Ever since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement last year, the Internet has become sort of low-key obsessed. There's nothing like a royal wedding to get people excited! But it's not all fun and games. Markle is about to undergo one of the biggest changes in her life, and with that transformation comes a lot of rules. And some of them are actually super weird.
There's more to marrying into royalty than simply wearing the fancy dress and living the rest of your life in the public eye.
As it turns out, there are a number of pretty strict rules and long-standing traditions that Meghan Markle will be expected to adhere to as she joins the royal family. Here are some of the things she’ll no longer be able to do when she’s the Duchess of Sussex.
1. Carry a wedding bouquet without myrtle in it.
OK, so this one actually applies to the wedding day itself, but it still totally counts.
Every royal bride since Queen Victoria has carried myrtle in her bouquet (including Kate Middleton, pictured above), and Markle will likely be following suit. In fact, there’s a good chance that the myrtle will come from Queen Victoria’s very own 175-year-old garden.
2. Take selfies.
Shortly after their engagement was announced, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle went out among the people to receive their congratulations. One fan asked to take a selfie, to which Markle replied, “We’re not allowed to take selfies.”
I know what you’re thinking. If she can’t take selfies, how is Markle going to show off her awesome “I Voted” sticker on Instagram?
Well, that may not be a problem…
…Because she also can’t vote.
Britain’s royal family is expected to remain neutral on all political matters.
Although voting is not prohibited by law, it’s considered unconstitutional for the royal family to cast votes. In other words, it simply isn’t done.
4. Sign autographs.
If you’re a fan of Suits, I hope you already got an autograph, ’cause you’re not getting one after the royal wedding.
Apparently, the “no autographs” rule is a safety precaution to keep people from forging the royal family’s signature. The next safety precaution may be taking things a bit too far, though. Especially if Markle is a huge foodie…