The engagement of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry is finally here! Though this is undoubtedly an exciting time for the royal couple, the American actress will 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 learn to follow when she marries Prince Harry.
1. She can’t hold hands with Prince Harry
One of the biggest royal no-no’s? Showing signs of affection in public — especially while traveling. Except for their wedding, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry would not be allowed to show PDA (including hand-holding) should they get married.
2. She would never be allowed to play Monopoly again
If Meghan Markle is a Monopoly fan, she better get it out of her system. Should she and Prince Harry marry, Markle would no longer be 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.
3. She can’t travel without an all-black outfit
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.
4. She would have to give all of her gifts to the Queen
While members of the royal family are expected to accept all gifts with grace, those gifts don’t technically belong to them. Should Meghan Markle marry Prince Harry, Markle would have to give the gift to the Queen, who would decide what to do with it.
5. She will be allowed to wear a tiara after 6 p.m.
As far as crown jewels go, once Meghan Markle is a married woman, she will be 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.
6. She can’t eat after the Queen has finished her meal
Another British royal family rule 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 Markle isn’t a slow eater.
7. She would no longer be allowed to sign autographs or take selfies with fans
Her career as an actress requires her to sign autographs and take selfies with fans. But if she becomes a member of the British royal family, that would no longer be an appropriate way for her to engage with royal family admirers.
8. No more politics
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.
9. No more shellfish
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 (Markle’s potential father-in-law) has been known to dabble from time to time.
10. No cleavage
Another fashion rule the British royal family must follow? No cleavage. That said, Princess Diana was known to show lower necklines from time-to-time. To avoid showering her cleavage, she would place her clutch over her chest when climbing out of the car.
11. Hats must be worn to all formal daytime events
When attending formal daytime events, all women must wear hats or fascinators.
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