The countdown to the British monarchy having their first American and woman of color in the Royal Family is on! On May 19th, Prince Harry, currently fifth in the line to the throne (soon to be sixth once Baby No. 3 for Prince William and Princess Kate is born next month) will wed American actress Meghan Markle at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.
Like his father, Prince Charles, and older brother, Prince Harry’s wedding will be televised and the viewing audience is projected to equal or surpass the estimated 160 million people who watched Prince William say “I do.” That’s largely due in part to the Markle, who has starred on the USA Network hit Suits for seven years and has excited Americans from coast to coast for being on the verge of becoming royalty.
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While all of that is certainly worthy of note, so is the fact that the 36-year-old Markle has to make some changes to her lifestyle since accepting Prince Harry’s proposal over Thanksgiving holiday. For one, she has left her home in Toronto and has moved to London. She’s also applied for citizenship in the United Kingdom, but no special treatment from The Queen – Markle will have to wait like every other person that wishes to become a British citizen.
It turns out, the list of things Markle will have to do to become the Duchess of Sussex (at least, that’s what experts on the British crown believe her official title will be) is pretty long. Take a look at the video below that explains some of her duties:
Earlier in the week, another one of Markle’s “duties” had been fulfilled, although it was not a requirement in order to marry Prince Harry. Markle and her fiancé met with the Archbishop of Canterbury in the Chapel Royal at St. James’s Place in London. The reason? For a secret ceremony that baptized Markle into the Church of England.
The ceremony took 45 minutes and was attended by Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall. The Queen, who is also the head of the Church of England, and Prince William and Kate did not attend. Markle was not required to be baptized into the Church but she said she was committed to doing so out of respect for Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Family.
Will you be watching the nuptials on May 19th?
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