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They may not be senior members of the royal family anymore, but Meghan Markle and Prince Harry still hold a special place in the heart of Her Majesty the Queen.

However, much to our delight, the couple is no longer bound by the constraints of strict royal protocol. Here, 11 royal rules the duo no longer have to follow.

1. THEy don’t need to stick to the STRICT DRESS CODE

Members of the royal family are expected to dress modestly and never overtly casual. Yikes. But both Meghan and Harry are now free to wear whatever clothes they please and can be dressed casually for any occasion. Welcome to the world of sweatpants, you two. 

2. AND THEY Don’t need to TRAVEL WITH AN ALL-BLACK ENSEMBLE

The royal family is nothing if not prepared. A respectable all-black outfit is always packed with them on their travels in case of a sudden death where they must attend a funeral. And while this is a pretty smart idea, the duke and duchess no longer need to pack accordingly.

3. They're allowed to sign autographs

No member of the royal fam is supposed to sign autographs or take a selfie with a fan (though several have been known to break this rule). However, now Harry and Meghan are free to go buy a selfie stick if they please. And they should probably start carrying a ballpoint pen around with them for all the John Hancock requests. 

4. They can flaunt their PDA

It’s recommended that royals avoid public displays of affection as much as possible, but Harry and Meghan have been known to break this rule on multiple occasions. Here's hoping this means even more PDA moving forward.

5. THEY Don’t have to LEAVE THE TABLE DISCREETLY

If a royal must use the restroom during a meal, they don’t announce it to the table. Instead, they apparently simply say “Excuse me” and slip away. But now, the Sussexes are able to shout it from the rooftop if they need to use the bathroom. We’re not sure why they would, but at least they don't have to be so discreet about things. 

6. They can hug their fans

As with autographs and selfies, the royal couple was not supposed to hug and kiss their fans due to safety concerns (though clearly Meghan broke the rule on occasion). Now they're free to hug to their heart's content. 

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7. They can now earn their own income

Perhaps one of the biggest changes (and a major reason for the couple stepping down in the first place), Prince Harry and his wife can now be financially independent. They can earn their own income since they won’t be receiving funds from British taxpayers. A Suits reboot perhaps? 

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8. HARRY AND MARKLE CAN KEEP IT CASUAL WITH THEIR NAMES

The couple will lose their titles as "Your Royal Highness." Just simply Harry and Meghan will suffice.

9. They don’t have to follow the mantra “never complain, never explain”

Queen Elizabeth believes in keeping a stiff upper lip—but now, Harry and Meghan can complain away (or at least be honest about their feelings)! Perhaps we should have seen their royal exit coming when the couple broke this rule during the extremely honest documentary from their royal tour of Africa.

10. THEY’RE (Probably) ALLOWED TO PLAY MONOPOLY

When the Duke of York was presented with the board game, he revealed that it’s forbidden in the royal household because “it gets too vicious.” 

We’re not positive on this but we’ll bet both Harry and Meghan can play all of the board games their hearts desire. 

11. They can accept and keep gifts

While the royal family has to accept every gift that they receive (even if it’s something super lame), it’s up to Queen Elizabeth to decide who gets to keep which gift. Well, for these two, not anymore. 

RELATED: 21 of the Most Ridiculously Strict Rules the Royal Family Must Follow

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