They Said Meghan Markle ‘Gave Up’ Her Career To Marry Prince Harry. She Sees It Differently.

“... A voice that people are willing to listen to, [it comes with] a lot of responsibility.”

Meghan Markle has been a U.S. embassy intern, a freelance calligrapher, a Deal or No Deal model, a United Nations advocate, a lifestyle editor-in-chief, and a TV actress. Soon, though, she'll have a new title: duchess. And that royal promotion comes with a major career change.

The 36-year-old is engaged to marry Prince Harry, and in their joint BBC interview, she announced her decision to quit acting — and to leave her longtime role on USA drama Suits after season 7 — to devote time to her philanthropic work.

"What's been really exciting, as we talk about this as the transition out of my career … is that the causes that have been very important to me, I can focus even more energy on," Markle said. "You realize that as you have access, or a voice that people are willing to listen to, [it comes with] a lot of responsibility, which I take seriously."

Already the press is talking about "What Meghan Markle is giving up to marry Prince Harry," a verbatim quote from yesterday's headlines. Olivier Award nominee Ruthie Henshall, Prince Edward's ex-girlfriend and the last actress to be romantically involved with a British royal, even warned Markle not to quit acting in a Vanity Fair interview.

But instead of talking about Markle's decision as any sort of sacrifice, perhaps we should celebrate her self-determination in pursuing new career horizons, especially because the bride-to-be is excited by the transition. "I don't see it as giving anything up," she told BBC. "I just see it as a change. It's a new chapter."

"Keep in mind I've been working on my show for seven years, so we're very, very fortunate to have that kind of longevity on a series, and once we hit the 100th episode mark [in August], I felt, 'I've ticked this box,' " Markle continued. "And I feel really proud of the work we've done there, and now it's time to work as a team with [Harry]."

In truth, Markle has been a philanthropist for most of her life. As a young girl, she wrote to Gloria Allred and Hillary Clinton to call out a sexist dish soap commercial. In her adult years, she has worked as an dvocatea for the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, and also championed gender equality as a One Young World counselor. Plus, just last year, she traveled to Rwanda for World Vision Canada's clean water campaign.

As a duchess — and with Prince Harry by her side — Meghan will undoubtedly do so much more good in the world, we can all look forward to her next chapter.

Cover image via Kathy Hutchins /


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