Why Meghan and Harry can break this royal travel rule – but William and Kate should not
MEGHAN MARKLE and Prince Harry, the newest royal couple, will not have to follow a traditional royal rule when travelling that Prince William and Kate Middleton are subject to when flying abroad.
Meghan Markle, 36, and Prince Harry, 33, are expected to take their first official visit abroad next month when they visit Dublin.
It will precede their biggest trip, a Commonwealth tour of Australia later in the year.
The new royal will be expected to learn many rules and tricks when it comes to travelling on behalf of the royal family.
When the pair travel by plane, there is a tradition that they won’t have to abide by.
Prince William and Kate Middleton, however, would need to follow it.
Meghan and Harry will be able to fly with their children whenever they travel abroad
Meghan and Harry will be able to fly with their children whenever they travel abroad.
An unofficial rule dictates that heirs should not to fly on the same plane in case of an accident or emergency.
This prevents the line of succession from being affected in the case of a crash.
However, Meghan and Harry’s children won’t have the title of Prince or Princess, or even Duke or Duchess. They will instead be Lord or Lady.
With Prince Harry currently being sixth in line to the throne, his children would be much further down compared to Prince William and Prince George.
Prince William and Kate Middleton, therefore, should abide by the ancient rule when travelling with their children.
Prince George is third in line to the throne behind his father and his grandfather Prince Charles.
However, the two have broken this rule having flown on tours to Canada and Australia with their young children.
It is not an official royal rule but it is thought that Prince William made the request to the Queen who granted the controversial move.
According to the BBC: “It is something that the Queen has the final say on.”
The royal family have many rules to abide by when travelling. One of those is to always take a black outfit abroad.
This is in case of a royal death when travelling so that members are able to dress appropriately on their return.
The Queen famously did not have one upon the death of her father, and so an outfit had to be brought to her on the plane to change into.
They are also not allowed to eat shellfish when served dinner at royal events.
Risk of food poisoning is high with the seafood so avoiding it can prevent any problems.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK