The Career Meghan Markle Planned To Pursue If She Did Not Join Royal Family

Have you wondered where Meghan Markle would be in her career if she had not met Prince Harry? Well, she was actually planning something before she knew she would one day become a Duchess. Here we share what her professional life would look like if she hadn't married into the royal family!

Image Credits: Getty Image | Meghan Markle is photographed by the press.

Image Credits: Getty Image | Meghan Markle is photographed by the press.


MEGHAN MARKLE TRIVIA: DO YOU ACTUALLY KNOW HER NAME?

Did you know that her first name isn't even Meghan? She was actually born named Rachel Meghan Markle, meaning that she shares a name with her Suits character. No wonder she perfected her performance as a paralegal in the TV series. We still miss her and that series! 

Image Credits: Getty Images | Meghan and her mother, Doria Ragland arrive at a royal event.

Image Credits: Getty Images | Meghan and her mother, Doria Ragland arrive at a royal event.


SHE HAD ALREADY TIED THE KNOT BEFORE MARRYING PRINCE HARRY

Markle fans may know that she made ends meet working as a briefcase girl on game show Deal or No Deal. A less known fact about the fellow actress however is that she was married once before. In her life prior to joining the royal family, she wed producer Trevor Engelson. The two dated for six years but divorced in 2013 due to distance.

Image Credits: Getty Images  | Meghan Markle and her former husband, the producer Trevor Engelson.

Image Credits: Getty Images | Meghan Markle and her former husband, the producer Trevor Engelson.


MEGHAN MARKLE'S PRE-ROYALTY LIFE: A BLOGGER, FOODIE, AND TRAVEL FANATIC

Before the fellow actress became a Duchess, she ran a lifestyle blog called The Tig that covered topics like food, fashion, beauty, and travel. She even published recipes for her favorite dishes on the now-removed blog while she was busy traveling in the style of Anthony Bourdain.


THE LOVE STORY BETWEEN PRINCE HARRY AND MEGHAN

The two met through a blind date in July 2016 after they were introduced by their friends—they married just 10 months later. Markle made top headlines, as the general public was dying to know; who was the lucky lady that could finally charm the Prince Charming Harry? In May 2019, the Duchess gave birth to their first child, Archie! 

Image Credits: Wikimedia Commons / Mark Jones | Actress Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend a royal event.

Image Credits: Wikimedia Commons / Mark Jones | Actress Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend a royal event.


WHAT DID SHE HAVE TO SACRIFICE FOR THE BRITISH ROYAL FAMILY?

For Meghan, marrying Prince Harry meant more than just deciding to spend the rest of her life with him—the decision required big sacrifices. She shared with The Times, “I gave up my entire life for this family, I was willing to do whatever it takes. But here we are. It’s very sad.” What was the reason behind her sadness? 

Image Credits: Getty Images | The actress Meghan Markle is photographed on a royal trip.

Image Credits: Getty Images | The actress Meghan Markle is photographed on a royal trip.


THE MEANING OF LEAVING THE ROYAL FAMILY

On April 1, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry officially resigned from the royal family, meaning they were freeing themselves of royal obligations. An official tour abroad? No need, or more like, no place, to join anymore. A royal charity event? They are not required to be invited or attend! 

Image Credits: Getty Images | Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are photographed on a royal trip.

Image Credits: Getty Images | Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are photographed on a royal trip.


WAS MEGHAN A BIG INFLUENCE IN THIS DECISION?

The Duchess admitted during an ITV documentary about her struggles with the British Tabloids. During an interview with Tom Bradby, she mentioned how attention from the media during her pregnancy had affected her physical and mental health in negative ways. 

Image Credits: Getty Images | Meghan and baby Archie are photographed by the press.

Image Credits: Getty Images | Meghan and baby Archie are photographed by the press.


