Meghan's heartbreak at the life she must leave behind to marry her Prince Charming: From the beloved rescue dog 'too old to fly to the UK' to her home, her job, the charities close to her heart... and even her citizenship
- Prince Harry's fiancee made heartbreaking decision to leave behind her beagle Bogart after moving to the UK
- The 36-year-old was made to give up on acting career so she can take up her full royal commitments in Britain
- Kensington Palace confirmed Miss Markle's new role would also force her to give up her charity work with UN
- She's already moved out of her two-bedroom home in Toronto to live with Prince Harry in Kensington, London
Meghan Markle has finally found her Prince Charming - but it has come at a huge cost, with the American actress forced to give up on many of her passions.
The 36-year-old has also given up on her career as an actress so she can take up full royal commitments in Britain, bringing an end to her run as Rachel Zane in the hit series Suits, the show which brought her to prominence.
Kensington Palace confirmed that Miss Markle's new role would also force her to give up her charity work with the United Nations, plus her role as patron at organisations including World Vision Canada and One Young World.?
She has already moved out of her two-bedroom home in Toronto according to reports, as she prepares to settle down with Prince Harry in his Nottingham Cottage, within the grounds of Kensington Palace.
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Meghan Markle is separating from one of her beloved rescue dogs after Kensington Palace confirmed Labrador-shepherd cross Bogart, pictured top, would not be coming to the UK
It was revealed that Miss Markle (right) will have to become a British citizen when she marries Prince Harry (left), meaning she will lose her status as simply a US national
Kensington Palace confirmed that Miss Markle's new role would also force her to give up her charity work with the United Nations, plus her role as patron at organisations including World Vision Canada (pictured) and One Young World
Miss Markle has already moved out of her two-bedroom home (centre) in Toronto according to reports, as she prepares to settle down with Prince Harry in his Nottingham Cottage, within the grounds of Kensington Palace
A spokesman said Miss Markle remains fond of both dogs and the decision was 'complex'
It comes after it was revealed that Miss Markle will have to become a British citizen when she marries Prince Harry, meaning she will lose her status as simply a US national.
She will go through the lengthy application process just like a normal citizen, despite plans to marry Harry, 33, in May at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.
Royal Sources are keen for the application process to be done 'properly and officially', meaning that she will not be able to cut corners.
Harry's communication's secretary Jason Knauf said Ms Markle, who has relocated to London from her home in Toronto, would be 'compliant with immigration requirements at all times'.
He added: 'I can also say she intends to become a UK citizen and will go through the process of that, which some of you may know takes a number of years.
'She will retain her US citizenship through that process.'
Mr Knauf would not comment on whether Ms Markle would retain her US citizenship and become a dual national in the future.
Since 2014, the American actress has helped put a global spotlight on the need for equality between women and men as an 'Advocate for Political Participation and Leadership' for the women's agency of the United Nations.
In her role for UN Women, Markle spent time at the World Bank and with the team of then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton learning more about the issue.
She also visited Rwanda, which has the highest percentage of women in parliament and where she also met with female refugees.?
The 36-year-old has also given up on her career as an actress so she can take up full royal commitments in Britain, bringing an end to her run as Rachel Zane in the hit series Suits, the show which brought her to prominence
Since 2014, the American actress has helped put a global spotlight on the need for equality between women and men as an 'Advocate for Political Participation and Leadership' for the women's agency of the United Nations
The pair inspect Meghan's engagement ring, which includes a large diamond from Botswana, where they had one of their first dates together camping out under the stars
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding will take place at St George's Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle in May because it is a place 'close to the couple's hearts', as is their charity work (right)
While set in New York, Suits was filmed in Toronto and it is believed Miss Markle was finding it hard to juggle her relationship with Harry and her demanding schedule on the show?
The American actress has two rescue dogs - a beagle, Guy, and a Labrador-shepherd cross, Bogart - who she would keep in touch with via FaceTime during her long stints away.
Kensington Palace confirmed Guy has come to the UK and has legal permission to stay here, but Bogart has been left behind.
It has prompted speculation from fans on social media that Bogart may have been left behind because he is 'too big or too old' to fly to the UK.
Many animal lovers have expressed their sadness online at the pet being separated from Miss Markle.
The Prince's communication secretary Jason Knauf said: 'Bogart is now living with friends.'
The Palace refused to speculate as to why Bogart was not brought to the UK and added the decision 'would have lots of complexity to it' while confirming Miss Markle remains 'fond of her dogs'.
To be able to come to the UK, Guy had to be subjected to several vaccinations and bloodtests, as well as being microchipped.
It is understood he is 'living very happily' at Kensington Palace with the couple.?
