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Markle had a lavish wedding, but now there’s a bunch of things she can no longer do

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THE old Meghan Markle is gone forever.

Billions of people tuned in to watch the former Suits actress tie the knot with Prince Harry on Saturday, in a lavish and grand affair which featured a who’s-who guest list of royalty, British nobles and Hollywood A-listers including Oprah Winfrey.

Already, the newly-minted Duchess of Sussex’s bio has been added to the royal family’s official website — although, interestingly, it includes barely any mention of the TV show which made her famous... or any of her other acting credits.

But burying her high-profile showbiz career is just one of the ways Meghan’s world has irreversibly changed.

Joining the British royal family may be delivering plenty of perks, but it’s also arrived with a thick rule book outlining every facet of her life from now on.

Gone are the days where the famously free-speaking Meghan can passionately weigh in on US politics, or take a side in controversial debates.

She will be expected to manage the chaos caused by her dysfunctional family and the headlines they’ve been generating — all while maintaining a dignified silence.

In fact, the royals will be expecting that kind of negative press to stop altogether. The media storm surrounding her father, Thomas Markle, in the days leading up to the wedding is not the kind of thing usually tolerated by her new husband’s family.

The very Meghan that Harry fell in love with — passionate, outspoken — has now transformed into a new type of woman.

The duchess will need to take a leaf out of Kate Middleton’s book and learn to keep her personal beliefs quiet. She’ll need to spend a lifetime avoiding scandal and smiling politely at people she can’t stand — like those she openly criticised in her pre-Harry days (Donald Trump, we’re looking at you).

Meghan’s fairytale romance may have captivated the world, but the happy ending has come with plenty of strings attached.

Here are some of the things she’ll no longer be able to do:


There was no question that the couple would have to live in the UK once they were married.

But unfortunately this meant Ms Markle had to let one of her beloved rescue dogs go.

Bogart, a labrador-shepherd cross, was deemed too old to relocate across the pond, so he was left with a friend in Canada, reports The Sun.

However her other dog, a beagle named Guy, is living the high life since relocating to England with his owner. In fact, he reportedly rode in the car with the Queen to the wedding yesterday.


Now that she has joined one of the most famous families in the world, she will have to get used to being surrounded by top security at all times.

Heading out for a jog in the park by herself will have to be a memory of the past.


She may have been used to taking selfies with fans of her TV show, Suits, but she’ll have to learn to say no now she is a royal.

According to The Mirror, Meghan was prohibited from doing them in the lead-up to the big day, and told a couple in Nottingham, “We’re not allowed to do selfies.”

The Queen is apparently not a fan of selfie photos, and former US ambassador Matthew Barzun told Tatler magazine in 2014 she finds them “disconcerting” and “strange”.


The Queen is known to disapprove of hems rising over an inch or two above the knee.

So don’t expect to see a lot of leg from Meghan on her numerous appearances as a new royal.


Meghan has been granted Leave to Remain in Britain, but won’t be given citizenship for several years as she will have to go through the normal visa process like everyone else. But even when it is granted, that doesn’t mean she’ll get to vote in elections.

According to the parliament website: “Although not prohibited by law, it is considered unconstitutional for the Monarch to vote in an election.”

This may apply directly to the Queen, who must remain strictly neutral with respect to political matters, but the rest of the royal family are said to all abide by the same rule.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman told Newsweek in June 2017 that members of the royal family do not vote “by convention”.


For public duties, the Duchess of Cambridge and the Queen are always pictured with au naturel nails, and there is a strict reason for this.

According to OK! magazine, coloured nail varnish and fake nails are not part of the royal etiquette, and are typically considered to be “vulgar”.

On the rare occasion that their nails do have a slick of polish on them, they opt for a nude shade.

Queen Elizabeth is said to have worn Essie’s Nail Lacquer in Ballet Slippers since 1989.


Thanks to her high-profile role in TV show Suits, Meghan Markle racked up three million followers on her combined Instagram/Twitter and Facebook accounts and used to regularly post images from her day-to-day life.

However, since things got serious with Prince Harry, she deleted her personal social media accounts, in keeping with royal protocol.

It is thought that Meghan will join Harry, Kate, and William on the Kensington Royal social media accounts that updates the public with their charities.

It was only on the official account that Meghan and Harry posted their engagement shots and revealed their wedding date.


No member of the royal family will give you an autograph as royal protocol bans them from scribbling their signature for other people.

So the likes of the Queen, Duchess of Cambridge and Princes William and Harry — and now Meghan — have to politely tell people they won’t sign their autograph books.

It has been reported that when Prince Charles is asked for his signature he always responds: “Sorry, they don’t allow me to do that.”

However, they are allowed to sign visitors’ books when on official engagements as well as official documents.


When the royal family members are in the same house or castle, often it’ll be down to the Queen to determine when the night is over.

Apparently, other members don’t “feel right” about excusing themselves to go to bed before the Queen is done for the night.

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