Kate Middleton news: Why the Duchess of Cambridge has been BANNED from signing autographs
Kate Middleton news: The Duchess of Cambridge has been banned from signing autographs, and she’s not the only member of the royal family to abide by the rule.
If you ask the Duchess of Cambridge for an autograph, she’ll be forced to politely refuse.
Kate Middleton isn’t the only member of the royal family who will turn you down.
Prince Harry, Prince William and even the Queen herself are forbidden from awarding you the privilege.
The long-standing rule remains in place for all royals because of the risk of the signature being forged.
If you ask the Duchess of Cambridge for an autograph, she’ll be forced to politely refuse
It’s just one item on a long list of strict protocols the royals must all follow.
Prince Charles reportedly responds to autograph requests with: “Sorry, they don’t allow me to do that.”
But he did break protocol back in 2010 when he signed an autograph for a victim of devastating floods.
He scrawled “Charles 2010” on a piece of paper, but has done nothing of the sort in all the years since.
One signature the Duchess of Cambridge is allowed to have is the one worn around her neck.
While she doesn’t wear it all the time, it’s reported the Duchess owns a Merci Maman necklace which features a gold-plated disc inscribed with the words “George Alexander Louis” on it.
Alongside it is a smaller charm engraved with a “W” for William, as well as a charm in the shape of a little boy.
According to The Mirror, the Duchess’s sister Pippa bought her the necklace back in 2013 as a memento for the birth of her son Prince George.
But there’s a further meaning behind the piece of jewellery.
Princess Diana, wore a similar necklace, which was given to her by Prince Charles, and it included the word “William” engraved on the front.
In a blog post about the necklace, Merci Maman explained: “Upon the birth of Prince William in 1982, Prince Charles gave Diana the gift of a golf pendant engraved with their new son’s name, which she always wore close to her heart.
“In 2013, Pippa Middleton continued this family tradition by giving her sister Kate, The Duchess of Cambridge, our Personalised Duchess Necklace to celebrate the birth of Prince George.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK
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