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How life would change for Meghan Markle if she married Prince Harry

Meghan Markle Prince harryChris Jackson/Getty ImagesReportedly, these two are hearing wedding bells.

Actor Meghan Markle‘s life has undoubtedly changed since she began dating Prince Harry last year, but if reports are true that the pair is as good as engaged, her life is about to change in an even bigger way.

We’ve rounded up all of the major ways Markle’s life will be altered if we finally get another royal wedding.

She may have to give up her career.

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Royals don't generally stay employed.

Markle is an accomplished actor, philanthropist, blogger, and fashion designer. And although the Crown loves ambitious partners for royals, wives of royals are often 'encouraged' to give that up and focus on royal pursuits once they marry into the family.

Many have noted that Markle shut down her blog, 'The Tig,' in the past few months and has started using her platform to speak about charities she is passionate about -- a career more in line with what she'd be encouraged to do as a royal.

There's nothing explicitly saying she'd have to give up on acting, but Grace Kelly notably abandoned her acting career when she became Princess of Monaco.

She can't be active in politics.

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No voting.

Though Markle is outspoken about social issues and racial issues, she would not be able to be an active participant in politics should she marry Harry.

Royals are apparently forbidden from discussing specific political views publicly and they don't vote.
Members of the royal family are also prevented from running for office. So, alas, Meghan won't be making her presidential run anytime soon.

She can never play Monopoly at home.

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No chance to fight the Queen over who gets to be the iron.

This is an odd, but true fact. The royal family is expressly forbidden from playing the board game 'Monopoly' with each other because the games apparently got 'too vicious.'

Hopefully Harry tipped her off to this before she brings the game as a fun activity over the holidays.

She'll have to sit in royal ranking order.

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The royal family had to get in formation.

The royal family always has to sit and arrive in a room in order of succession to the throne. And although that means she'll likely be able to sit with Harry for most functions, she'll also have to get used to claiming the same spot with the same seatmates.

She'll get some protection.

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She'll be kept safe.

Being a royal isn't easy, especially when it comes to being protected from legions of adoring fans. If she becomes a royal, CNN noted that she'll have access to a team of bodyguards and security detail.

But it's not like Meghan is vulnerable now: she reportedly gained a security presence in July after news of their relationship went more public, according to Us Weekly.

Her title will change.

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She'll have a pretty fancy one.

Meghan Markle will no longer just be Meghan, Meg, or Rachel from 'Suits' if she marries Harry.

People will be required to call her by her more formal title, which would be either Royal Highness Princess of Wales or the Duchess of Sussex. We'll only know for sure what title she'll get once they get married.

She'll probably be encouraged to dress 'modestly.'

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It's not a given, but it will probably happen.

Meghan is known as a fashionista, and even guest designed for a clothing line. But she'll probably be encouraged to dress modestly and dress formally if she was to marry Harry, even though it's not an official requirement.

After all, look at the hubbub that accompanied Kate Middleton when she wore a slightly off the shoulder dress earlier this year.

She'll have to follow the queen's lead.

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You don't do anything without the queen doing it first.

Meghan and the queen have apparently gotten on pretty well, and that is a good sign because if she does marry into the family, she'll have to get very good at paying attention to the queen.

Members of the royal family are expected to go by the queen's lead. If she's standing? You're standing. She's sitting? You've better sit if you can.

She'll live a more lavish lifestyle.

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It's a bit of an upgrade being a royal.

Meghan's life now is nothing to scoff at: she's a successful actor and has an impressive career. But, of course, marrying into the family will guarantee that she lives more comfortably than she can imagine.

It's unclear what budget she'd have, but it's pretty safe to assume Harry could spare some of his estimated $US40 million.

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