Meghan Markle and Prince Harry tied the knot at St. George Chapel at Windsor castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.
Now that Meghan and Prince Harry have tied the knot, Meghan must prepare for life as a full-time member of the Royal Family. After receiving the title of the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan will now find herself following more scripts and rules than when she was on any movie set.
Here are the things that Meghan Markle can no longer do now that she is officially a member of the Royal Family.
1. Take a selfie
As a former actress, Meghan would be quite used to taking selfies with fans, but as a royal, it’s a big faux pas. However, it looks like she may have already gotten the h*** of this rule. In December, Meghan reportedly refused to pose for one, telling a fan “we’re not allowed to do selfies”. Meghan has also retired from acting because, let’s face it, the Queen wouldn’t be happy with her starring in steamy scenes
2. Have her own social media accounts
Meghan has already begun shutting down all of her personal social media accounts. It’s likely that she’ll join Harry, William, and Kate under the Kensington Royal accounts to provide official updates on their charity work.
3. Kiss in public
Although there is no official protocol on public displays of affection, it’s unlikely we’ll be seeing Meghan and Harry sharing a smooch anytime soon. Will and Kate don’t even hold hands in public, so the fact that Harry and Meghan do is already considered very modern. A kiss (apart from their PDAs at the Royal Wedding) might be pushing it.
If you think these rules are strict, just wait until you find out why Meghan won’t be allowed to open presents on Christmas Day anymore!
4. Open presents on Christmas day
Christmas for the Royal Family is steeped in tradition. Every year, family members join the Queen to celebrate at Sandringham House, where presents are opened on Christmas Eve. On Christmas Day, every one attends church, followed by a viewing of the Queen’s annual speech.
5. Go out in public alone
Every member of the Royal Family is required to have a security detail when out in public.
6. Sign autographs
As a royal, Meghan will be prohibited from doing so except at official signing events. The reason is that someone could use her signature against the family by forging documents.
It is considered unconstitutional for the monarchy to vote or share any political opinion, and while this technically only applies to the Queen, extended members of the Royal Family generally do not vote by convention.
8. Go to sleep before the Queen
This only applies when Meghan and the Queen are staying at the same location, but protocol requires Meghan to stay awake until Harry’s grandmother decides it’s time to go to hit the hay.
9. Wear dark nail polish
Meghan will only be able to wear natural looking nail polish from here on out, or at least any time she’s attending an official event. Royal protocol forbids wearing any nail color that does appear natural.
10. Cross her legs
We’ve all seen the “Duchess slant” before. Kate Middleton seems to have perfected the seated position. Crossing one’s legs while sitting is frowned upon in the Royal Family, so it’s likely Meghan will be relearning what to do with her appendages while seated also.