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

Updated on December 17, 2017
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Rev. Margaret Minnicks writes for HubPages and Blasting News. She loves sharing interesting information with people all over the world.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Relationship

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been dating for 16 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.

Meghan's life is going to change a lot now that she is engaged to Prince Harry. 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 an engaged couple now that 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 lived, 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.

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, but they have noticed that she doesn't walk in front of him.

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.

Prince Harry and Meghan will marry in the more intimate St. George's Chapel on Saturday, May 19, 2018.

Wedding Date Must Be Approved By Queen Elizabeth

One of the most important things most brides and groom decide on is their wedding date. 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.

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

Prince Harry has already said he and Meghan expect to start a family soon.

If any royal had a baby out of wedlock, it would be highly frowned upon even if the couple is 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.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle got engaged in November and will marry in May, and there is no evidence that there will be a baby born before then. However, no one is expecting them to wait a long time before starting a family.

No More Personal Careers

Meghan will have to give up her career as an actress. She has already left her role as Rachel Zane on 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 6 months ago from U.S.A.

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

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        Margaret Minnicks 6 months 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 6 months 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.