THE DECISION BEHIND "MEGXIT" THAT SPARKED DRAMA AND CONTROVERSY

Perhaps it was the decision to protect the family, as Harry's army friend JJ Chalmers noted, that led him to take a step back from the public eye. Aside from being the sixth in line to the throne held by his grandmother—which still remains true—Prince Harry is now a husband and father.

Image Credits: Getty Images | Prince Harry speaks at the Invictus Games.

Image Credits: Getty Images | Prince Harry speaks at the Invictus Games.


PRINCE HARRY LINKS THE ORDEAL TO THE DEATH OF HIS MOTHER, PRINCESS DIANA

Since the death of his mother late Princess Diana, Prince Harry has increasingly been more vocal about the British Tabloids. He even stated that the media is a painful reminder of what could have been for his late mother. England lost a beloved member of royalty, but for Harry, it was his own mother.

Image Credits: Getty Images | A young Prince Harry and his late mother, Princess Diana.

Image Credits: Getty Images | A young Prince Harry and his late mother, Princess Diana.

He commented in a documentary:

I think being part of this family, in this role, in this job, every single time I see a camera, every single time I hear a click, every single time I see a flash, it takes me straight back, so in that respect it's the worst reminder of her life, as opposed to the best.

Image Credits: Getty Images | Prince William (left), Prince Harry (middle) and Prince Charles (right) At Princess Diana's Funeral

Image Credits: Getty Images | Prince William (left), Prince Harry (middle) and Prince Charles (right) At Princess Diana's Funeral


CHOOSING THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS

One of the "ouch" moments for the Sussexes was when the Queen would not consider hybrid choices. Before their official announcement, Harry and Meghan had asked Her Majesty for their blessing to pursue personal income while also continuing to represent the Queen. But it appears they were offered a dichotomous path. It was either all in or all out.

Image Credits: Getty Images | The Queen is photographed speaking with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.

Image Credits: Getty Images | The Queen is photographed speaking with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.


IS THE "NO-TITLE" A PERMANENT TITLE?

What happens if in 10 or 20 years the Sussexes change their minds and think it might be best to return to the safe and sturdy arms of the royal palace? Well, there is hope, as the monarch—the Queen can decide to reinstate the HRH titles back should she wish to do so. 

Image Credits: Getty Images | The Queen stands with members of the royal family on the famous balcony.

Image Credits: Getty Images | The Queen stands with members of the royal family on the famous balcony.


MEGHAN HOLDS TREMENDOUS INFLUENCE OUTSIDE THE ROYAL FAMILY

In 2018, Meghan was listed as one of Time's most influential people in the world and they shortlisted her for its coveted Person of the Year award. The power couple has recently been running for a spot on Time magazine's 2020 list of the 100 most influential people—proving again that even after Megxit, the couple's popularity still stands.

Image Credits: Getty Images | Actress and philanthropist, Meghan Markle is photographed at an event.

Image Credits: Getty Images | Actress and philanthropist, Meghan Markle is photographed at an event.


MEGHAN'S INFLUENTIAL STATUS, APPLAUDED BY PRIYANKA CHOPRA

In a TIME piece written by Miss World 2000, Archie's mother is described as "a relatable young woman with her heart and mind in the right place," she adds, "Meghan is an important influencer in a world that needs strong public figures to respect and look up to." Meghan is often viewed as the princess for the people, just as Princess Diana was! 

Image Credits: Getty Images | The former Miss World, Priyanka Chopra at her crowning ceremony in 2000.

Image Credits: Getty Images | The former Miss World, Priyanka Chopra at her crowning ceremony in 2000.


MEGHAN'S CAREER CHANGE BEFORE MEETING PRINCE HARRY

Remember when we said she ran her own blog? Well, Meghan had plans to go somewhere bigger with that idea. According to the new book Finding Freedom, The Tig had become huge during the three years it was up and running and the actress was looking forward to “develop her career as a lifestyle influencer” based on that.

