Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have it made. The soon-to-be royal couple are currently making headlines as the royal family’s favorite duo right now. After all, there are so many reasons why their fans love them. They are young, beautiful, in love, and very passionate about making the world a better place. Plus, royal fans can’t get enough of them.
Prince Harry has always been one of the most popular members of the British royal family. And for his fans, they just want to know why and what made him fall in love with a person who is so different than him. After all, Meghan Markle is a former Hollywood and television star who grew up in Los Angeles, California. They have very little in common, yet have share so many of the same passions and goals.
Now, we all know that their marriage is going to be a little different compared to the one that Prince William and Kate Middleton have. But did you know that their children will also have very different lives from the rest of the royal family?
That’s right! Here are 15 parenting rules that Harry and Meghan’s kids won’t have to follow. Let us know what you think!
15 They Can Fly With Their Family
For years, the royals were not allowed to fly in the same plane as their children. That’s because, if something were to happen, there would be no one from their immediate family available to take the throne. And that’s the last thing the British royal family wants to see happen.
Fortunately, for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, they don’t have to worry about taking separate planes on their overseas trips.
They can fly together whenever they want, wherever they want. Yet, according to OK! Magazine, Prince William and Kate Middleton did break this royal rule when they flew with their children to Poland and Germany for their state trip last year. Oops. A lot of royal critics pointed out that the Duke and Duchess should have flown separately from their two children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
14 They Don’t Have To Live In London
Fortunately for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, they don’t have to raise their family in London. Even though William and Kate spent plenty of years living outside the hustle and bustle that is the British capital, they were forced to relocate from their much beloved Norfolk back to London. For years, William and Kate enjoyed the peace and quiet that came with living in the countryside. They also didn’t have to worry about the paparazzi and got on pretty well with the locals.
According to the Daily Mail, Queen Elizabeth wanted Prince William and Kate Middleton to move back to Kensington Palace. That way they wouldn’t have any excuse to not attend their royal engagements and public appearances. Also, word on the street is that she wants to keep an eye on them.
13 They Don’t Have To Make Every Appearance Together
For Prince William and Kate Middleton, appearance means everything. Whenever they are in public with their two children, everyone must look prim and proper and camera ready at all times. As a matter of fact, they even color coordinate their outfits!
Harry and Meghan won’t have that same kind of pressure.
Yet, we have a feeling we will be seeing a lot of their kids in the future. Harry has always wanted to be a father. According to Romper, he once said, “I also dream to have a family. It's all about balance, and I have so much happiness in my career and am fortunate to travel the world and see so many amazing things — it will also be nice to be anchored to something grounded and in the same place. Raising a family will be a wonderful part of that.”
12 They Will Have Less Pressure Than George And Charlotte
As we all know, Prince George is the future King of England and Princess Charlotte might one day be the future Queen of England. There can’t be any missteps. These two kids are being groomed to be future leaders of the monarchy and anything they do now will follow them later in their lives.
Harry and Meghan’s kids won’t have that same kind of pressure. At least, Harry wants to make sure that his family stays as grounded as possible. They might be royals, but he also wants them to be normal. According to Romper, Prince Harry once put it this way, “I am determined to have a relatively normal life and if I am lucky enough to have children they can have one too. We don’t want to be just a bunch of celebrities but instead use our role for good.”
11 They Can’t Play Monopoly
Apparently, Prince George and Princess Charlotte are not allowed to play Monopoly! According to Reader’s Digest, “In 2008, the Leeds Building Society gave Prince Andrew (the Duke of York and Queen Elizabeth’s third child) the game as a gift, but he responded, ‘We’re not allowed to play Monopoly at home. It gets too vicious.’ Which leaves us and the entire world with so many questions about how competitive the royal family really is.”
We have a feeling that might not be the case for Harry and Meghan’s kids.
I mean, have you ever seen Prince Harry take anything TOO seriously in his life? Yeah, we didn’t think so either! We have a feeling that his family will be enjoying plenty of fun game board nights near a crackling fire in their corner of Kensington Palace. Oh, to be a royal fly on that wall!
10 You Can’t Buy Them Food
Believe it or not, you can’t buy members of the royal family an appetizer or a round of drinks. Even though they can accept gifts (as a matter of fact, they always have to accept gifts), they can’t accept food. According to Good Housekeeping, “Unless it's at an official function, they're not allowed to accept food or drinks from anyone. So if you're a royal and someone tries to hand you a jelly donut, just smile and slowly back away.”
Yet, we all know this is baloney. Who hasn’t offered to buy a pint for Prince Harry, especially during his party days in Las Vegas? We are pretty sure he’s never said no to a round of shots! We hear that he also likes to frequent his local pubs around the corner from Kensington Palace, too.
9 No Nicknames
Apparently, the British royal family is not allowed to call each other nicknames. They must refer and call each other by their proper, government-given names at all times. Celebrity Baby Scoop puts it this way,
“Nicknames are part of growing up but not for the Royal kids. Royal children are not permitted to have a nickname or called one when spoken to. They are to be addressed by their official given title.”
Again, this is a rule that the royals have broken plenty of times in the past. We’ve even heard Prince Harry call his sister-in-law by her nickname in the past. And we all know that Harry has a few nicknames himself, including Prince Hot Ginge, Your Royal Hotness, the ginge machine, Harry the hotty, and so forth. Ha!
