Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will be married on May 19 this year.(Reuters)
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will be married on May 19 this year.(Reuters)

What Prince Harry’s fiancée Meghan Markle can’t do after saying ‘I do’

From no selfies to no political opinion — here’s a list of rules that soon-to-be royal family member Meghan Markle has to abide by after she marries Prince Harry on May 19 this year.
Hindustan Times | By Samarth Goyal, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 02, 2018 08:00 PM IST

They say marriage is all about compromises. While some couples might say that’s debatable, fans of Meghan Markle, engaged to Britain’s Prince Harry, might agree — according to several reports, the bride will have to say ‘can’t do’ to a long list of things right after she says ‘I do’ on May 19.

No autographs

As a popular star of the TV show, Suits, Markle, 36, is used to signing autographs, but she can no longer entertain such requests. According to a 2017 report in The Express, the reason behind this is pretty understandable — to avoid signature forgery. Looks like Markle already made her peace with it. In January this year, instead of giving an autograph, she wrote, “Hi Kaitlin” for a fan. After the wedding, even that wouldn’t be permitted!

No selfies

Markle won’t even be able to take selfies! The Queen isn’t a big fan of cellphone photography, something that has filtered down to the other members in the royal family. As per a 2014 report by The Telegraph, the Queen finds it “strange” to see a slew of mobile phones, and she misses “eye contact”.

No politics

In her biography, Meghan: A Hollywood Princess by Andrew Morton, published in April this year, the future royal has mentioned how she avoided President of the United States Donald Trump, when he tried to invite her for golf in 2016. But as Prince Harry’s wife, she will no longer be able to avoid or express her dislike for the POTUS, as the royals can’t share their political ideologies. “I can see that this is going to be a real problem in the months and years ahead for her, an existential problem. I don’t imagine the Queen will be in a rush to have Meghan at Balmoral [royal family’s vacation house in Scotland] when Trump visits,” said Robert Lacey, a historian and biographer of Queen Elizabeth, as quoted by The Guardian. No political ideology also extends to having no presence on social media.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry at a public outing. Markle must always wear stockings in public.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry at a public outing. Markle must always wear stockings in public.

No bright nail polish

Moving on from selfies and autographs, there’s a long list of ‘what not to wear’ once you are a royal family member. In a 2017 report by OK! magazine, it has been reported that royal family women aren’t allowed to wear bright nail polish. Reason? The article says that Queen finds colourful nail polish “extremely vulgar”. The only shade a princess can choose is the nude shade.

No bare legs

A princess mustn’t show her bare legs either in public. Every time she leaves the palace, she must wear stockings. This was noticed by the British media, at the Commonwealth Day last month, when Markle was spotted wearing a pair of nude stockings. This was her first official outing as a part of the British royals.

No Monopoly

While some of these rules may be agreeable and traditional, there are some weird no-nos as well. Sample this: Markle won’t be able to play the board game Monopoly within palace premises. According to a report by The Telegraph in 2008, Prince Andrew had to take the game outside of the palace, as it was considered too “vicious” to be played at home. Another one: although it’s not a rule, it’s still better if Markle doesn’t try to go to bed before the Queen does.

But, it looks like Markle is more than okay with the rules, and has already started abiding by some of them. Maybe, it isn’t a compromise for her at all.

And... what Prince Harry can’t do after he marries Meghan Markle

If there’s one thing that Prince Harry has to do in order to have Meghan Markle as his wife, that’s giving up smoking. According to several reports, Markle has “ordered” Harry to kick the butt, and he has vowed to not smoke anymore at home.

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