rince Harry is getting married! After years of the single life, Europe's most eligible bachelor is settling down with American actress Meghan Markle, formerly of the TV show Suits.
It's a fairytale for the ages – boy meets girl, boy happens to be a prince, boy pops the question with a ring of very special significance...
Unfortunately, as with every love story, there are the practicalities.
Every relationship requires compromise. When people move in together, there’s things that have to go to make room for each other.
Remember that awesome drum set you have that you only used once or twice? Gone. How about that fine collection of vintage cassette tapes? Poof! Into the ether it goes.
Giving up things for the sake of your significant other can be a healthy, necessary step in order to make a relationship better.
In the case of Harry and Meghan, it can also be a royal necessity. British royals are notorious sticklers for rules and protocol, and Harry’s engagement is no different.
In order to marry Harry, Markle had to give a few things she’d gotten used to – Instagram, for instance.
It is not becoming of a duchess of the realm to engage in Instagram shenanigans, apparently. So it was given the axe.
Markle also had to give up other things, like her United States citizenship (obviously) and her career.
Sadly, all the duties of being a royal are probably not compatible with being an actress, although we never know if Meghan may one day “tread the boards” again, as they say.
She’s also moving to a completely different continent, and adopting a way of life totally foreign to her own, and, indeed, to most people’s. And most tragic of all, she had to give up one of her dogs because it was too old to make the trip across the pond.