When the 10th Baron Baybrooke died a year ago with no male heir, none of his eight daughters could inherit the title, or the 6,000-acre Audley Estate in Essex.
The 36-year-old former actress - who was known as Meghan Markle before her wedding - tied the knot with Prince Harry last month and became an official member of the royal family, and her former co-stars who were invited to the event still haven't gotten over how handsome the ceremony was.
It's hard to believe that it's been less than three weeks since Meghan Markle married Prince Harry, and became an official member of the royal family.
In their first interview together after announcing their engagement, Markle and Harry made it clear they hope to have children someday.
However, priority within the peerage system is still given to male heirs.
This means that even if the couple's first-born child is a girl, only their sons will inherit the dukedom. The Daughters' Rights organization has been campaigning for legislative change throughout the U.K. One prominent supporter of modernizing the rules is Downton Abbey creator, Julian Fellowes, who spoke out on the subject past year when a local lord, Baron Braybrooke, died, leaving behind a 6,000-acre estate. The 2017 games in Toronto, Canada, marked the first public event where Harry was seen with his now-wife, Meghan Markle.
"She's not going to want to be a quiet princess and simply open hospitals or cut ribbons", a source told People, adding the Duchess of Sussex is keen to "hit the ground running" in regards to her royal commitments.
If it is true that the leader of the royal family feels her new granddaughter-in-law needs a helping hand, the Royal Train is not at all a bad place to kick this into action.