From the outside, it may look like Meghan Markle is starring in a fairy tale. After all, her life has gone through a number of sweeping changes recently. She’s met her soulmate, had a whirlwind romance with a prince, and on May 19th with the whole world watching, she married into the British Royal family.
But 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.
While the whole affair does sound rather magical, in reality, becoming a royal has a lot of consequences too. It is a fulltime job with a lot of responsibilities, and it may be a steep learning curve for Meghan to fit in.
Here are 10 things Meghan can no longer now she’s officially a royal…
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 hang of this rule. In December, Meghan reportedly refused to pose for one, telling a fan “we’re not allowed to do selfies”.
It remains to be seen just how strict this particular rule is, though. It seems other members of the Royal Family have slipped and taken a handheld snap with a stranger, including Prince Charles and even the Queen!
Meghan has also retired from acting because, let’s face it, the Queen wouldn’t be happy with her starring in steamy scenes like the one below:
2. Have her own social media accounts
Meghan has already begun shutting down all of her personal social media accounts including well as her blog, which had been called The Tig. It’s likely that she’ll join Harry, William, and Kate under the Kensington Royal accounts.
Harry, William, and Kate currently use the Kensington Royal social media accounts to provide official updates on their charity work. So it looks like we can say goodbye to Meghan’s cute Snapchat filters!
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, everyone attends church, followed by a viewing of the Queen’s annual speech.
5. Go out in public alone
This one is for obvious security reasons, and every member of the Royal Family is required to have a security detail when out in public.
6. Sign autographs
Meghan has probably signed a lot of autographs over the years as an actress, but as a royal, she 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.
Although Meghan has been granted British citizenship after her marriage, she likely won’t be voting in any of the United Kingdom’s elections. 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.
Meghan teased us about her romance with Prince Harry long before it was officially announced. Check out the video below to see:
Wondering what else Meghan can’t do? Check out number eight to find out what time Meghan’s allowed to go to bed. Yes, she may actually have a bedtime!
8. Go to sleep before the Queen
Okay, so 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.
In yet another bizarre rule, Meghan and Kate are banned from wearing this type of shoe:
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.
Yes, all this may seem a lot to many of us – but let’s face it, we’d all happily abide by these rules if it meant we could marry into Royal and live out our dream of being a real Disney princess!