8 royal rules Meghan Markle must follow now that she's a Duchess

2018-05-24 10:36

Cape Town - Meghan Markle married Prince Harry on Saturday, 19 May and became the Duchess of Sussex.

While many might see tiaras, gowns and castles when they look at Meghan, the realities of living as a royal involve a very ordered and highly scrutinised existence.

From entering a room in a specific order to making sure not to cross her legs, Meghan will need to follow a slew of royal rules.

We’ve compiled just a few of the new rules:

1. No Selfies

During her first official event with Prince Harry, Meghan revealed that she’d no longer be able to take selfies with fans after a couple asked her to pose. "We're not allowed to do selfies," she reportedly told the duo.

According to E! Online, the rule was created to encourage people to make eye contact and make conversation with the royals, instead of turning their backs to them to take a selfie.

2. No dark nail polish

Dark nail polish is a no-no according to the royal dress code and it’s considered to be quite vulgar, reports OK! Magazine. Both the queen and the Duchess of Cambridge have only ever been spotted with nails painted in nude shades.

3. Not allowed to go out in public alone

Now that she's joined the royal family she’ll have to get used to being surrounded by top security at all times. Heading out for a jog in the park by herselfis now a thing of the past.

4. No autographs

The new royal isn't allowed to sign autographs under any circumstances. From here on out she can only sign royal documents and, in some rare cases, visitor's books.

5. No Social Media

Meghan isn’t allowed to have her own social media page, she’ll now join Kate, Wills and Harry under the @KensingtonRoyal social media banner. This is why her own lifestyle blog and Instagram went dark last year.

6. No miniskirts or short dresses

The queen is said to disapprove of hemlines higher than an inch or two above the knee. Kate, Camilla, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie are already aware of the fashion stipulation and Meghan will now have to follow suit.

7. No going to bed before the Queen

Going to bed before the queen is an absolute no-no when members of the royal family are sharing the same house. So unless Meghan and the queen are sleeping at the same house/castle, Meghan can sleep when she pleases.

8. No voting

Although it’s not prohibited by law, it’s considered unconstitutional for the Monarch to vote in an election. A Buckingham Palace spokesperson told Newsweek in June 2017 that "by convention" members of the royal family also don’t vote.

Sources: E! Online, OK! Magazine, Cosmopolitan, The Sun

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