Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement was announced on Nov. 27, 2017, and now with their wedding taking place in May 2018, the former actress is getting ready for her new life as a royal. Her princess lessons will consist of not just learning how to curtsy, but also some life-saving tactics she can use in the event that she is ever kidnapped.
Here’s more on the special hostage training Markle will receive, plus a look at some of the rules she must follow and the things she’ll have to give up.
No selfies with fans
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 bride-to-be 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
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
The downside to marrying a very famous, recognizable member of the royal family is that you then can become a target. This is the case for Markle and the reason she has 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. She will be taught 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 does come after a chilling report that ISIS had targeted Prince George’s preschool recently.
Royal fashion do’s and don’ts
Markle already committed a 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.
Markle will also be made aware that revealing outfits and black dresses are not acceptable to wear. 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 has time to get all the do’s and don’ts of royal fashion down and can always call the Duchess of Cambridge for some expert advice.
Proper table etiquette
She’ll be taught how the table is set and which fork to use. Before you start drawing Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman comparisons here, no matter how good Markle’s table mannerisms are she’ll have to learn the British etiquette which is different from how Americans dine.
She’ll be prepped on other things too, like what appropriate conversations are to be discussed at the dinner table.
How to address other royals
With her fiancé as her instructor, Markle will also learn how to address and behave around the queen and other members of the royal family.
She will learn how to properly address dignitaries abroad as well when the couple embarks on their first trip after tying the knot. In addition, she’ll be expected to have a firm grasp on the workings of the state.
How to curtsy
Finally, Markle will of course have to master how to curtsy. The act is done by tucking one leg back with a slight bend in the knee, while also nodding the head.
Markle will need to do this when greeting Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Anne, and Harry’s first cousins, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie. However, if Harry is present, then the latter two must curtsy to Meghan because of his position in line to the throne.
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