­tend meet­ings about one of his char­i­ties, while Meghan han­dles con­sul­ta­tions with in­te­rior de­sign­ers and ar­chi­tects. Though the pair still live in Not­ting­ham Cot­tage, a mod­est two-bed­room res­i­dence on the Kensington Palace grounds, they will soon be mov­ing across the ex­pan­sive prop­erty into Apart­ment 1, a lux­u­ri­ous 21-bed­room man­sion that will show­case Meghan’s sense of style. “She is a fan of the min­i­mal­is­tic mono­chrome look, with soft fur­nish­ings, cof­fee ta­ble books and flower ar­range­ments,” says McCourt. “She has pre­vi­ously said that bright decoration helped her stave off seven Cana­dian win­ters [while film­ing Suits in Toronto]. This is some­thing she will likely want to con­tinue in the U.K., which is known for its months of gray skies!”

“I know that at the end of the day, she chooses me and I choose her.”

— Prince Harry

MAK­ING TIME FOR FAM­ILY

There is also an­other home to con­sider. As a wed­ding present, Harry’s grand­mother Queen El­iz­a­beth II, 92, gifted the cou­ple with York Cot­tage, a res­i­dence lo­cated on San­dring­ham Es­tate, her 20,000-acre prop­erty in Nor­folk. The premises “ooze charm and char­ac­ter,” re­ported one Bri­tish source, not­ing that Prince Wil­liam and Kate Mid­dle­ton also re­ceived a hol­i­day house on the same tract af­ter their 2011 wed­ding.

Nearby va­ca­tion spots will come in handy, as Harry has al­ways been close to his older brother, Wil­liam, 36. Now that he’s mar­ried, they have more in com­mon than ever. “Some­times they’ll all have lunch to­gether with the kids. Harry and Wil­liam like to catch up over a beer, while Meghan plays with Char­lotte, Ge­orge and Louis,” says the in­sider.

They don’t like to push, but Wil­liam and

Kate, 36, look for­ward to the day that Harry and Meghan be­come par­ents, too. “Wil­liam has been giv­ing Harry tips on fa­ther­hood,” con­fides the in­sider. “And Harry and Meghan see the time they spend with their neph­ews and niece as good prac­tice.” Adds McCourt: “Harry and Meghan haven’t of­fi­cially an­nounced that they’re try­ing to start a fam­ily, but they have given hints that chil­dren are def­i­nitely part of their plan.”

Un­til then, the cou­ple’s royal du­ties will keep them very busy. El­iz­a­beth has re­quested that the new­ly­weds make two state vis­its in the com­ing months. First up, they will travel to Ire­land in early July for two days of ap­pear­ances, an au­di­ence with the Ir­ish pres­i­dent and a gala at the home of the Bri­tish Am­bas­sador. In the fall, the pair will fly to Aus­tralia, Fiji, New Zealand and the King­dom of Tonga on their first royal tour. “Harry and Meghan’s cal­en­dars will only get busier as the pair are ex­pected to take over some of the queen’s of­fi­cial roles, too,” adds McCourt.

De­spite the com­plex­i­ties of their new mar­ried life, Harry and Meghan have found ways of carv­ing out time for each other. “In the evenings, the new­ly­weds of­ten en­joy go­ing to see West End the­ater pro­duc­tions or dis­guis­ing them­selves to at­tend film screen­ings incog­nito,” says McCourt. But Harry and Meghan of­ten pre­fer din­ing to­gether in their cot­tage. “Af­ter din­ner they get to wind down and re­lax,” says the in­sider. “They’ll snug­gle up on the couch with can­dles burn­ing and binge-watch their fa­vorite TV shows, like Home­land.”

For a few brief hours, the young cou­ple can truly en­joy their pri­vacy. “The royal fam­ily abides by pre­cise sched­ules due to strict se­cu­rity reg­u­la­tions, so no other fam­ily mem­ber will be tap­ping on the door ask­ing for a cup of su­gar!” ex­plains McCourt. That’s just fine with Meghan and Harry, who af­ter an over­loaded day of ac­tiv­i­ties, be­lieve that a per­fectly quiet, nor­mal evening at home is the great­est plea­sure of all.

“Noth­ing about me changed,” says Meghan of her life as a royal.

“I’m still the same per­son.”

De­spite their busy lives, Meghan and Harry make fam­ily a pri­or­ity and “of­fer to babysit Wil­liam and Kate’s kids,” notes the in­sider.

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