It's normal to expect the British Royal Family to uphold some level of protocol from its members, ultimately helping them govern their day-to-day public lives. Afterall, being Royal is essentially their job, and like any job, it comes with a long and dry employee handbook.
The problem with the "Royal Handbook" is that many of these rules and guidelines are outdated and don't reflect current and acceptable social norms and cultural practices.
It might be time that the Royal Family consider revising the boundaries of some of their more outdated protocol. Maybe then it would be easier for newcomers, like Meghan Markle, to transition into the Royal Family.
1. When the Queen stands so does everyone else
Whether the queen is walking into or out of a room, everybody must stand to greet her or to say goodbye. And although there are no absolute rules, it's seen as good manners to bow or curtsy to the Queen when welcoming her.
2. No one can eat after the queen finishes her meal
If the Queen is done eating and your mid-bite, sorry buddy, you're done too. The Queen is the head of the table and once she is done eating everyone at the table must stop as well and move onto the next course.
3. PDA is a big no-no even holding hands
Seems like Meghan Markle and even Kate Middleton may have broken this one a few times, but public displays of affection are a huge no! Compared to, for example, Michelle and Barack Obama who are often seen lovingly holding hands or embracing, for the British Royal Family, this is considered a big no-no.
4. Until 2011 the royal family could not marry anyone who was not Catholic
Until 2011 there was not much diversity in Buckingham Palace as members of the Royal Family could not marry outside of their religion. At least things have changed since then, now, they a Royal can marry a person of any faith.
5. The family is not allowed to have any politics views
Members of the Royal Family are not allowed to hold any political opinions or beliefs and discuss them publicly. Of course, they are human and undoubtedly hold some views privately. However, speaking openly about them is entirely against protocol.
6. Royal family members can't eat shellfish
Royal Family members stay away from seafood at all costs as a way to avoid potential food poisoning. I would be anything that some seafood-loving members sneak out to enjoy a bite of lobster every now and then.
7. Boys must wear shorts, never trousers
Ever notice that lil Prince Geroge never wears pants? It's not an accident, he's not allowed to wear trousers until around 8-years-old. Apparently, young boys wearing trousers is quite "suburban."
8. Women must wear hats to formal events
In my opinion, this rule is the most outdated. I understand that hats are a display of formality, and they definitely look elegant, but it's 2018! Women can look chic and sophisticated without having to wear a hat that makes them look like a Christmas decoration. Just saying.
9. No potatoes rice or pasta in Buckingham Palace
It's no wonder all the members of the Royal Family looks so trim and fit, starchy refined carbs like rice, pasta, and potatoes are strictly forbidden! Apparently, this was a struggle for Meghan Markle, as she apparently loves pasta. Who doesn't!?
10. NO selfies
According to some new rules, the Royal Family members are not allowed to take public selfies with fans or with each other. However, I would be SUPER surprised if you scrolled through their personal phones and didn't find at least one cute couple selfie or bathroom selfies. Afterall, the Royals are humans, and who doesn't love a good selfie?
11. Women must keep their hemlines long and necklines high
Meghan Markle is especially guilty of bending this rule a few times by wearing off-the-shoulder styles that definitely tested the boundaries of this old-school-style Royal protocol. Traditionally, Royal women must adhere to a strictly formal and modest dress code, even sewing little weights into their skirt and dress hemlines to avoid any embarrassing random gust of wind-related wardrobe malfunctions.