Prince Harry & Meghan Markle Can Now Break These Protocol Rules after Stepping Back as Senior Royals
The decision of the Sussex Royals to step down from their duties as senior royals would prompt a lot of other changes in their lives, especially their freedom from demanding royal protocols.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's decision to become financially independent from the crown might hold royal consequences, but it also comes with rewarding freedom from a lifetime of living by the books.
What royal insiders have described as a "bombshell," and an act of "going rogue," could be an opportunity for the parents of one to live-up their best lives, be themselves, and pursue their dreams without being limited by royal protocols.
Here are some of the life-changing protocols the royalties are free to break as honored members of the public:
THE ROYAL DUO CAN ACKNOWLEDGE THEIR FANS WITH PHYSICAL GESTURES
Contrary to the long-held tradition that forbids royalties from having physical contact with members of the public, the controversial pair can now acknowledge fans with hugs and kisses if they wanted.
Although the pair have not been big on the restriction in the past, they saved their occasional breaches for children encountered during royal tours.
THEY CAN WORK AND PURSUE THEIR DREAMS
Before becoming Harry's wife, the 38-year-old royal bride was an actress, acclaimed for her role in "Suits." With the new step down, the mother of one can now go back to being an actress.
A PREFERRED CHRISTENING FOR THEIR NEXT CHILD
As far as royal traditions go, there is a rule for everything, from what to eat, to how to christen a newborn. The Sussex couple followed strict protocols during their son, Prince Archie's christening last year, without a care for what they wanted.
However, with the new arrangements in place, they could have their dream child-christening on the arrival of their next baby.
Having gathered a massive fanbase before marrying the beloved Prince, signing autographs was something the Duchess was used to. But since becoming a royalty, she was forced to desist from indulging her fans, making an exception only for a little girl in 2018.
Prince Harry has been known to decline autograph signing by politely letting fans know he would have loved to if only he were allowed.
REPRESENTING THE QUEEN IS NO LONGER MANDATORY
Stepping back from royal duties include appointments to dutifully stand as the Queen's representatives at official events and public outreach.
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Having attended the 10th Annual One Young World opening ceremony on Tuesday, The Duchess of Sussex was joined today by The Duke of Sussex for a round table discussion on gender equity with OYW and Queen’s Commonwealth Trust young leaders. Over the last few days, these young leaders became @OneYoungWorld ambassadors with the intention to return to their communities and further existing initiatives to help change the world for the better. This year OYW partnered with the @Queens_Commonwealth_Trust, of which The Duke and Duchess are President and Vice-President respectively, to provide scholarships to young leaders driving positive social impact in the Commonwealth. This was the most exciting collaboration between two groups The Duchess is passionate about and has been working with for some time. For more information and highlights from the week and how you can support these incredible leaders and their initiatives, visit @OneYoungWorld Photo © SussexRoyal / PA
EXEMPTION FROM OFFICIAL TITLES
The royal parents would be bound to drop their traditional titles like "Your Royal Highness." In its stead, they would be addressed by their first names.
However, this would not be a major change for the transitioning pair as royal insiders have revealed that the couple has, in the past, pushed for members of the public to drop the official titles while addressing them.
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“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages. This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity. We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.” - The Duke and Duchess of Sussex For more information, please visit sussexroyal.com (link in bio) Image © PA
THE "NEVER COMPLAIN, NEVER EXPLAIN" MANTRA
The royal family abides by a strict "never complain, never explain" rule, which implies that they follow all laid down protocols without complaining. Queen Elizabeth I first adopted the mantra in 1936, and all the royalties observe it.
Notwithstanding the long upheld tradition, the "Suit" actress and her Prince charming once complained about how demanding the royal life was to their mental health in an ITV documentary.
