Royal Family: Surprising Things Meghan Markle Won’t Be Allowed to Do Anymore

Now that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are married, many things have changed for the former Suits star. British royal family members must follow strict rules. This means Meghan has to quickly get used to a whole new way of life. If you’ve ever wondered what life is like as a royal, wonder no more. We’ll clear up some of the British royal family gossip around expectations for royal behavior.

Here are some surprising things Meghan Markle won’t be allowed to do anymore.

Wear colorful nail polish

Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle during an official photocall to announce their engagement.

Meghan will have to stick to nude polish shades to match that gorgeous diamond. |  Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

Royal family members must adhere to strict rules when it comes to nail polish, reports Vanity Fair. Only natural nail colors are permitted during official events. Essie nail polish seems to be a royal favorite. Essie ballet slippers is the only color Queen Elizabeth wears. She’s been a faithful fan of the color since 1989, according to the nail polish company. People reports manicurist and make-up artist Marina Sandoval painted Kate Middleton’s nails with Essie allure and mixed it with Boujois’ rose lounge for the duchess’s 2011 wedding.

Eat shellfish

Shrimp and sliced limes on a wooden board.

Shellfish is not an option. | Fudio/iStock/Getty Images

Hopefully, Meghan isn’t a fan of shellfish. Another rule royal family members must abide by is no consumption of shellfish, reports The Sun. According to BBC News this rule is in place because shellfish has been known to be a source of foodborne illness. “The royal entourage likes progress to run smoothly, free from the disruptions of gastronomic indisposition. Hence the ban on shellfish, rare meat, foreign water, and any food that is too spicy or exotic,” reports BBC.


Meghan Markle attends Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene.

She’ll have to remain neutral when it comes to politics. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Meghan most likely won’t be casting her vote in any upcoming U.K. elections. According to the official parliament website it is considered unconstitutional for the Monarch (Queen Elizabeth II) to vote in an election. “As Head of State, the Queen has to remain strictly neutral with respect to political matters, unable to vote or stand for election,” says the queen’s official website. A Buckingham Palace spokesman revealed to Newsweek that “by convention” members of the royal family who are “close to the queen” don’t take part in voting.

Sign autographs

Meghan Markle smiles while holding flowers in front of fans.

Royals aren’t allowed to sign autographs for fans. | Jeremy Selwyn/WPA Pool/Getty Images

As an actress, Meghan likely became used to giving out autographs. However, those days might be over. Members of the royal family are not permitted to sign autographs for their adoring fans, reports the U.K.’s Express. Unless there is an official signing at a royal engagement, no autographs are allowed. However, Prince Charles broke this rule back in 2010 when he wrote his name on a piece of paper for two Cornwall flood victims, reports the Daily Mail.

Play Monopoly

Monopoly board game on a table.

This board game isn’t allowed in the royal palace. | Bruno Vincent/Getty Images

Being a member of the royal family isn’t all fun and games. One activity that is prohibited is playing the board game Monopoly. During a public engagement, Prince Andrew said the family isn’t allowed to play the game. According to the Telegraph, when someone gave him the board game, he responded: “We’re not allowed to play Monopoly at home. It gets too vicious.” If Markle is a die-hard fan of classic board games, she might be disappointed about this unofficial rule.

Post liberally on social media

Meghan Markle pushes back her hair while speaking to the public.

No more vacation Instagram uploads for the future Duchess. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Before Meghan and Prince Harry got serious she often posted on her personal Twitter and Instagram accounts. However, now that she’s married to Prince Harry, her social media activity was suspended, and all of her accounts deleted. Updates will now likely be posted for her on @KensingtonRoyal. This is where Meghan and Prince Harry’s stunning engagement and wedding photos were posted.

Wear wedged shoes around the Queen

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's shoes.

It’ll have to be elegant heels from now on. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

The queen doesn’t like wedges. That means Meghan most likely won’t be seen wearing them when she is around. “The Queen isn’t a fan of wedged shoes. She really doesn’t like them and it’s well known among the women in the family,” an insider told Vanity Fair. Meghan is known for making a fashion statement, but she’ll have to tone things down a bit now that she’s officially a royal family member.

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