Non-royal, Meghan Markle is soon to join the Royal brigade after getting officially hitched to Prince Harry. In fact, the preparations are already on the way with her quitting the TV show, Suits, shutting down her blog posts and charities to avoid clashes with her duties as a Royal. But there are some strict rules that she will have to embrace.
1. Keep one eye on the Queen: When she stands, you stand and NEVER turn your back to her. Also when she finishes eating, you can’t take another bite from your plate and have to straighten your forks and spoons, because the dinner’s over!
2. No selfies and autographs anymore: To prevent forgery, it is against the protocol for a royal to sign anything other than official documents. The long standing monarch also avoids taking selfies with admirers.
3. Right way and a wrong way to shake hands: It is untraditional to touch royals beyond a handshake, and there is a specific etiquette for that too. Make a direct eye contact, be firm, smile and no more than two pumps.
4. The Royals can’t vote: It is considered unconstitutional for monarchs to vote in elections (obviously!) or publicly voice their political views. Also, they aren’t allowed to hold any political office.
5. Direct heirs to the throne can’t travel long distances together: No two direct heirs to the crown are to risk the royal lineage by traveling on the same plane. William got special permission from the Queen to fly with his kids, traditionally.
6. Always pack an all-black outfit: When traveling abroad, the royals must have a mourning attire prepared for a familial or national tragedy. This rule came into being after Queen Elizabeth’s father died during her trip to Kenya. Upon her return, she had to wait for black outfit to be delivered so she could look appropriate when exiting the plane.
7. Presents are opened only on Christmas Eve: Christmas is one of the most hectic occasion for the Royal family with annual Christmas morning visit to church at Sandringham at the Queen’s Norfolk estate. Hence, the gifts are exchanged on the Christmas eve rather than on the day itself.
8. Chin to the ground: Your chin should remain parallel to the floor when sitting, taking photos and even walking down stairs.
9. No garlic: Pasta, potatoes and rice won’t be served at dinner (the Queen prefers fish with veggies), and garlic has actually been banned from Buckingham Palace because she doesn’t like it.
10. The Duchess slant: When you’re sitting, never cross your legs at the knee. Either cross them at the ankle or just keep your legs together and to the side
But the newly engaged couple have already begun breaking rules, the first one being, a May wedding. Apparently, His great-great-great-great grandmother, Queen Victoria. considered it unlucky to marry in the spring month, as she believed in the superstitious rhyme 'Marry in May, and rue the day'. The monarch refused to allow her children to marry in that month, and put off many a Victorian bride, who would rush to marry on before the end of April to avoid it.
After all, rules are meant to be broken!