15 Royal Family Rules Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Kids Will Have to Follow
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry welcomed their first child, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, on May 6, 2019. So far the new parents have stuck with their reputation for being “rebels” and doing things their own way from how they chose to introduce their new bundle of joy to the world right down to his name.
Though the Duke and Duchess of Sussex seem like they will be very hands-on and modern parents, there are specific rules and regulations that Archie and any future children they may have will have to follow. In the past couple of years, Markle has had a crash course on everything royal, so she will be right there to make sure her baby doesn’t miss one regal beat.
Like his cousins, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, Archie will have a slew of rules to follow. You’ll be shocked to learn what toy the littlest royals are banned from playing with (page 14).
1. Sitting at the kiddie table
We all remember getting shoved to the side and being placed at the kiddie table during holiday dinners. However, it looks like Duchess Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s children will be at their own tiny table for much longer than we were.
Children cannot sit at royal dinners with the queen and the rest of their family until they learn the “art of polite conversation.” Luckily the littlest royal will have his cousins to converse with during formal events.
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2. Learning multiple languages
We all know how important education is to Duchess Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. After all, the prince went to the prestigious Eton College, and Markle graduated from Northwestern University with a bachelor’s degree and a double major in theater and international studies. The new parents have also had a slew of amazing life experiences. Their royal little one will most certainly follow suit.
Making sure that their children are bilingual is extremely important to the royal family. Prince George and Princess Charlotte are already learning Spanish, and we’re confident that when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s child is old enough, he will also be taught different languages as well.
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3. Taking their education seriously
Speaking of education, royal children are required to get a good education throughout their adolescent years and go on to university. Prince Harry wasn’t exactly a good student. After all, one of his former professors, Sarah Forsyth claimed that the prince was a weak student. She also alleged that the staff at Eton conspired to help him cheat on examinations.
Though he graduated from Eton College, the new dad chose to go on to the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst instead of a traditional university. At least there is some wiggle room in case the newest royal isn’t academically minded.
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4. A very specific wardrobe
There is a reason why we’ve almost never seen Prince George in pants, except at weddings and other prestigious occasions. Princess Charlotte’s wardrobe is also pretty formulaic as well. Duchess Kate Middleton and Prince William’s middle child has a rotating wardrobe of smock dresses with Peter Pan collars, as well as a colorful collection of Mary Jane shoes and hairbows. Proper attire is essential when you’re a royal child.
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5. Mastering the royal wave
Markle and Prince Harry’s children will get a ton of face time with the public, and like their parents, they will have to master the royal wave. The British royal family’s wave is so iconic that it has been coined the Windsor wave. Though Prince George seems more reluctant about being in the public, Princess Charlotte has got her royal greeting down pact.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s little one will master the wave at a very early age.
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6. No tiaras for a royal baby girl
The reasons why Princess Eugenie, Duchess Kate Middleton, and Duchess Meghan Markle literally glittered on their wedding days is because it was the first time they wore tiaras. If the Duchess of Sussex has a girl, her little one won’t be able to sport a tiara until her wedding day either
Apparently, royal tiaras are only worn by married women. Etiquette expert Grant Harrold explain, “tiaras are a sign of status and would show you were taken and not looking for a husband.”
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7. No junk food
We don’t know one kid who doesn’t love sweets and snacks, but little royals won’t be able to indulge. The queen has banned genetically modified and junk foods. Darren McGrady, a former royal chef told Recipe Plus,
“You can send strawberries every day to the Queen during summer in Balmoral, and she’ll never say a word. Try including strawberries on the menu in January, and she’ll scrub out the line and say don’t dare send me genetically modified strawberries.”
A healthy diet is a must when you’re a royal, and we thinking learning good nutrition at an early age is a great idea. However, we don’t think Duchess Meghan Markle and the prince will be super strict with their children’s diets all the time. They are both foodies after all.
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8. It’s a no for social media
Fans of Suits were devastated when after going public with Prince Harry, Duchess Meghan Markle deleted all of her social media accounts. Her babies will follow suit. Aside from appearances on the official Kensington Palace social media accounts, the littlest royals will be banned from social media. However, when they get older, they could petition to get their own accounts like their cousin, Princess Eugenie.
Honestly, coming from those of us who were brought up in the ’90s, we think this is a brilliant idea.
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9. Making time for royal duties
From an early age, the duke and duchess will have to impress upon their children how important their royal duties are. Although Markle and Prince Harry are fun-loving and will surely give their children an exciting childhood, royal duties will also call. There are some events that you just cannot skip if you’re a royal. From the queen’s birthday celebration to coronations, royal weddings, and Royal Ascot, slumber parties and Disney World will have to be scheduled around their royal calendars.
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10. On their best behavior
Children aren’t exactly predictable. Unlike adults, they just don’t have the capacity to push through when they’re not feeling it, and we get that. We’ve seen Prince George, and Princess Charlotte have a meltdown or two at public events. Luckily their parents are super patient with them, and we can only assume Prince Harry, and Duchess Meghan Markle will follow that example.
However, there will be a big emphasis on manners. The little royals will know how to say “please” and “thank you,” and we think that’s a significant step in making them iconic human beings.
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11. Expressing themselves
Though their babies will most certainly be polite, we’re sure Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Markle will be modern parents, allowing their children to express their feelings and emotions. Prince William spoke about how important this is. He told CALM Magazine, “Catherine and I are clear that we want both George and Charlotte to grow up feeling able to talk about their emotions and feelings.”
Both Prince Harry and Markle have spoken openly about the importance of mental health, and they want to make sure that they’re children are emotionally well taken care of.
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12. Staying picture perfect
Since the royals are in the spotlight constantly, they are always being photographed and captured on camera. Therefore, the little royals are going to have to learn their angles, be mindful of their posture, and everything else that goes along with being a public figure from a young age. Markle and Prince Harry will probably have a major hand in this as well.
After all, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are already known to color coordinate with their kiddos and we’re sure their in-laws will follow suit.
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13. Returning gifts
Though birthdays and Christmas are massive celebrations in the royal family, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s little one will have to learn how to decline gifts politely. According to official royal guidelines, “gifts offered by private individuals living in the UK not personally known to the member of the Royal Family should be refused where there are concerns about the propriety of motives of the donor or the gift itself.”
However, we hardly think the any Markle/Windsor babies will be missing out on anything.
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14. A ban on tablets
We’re not ones to judge, but tablets seem to be a staple in children’s lives these days. Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Markle won’t be indulging their children in that way. Like Prince George and Princess Charlotte, the royal baby of Sussex probably won’t be allowed to play with tablets.
A source told US Weekly, “There is a strict ban on tablets and smart gadgets for the children in the royal household. This doesn’t have to do with security risks, although that is certainly a concern in such a high-profile family. Instead, the ban reflects the royal parents’ desire to let their kids have an unplugged childhood, far away from the media and attention that will follow them as adults.”
Instead, the duke and duchess will encourage their little one to play outside and stimulate themselves with traditional toys. We think that’s grand royal rule.
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15. Age 5
Though the royal kiddos growing up today will have much more freedom than children in the royal family did in the past, by age five, they will be required to follow most royal protocols.
It seems like Prince George has already begun bowing and making sure he’s in line with royal traditions. However, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, and Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s little one will have a few years before they have to be as polished as George.