Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's neighbors given 'over the top' list of rules on how to treat couple and baby Archie
The long list of dos and dont's that the royal couple's neighbors are asked to follow restricts them from asking to see Archie, and petting the royal dogs among other things.
Residents of Windsor Estate have been handed out a long list of dos and don’ts to protect the privacy of the notoriously private royal couple Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Even though the royals were criticized for their “over the top” demands by the locals, it has been brought to everyone’s attention that neither the couple nor their households actually made these demands. The palace officials claim that it was the doing of a “well-intentioned member of estate staff.”
The code of conduct was distributed during a residents’ meeting, reports The Sun, which also quotes one of the locals as saying, “It would be funny if it wasn’t so over the top,” and that even the Queen does not make such outrageous demands of them. The residents of the Windsor Estate include the royal staff, Crown Estate employees and officials, including Queen’s right-hand woman and dresser Angela Kelly, Prince Charles’ old nanny Mabel Anderson and the governor of Windsor Castle.
They all, as another miffed resident points out, know the etiquettes to be followed while interacting with the royals. “It’s extraordinary. We’ve never heard anything like it. Everyone who lives on the estate works for the royals and knows how to behave respectfully,” they said, adding, “We aren’t told how to behave around the Queen like this. She’s very happy for people to greet her.”
Some of the commandments on how to behave about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex include:
* Don't approach or instigate conversation if you see the Royal couple
* Do say 'Good Morning' or some other pleasantry if they speak to you
* Don't pet or stroke their dogs, even if they come over to you
* Don't offer to walk their dogs
* Don't ask to see baby Archie or offer to babysit
* Don't post anything through the letterbox of Frogmore Cottage
Since the dos and don'ts list came to light, however, a spokesman for Buckingham Palace said: 'The Duke and Duchess had no knowledge of this briefing and had no involvement in the concept or the content."
Regardless, the royal couple is facing severe backlash over their insistence on privacy, which is established with taxpayers' cash. The renovation of their new home has cost £2.4 million ($3.06million) so far and will reportedly hit £3 million ($3.8million) once landscaping and gardening is completed.