Royal Family Rules Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice Don’t Have to Follow (But Meghan Markle Does)
Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice were born into royalty. However, because they aren’t “working royals,” many of the strictest royal family rules don’t apply to them. Meghan Markle, on the other hand, is required to follow every one of the guidelines.
Here are five rules Eugenie and Beatrice don’t have to follow, while the Duchess of Sussex is required to abide by each one.
1. They can wear any shade of nail polish
Queen Elizabeth has set a strict rule that royal women are only allowed to wear nude nail polish colors. Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle have followed suit, even though Markle often wore dark shades before becoming a royal.
Beatrice and Eugenie, however, can wear any shade of nail polish they’d like. They’re often seen with dark colors on their nails (which could definitely be making Markle a bit jealous).
2. They can have social media pages
When Markle got engaged to Prince Harry, she had to delete all of her social media pages and her lifestyle blog, The Tig. The ban against social media, however, doesn’t apply to Eugenie or Beatrice.
Eugenie is actually the only royal family member with an Instagram account. From posting throwback photos to clips from Friends, you might mistake her for a commoner.
3. They can wear short dresses
Before she was royalty, Markle didn’t shy away from a short hemline. Now that she’s a duchess, she’s stuck to conservative styles with dresses that wouldn’t dare hit her above the knee.
Eugenie, on the other hand, has been spotted in dress lengths Markle could no longer get away with. Even while attending Markle and Harry’s wedding, Eugenie wore a powder blue dress that would have been too short for a working royal.
4. They can make their own career choices
Being a member of the royal family is now literally Markle’s full-time job. Because of this, she had to give up her career as an actress and hobby of blogging.
Eugenie and Beatrice are free to have any career they choose. According to House Beautiful, “The sisters aren’t obligated to make royal appearances and, therefore, have time for jobs. Eugenie, for example, works as associate director for the Hauser & Wirth art gallery in London.”
5. They don’t need permission to marry
Harry and Markle’s royal wedding never would have happened without Queen Elizabeth’s permission. The queen’s official approval is required for the first six people in line to the throne — which includes Harry. She wrote, “My Lords, I declare My Consent to a Contract of Matrimony between My Most Dearly Beloved Grandson Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales and Rachel Meghan Markle, which Consent I am causing to be signified under the Great Seal and to be entered in the Books of the Privy Council.”
Permission was also required for Prince William to marry Kate Middleton in 2011. In her written approval, the queen called the now-Duchess of Cambridge “Our Trusty and Well-beloved Catherine Elizabeth Middleton.”
Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice don’t have to worry about asking permission. Eugenie did end up getting engaged to her longtime boyfriend, Jack Brooksbank, in January 2018.
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