Meghan Markle is taking small steps to settle into the royal family. Her life has changed a lot. Though it’s just a start, there is still much more to come.
Here is a list of those 5 things that the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan can’t do as a part of the royal family.
Have you ever noticed Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip holding hands during any public engagement? No, right? There’s a reason photos of the royal members kissing are limited to their wedding day smooch.
According to royal etiquette expert, Myka Meier: “There is no official protocol against PDA. Meghan and Harry holding hands at a royal engagement is a refreshingly modern approach to their new role”.
“Also, Kate and William held hands during their Christmas morning walk to church, while Meghan held Harry’s arm. But that’s probably all we’ll get moving forward”.
The British royal family does not take part in the UK elections. And so, even Meghan will not be expected to vote. As the official parliament website states:-
“Although not prohibited by law, it is considered unconstitutional for the reigning monarch to vote in an election”. Beyond Her Majesty, the law is blurry, but the members of the royal family do not exercise their voting rights by convention.
WEAR COLOURFUL OR DARK NAIL COLOURS
According to the royal protocol, only nails bearing natural colours are allowed at official events. As per the nail colour giant ‘Essie’, Queen Elizabeth has been a customer of ‘Ballet Slippers’, a subtle light shade of pink, since 1989.
Well, this is one of those rules which applies only in the presence of the Queen. A source told The Royal UK: “Her Majesty isn’t a fan of wedged shoes. She really doesn’t like them and it’s well known among the women in the family”.
CROSS HER LEGS WHILE SITTING
Again, not an official rule, but according to some reports, it’s often frowned upon when female royals do the cross. Kate Middleton can often be found sitting in ‘the Duchess Slant’. This has her legs slanted to one side.