6 Things Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Won't Be Able to Do Once They Are Married

Updated on October 24, 2017
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Relationship

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been dating for 15 months. It is obvious that the 33-year-old prince and the 36-year-old actress are very much in love. At least that's what she said in a recent issue of Vanity Fair magazine.

People are expecting them to get engaged soon and eventually marry. Meghan's life is going to change a lot once they are engaged. What most people don't know is that Prince Harry's life is going to change as well.

There are at least six interesting things they will not be able to do as a couple once they are engaged, according to royal rules.

No More PDA

Most people know that PDA stands for public display of affection. During the Invictus Games in Toronto, where Meghan lives, she and Prince Harry showed a lot of PDA. They held hands and kissed each other in public. The Games were from September 23 to September 30, 2017.

Some people assumed they might already be secretly engaged because of the PDA. That couldn't be true because no PDA is allowed once they are engaged. You have probably noticed Prince William and Duchess Kate have never been seen holding hands in public.

Harry and Meghan’s public behavior will change once they are married. Meghan will have to walk a few paces behind Harry as Kate does with William. However, it is such a slight move that most people don't even notice it.

Must Marry in England

Royal weddings can't be held in just any place. Since they are extremely large official affairs, they are usually held where it would be convenient for royalty, dignitaries, and high-ranking officials to attend.

Therefore, England is the best place for a royal wedding. Royal weddings usually take place either in Westminster Abbey in London or in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

Queen Elizabeth is not expected to will give Prince Harry and Meghan Markle permission to marry someplace else.

Can't Choose Their Own Wedding Date

One of the most important things most brides and groom decide on is their wedding date. That will not be the case with Prince Harry and Meghan.

Just like they can’t choose their wedding location, they just can't get engaged or married anytime they like. The Royal Marriages Act of 1772 states that a royal engagement and wedding must be approved by the Queen.

Since Queen Elizabeth attends most of the royal weddings, it must fit her schedule, not theirs.

Only one major royal event is scheduled at a time. Right now, the birth of Prince Willliam and Duchess Kate's third baby will take precedence over Prince Harry and Meghan's marriage. It is safe to say there will be no marriage announcement until after the baby's birth and perhaps after the baby's christening which could happen 2-3 months after the birth.

Living Arrangements

Prince Harry and his new wife won't be able to live in just any place. Even though the Daily Mail recently reported that Prince Harry and Meghan went house hunting last week, it might not be a possibility that the two will live in a regular house because they will be required to live in a royal residence after marriage.

All members of the royal family live at either Kensington Palace, Buckingham Palace or St. James' Palace and never in a regular house that is not part of the Queen's estate. Even the royal cousins live in one of the palaces.

No Baby Out of Wedlock

It would be highly frowned upon if Prince Harry and Meghan accidentally had a baby out of wedlock even if they are engaged. It will not be a royal baby with a title and a place in the line of succession.

They would be doing the baby a disservice if one is born before they are married.

No More Personal Careers

We know for sure Meghan will have to give up her career as an actress. It has been reported that she has not signed on for the next season of the legal drama "Suits."

Grace Kelly gave up her acting career once she became Princess Grace of Monaco. Prince Harry will have to give up his career as well just like Prince William gave up being a pilot after he got married.

Which of the following things were you most surprised to find out?

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    • Tim Truzy info4u profile image

      Tim Truzy 7 weeks ago from U.S.A.

      Thank you. That makes good sense. Thought provoking article.

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      Margaret Minnicks 7 weeks ago from Richmond, VA

      I can understand having to give up a career as an actress. An actress has to kiss and be intimate with someone other than the royal spouse. Besides, an actress wouldn't be available to do royal work while filming.

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      Tim Truzy 7 weeks ago from U.S.A.

      This is very interesting. I was particularly surprised that becoming royalty would end a career for an actress, but not stunned. The royals have their own traditions and follow them to the letter. This was insightful, proving the old saying: all marriages aren't created equal. Thank you. Keep sharing and I'll keep reading, my friend.