How Meghan Markle Prepared for Life as a Royal

With Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding now over, the former actress is settling into her new life as a royal. But before she married into the famous family, she received “princess-in-training” lessons consisting of everything from learning how to curtsy to life-saving tactics she can use in the event that she is ever kidnapped.

Here’s more on the special hostage training Markle received, plus a look at some of the rules she must follow and the things she had to give up.

No selfies with fans

Meghan looks up at a phone during a selfie.
She might have to disappoint a few fans. | Meghan Markle via Instagram

This rule may not be set in stone, but taking selfies with fans is something the royals typically do not do. Therefore, Markle may have to turn down any picture requests she gets from the public.

Lainey Gossip noted that the new royal already explained to some fans that she is unable to take any snaps. During a walk at Nottingham, a fan asked for a photo with her and she said, “We’re not allowed.”

The same goes for autographs, mainly because the royals simply wouldn’t have the time to get to everyone.

No more acting

Meghan Markle inside a dressing room.
She will be focusing her energy on other responsibilities. | Meghan Markle via Instagram

Shortly after their engagement announcement was made, Markle revealed in the couple’s first joint interview that she was retiring from acting. This didn’t come as much of a surprise since everyone figured that she wouldn’t be returning to film Suits after marrying a prince.

Markle said about leaving the USA network show:

I see it is a new change, a new chapter. I’ve been working on my show seven years, we were so fortunate to have that longevity on a series. For me, once we hit the 100 episode marker, I thought, I have ticked this box and I feel really proud of the work we’ve done there and now it’s time to work as a team with [Harry].

VIP hostage training

Meghan Markle pushes her hair back.
She will have to be trained to handle emergencies. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

The downside to marrying such a recognizable member of the royal family is that you then can become a target. This is the case for Markle and the reason she had to undergo special training from elite military ops in case she is ever taken hostage.

“When you are part of the royal family, suddenly, you become a victim for ISIS, for a terrorist group, for a kidnapping,” terrorism expert Robert Strang told Inside Edition and Markle being an American makes her even more of a target. Some of what she learned included how to cope mentally and physically, how to alert authorities and loved ones, and how to stay alive in such a situation.

This training is nothing new for the royals, but the news that Markle received it came after a chilling report that ISIS had targeted Prince George’s preschool recently.

Royal fashion do’s and don’ts

Meghan Markle's legs and shoes.
She will have to stock up on pantyhose. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Markle committed her first royal fashion faux pas when she and Harry appeared together in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace following the news of their engagement, and she didn’t wearing pantyhose. That’s a big no-no in the royal family. For example, the queen and Kate Middleton almost always wear sheer hose in public.

It’s also safe to say that we won’t see Markle in revealing outfits. Black dresses are also not acceptable to wear during royal enagaements. Even though Princess Diana once broke this rule at an affair with Princess Grace. Black dresses are usually only worn to funerals.

It’s a learning curve for Markle, but she’s still getting adjusted to the do’s and don’ts of royal fashioN and can always call the Duchess of Cambridge for some expert advice.

Proper table etiquette

A close up of Meghan Markle's face
She’ll need to learn specific table etiquette. | Adrian Dennis/ WPA Pool/Getty Images

Learning how the table is set and which fork to use WAS important for Markle to learn. Before you start drawing Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman comparisons here, no matter how good Markle’s table mannerisms were she had to learn the British etiquette which is different from how Americans dine.

She was prepped on other things too, like what appropriate conversations are to be discussed at the dinner table.

How to address other royals

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement on Monday 27th November 2017 and will marry at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle in May 2018. Prince George will be a part of the ceremony.
She has to learn to properly address other royals. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Markle has also learned how to address and behave around the queen and other members of the royal family.

She was taught how to properly address dignitaries abroad as well. In addition, she’ll be expected to have a firm grasp on the workings of the state.

How to curtsy

Meghan Markle during an official photocall to announce the engagement.
Will Kate Middleton help her out with this one? | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Finally, Markle had to master the proper way to curtsy. The act is done by tucking one leg back with a slight bend in the knee, while also nodding the head.

Markle needs to do this when greeting those with higher royal rankings, including Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, and Prince Charles.

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