By Mbuthia Bashir
A few things changed in former actress Megan Markle’s life the minute she said ‘I do’ to Prince Harry in a glittering union that brought a measure of modern Hollywood glamour into the 1,000-year-old monarchy.
The pair has since been crowned the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and, as per the crown’s regulations, Megan now has to make slight adjustments to fit into the royal family.
Here are 6 things Meghan Markle can’t do now that she is part of the royal family:
As an actress, Megan has signed her fair share of autographs but, as a royal, those days are now behind her. Members of the royal family are prohibited from signing autographs due to the risk of signature forgery. Prince Charles for instance, always apologizes when asked to sign an autograph stating that he is incapable of doing so.
Members of the royal family are expected to stay mum when it comes to politics; including their thoughts on specific individuals. Going by the official website of the royal family, the Queen must ‘remain strictly neutral with respect to political matters’ and this includes voting in elections. Although the Queen is the only one prohibited from getting involved in politics, other members of the royal family abide by the same rules.
Walking with bare legs
You never see a female member of the royal family walking without nude stockings. That is one of the steadfast rules in terms of what the Queen requires.
When someone marries into a royal family, their careers do not often come with them. Take the case of Grace Kelly who was an actress prior to marrying Prince Rainier III of Monaco. She left her Hollywood career when she became royalty. Markle has followed this trend by quitting her seven-year role on the American legal series Suits.
Megan’s days of being able to travel solo are over. When Prince Harry revealed that they would be getting married, Meghan was issued with royal protection officers in the wake of her engagement. Hopefully, the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex will get a real honeymoon, as real as it gets when you need to be protected 24/7.
Going to bed before the Queen
During dinners and social engagements, Meghan will have to wait for the Queen to retire to bed before hitting the sack herself. According to the Queen’s private secretary, Sir William Heseltine, it is considered “rather bad form” to go to bed before the Queen.