Men, women, old and young sat patiently awaiting May 19th to arrive. What would have been a typical Saturday became one of the most highly anticipated days of 2018. On this day, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle vowed to spend their lives together in front of millions worldwide.
The day, in itself, was a complete fairytale. Every single detail put into the day shone brightly and many couldn’t help but gush with joy and excitement for the beautiful couple. It seems as though the planning process for a day of this magnitude was done exceptionally fast considering the short engagement of the bride and groom.
For Meghan, many things in her life were altered the moment she pledged her life to Harry. Not only did she give up a brilliant acting career, but she also gave up her life as an American. Her typical working schedule now completely shifted to that of royal duties from sunup to sundown.
One would automatically assume that taking on such a vastly different lifestyle would be overwhelming, to say the least. While it is a bit daunting for the new Duchess of Sussex, she’s been able to successfully take everything in stride.
She’s so dedicated to becoming a successful royal that she’s gone to great lengths just to prove it. Even though she will only be a Duchess, sources say, “Meghan wants to play the role of princess.” Unfortunately, that will never be her title since she wasn’t born into the role.
Despite that, she’s taken every step so far to prove her desire. In March 2018, she went forward and was baptized into the Church of England. She also is quickly pursuing a British citizenship which does take quite a bit of time to gain.
She then took it one step further and made a bold decision: from the moment she said “I will,” to her husband, she officially forfeited her last name, Markle. Unlike her sister-in-law, Kate Middleton, she no longer desires to hold on to her former name.
Now that she’s a Duchess, her new name is officially Rachel Meghan Mountbatten-Windsor. The royal website elaborates on this decision: “For the most part, members of the Royal Family who are entitled to the style and dignity of HRH Prince or Princess do not need a surname, but if at any time any of them do need a surname (such as upon marriage), that surname is Mountbatten-Windsor. A proclamation on the Royal Family name by the reigning monarch is not statutory; unlike an Act of Parliament, it does not pass into the law of the land.”
While Harry has yet to come forth about his feelings concerning her decision, one can only assume that he is thrilled beyond measure that his wife is so valiantly pursuing her new role. Together, they make a great team and we cannot wait to see just what the future has in store for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex!