Meghan Markle is not allowed to do THIS: The truth behind Royal protocols revealed
MEGHAN Markle is the newest member of the Royal Family and must now follow protocol – we reveal the truth behind the dos and donts about what the royals must follow.
Firstly, royals are not allowed to vote or publicly express their political views, as the monarchy and Parliament must work together in order to keep things in the country running in order.
A challenge that would prove difficult for Meghan, members of the Royal Family are banned from publicly stating their political allegiance, although they are entitled to hold their own private views.
It is widely believed that the royal family is banned from playing Monopoly, after Prince Andrew jokingly claimed: “We’re not allowed to play Monopoly at home. It gets too vicious.”
But some Britons took the Prince’s joke too literally, with many believing the game was in fact, banned from palace grounds.
Royals are not allowed to eat shellfish, to protect themselves against food poisoning, as they often travel to and attend several high profile events during the week.
But Prince Charles has been spotted eating the delicacy, proving that the rule is not written in stone.
Two heirs to the throne are not allowed to travel in the same vehicle together, so as to protect the lineage in the Royal Family.
Prine Charles and Prince William are hardly seen riding in the same car, but the Duke of Cambridge and his son, Prince George, often do, which might be down to the fact that George is further down the line of succession.
The Royal Family are known to have their own special Christmas tradition.
They surprisingly do not open presents on Christmas Day but instead unwrap them during tea time on Christmas Eve – a different custom compared to Britons across the UK.
Garlic is banned from the Royal household, according to the Duchess of Cornwall.
During her appearance on MasterChef Australia, she called the pungent root a “no-no” – which could be due to the fact that state banquets involve lots of chatting, and having garlic breath would most probably be avoided.
The Queen often wears bright and vibrant colours for royal events, and has been spotted donning bright yellows, fluorescent greens, and fuchsia.
The reason for her chic wardrobe is so that she can be easily spotted in crowds.
In the documentary, The Queen at 90, the Countess of Wessex said: “She needs to stand out for people to be able to say ‘I saw the Queen.’
“Don’t forget that when she turns up somewhere, the crowds are two, three, four, 10, 15 deep, and someone wants to be able to say they saw a bit of the Queen’s hat as she went past.”
The Queen also has a “secret code” to communicate with her staff.
It is believed she uses her purse to signal how she wants Royal meetings to proceed – if she moves her purse to her right arm, her staff must interrupt her conversation, and if she places it on the dinner table, the banquet must end in five minutes.
Public displays of affection – even hand holding – are frowned upon, particularly when Royals travel abroad.
Royal etiquette expert Myka Meier, who is the founder and director of Beaumont Etiquette said: “A more serious engagement would warrant a more serious level of professionalism, which each royal is sure to follow.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK