When it comes to being a royal, there are many — we repeat: MANY — rules one must follow. Including, how to parent royal children. And while a few rules have been changed throughout the years, there are still a handful of expectations Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will have to follow when they have children.
Curious to know more? We share the royal parenting rules Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will have to follow once they become parents, ahead.
1. They have to baptize their children
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: Prince William breaks this rule all the time.
2. Heirs can’t 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 — there’s still a possibility.
Next: Their children’s etiquette training will start early.
3. They will have to teach them to wave properly
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: Hopefully Meghan will be allowed to invite her parents to this important event.
4. Christmas must be spent with the royal family
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
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: This will give their children a sense of normalcy.
6. Public school is okay
While private schools are much preferred by many royal family members, William and Kate have Prince George in a public school. We imagine Harry and Meghan will do the same with their children.
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7. If they have a son, he won’t be allowed to wear pants
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
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
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.
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10. Their kids have to live out their 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
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
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
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
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 times together
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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