8 Common Products the Royal Family Buys That Aren’t a Complete Waste of Money

If you’ve been following the British royal family, you might be curious about their day-to-day lives. You might wonder about things like what they do for recreation and what types of rules they’re required to follow. Another thing you might want to know is what kinds of household products they buy.

Whether you’re interested in learning some royal family trivia or you just want to sound more interesting at parties, we’ve got some fascinating tidbits to share. Here are some common products the British royal family buys that aren’t a complete waste of money.

1. Affordable clothing

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend a Wheelchair Tennis match during the Invictus Games 2017 at Nathan Philips Square on September 25, 2017 in Toronto, Canada.

Meghan Markle made an impression with her affordable yet stylish look at the 2017 Invictus Games. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images for the Invictus Games Foundation

Although both Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle have been sporting expensive outfits lately, they’re also known for wearing affordable clothing every now and then. Then tend to mix high-end pieces with items at lower price points. Some of Markle’s favorite affordable brands are Aritzia, Banana Republic, Everlane, J. Crew, and Madewell. When the newly-minted duchess made one of her first public appearances with Prince Harry during the 2017 Invictus Games, she wore several of these affordable brands.

Next: This is what the Queen likes to eat for breakfast.

2. Special K cereal

Kellogg's cereals

Queen Elizabeth likes Special K cereal. | Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

You might think royal family members eat a complicated breakfast, but that’s not the case. Queen Elizabeth II usually starts her day with a cup of Earl Grey tea (she doesn’t add milk or sugar) and a few cookies. Then she sometimes eats a bowl of cereal (she likes Special K) with a side of fruit for breakfast, reports Today. Sometimes she will have toast or scrambled eggs with smoked salmon on special occasions.

Next: A healthy combination.

3. Cornflakes

Kellogg's Cornflakes

Prince Harry reportedly enjoys Kellogg’s cornflakes. | Evening Standard/Getty Images

As you can already see, cereal is a favorite in the royal family. Prince Harry sometimes likes to have a bowl of cornflakes in the morning. Back in 2016 he was spotted exiting a London supermarket. He had been shopping for pre-packaged meals. Said one shopper in an interview with The Sun: “It was funny seeing Prince Harry looking at the discount ready meals.” Daily Mail reports it is believed Prince Harry purchased Kellogg’s cornflakes and bananas.

Next: The Queen knows how to make a fashion statement.

4. A sturdy umbrella

The Queen Visits The Duchy Of Lancaster

Queen Elizabeth favors “bird cage” umbrellas from A. Fulton Company. | Andew Yates – Pool/Getty Images

Rain or shine, the royals stay stylish. Another favorite of Queen Elizabeth II is a well-made umbrella. She likes umbrellas from A. Fulton Company, which came to London in 1956. The queen is often seen carrying the company’s “bird cage” umbrellas, which are clear and shaped like a bird cage. If you want one of these umbrellas, you can score one with red trim for just $27.

Next: Complete the look.

 5. Rain boots

Hunter boots

Meghan Markle has been spotted wearing Hunter rain boots. | Hunter Boots

Your rainy-day outfit just isn’t complete without a good pair of rain boots. The Duchess of Sussex prefers to wear Hunter rain boots on soggy days. She wore a pair of Hunter’s original tall rain boots during one of her trips to London at the time she was dating Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex. If you want these boots, you can still purchase them from Hunter’s website. You can get them in a variety of sizes and colors for $150.

Next: Treat yourself.

6. Essie nail polish

Ballet Slippers Nail Polish

Essie ballet slippers is the Queen’s preferred nail color. | Essie

The royal women are big fans of Essie nail polish. Essie ballet slippers (which costs just $9) 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.

Although financial expert Suze Orman reportedly said nail polish is a waste of money, we think it’s OK to treat yourself every now then. So, go ahead and get an occasional manicure. Live a little.

Next: They like to snuggle up with these on occasion.

7. Books

Polish-American pianist Arthur Rubinstein

Polish-American pianist Arthur Rubinstein browses for books at Hatchards, the royal family’s favorite bookshop, in 1963.  | Erich Auerbach/Getty Images

Believe it or not, the royals take time to curl up with a good book every now and then. But you won’t see them shopping at just any bookstore. They prefer Hatchards, which is London’s oldest bookstore. Queen Charlotte was one of the shop’s first customers when it first opened in 1797. The bookstore holds three royal warrants. They supply books to Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Phillip, and Prince Charles.

Next: Their feet get the royal treatment.

8. Fancy socks


The royals don’t skimp on socks. | Issaurinko/iStock/Getty Images

You don’t have to spend a lot to get a quality pair of socks. One brand the royal family is fond of is Corgi, which has been in business since 1892. In 1989, the company was awarded a royal warrant from Prince Charles. If you want a pair for yourself, you can buy some for as low as $22 a pair. If you want to splurge on the cashmere socks, you’ll have to shell out up to $209.

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