8 Girls Must Always Be Prim And Proper
There’s a reason why you will never see Kate Middleton in public without her makeup or her best outfit on. That’s because the female members of the British royal family always have to look prim and proper, regardless of what they are doing or where they are going. And the same applies to the kids, too. Unfortunately, Charlotte will never be able to have sleepovers and experiment with different makeup colors or hairstyles. Celebrity Baby Scoop writes, “Charlotte won’t be inviting her girlfriends over when she’s a bit older to paint each other’s nails fun sparkly colors. As a royal young woman, you must always have short clean nails and only wear a natural color polish.”
Yet, we have a feeling that Meghan’s children will be different. After all, Meghan herself is already breaking important hair rules by wearing her’s in a messy bun!
7 Tailored Shirts
As I’m sure you’ve already noticed, Prince Harry always has tailored shirts on whenever he is in public. You’ll never see the future King of England wear a shirt with a character on it or one that was found in the clearance bin from Tesco. Good Housekeeping writes, “Customary with royal tradition, the little prince wears tailored shorts and not pants.”
And while we’ve mostly seen Prince William look prim and proper at all times, we’ve seen Prince Harry wear t-shirts that were far from tailored and more like they were picked up from a high street store.
Simply put, Harry’s style is more casual than it is stylish and we have a feeling that he and Meghan will dress their children the same way. We wouldn’t be surprised if they wore a Peppa Pig t-shirt in public, too!
6 No Public Meltdowns
Now, children are children and will always act a certain way. They are not robots, unless of course, you train them to be that way. But even doing their best moments, someone is bound to get tired and cranky and have an epic meltdown in public. We’ve seen it plenty of times before and according to the Daily Mail, Princess Charlotte let it all out on the tarmac of an airport last summer. She was traveling with her parents Prince William and Kate Middleton and made it clear that she had enough of all the engagements and public appearances. As a matter of fact, she looked like she was screaming bloody murder!
And yes, we have a feeling that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s future children might give us a similar performance, too. There is just no avoiding royal meltdowns, especially when they happen in public!
5 Proper British Etiquette
According to the British royal rule book (and one that we physically haven’t’ seen, mind you), royals are supposed to practice proper British etiquette at all times. Good Housekeeping reports,
“The royal ladies all sit with their legs slanted to the side to ‘protect their modesty,’ according toPrince Charles's former butler.”
Now, good etiquette should be practiced at all times. But as we all know, the British royals like to step it up a few notches. But from what we’ve seen so far, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle like to write their own rulebook. And we have a strong feeling that this will apply to their future children, too. Since they are far down the line to the throne, they won’t be made to follow the strict rules that George and Charlotte must adhere to at all times.
4 They Can’t Sign Autographs
It’s long been noted that the British royal family members are not allowed to sign autographs in public. That’s because they are afraid that someone might copy their signatures, which might eventually lead to plagiarism or worse, stolen identities. But apparently, Meghan doesn’t seem to care. During one of her first royal engagements with Harry, she signed an autograph for a lucky fan with her fiancé right next to her. A lot of critics were surprised that he didn’t stop her from making such a gaffe in public.
According to Marie Claire, “If you're ever lucky enough to meet a member of the royal family, don't expect to have their autograph as a souvenir. It's important for them to keep their signature a secure so it's not forged but also it isn't considered royal to go about signing autographs.”
3 They Don’t Have To Always Spend Christmas With The Royals
Unlike Prince William and Kate Middleton, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle don’t have to spend every Christmas with the royal family at Queen Elizabeth’s beloved Sandringham House. Now, while we don’t think they will be alternating holidays between Los Angeles and London, they are not pressured to spend the day with the royals, either. In other words, they can do as they please with their family.
But then again, Kate Middleton has broken this rule in the past.
Last year she insisted on having her family spend Christmas with her parents at their Middleton Manor estate. According to Cheat Sheet, “In the past, all members of her family — including those married in — had to spend Christmas with the royal family. That said, Prince William and Kate Middleton have broken this rule and take turns alternating between their families.”
2 Always Ready For The Photographers
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s future children don’t always have to be picture perfect and ready for the photographs. I mean, we’ve all seen Prince Harry look like he just rolled out of bed on a Sunday morning, right? Meghan seems to be very relaxed and casual about her style, too. They don’t take fashion as seriously as William and Kate do and we have a feeling that their kids won’t either.
Reader’s Digest puts it this way: “The royals have a knack for being fashionable. Princess Diana’s fashion sense was functional but classy, one that many women still copy today. The Queen famously wears neon outfits on more occasions than not. Kate Middleton loves different patterns and textures. Yet they all have one thing in common: They dress modestly and for the occasion.”
1 More Flexibility
If you are in direct line to the British throne, chances are that the world will be watching every little step you make. And that seems to be the case for Prince William and Kate Middleton’s children. But when it comes to Harry and Meghan’s future clan, they won’t feel so pressured to be perfect or “royal” all the time. After all, they have a little of Harry’s wild side and Meghan’s Hollywood glamour, which makes for an interesting mix. We have a feeling they will be a little bit of both, thanks to the flexibility they’ll have to be who they want to be. Plus, this was always Princess Diana’s parenting vision, too.
According to Cheat Sheet, “Rules aside, the queen’s grandchildren have helped keep the royal family relevant in the 21st century through adopting more modern ways of living. Perhaps, this is because Princess Diana encouraged Prince William and Prince Harry to experience the world separately from their royal upbringing.”
References: OK! Magazine, Daily Mail, Romper, Reader’s Digest, Good Housekeeping, Celebrity Baby Scoop, Marie Claire, Cheat Sheet