When Meghan Markle marries Prince Harry next year and becomes British Royalty, she'll most likely have to make quite a few sacrifices - the biggest one being her career.
Prior to marrying Prince William, Kate Middleton had worked as an accessories buyer for retailer Jigsaw and then as a project manager for her family's event planning business. But upon becoming the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate gave all that up - and Meghan might well be expected to do the same.
Being a senior member of the royal family is a full-time job, and it requires those who do it to patron charities, represent the UK on an international scale and generally maintain the traditions of the royal family. How would she balance all that with a full-time acting role on Suits?
If recent rumours are to be believed, she won't have to. Speculation is rife that Markle has quit her job playing paralegal Rachel Zane on the American drama, indicating that she's fully committed to her new life as a royal with Harry. Rumours of her exiting the series were all but confirmed when her body double shared an emotional goodbye post on Instagram.
A source told The Sun that the actress will be focusing on her philanthropy work following the wedding, saying: "Meghan knows she can’t really act at the same time as being a princess and is happy to make this career sacrifice. She really enjoys her charity work with Unicef and will broaden out her charity commitments when she becomes a full-time royal."
Another indication that Meghan is planning on entirely changing her career to focus on her future as a royal is the fact that she shut down her lifestyle website, The Tig, earlier this year.
A letter on the site explaining the site's closure didn't give a reason behind the decision to stop publishing, but fans believed it was a sign she was ready to embark on the next chapter of her life.
The letter read: "After close to three beautiful years on this adventure with you, it's time to say goodbye to The Tig. What began as a passion project (my little engine that could) evolved into an amazing community of inspiration, support, fun and frivolity. You've made my days brighter and filled this experience with so much joy. Keep finding those Tig moments of discovery, keep laughing and taking risks, and keep being 'the change you wish to see in the world'."
So with this major life change coming hand-in-hand with agreeing to marry Prince Harry, you can see why the couple waited a while before announcing their engagement. It's exactly the reason Prince William says he waited so long to ask for Kate Middleton's hand in marriage back in 2010.
Speaking at the time, he said he "wanted to give her a chance to see in and to back out if she needed to before it all got too much".
When Meghan and Harry do marry in the spring, the bride won't automatically become a princess. It's more likely the couple would become a Duke and Duchess, just like William and Kate, with current predictions suggesting they'd adopt the titles of Duke and Duchess of Sussex, or Duke and Duchess of Buckingham, both of which are currently vacant.
From Harper's Bazaar UK