People are getting excited about the prospect of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry tying the knot, but if they do, she’ll be trading her life as an actress in Canada for life as a royal. And that brings some big changes. Here are some of the things she’ll have to adhere to if she says “I do” to her dashing prince.
- She can pick a surname, but doesn't legally need one - Meghan will get a lovely title, probably Duchess or Countess, but she can also choose her own surname, if she wants one. William and Harry are Wales after their father and Kate traded Middleton for Mountbatten-Windsor. But anyone with the title “Her Royal Highness,” as she would most likely be, doesn’t have to have a last name, according to a decree from the Queen.
- She can’t vote, ever again - Because the royal family isn’t allowed to show preference for a political party by casting a ballot.
- She won’t be able to wear nail polish - Well, she won’t be able to get glam, on-trend manis anymore because they go against the royal dress code. But the Queen’s signature polish is a pretty shade of pale pink, so Meghan could try that.
- She will never be able to pose for a selfie or give out an autograph - More rules when you’re a royal. And the public won’t be allowed to touch her AT ALL, except for a polite handshake.
- She won’t get to choose her wedding ring - Every royal wedding ring is made from Welsh gold from one certain mine.
- She won’t be able to play Monopoly ever again - According to Prince Andrew, the iconic board game becomes “too vicious.”
- She will always have to travel with a black outfit - Just in case a tragedy occurs while she’s away from home, members of the royal family are required to change into an appropriate mourning outfit.
- She won’t be allowed to eat shellfish - The royal family avoid it because of the risk of food poisoning.
- She won’t get to open presents on Christmas Day - The family follows the German tradition of exchanging gifts during afternoon tea on Christmas Eve.