8 Rules Meghan Markle & Prince Harry’s Daughter Won’t Have to Follow
It’s hard to believe it’s been over a year since Meghan Markle and Prince Harry stepped down as senior members of the royal family. Not only did this decision mean that they were becoming financially independent from Queen Elizabeth and the rest of the gang, but also that they no longer need to abide by her official protocol.
In fact, the move didn’t just affect the Duke and Duchess of Sussex—their son Archie is no longer bound by the constraints of being a royal, either. And now that the couple is expecting their second child together, we have questions about what’s to come for their daughter.
Here, eight royal protocols the baby will not have to follow.
1. She Can Have a Casual, Unofficial Name
Despite Meghan and Harry’s firstborn being bestowed a fancy title from the queen herself (which they denied), it's less likely the new child will be given the same honor. However, per Newsweek, according to Thomas Woodcock, Garter King of Arms, “Any daughter would automatically, as the daughter of a duke, be Lady and then her Christian name…and then Mountbatten-Windsor.” Again, that doesn’t mean that the family has to use the name or refer to her by it.
2. She can be referred to by her Nickname publicly
While we have no idea what the duke and duchess plan to name their second child (although, Poppy and Philippa are already the favorites on the internet), we do know that any nicknames that come along with it will be allowed to be used in public. If you didn’t know, it's considered improper for any member of the royal fam to be publically addressed by anything other than their formal name. Hence why Princess Charlotte doesn’t go by Char or “Lottie.”
3. She doesn’t have to always wear dresses
While it’s not an official rule, simply more of a guideline or recommendation, the royal family usually opts for young girls to wear dresses rather than pants or skirts. “They tend to wear smocked dresses as little girls when they are in public with their parents,” royal expert Marlene Koenig told Harper's Bazaar. Like her brother is free to wear pants, baby Sussex will wear whatever the heck she pleases.
4. She CAN ATTEND PUBLIC SCHOOL
OK, we acknowledge that it’s highly unlikely that Meghan and Harry will send either of their kids to public school. However, if they wanted to then they totally have that option (unlike parents in the royal family). Per Liz’s royal guidelines, royal children typically attend private institutions for security reasons. Who knows, maybe the duke and duchess will send their daughter to Hollywood elementary?
5. She won’t have to go through etiquette training
It’s no secret that royals are well-versed when it comes to proper etiquette. However, this training starts “as soon as they’re old enough to sit at a table.” Etiquette expert Myka Meier told People, “They are raised having formal meals, going to formal events and practicing everything from voice levels to dressing appropriately to even, of course, how to curtsy and bow.” Luckily, since her parents are no longer senior royals, baby Sussex will not have to partake in this training.
6. She Can play monopoly whenever she wants
Word on the street (Buckingham Palace road) is that the board game is forbidden in the royal household for getting “too vicious.” However, in Montecito the new baby and her big brother can flout this unofficial rule and play as much as they please.
7. She can (eventually) have an opinion on politics
Members of the royal family are typically not allowed to vote or even publicly express their opinion on political matters (a rule that the Duchess of Sussex was known to break). And although the new baby is years away from having to worry about politics, when that day does come, she can be vocal about any and all matters which are important to her.
8. SHE CAN TRAVEL WITH BOTH PARENTS at Once
One major rule the royal bunch has to follow is that two heirs cannot travel together. This is in case something tragic were to happen, there would still remain an air to the throne (how morbid). This rule would impact baby Sussex, who falls right after her older brother in the line of succession. However, considering the circumstances (Archie’s baby sister will fall eighth in line to the throne), it would likely not be enforced and she will be able to travel with both her parents and her brother.