What is Meghan Markle banned from doing now she is the Duchess of Sussex? From going out alone to selfies and voting

LIFE for Meghan Markle has changed forever.

Now she’s officially joined the Royal family, the American actress is getting to grips with the strict rules that come with being a member of British royalty, and here is what she can no longer do…

The royal family have numerous traditions and rules that Meghan Markle has to follow now she's married to Prince Harry
The royal family have numerous traditions and rules that Meghan Markle has to follow now she’s married to Prince Harry
AP:Associated Press


She may have been used to taking selfies with fans of her TV show, Suits, but she’ll have to learn to say no now she is a royal.

According to The Mirror, Meghan has already been prohibited from doing them, and told a couple in Nottingham “we’re not allowed to do selfies”.

The Queen is apparently not a fan of selfie-photos, and former US ambassador Matthew Barzun told Tatler magazine in 2014 she finds them “disconcerting” and “strange”.

Instagram/Meghan Markle

No more Snapchat filters for Meghan, in fact, no more Snapchat, period.[/caption]

The freedom to go out in public alone

Now that she’s joined one of the most famous families in the world, she will have to get used to being surrounded by top security at all times.

Heading out for a jog in the park by herself will have to be a memory of the past.

Social media

It is already evident that Meghan’s social media presence is undergoing a change.

In the last few years, Meghan has racked up three million followers on Instagram and used to regularly post images from her day to day life.

However, since announcing that she was shutting down her website The Tig in April 2017, she hasn’t posted anything on Instagram.

It is thought that Meghan will join Harry, Kate, and William on the Kensington Royal social media accounts that updates the public with their charities.

It was only on the official account that Meghan and Harry posted their engagement shots and revealed their wedding date.


According to the parliament website: “Although not prohibited by law, it is considered unconstitutional for the Monarch to vote in an election.”

This may apply directly to the Queen, but the royal family are said to all abide by this.

A Buckingham Palace spokesperson told Newsweek in June 2017 that members of the royal family do not vote “by convention.”

Corbis – Getty

Dark nail polish is probably going to be a thing of the past, as the Queen favours a nude shade, and only on special occasions[/caption]

Wearing dark nail varnish

For public duties, the Duchess of Cambridge and the Queen are always pictured with au naturel nails, and there is a strict reason for this.

According to OK! magazine, coloured nail varnish and fake nails are not part of the royal etiquette, and are typically considered to be “vulgar”.

On the rare occasion that their nails do have a slick of polish on them, they opt for a nude shade.

Queen Elizabeth is said to have worn Essie’s Nail Lacquer in Ballet Slippers since 1989.


The Queen favours hem lines that are no higher than one or two inches above the knee, so short skirts will be banished[/caption]

Sign autographs

No member of the royal family will give you an autograph as royal protocol bans them from scribbling their signature for other people.

So the likes of the Queen, Duchess of Cambridge and Princes William and Harry – and soon Meghan – have to politely tell people they won’t sign their autograph books or even body parts.

It has been reported that when Prince Charles is asked for his signature he always responds: “Sorry, they don’t allow me to do that.”

However, they are allowed to sign visitors books when on official engagements as well as official documents.

Go to bed before the Queen

When the royal family members are in the same house or castle, often it’ll be down to the Queen to determine when the night is over.

Apparently, other members don’t “feel right” about excusing themselves to go to bed before the Queen is done for the night.

Short hemlines

The Queen is known to disapprove of hems rising over an inch or two above the knee.

So don’t expect to see a lot of leg from Meg on her numerous appearances as a new royal.

We recently reported on the royal pregnancy rules Meghan will have to follow if she and Harry want a family.

We also told you about the one type of food the Royal Family are BANNED from eating when they’re out.


(Visited 67 times, 1 visits today)