As an American woman dating a Brit, I am no stranger to the mishaps that can result from the cultural differences between the U.S. and England. And while I'm sure Meghan Markle has a slew of royal traditions to learn, titles to remember, and fancy hats to organize once she's officially tied the knot with Prince Harry, there are still some basics about British culture it's always helpful to learn. Take it from someone who's had sarcastic humor go over her head, and who used to make tea by microwaving water: there is a lot that can be different between two people who still (kind of?) speak the same language.
After a year and a half of explaining the American tipping system and realizing "you alright?" is not a worried inquiry about my wellbeing, I've learned enough to make my boyfriend cringe at my off-the-cuff displays of British vocabulary. And although my British culture proficiency is decent, I recruited the help of experts to impart some wisdom Markle's way so she can better get along with her future in-laws. My personal tidbits of advice? Take some time to marathon the British version of The Office andThe IT Crowd, buy yourself a sturdy umbrella, and don't let anyone talk you into eating brown sauce. Here are some cultural differences Meghan Markle should prepare herself for once she marries Prince Harry, according to experts.