When Meghan Markle enters the royal family this weekend, she’ll also enter into a new world of rules and regulations. From how she drinks her tea, to which popular board game is banned at the palace, there are a plethora of new protocols for her to memorize. See what they are in this RadarOnline.com gallery.
When the Queen stands, or enters or exits a room, you stand. That’s just basically rule number one for anyone.
Bowing and curtsying is also a requirement. Men of the royal family perform a neck bow, while women curtsy when greeting the Queen.
When shaking hands, the future royal must maintain strong eye contact throughout the duration of said handshake, and stick to two shakes maximum, to avoid touching commoners for too long.
No one can eat after the Queen has finished her meal.
When dining as a family, after the Queen has taken her last bite, it’s time for everyone to put their forks down, even if they are not finished.
Get ready to keep kosher, Meghan! For centuries, the Royal Family has banned shellfish, so as not to contract food poisoning. Garlic is also a no-no…seems the Queen can’t stand it.
Tea time is no time to slouch either. Royal Family members are required to pinch the tea cup handle with their index finger and thumb, while their middle finger secures the bottom. No slurping. And no sip from the same spot, to avoid getting lipstick stains all around the rim.
No more PDA with the prince. Even holding hands is looked down upon, especially while traveling, as the royal family never wants to make others uncomfortable in public settings.
Royal women are expected to wear hats to formal appearances during the day, but after 6 p.m. it's tiara time! But she can’t wear the glittery headpiece until she is officially married.
Put away those autograph books and selfie sticks, that’s a major no-no too. It is improper for members of the Royal Family to pander to their fans.
And finally, don’t expect family game night to include the classic board game Monopoly. The game has been banned from the palace since 2008, when Prince Andrew deemed it “too vicious.” If you’ve played it, you know.
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