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This evening The Duke and Duchess of Sussex accompanied Her Majesty The Queen and members of @TheRoyalFamily to the annual @RoyalBritishLegion Festival of Remembrance. This special event, which has taken place every year since 1923 at the @RoyalAlbertHall, commemorates all those who have lost their lives in conflicts. • This year’s Festival marked the 75th anniversary of a number of crucial battles of 1944, with a particular emphasis on the collaboration and friendship of the British, Commonwealth and Allied armies who fought them. A unique tribute was given to acknowledge those involved both past and present, culminating in a special parade of some of the last surviving veterans who fought and served in 1944. • Their Royal Highnesses, who last year attended their first Festival of Remembrance together, were honoured to once again pay tribute to all casualties of war and remember those that have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. #FestivalOfRemembrance #WeWillRememberThem Photo © PA / Royal British Legion
FREEDOM OF DRESSING
Style is an expression of one's self, but royalties hardly have a say in how much could be expressed in their ensembles as they are often expected to dress in specific, pre-dictated ways.
The actress-turned-royal has, in the past, taken a jab at the royal customs by dressing out of the royal line, the most discussed of which was her appearance in her and Harry's engagement photographs without wearing nude stockings.
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This evening, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the annual #WellChildAwards in London. WellChild aims to ensure every child and young person living with serious health needs has the best chance to thrive with the support and medical care needed in the comfort of their own home. The Duke of Sussex became Patron of WellChild in 2007, and last year both The Duke and Duchess attended the awards to honour the children and families that WellChild supports. The Duke, who first came to these awards over a decade ago, shared in his remarks tonight: “Last year when my wife and I attended we knew we were expecting our first child - no one else did at the time, but we did - and I remember squeezing Meghan’s hand so tightly during the awards, both of us thinking what it would be like to be parents one day, and more so, what it would be like to do everything we could to protect and help our child should they be born with immediate challenges or become unwell over time. And now, as parents, being here and speaking to all of you pulls at my heart strings in a way I could have never understood until I had a child of my own.” • To find out more about tonight’s event and how you can support this very special organisation, please visit @WellChild Photos ©️ PA images
HARRY CAN EXPERIMENT OTHER STYLES
Notable for his princely appearances in custom J.crew blazer or three-piece suit, the sixth in line to the British throne is free to come out of his corporate shell, and embrace more casual, welcoming attires.
Everyone loves a loved-up moment between celebrated couples, and when the couple in question is from the royal family, it becomes a plus.
Reportedly, there are no set rules against the public display of affection by royals, but members of the royal family are known to keep their PDA at the minimum.
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Today, we are excited to be able to announce details for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s upcoming tour to Africa! 🇿🇦🇧🇼🇦🇴🇲🇼 • In just two weeks, Their Royal Highnesses will embark on this official tour focusing on community, grassroots leadership, women’s and girls’ rights, mental health, HIV/AIDS and the environment. This programme has been many months in the making, and The Duke and Duchess are eager to focus their energies on the great work being done in Southern Africa. From meeting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu to joining ‘Waves for Change’ on Monwabisi Beach, the South Africa programme will be educational and inspiring. The Duke is especially proud to continue the legacy left by his mother with her work in Angola as he joins Halo Trust again in an effort to rid the world of landmines. HRH will also travel to Malawi where he will check in on the British Army’s partnership with African Parks and will be working on the ground supporting local communities. The Duke is particularly proud to be able to deliver an exciting new initiative, a Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy three-country partnership which he designed and consulted with Governments in Namibia, Botswana and Angola to protect forest and wildlife corridors around the Okavango Delta. The Duchess will be working with local organisations to promote women and girls’ health and education, entrepreneurship and leadership. With such a textured culture and history, Their Royal Highnesses are grateful for the opportunity to connect with those on the ground in Southern Africa and to be inspired by the work being done and learn how they can be better supported. As President and Vice President of The Queens Commonwealth Trust and The Duke’s role as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador, The Duke and Duchess cannot wait to meet with young leaders mobilising change and adding to the beauty of these Commonwealth countries 🇿🇦🇧🇼🇦🇴🇲🇼 • “We look forward to seeing you soon!” • Photo ©️ PA images / Tim Graham - Getty Images / @Sentebale /@AfricanParksNetwork / @YouthAlert
The exception has been the Sussexes, who have never shied away from expressing their love in public, to the distaste of other loyal supporters of the crown.The duo's decision would avail them the liberty to show as much PDA as they pleased without raising brows.
Indeed, the controversial Sussex royals have not been big on abiding by royal protocols, but they can now indulge their preferences without fear of breaching expected formalities.