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Meghan Markle Doesn't Go Along with Some of the Complicated Royal Rules

Updated on July 21, 2018
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Margaret Minnicks has been an online writer for many years. She researches and shares remedies for using certain products for illnesses.

It is not that Meghan Markle doesn't want to obey the royal rules, she just finds some of them complicated and she doesn't understand them.

It is quite understandable since she has lived for 36 years doing some things a certain way, and has been married to Prince Harry only a short time since May 19, 2018.

However, we must give the Duchess of Sussex credit because it is obvious that she has learned and follow most of the rules, especially the bigger ones. However, there are some ones that she just doesn't see the point to and she hasn't embraced them yet.

As time goes on, Meghan will probably fall in line with everyone else and will understand and follow all the complicated rules.

Complicated Royal Rules

Some of the royal rules are quite complicated. The rules consist of some ordinary things commoners take for granted. Here are examples of some rules that would not affect those who are not royal.

  • You can’t ever walk in front of the queen.
  • When dining with the queen and she stops eating, you have to stop whether you have finished or not.
  • You can't ever eat garlic once you become a royal. Meghan is a foodie and used to love cooking with it.
  • You can's eat shellfish in public for fear of getting sick from food poison.
  • There is a certain way to curtsey and bow.
  • Fascinators must be worn at certain times.
  • Tiaras must be tilted at a 45-degree angle on the head.
  • The Queen prefers women in skirts and dresses rather than trouser suits.
  • All royal women must wear nude pantyhose and no double earrings.
  • Queen Elizabeth allows royal women to wear only nude nail polish.
  • No royal can express personal opinions.
  • Royals can't play Monopoly.

Even though Meghan Markle has been a royal only a short time, she is still new to the rules she is expected to follow.

She is learning more and more about being a royal as time goes on. She is still undergoing duchess training. So, what is duchess training?

Duchess Training

Since Meghan became a duchess on the day she married Prince Harry, she has been undergoing duchess training. The training is designed for her to understand the complicated royal rules and follow them.

Queen Elizabeth assigned her private secretary senior palace adviser Samantha Cohen to be in charge of the six-month duchess training. Cohen has been with the Queen since 2001. Therefore, she seems to know everything about everything.

Cohen began training Meghan right away and teaching her everything she needs to know about royal life and about being the Duchess of Sussex. Even though Cohen is in charge of the training, other royals are giving Meghan pointers along the way, including Queen Elizabeth.

Meghan is taught everything from how to hold a teacup to how to shake hands with dignitaries. Some training won't come up until an incident presents itself.

Soon after her marriage, Meghan went on a road trip with Queen Elizabeth just the two of them. Meghan had to ask the Queen who should get in the car first. Queen Elizabeth was gracious enough to point out the protocol to her.

Meghan isn't being singled out because Kate Middleton had to go through the same training given by the experts. It included everything from the correct way to eat a grape to how to greet foreign dignitaries.

Meghan Follows the Rules She Understands

Meghan has picked up some of the basic rules already. She is following those she understands and are not as complicated. However, she is finding some that are hard to understand and she doesn't go along with those, according to People.

The Duchess of Sussex has a lot of people helping her with the rules, including her husband and her sister-in-law, Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge. Besides, Meghan has a personal staff who helps with her clothes.

In due time, Meghan will get the hang of it and no one will notice if there is a faux pas.

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      10 months ago

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      Margaret Minnicks 

      12 months ago from Richmond, VA

      Leland, that was exactly the response I wanted. I am glad you made those facial expressions as you read. I am amazed at some of the royal rules and like sharing them with others to see if they will respond the same way you did.

      As usual, thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Leland Johnson 

      12 months ago from Midland MI

      no garlic! that would do it for me :) what about garlic salt? great job yet again Margaret. The article did exactly what it is supposed to do- force me to make several facial expressions. My eyebrows rose, my lips pursed, I snickered at the shellfish, and chuckled at the monopoly rule. I wonder if any of the royals ever break that one. Do you think perhaps William and Harry stashed one under their beds and played after lights out? haha. Thanks for the interesting read.


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