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Couch ban? 5 of the wackiest royal family rules


Queen Elizabeth has high standards and, as such, keeps her brood in line with an assortment of strict yet elegant rules. 

The Royal UK presents 5 of the wackiest rules followed by the members of the royal family.

The oldest reigning British monarch, the Queen, forbids the fab four and their other relatives from saying certain words in her presence, according to Harper’s Bazaar. These words include “toilet,” “couch” and “perfume.” Instead, the royals are expected to use “lavatory,” “sofa” and “scent.”

The Queen additionally wants to exclude wedges from the family’s closet. That has not prevented the duchesses from wearing the style of shoe past her careful gaze, however. Truth be told, Meghan donned some trendy ones during her official visit to South Africa with Harry and her son Archie in September 2019.

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More rules… Queen Elizabeth is also completely against calling members of the family by abbreviated versions of their names. For instance, Kate must be referred to by her full title: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. 

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The queen receives final approval on wedding dresses, meaning Meghan’s Givenchy gown from her May 2018 nuptials and Kate’s Alexander McQueen sheath from her April 2011 ceremony were first accepted by Queen Elizabeth before the big day.

Notwithstanding the previously mentioned rules, the Queen is strictly against garlic, so the ingredient won’t be found in any of the food items served to her. She also demands that ladies in the family keep their nails natural-looking. Just pale pink or clear clean polish will do.

Despite the policies, Elizabeth takes pride in her loved ones. “She’s seeing a more mature, responsible side of Harry, and she’s really impressed with how Meghan is always simple when around the Queen,” a source told Us Weekly.

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The same can be said for her association with the Duchess of Cambridge. “Kate and the queen have consistently had a unique bond, however, they built up a more profound companionship after she and William moved from Anmer Hall, Norfolk, to Kensington Palace, which is inside strolling separation of Buckingham Palace,” an insider revealed.

“Sometimes they’ll casually catch up over afternoon tea. In any case, on different occasions, they’ll have progressively formal gatherings, where the queen will give serious one-on-one training about taking on the crown.”

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