The Royal Parenting Rules Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Will Have to Follow When They Have Children

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have only been married a few months, but royal watchers are already wondering when they’ll add a baby to their family. “[Meghan] and Harry want to start a family right away — and she’ll start trying as soon as she can,” a source told US Weekly.

When the royal couple becomes parents, there will be many rules they must follow. Let’s take a quick look at the 15 royal parenting rules Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will have to follow, including one common childhood activity that’s banned (No. 13) in the royal family.

1. They must baptize their children

Kate Middleton with Prince Louis

Kate Middleton carries Prince Louis as they arrive for his christening service at St James’s Palace. | Dominic Lipinski – WPA Pool/Getty Images

One rule all royal parents must follow? They must baptize their children. But, that’s not all. The royal family baptizes their children in a special vessel that has been used by nearly every royal since 1841.

Next: William and Kate break this royal parenting rule all the time.

2. Heirs can’t travel together

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge

Prince William, Prince George, Kate Middleton, and Princess Charlotte | Andrew Chin/Getty Images

  • The Queen must give permission for two heirs to travel together.  

One of the most important parenting rules royals must follow? Two heirs can’t travel together. While this most likely won’t apply to Prince Harry and his future son — since Prince William is second in line to the throne — it’s still a possibility.

Next: Their kids will have to learn this 1 important royal skill.

3. They will have to teach them to wave properly

Princess Charlotte with Prince William and Prince George

Prince William with Prince George and Princess Charlotte | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

  • Princess Charlotte has already mastered the signature royal wave. 

The royal family doesn’t mess around with their waving techniques. Coined the Windsor wave, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will have to teach their children how to properly wave from an early age.

Next: Meghan’s kids may not be allowed to spend this big holiday with her family.

4. Christmas must be spent with the royal family

Left to right: Kate Middleton, Prince William, Meghan Markle, and Prince Harry on Christmas Day 2017.

Christmas is very important to the royal family. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

  • The royals always spend the Christmas holiday together.

Whether you’re royal or not, splitting up your time between families on Christmas can be quite the challenge. That said, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have it easy, since they don’t have a choice. The royal couple are expected to spend their holiday with the royal family at Sandringham Estate.

Next: Royal children are no longer educated at home.

5. Their children must be educated

Education is very important to the royal family. | Richard Pohle/AFP/Getty Images

  • Prince George attends Thomas’s Battersea School.

One of the most important royal parenting rules? Their children must receive a good education throughout their adolescent years and go on to university.

Next: Meghan and Harry won’t be able to avoid this big cost of raising kids.

6. Spending a lot on education is the norm

Prince George of Cambridge arrives for his first day of school with his father Prince William, Duke of Cambridge at Thomas's Battersea on September 7, 2017 in London, England.

Prince George of Cambridge arrives for his first day of school with his father Prince William, Duke of Cambridge at Thomas’s Battersea on September 7, 2017 in London, England. | Richard Pohle – WPA Pool/Getty Images

  • Prince George’s school costs $23,000 a year. 

Private schools are generally preferred by many royal family members, William and Kate have Prince George in Thomas’s Battersea, an exclusive school that reportedly costs $23,000 a year. We imagine Harry and Meghan will do the same with their children.

Next: The most ridiculous royal family style rule for children.

7. If they have a son, he won’t be allowed to wear pants

Prince George, Duchess Kate, Princess Catherine, and Prince William in the Royal Family Christmas Card 2015

Young princes wear shorts. | Kensington Palace via Instagram

  • Shorts and long socks are the norm for royal boys. 

One of the most bizarre parenting rules: Young boys are not allowed to wear pants. If Harry and Meghan have a son, they will have to dress him in shorts and long socks.

Next: They won’t be able to travel with their kids without this.

8. Their children must have a passport

Young royals are frequent flyers. | Dominic Lipinski-Pool/Getty Images

  • Royal children need to be able to travel internationally.

Just because they’re royal, doesn’t mean they don’t need a passport. While the queen is allowed to come and go without on, royal children must have a passport when accompanying their parents on royal tours — no matter how young they are.

Next: They can’t parent alone.

9. Having a nanny is also a must

Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo is Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s nanny. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

  • Kate is a hands-on mom, but she still has a nanny to help out.

When it comes to nannies, every royal is different. That said, Princess Diana was a very hands-on mom, and so is Kate. We imagine Meghan will be the same with her children and only call for her nanny’s help when needed.

Next: The downside to them having children …

10. Their kids have to live out their royal duties

Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex wave as they leave Windsor Castle after their wedding to attend an evening reception at Frogmore House, hosted by the Prince of Wales on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.

Don’t forget about those royal duties | Steve Parsons-WPA Pool/Getty Images

  • All royal children must learn about their future royal duties. 

While we imagine Harry and Meghan will raise their children to be as “normal” as possible, at the end of the day, their family is still royal. The two will have to work together to teach their future children about royal duties.

Next: Meltdowns are not acceptable.

11. Their kids must be well-mannered

Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge look out from the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the Trooping the Colour parade on June 17, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Royal children are in the spotlight from a very early age. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

  • Even small children are expected to have good manners. 

The queen has strict rules about how the royal family should behave — children included. Harry and Meghan will have to raise their children to be well-mannered from an early age.

Next: No baby talk allowed.

12. They must teach them to speak like a royal

Prince George and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge

Royal children are more formal than most. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

  • Learning to speak like a royal is essential.

In addition to manners, royal children must speak like a royal. As soon as they learn to talk, Harry and Meghan will have to teach their children to speak in a more eloquent manner.

Next: They won’t be allowed to play this popular game.

13. No playing Monopoly

a monopoly board with pieces on it

Monopoly isn’t welcome at the palace. | Alex Wong/Getty Images

  • Monopoly games are reportedly “too vicious” for the royal family.

As far as family game nights are concerned, Harry and Meghan’s children will not be allowed to play monopoly. Apparently, the game was banned from the royal family as it reportedly gets “too vicious.”

Next: William and Kate made up this rule.

14. They can teach them to be open with their emotions

William and Kate are more hands-on with their kids than past royals. | WPA Pool/Getty Images

  • Unlike earlier generations of royals, William and Kate are teaching their children to talk about their feelings. 

Showing emotions is very important to William and Kate and we imagine it will be the same for Harry and Meghan. William reportedly 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.”

Since their mother’s death, William and Harry have had to deal with a great amount of emotions, having to keep a lot themselves. It’s obvious why they don’t want the same for their children.

Next: We have no doubt Harry and Meghan will excel at this.

15. Spend quality time together

Prince William and Kate Middleton Helicopter

The royals believe in plenty of family time. | Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images

  • Quality time is important for members of the royal family. 

At the end of the day, it is important to members of the royal family that they spend time together, and we imagine Harry and Meghan are no different. Like William and Kate, we won’t be surprised if the newest royal couple spend time at museums, doing arts and crafts, and playing outdoors with their future children.

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