25 Weird Royal Rules Meghan Markle Must Now Follow

As Meghan Markle joins the growing royal family, she’s in store for a big culture shock, and not just because she’s an American.Newsweek
A bride must carry myrtle in her bouquet. REUTERS/John Stillwell

It’s not easy being a member of the royal family. Sure there’s the fancy parties and palaces you get to live in, the lavish travel, fans from around the world supporting (and judging) everything you do. But there are also a super strict set of rules, originally compiled by Harpar’s Bazaar, that every member of the royal family must follow, and frankly, some of them are super strange.

Things like being groomed to both wave and speak in a graceful manner, zero cleavage whatsoever—and the queen’s insistence that her dogs have gourmet meals—are just some of the strict rules the royal family either must adhere to or they insist others adhere to.

Some rules are meant to be broken, like the “no fur” rule King Edward III mandated and the royal rule against holding hands (we see you Kate). Princess Diana famously broke royal protocols, almost gleefully rebelling against the system. She did shocking things, like writing her own wedding vows, picking her own engagement ring, and refusing formalities. She might be England’s Rose, but deep down she was England’s rebel.

Now as Meghan Markle joins the growing royal family, she’s in store for a big culture shock, and not just because she’s an American. In some instances, the royal family’s rules are unique unto themselves, even confusing some native Brits.

Markle would be wise to follow one rule learned very early by Prince William. He once said, “As I learned from growing up, you don't mess with your grandmother.” Like many families, what grandma says goes.

Here are some of the strange rules royal family members must follow:

You can’t vote, or speak about your politics. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
If you’re seated to the left of the queen at dinner, she’ll talk to you during the second course of the meal. REUTERS/Eric Feferberg
When the queen is done eating, you are done eating.REUTERS/Bor Slana
Dinner is to be over within five minutes after the queen puts her purse on the table.Matt Dunham/Pool via REUTERS
If you are not standing when the queen stands, you’re breaking the rules. REUTERS/Chris Jackson
If you’re traveling, you must pack an all-black outfit in the event of a sudden death. REUTERS/Matt Dunham
Shellfish isn’t allowed to be eaten. Laurent Cipriani/Pool via Reuters
The queen apparently hates garlic, so don’t even think about suggesting it, MeghanChris Jackson/Pool via Reuters
Baby princes can only wear tailored shorts. Pants are not permitted. REUTERS/Kay Nietfeld
You aren’t allowed to take a selfie, no matter how good the lighting might be.REUTERS/Peter Macdiarmid
No fur. Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images
The royal family dress code is modest, killing Lady Gaga’s chance of ever becoming a royal. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls