The new Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, will now have to live her life by these 10 rules
Meghan Markle may have joined the ranks of the royal family but that doesn't mean she is all set for a leisurely life. Here are some of the rules Markle will now have to follow.
As the consequence of the big royal wedding on Saturday, Meghan Markle is now officially the Duchess of Sussex and the American actress now has to adapt and calibrate her life to the rules and customs of the British royal family.
From award ceremonies and movie premieres she has to now engage herself in galas, balls, public engagements, teas and meetings with Queen Elizabeth II.
The royal duties of the family comes with their own rules and customs, which Meghan is strictly expected to follow them. The Queen herself is extremely traditional and expects Meghan to follow all the customs., and if the new member of the royal family doesn't want to disappoint her, these are the ten rules she should follow:
1) No Selfies: Meghan is now not allowed to take any selfies. In an event with Prince Harry, Meghan revealed that she would no longer be able to take selfies with fans after a couple asked her to pose.
"We're not allowed to do selfies," she told the duo, reports the Daily Mirror. The rule was created to encourage people to make eye contact and make conversation with royals, instead of turning their backs to them to take a selfie. Jennifer Gehmair, a Royal Family etiquette expert, told Smooth Radio, "Turning your back to the Duke and Duchess and taking a selfie is discouraged if at all possible. I know it's fun to do, but they much would rather see your face."
2) No Autograph: Selfies have almost replaced the autograph culture, but Suits fans are now disappointed that Meghan is no more allowed to sign autographs. From now on it's only royal documents and in some rare cases—visitor's books, according to RoyalUK.com.
3) No Social Media: As an actress Meghan's fans want her to update her social media regularly but she is not allowed to have her own social media page, which is why her own lifestyle blog and Instagram, The Tig, went dark last year.
4) No travelling without her funeral clothes: The rule was established when King George died while the then-Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip were in Africa and had to travel back to England in regular clothes. Since, it is mandatory that the Royal Family carries a pair of funeral clothes whenever they travel.
5) No miniskirts: The Queen disapproves of any kind of skirts an inch or two above the knee. Regular female visitors such as Kate, Camilla, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie are already aware of the fashion stipulation. Meghan now has to throw away all her miniskirts.
6) No crossing legs while seated: It is extremely frowned upon in the Royal family to cross your legs. Kate Middleton is never seen crossing her legs anywhere other than at her ankles. Kate often does a side-by-side move known as "the Duchess Slant," which Princess Diana utilized. Meghan is supposedly working on the stance.
7) No barging in the room: However peculiar, the Royal Family has an order in which the members are expected to enter any room. The correct order is Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, Camila, Prince William, Kate Middleton, and then most likely, Prince Harry and Markle, according to Reader's Digest.
8) No eating before the Queen or after the Queen: According to Stylecaster, everybody on the table is expected to start after the Queen starts eating and stop when the Queen stops. Meghan is now expected to get used to this and stop eating when the Queen does, even if she is hungry and the food is still left.
9) No sleeping till the Queen does: Meghan is also expected to get used to the Queen's sleeping habits. It is inappropriate to just pass out when the Queen is awake. Luckily Queen is not know to be a night owl. Meghan has to be on the Queen's shedule.
10) No Monopoly: However ironic, the Royal Family members are not allowed to play the famous board game Monopoly. According to Reader's Digest, in 2008, the Leeds Building Society gave the Duke of York Prince Andrew the game of Monopoly to which he responded, "We’re not allowed to play Monopoly at home. It gets too vicious." Meghan should now be ready to let go of childhood memories of the board game if any.