Will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Break the ‘Royal Rules’ for Their Child?

Parenting can already be a tough job for any person, though when one is a member of the British royal family, raising a child also means adhering to a number of rules set by either the queen or unspoken traditions.

Now that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are expecting, many royal watchers are curious as to where the duke and duchess will be in terms of following strict protocols. Will they cautiously try to adhere to all the rules or will they be rebellious and ignore some of them?

What are the rules for royal parents?

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex | Danny Lawson – WPA Pool/Getty Images

There are a variety of things that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be expected to do in order to help their child grow up as a good representative of the royal family.

For example, royal children should be well-educated and study at schools that have excellent reputations. They must also learn to behave properly as well as speak with good manners, including saying “please” and “thank you” (while additionally keeping in mind some words the queen has banned).

However, a few rules can seem quite bizarre to outsiders, such as no playing Monopoly or eating shellfish and pasta at home.

Do Prince William and Kate Middleton abide by the rules?

Prince Harry’s older brother and his wife, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, have three children already and it is fairly public knowledge that they do not follow all the rules.

The couple does adhere to certain traditions, such as when it comes to giving their kids a superb education and teaching them how to behave in public.

Yet, Prince William and Kate Middleton are more relaxed than Queen Elizabeth II on certain other protocols. They prefer to let their kids attend local institutions instead of boarding schools like most royals before them. The duke and duchess also often eat pasta at dinner in their own home. And they have spoken about wanting to be emotionally close with their children – definitely quite different from the hands-off approach that the queen used with her own group of kids. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have even received scolds from Her Majesty for getting on the children’s level to talk to them instead of standing up straight.

Will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle break royal parenting rules?

As with Prince William and Kate Middleton before them, it is very likely that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will forgo any rules and traditions that they deem not fitting for their modern family.

Prince Harry himself many years ago was known as a rebellious youngster who did not fit into the perfect image of a royal prince. Just last year he broke royal traditions by marrying Meghan Markle, a biracial American divorcée. Since becoming a duchess, Meghan Markle herself has also been known for not following certain rules down to the T as she is expected to. As such, it is easy to see that these are two royals who are really not afraid to push boundaries.

Just exactly how far the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will stray from royal protocols in raising their child is something that we do not know for sure yet. However, it is likely that they will follow in the footsteps of Prince William and Kate Middleton to become involved parents who will give their kid as normal of a childhood as possible.

The two of them have already moved out into Frogmore Cottage, an abode in the countryside outside of London, to give their growing family some much-needed privacy. Meghan Markle has even expressed that she wants to give their child a relatively normal upbringing.

Since the Duchess of Sussex also has a close bond with her mother, it seems that she will try to foster a similar relationship with her child, which means not simply handing them off to nannies or boarding school as many royals have done in the past. Likewise, Prince Harry’s mother, the late Princess Diana, was warm and loving towards her two sons, so Harry himself will possibly strive to do the same as a parent.

Nevertheless, given the current line of succession, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s future child(ren) will be at least seven places from the throne, making their chances of inheriting the King or Queen title extremely unlikely, especially when Prince William’s kids have their own offspring in the future. Thus, it is possible that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be given a bit more leeway in how they choose follow parenting protocols compared to someone who is in a better position to inherit the throne.