The British Royal Family is a glamorous one, there’s no doubt about it. So it’s easy for us non-royal folks to daydream about being part of it someday, somehow. And why not? Jewels, palaces, people catering to your every whim… what could be better?
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Kate Middleton is living that daydream, thanks to marrying Prince William and thus becoming an official member of the Royal Family. And if speculation proves correct, Meghan Markle might just end up living that daydream as well if she marries current boyfriend Prince Harry. While marrying into the British Royal Family certainly has its perks, there are also many parts of the gig that might not bode well with those of us who haven’t had to answer strict rules our whole lives.
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As it turns out, you can’t do whatever the heck you want when you marry British royalty. You have a whole new set of obligations and requirements, as well as a list of new things you’re actually forbidden from doing.
See some of the biggest, strangest, most downright bizarre British Royal Family rules below.
When the royals take part in a walkabout, which is essentially when an important guest strolls with a crowd, they are not allowed to take food or drinks. Why? For security reasons. Just as their ancestors used royal taste testers, royals today will not accept food because there is no way to verify that it is safe.
When they attend official functions, however, they are allowed to eat the food.