Speaking yesterday in the couple's first interview following their engagement, Miss Markle told?told the BBC's Mishal Husain: 'I have two dogs that I've had for quite a long time, both my rescue pups.
'And one is now staying with very close friends and my other little guy is, yes he's in the UK, he's been here for a while. I think he's doing just fine.'
The palace confirmed Bogart would be staying in Canada 'with friends' of Miss Markle while beagle Guy, bottom, would come to stay with the newly-engaged couple
The decision to leave Bogart at home has prompted an outcry of sadness on social media with some speculating whether he is too old or big to travel
Miss Markle has frequently featured her dogs on social media over the years, pictured
She even dressed up Guy the beagle in a Union Jack dog jumper after she started dating the Prince
Miss Markle is a keen advocate of adopting dogs and has been vocal on social media about the issue
Ms Markle has said the pair 'mean the absolute world' to her and she refers to them as 'my loves' and 'my boys'.
Guy and Bogart have regularly featured on her Instagram account, with Guy even appearing in a patriotic knitted union flag jumper.
It was American comedian and chat show host Ellen DeGeneres who convinced Ms Markle to adopt Bogart, her first pet, after she bumped into her in a shelter.
'She turns around and comes and taps on the window glass and she yells 'take the dog!' And so I brought him home. Because Ellen told me to,' she said.
Meanwhile Prince Harry has revealed the Queen's corgi and dorgis took to his fiancee 'straight away'.
The prince revealed the dog loving Suits star had charmed his grandmother's pets far easier than even he had ever managed.
In their first interview since announcing their engagement, Harry said: 'And the corgis took to you straight away.'
'I've spent the last 33 years being barked at; this one walks in, absolutely nothing ...'
Describing the moment, Ms Markle, who has two rescue dogs, a beagle named Guy and a labrador-shepherd mix called Bogart, said: 'Just laying on my feet during tea, it was very sweet.'
And Prince Harry added: '... just wagging tails and I was just like argh.'
The couple are to marry in May at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, Kensington Palace has announced.
The American actress, who will become a senior HRH on marrying into the royals, also intends to become a British citizen.
As the couple make preparations for their big day, Ms Markle, a protestant who went to a catholic high school, will be both baptised and confirmed, ready for the religious ceremony.
The royal family will pay for the wedding, including the church service, the music, the flowers and the reception, the palace said.?
Harry's future in-laws... and the rest of Meghan's family
Doria Ragland joined her daughter and Harry to watch the Invictus Games closing ceremony in Toronto in September
Meghan Markle is close to her 'free-spirited' mother and her 'thoughtful, inspiring' father. The actress has written lovingly of her relationship with both.
But it is the star's extended family which has hit the headlines, with one newspaper describing it as a 'motley collection of individuals who, between them, have a long record of boozing, bust-ups and bankruptcies'.
From a gun crime arrest to a Twitter rant accusing the Suits actress of hypocrisy, Markle's step-relations have already proved controversial so far.
Here's a look at Prince Harry's future in-laws:
MOTHER: Doria Ragland
Miss Markle has described her mother as a 'free-spirited clinical therapist'.
Writing on her lifestyle blog, she told how her mother took her to visit the slums of Jamaica and to see poverty in Mexico when she was just 10.
'My mother raised me to be a global citizen, with eyes open to sometimes harsh realities,' Miss Markle revealed.
Ms Ragland, who is African-American, met Miss Markle's father, Thomas Markle, on the set of the US soap General Hospital, where he worked as a lighting director when she was a temp in the studio.
'I like to think he was drawn to her sweet eyes and her Afro, plus their shared love of antiques,' Miss Markle wrote.
They divorced when Miss Markle was six. Although she lived with her mother in Los Angeles, Miss Markle also spent a great deal of time with her father.
Ms Ragland has worked at a day centre for adults with memory loss and as a yoga therapist.
Ms Ragland, who filed for bankruptcy in 2002, has kept her daughter's counsel despite the press interest.
She was mentioned in the Kensington Palace statement which attacked the media over its treatment of Markle, saying that her mother was 'having to struggle past photographers in order to get to her front door'.
Ms Ragland also joined her daughter and Harry to watch the Invictus Games closing ceremony in Toronto in September.
Miss Markle is Thomas Markle's child from his second marriage to Doria Ragland
FATHER: Thomas Wayne Markle
Thomas Markle is a former TV lighting director who worked on shows such as hit sitcom Married... with Children and popular US drama General Hospital.
He won two Emmys for his team's work on General Hospital and was nominated for countless others.
Miss Markle is his only child from his second marriage to Doria Ragland. He has two older children from his first marriage to Roslyn Markle.
He lives a quiet life in Mexico and filed for bankruptcy in 2016 after reports he failed to pay his debts.
