No Playing Monopoly and Other Insane British Royal Family Rules Meghan Markle Must Follow

Once Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding excitement wears off, the couple will get back to their royal duties. And the American actress might need to brush up on the British royal family’s laundry list of strange rules.

From when to finish eating dinner to the one thing she can never do when addressing fans, we share the rules Meghan Markle must follow as a member of the royal family.

1. She can’t hold hands with Prince Harry

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Invictus Games

The royal family doesn’t like public displays of affection. | Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images for the Invictus Games Foundation

One of the biggest royal no-nos? Showing signs of affection in public — especially while traveling. Except for their wedding, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will not be allowed to show PDA (including hand-holding).

Next: Meghan Markle will have to avoid this popular game.

2. She’s not allowed to play Monopoly

Monopoly board game

The royal family has problems with Monopoly, too. | Bruno Vincent/Getty Images

If Meghan Markle is a Monopoly fan, she better get it out of her system. The royals are not allowed to play Monopoly. Prince Andrew, Duke of York, banned the board game due to members of the royal family getting too competitive. We can relate.

Next: The one item she must always pack when traveling

3. She can’t travel without an all-black outfit

Meghan Markle posing in a black dress.

She needs to bring at least one all-black outfit whenever she travels. | Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images

There are many style rules a member of the royal family must follow, including packing an all-black outfit every time she travels. The rule is in place to ensure that the royals are properly dressed should a sudden death occur while they are away from home.

Next: The queen gets to take these from her.

4. She has to give all of her gifts to the queen

Queen Elizabeth II is wearing a blue suit dress and a hat.

Queen Elizabeth gets to dole out the gifts. | Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

While members of the royal family are expected to accept all gifts with grace, those gifts don’t technically belong to them. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry must give any gifts they receive to the queen, who decides what to do with them.

Next: When’s tiara time?

5. She can wear a tiara after 6 p.m.

They have very specific tiara-related rules. | Toby Melville/Pool/Getty Images

As a royal, Meghan Markle is allowed to wear a tiara. Only married women in the royal family can wear tiaras. And when wearing a tiara, they must sit in the middle of the head at a 45-degree angle.

Another silly British royal family rule she must follow? When the clock strikes 6 p.m. at an indoor event, she will have to change her hat or fascinator to a tiara.

Next: The queen dictates the meal.

6. She can’t eat after the queen has finished her meal

Royal Banquet

The queen gets to decide the dinner schedule. | Lewis Whyld-WPA Pool/Getty Images

Another British royal family rule Meghan Markle will have to get used to? The queen dictating when dinner is over. Once the queen has finished her meal, everyone else is expected to stop eating, too. We hope Meghan isn’t a slow eater.

Next: Say goodbye to selfies.

7. She’s not allowed to sign autographs or take selfies with fans

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Invictus Games

She has to remain proper. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images for the Invictus Games Foundation

Her career as an actress required her to sign autographs and take selfies with fans. But as a member of the British royal family, that’s no longer an appropriate way for her to engage with royal family admirers.

Next: She has to remain neutral.

8. No more politics

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during an official photocall to announce the engagement

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle must remain neutral in politics. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

The British royal family is expected to remain neutral in political matters — at least in public and when it comes to voting. Though there is nothing specific in British law saying the royal family can’t vote, it’s widely considered unconstitutional for them to do so. They also can’t hold any type of political office.

Next: This is a strange, but practical, rule.

9. No more shellfish

Meghan Markle, girlfriend of Prince Harry

Meghan Markle has to limit her shellfish. | Andrew Cowie/AFP/Getty Images

The royal family is not allowed to eat shellfish because it is more likely to cause food poisoning than other types of food. Though this rule has been around for quite some time, Prince Charles has been known to dabble from time to time.

Next: Modesty matters.

10. No cleavage

Princess Diana

Princess Diana would cover her neckline with her clutch. | Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images

Another fashion rule the British royal family must follow? No cleavage. That said, Princess Diana was known to wear lower necklines from time to time. To avoid showing her cleavage, she would place her clutch over her chest when climbing out of a car.

Next: Meghan Markle needs an extensive hat collection.

11. Hats must be worn to all formal daytime events

Kate Middleton is sitting in a carriage in a white lace dress and hat.

Royal women must wear hats or fascinators. | Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images

When attending formal daytime events, all women must wear hats or fascinators. We’re sure Meghan Markle already has a good start on her hat collection.

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