For many little girls, the idea of one day growing up and marrying a prince is the ultimate dream come true. For one woman, that dream did come true! When Meghan Markle married Prince Harry, women all around the world began to believe in fairy tales. After all, who wouldn’t want to live that Disney princess lifestyle? However, would you believe us if we told you that life in Buckingham Palace isn’t all it’s cracked up to be? There are a ton of rules that royals have to follow, some of which include strict diets and no ‘selfies’. You won’t believe these 20 insane rules that the royals have to abide by!
20. No Personal Social Media Accounts
As soon as Meghan Markle got engaged to Prince Harry she had to say goodbye to all of her personal social media accounts. It seems that no one in the Royal Family is allowed to run their own social media accounts. The only account they is allowed to share social media updates on the royals is the Kensington Royal account.
19. No Selfies
Along with no personal social media accounts, the Royal Family is strictly prohibited from taking selfies. The Duchess of Sussex explained that she could no longer take selfies with fans when a bunch of them gathered around her asking to do so. The reason behind this odd rule? Well, according to Jenifer Gehmair, an expert on Royal Family etiquette, it is considered rude for someone to turn their back on a royal family member instead of engaging them in eye contact.
18. No Autographs
Another thing that Meghan Markle has had to phase out is signing autographs for fans. The former actress is no longer allowed to sign autographs for eager fans waiting to meet her. It seems that the rule was set into place in order to avoid anyone being able to forge the Royal signatures.
17. Throwing Out Shoes
It seems that Meghan has also had to throw out a bunch of shoes in the process of becoming a Royal. According to Meghan, Her Majesty the Queen cannot stand the sight of wedge shoes. Although Meghan has always preferred a stiletto to a wedge, there were a lot of shoes that she had to give up!
16. Nude Colors Only
Now that she’s a part of the Royal Family, you won’t see Meghan rocking any wild nail polish colors. According to OK! Magazine, Royal Family members are only allowed to wear light or nude colored nail polish. As you can see, Meghan has already begun to follow this rule. If you look at any of the latest photos of Meghan you’ll see her rocking some light pinks and nudes now.
15. No More Acting
Once you become a part of the Royal Family it becomes your entire life! Before she became the Duchess, Kate Middleton worked as a website designer, photographer and marketing officer for Party Pieces, her parents’ events planning company. However, she had to put all of that on hold once she married Prince William, who also had to stop working as a pilot. Meghan has since retired from acting to take on the full-time role of being pursuing royal affairs only.
14. No PDA
According to Royal Family etiquette, public displays of affection are strictly prohibited. However, Meghan and Prince Harry are often spotted breaking this rule. It seems that the young love birds can’t keep their hands off each other. “Meghan and Prince Harry holding hands at a royal engagement is a refreshingly modern approach to their new role both as a couple and as representative of the royal family,” Myka Meier, a royal etiquette expert, explained.
13. No Crossed Legs
If there’s one thing you won’t catch any of the women in the Royal Family doing it is crossing their legs. It is frowned upon for the women in the Royal Family to sit with their legs crossed. Instead, they slant their legs over to the side in what has been called “the Duchess slant.”
12. No Political Affiliation
By becoming a part of the Royal Family, Meghan Markle will obtain her U.K. citizenship. However, she won’t have all of the same rights as other citizens of the U.K. For example, she won’t be able to vote or run for any political office as the Royal Family is prohibited from engaging in such activities.
11. Royal Home
Once you’re a part of the Royal Family, you can no longer just live at a regular residence. If Meghan and Prince Harry decided to buy a regular house in the U.K., they could technically live in it if they really wanted to. However, Queen Elizabeth would have to approve of it and they would still need a formal royal residence that they stay at.
10. Royal Beauty Routine
It is very important for members of the Royal Family to look prim and proper at all times. That’s why Kate Middleton goes for monthly haircuts, gets facials, and bi-annual hair treatments. She also gets blow-outs, manicures, and works with a nutritionist. All of this is to ensure that Kate looks healthy at all times.
9. No Fur
Back in the 12th century, King Edward III banned anyone, including the Royal Family, from wearing fur. However, it seems that the Royal Family has broken this rule on quite a number of occasions. In fact, Prince William and Kate Middleton received a ton of backlash when it was noted that the two of them had worn scarves with otter fur trimming.
8. Morbid Outfit
Every time one of the Royals travels somewhere, they are expected to pack with them an all-black ensemble. However, the reasoning behind it might seem pretty macabre. It seems that every family member has to be prepared with a funeral-appropriate outfit just in case one of the family members should pass away unexpectedly.
7. No Traveling Together
Believe it or not, but two heirs to the throne are not allowed to travel together at any time. This means that Prince William and Kate cannot travel on the same plane when flying to the same destination. The rule was established when flying was much riskier, and the Queen has gotten a bit more lax with the rules over the years. For instance, William and Kate flew with Prince George to Australia back in 2014.
6. No Shellfish
According to Royal Family rules, shellfish is strictly prohibited from the diet. However, there is a pretty simple explanation for this rule. As an old English rule, shellfish was prohibited due to the fact that it can spoil and go rancid easily. The rule has been broken throughout the years and the Queen changed up the menu and served some shellfish when former President Barack Obama visited the U.K.
5. No Garlic
This may come as a shock to you, but Queen Elizabeth has actually had garlic banned from the menu at Buckingham Palace. She also doesn’t like for her food to have too many onions and she stays away from potatoes, pasta, and red meats. One of the biggest reasons she avoids garlic and onions is because the Royal Family members often have to speak in public and in close proximity to others.
4. Proper Tea
If there’s one thing that the Royal Family loves is their tea. However, there is a proper way that they must drink their tea. According to royal etiquette expert Myka Meier, there is an art to holding your teacup during teatime. “If you want to drink tea like the royals,” Meier says, “you will have to pinch the top handle of the teacup with your thumb and index finger, while the middle finger rests at the bottom of the handle as support.”
3. No Touching
According to the monarchy’s website, there aren’t any real obligatory rules to follow when you are introduced to a Royal. However, there does seem to be a rule with touching a Royal after a proper introduction. It has been explicitly stated that touching a rule past a formal handshake is frowned upon. However, this rule has been broken over the years.
2. Royal Corgis
The life of a Royal Corgi is a happy life indeed. The Corgis never get reprimanded and they are treated to some of the best meals that you could ever dream of. “I simmered rabbit, cooked down some chicken, then finely chopped the meat, sieved the stock and returned the meat….It was the corgis’ dog food,” a former private chef of the Queen, Owen Hodgson, revealed.
1. Home Birth
While the rest of us give birth in hospitals, the Royal Family goes about things differently. All of the Royal births happen to take place at Kensington Palace. At least, that’s how things went until Princess Diana broke the rule when she decided to give birth to Prince William at St. Mary’s Hospital. Kate Middleton decided to follow in Princess Diana’s footsteps and gave birth to her children at the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital in London.