Miss Markle is close to her father, who is of?English and German descent, and has described him as hardworking and caring and believing in her 'grand dream' of becoming an actress.
She has paid tribute to 'the blood, sweat and tears this man (who came from so little in a small town of Pennsylvania, where Christmas stockings were filled with oranges, and dinners were potatoes and spam) invested in my future so that I could grow up to have so much'.
She added: 'It's safe to say I have always been a daddy's girl - he taught me how to fish, to appreciate Busby Berkeley films, write thank you notes, and spend my weekends in Little Tokyo eating chicken teriyaki with vegetable tempura.'
She recalled how one Christmas he created a Barbie family for her when they were only sold in sets of white dolls or black dolls
Her new collection of dolls had 'a black mom doll, a white dad doll, and a child in each color. My dad had taken the sets apart and customized my family'.
When Markle was confronted with a tick box form to fill in at school about her ethnicity and found she did not fit in to just one category, she revealed: 'My dad said words that will stay with me forever: 'Draw your own box'.'
Samantha Grant is Miss Markle's half sister from her father's first marriage
HALF SISTER: Samantha Grant
Samantha Grant - also known as Samantha Markle - describes herself as a writer, a mental health counsellor and a 'blabbermouth'.
She is Miss Markle's half sister from her father's first marriage. A one-time actress and model, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2008 and uses a wheelchair.
Based in Florida, she is 17 years older than Markle and sells jewellery to raise money to fund the feature films she writes.
Twice-divorced, she has three children - Ashleigh, Christopher and Noelle.
Like her father, she filed for bankruptcy and is estranged from her mother Roslyn - Thomas Markle's first wife - and brother Thomas Jr.
Ms Grant has been an outspoken critic of Miss Markle since news of her relationship with Harry broke, describing her in interviews as a 'shallow social climber' and claiming she shunned her since making it in Hollywood.
'The royal family would be appalled by what she's done to her own family,' she said.
She said Markle had barely spoken to her she was diagnosed with MS nearly a decade ago. She later maintained she never made the critical comments of her half sibling.
Ms Grant claimed she raised Miss Markle for 12 years while she was growing up in California but her ex-husband, Scott Rasmussen, disputed this.
While she has described Markle as 'very beautiful and conservative, very real, very giving', she has also attacked her on Twitter for her lifestyle website The Tig, which Markle has since ended.
'There is so much more to focus on in the world than shoes and handbags,' she said, accusing Miss Markle of 'hypocrisy' for presenting herself as a humanitarian activist.
Thomas Markle Junior, 50, has been bankrupt once and divorced twice
Rosyln Markle has been complimentary about Miss Markle
When Markle wrote an article for Time magazine about period poverty across the world for International Women's Day, Ms Grant retorted: 'But what did she donate to them to make real change come about? Money for toilets, maxi pads, or just a photo op?'
As rumours Harry was engaged to Markle mounted, Ms Grant, in a television interview with Good Morning Britain, denied there was a rift between her and the actress, describing her as 'absolutely lovely', 'very strong', very graceful' - and also 'very lively'.
She insisted she was not writing a 'slamming tell-all' book, but confirmed the work was called The Diary of Princess Pushy's Sister.
HALF BROTHER: Thomas Markle Junior
Thomas Markle Junior, 50, has been bankrupt once, divorced twice and faced trial on gun charges before the case was dropped.
The father-of-two lives in Grants Pass, Oregon, and works as a window fitter.
He was arrested in January 2017 for allegedly holding a gun to his girlfriend Darlene Blount's head during a drunken argument.
Charged with unlawful use of a dangerous weapon and menacing domestic violence, he faced jailed for up to five years if convicted. The charges were later dismissed. He apologised for his actions and said he was seeking help for his drinking problems.
Mr Markle Jr is not thought to be in contact with his famous half-sister but has given interviews about her and shared family photos with the media.
He claimed Harry had met his girlfriend's father Thomas, but older sister Samantha denied this, tweeting: 'My father hates Tom Jr. And will not talk with him. The articles are B.S. My dad has NOT met Harry.'
Thomas has two sons, Tyler and Thomas Markle III, with his ex-wife, florist Tracy Dooley, whom he divorced in 2001. His second marriage, to Iohannes Rawha, ended in 2009.
:: FATHER'S FIRST WIFE - Roslyn Markle
Rosyln Markle is Thomas Markle's first wife and mother to Samantha Grant and Thomas Jr
Roslyn has said of her estranged daughter: 'Everything she has said about Meghan is a lie.'
The 71-year-old lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and has been complimentary about Miss Markle.
'Meghan is very pretty, very nice, very polished and very classy. I never hear anything but good about her from my son Thomas (Jr),' she said.
She also has a younger son, Bobby Lucero.?
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