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 do become parents, there will be many — we repeat: many — rules they must follow. Curious to know more? We share the 15 royal parenting rules Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will have to follow once they become parents, ahead, including the 1 item of clothing any son they have will never be allowed to wear (No. 7).
1. They must baptize their children
- Royal babies are typically baptized using water from the River Jordan.
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.
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2. Heirs can’t travel together
- 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 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.
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4. Christmas must be spent with the royal family
- 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.
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5. Their children must be educated
- 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.
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6. Spending a lot on education is the norm
- 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.
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7. If they have a son, he won’t be allowed to wear pants
- 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
- 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
- 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.
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10. Their kids have to live out their royal duties
- 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.
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11. Their kids must be well-mannered
- 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.
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12. They must teach them to speak like a royal
- 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
- 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.”
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14. They can teach them to be open with their emotions
- 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
- 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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