Image Credits: Getty Images | The book about Meghan and Harry, Finding Freedom, is photographed by the media.

Image Credits: Getty Images | The book about Meghan and Harry, Finding Freedom, is photographed by the media.


IS MEGHAN RELAUNCHING 'THE TIG?'

Now that she is free from royal responsibilities, Meghan can commit tor her blog and fulfill her passions. This is not pure speculation, as her business manager filed to keep the trademark until 2021. The blog that started back in 2014 shut down months before her engagement 


COULD 'THE TIG' BECOME MORE THAN JUST FASHION, TRAVEL, AND FOOD?

The Duchess reportedly has in mind to 'be a different type of royal' by using modern tools of communication to promote the causes she believes in. According to The Sun, Rachel Meghan was "incredibly hands-on with the strategy and in one meeting told the staff: 'I want to break the internet.'"

Image Credits: Getty Images / Paul Edwards - Pool | Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends a state dinner at the Royal Residence.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Paul Edwards - Pool | Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends a state dinner at the Royal Residence.


WHAT IS A LIFESTYLE INFLUENCER?

Honestly, just about anyone can be a lifestyle influencer. As long as you hold a YouTube channel, an Instagram account, or a personal blog that dedicates posting a variety of viral content, ranging from food to fashion and even relationship advice. The beauty of it is in its customizable and relatable content.


WHO IS A FAMOUS LIFESTYLE INFLUENCER?

The world of viral content is complicated, with popularity determined first by demographics and topics. If we are talking about a health and food enthusiast, Stephanie Buttermore applies to this category. If we are talking about top-notch vlogging material, Casey Neistat is by far one of the best in this category. Can you picture the Duchess as a lifestyle influencer?


WOULD MEGHAN'S FOLLOWING EASILY MAKE HER A SUCCESSFUL LIFESTYLE INFLUENCER?

The Suits co-star has millions of fans supporting every public aspect of her life. She is known to be a sophisticated fashion guru but also a well-spoken woman who also loves supporting Harry and Archie. She has so much potential to build her lifestyle empire. The kind of future Meghan hopes to share could be a website away!

Image Credits: Getty Images | Actress, Meghan Markle is photographed by the press.

Image Credits: Getty Images | Actress, Meghan Markle is photographed by the press.


RECENT NEWS OF THE PRIVATE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF SUSSEX

Despite losing all of these perks, the couple seems to be very happy with their private lives. The addition of Archie to the family might be why they have been in Cloud 9 for the last few months. However, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have appeared yet again on recent news filled with drama. 

Image Credits: Getty Images | Meghan and Harry fight for their and Archie's privacy.

Image Credits: Getty Images | Meghan and Harry fight for their and Archie's privacy.

They decided to spend time in their Beverly Hills residency during the COVID-19 lockdown but were interrupted by LA paparazzi photographing their home. This is obviously not allowed this which makes the Sussexes completely entitled to their disapproval and later legal steps.  

Image Credits: Getty Images | Meghan Markle and Prince Harry shortly after the birth of Archie.

Image Credits: Getty Images | Meghan Markle and Prince Harry shortly after the birth of Archie.


HAPPY FIRST BIRTHDAY POST-MEGXIT FOR THE ACTRESS! 

The Suits co-star celebrated her 39th birthday recently, the first since her big decision along with her husband to step out of the royal spotlight. Hopefully, she has an intimate and private celebration with her family and loved ones. If we're lucky, she may just start sharing more of her moments as a lifestyle influencer! 

Image Credits: Getty Images | Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are photographed at a royal event.

Image Credits: Getty Images | Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are photographed at a royal event.

Needless to say, the Duchess has all the cards to make it big as a lifestyle influencer. The potential to blog her life as a wife, royal heir, mother, actress, and now a worldwide influencer is something the world has never seen—and perhaps, will see in the near future. What do you think about these prospects? Leave your comments and click the share button! 

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