Prince Philip and Meghan Markle have something in common.

According to Anna Kretschmer of Express, the Duke of Edinburgh and Duchess of Sussex both made a heartbreaking decision about their careers before they married the royal family. The two royals had flourishing careers, but chose to give them up to dedicate themselves to the royal lives that awaited them.

Prince Philip joined the Royal Navy as a young man from Dartmouth naval college in 1939. He was the Commander and served in several significant operations in World War 2. However, when Queen Elizabeth II ascended the throne in 1952, he was forced to give up his lifelong career.

“Philip’s role as Consort is far from the role he would ideally have chosen, in the navy he would probably have risen high had not the King’s failing health forced him to terminate a promising career,” Richard Fitzwilliams said.

On the other hand, Markle was catapulted to fame after landing a role on USA Network’s legal drama “Suits.” She starred in the series for seven seasons as the paralegal-turned-lawyer Rachel Zane opposite  Patrick J. Adams’ Michael Ross but bid goodbye to the show in the run-up to her royal wedding to Prince Harry. Despite turning her back from acting, Markle insisted that she didn’t give up something she loves.

“I don’t see it as giving anything up. I just see it as a change,” Markle said during their engagement interview.

“It’s a new chapter, right? And also, keep in mind, I’ve been working on [‘Suits’] for seven years. We were very, very fortunate to have that sort of longevity on a series…I've ticked this box, and I feel very proud of the work I’ve done there, and now it’s time to work with [Harry] as a team.”

An insider said that Markle was aware that she couldn’t act at the same time be a princess. She was reportedly happy to make a career sacrifice. Even before marrying Prince Harry, she has already enjoyed doing charity work with Unicef, and she only broadened out her charity commitments by being a full-time royal.

Prince Philip and Prince Harry Prince Philip and Prince Harry enjoy the atmosphere during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final match between New Zealand and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on Oct. 31, 2015 in London. Photo: Getty Images/Phil Walter