The One Thing Princess Kate Refuses To Do - And The 2 Rules She Can Never Break
LifeAspire Staff 5/15/2017
Even though Kate Middleton and Diana never met, we have a feeling that they would get along really well!
What made Diana so appealing to the masses was her ability to distance herself from the stuffy royal lifestyle and embrace values and missions that the common people cared for.
Kate, might not be as political, but the sense we all get from her is that she is a down-to-earth Royal who chooses to live a life unencumbered by some of the royal etiquettes!
Interestingly, some of these etiquette traditions were dictated by eons past when things were so different; modern life has definitely caused a few to be tweaked just ever so slightly.
So without further ado, for all the fans of the Royal family, here is a list of 10 etiquettes that the British Monarchs, including Kate Middleton, have just refused to follow:
Non-Royals Cannot Touch Royals
Seems like such a strange rule, but makes perfect sense especially back in the old ages, when too close a proximity of a stranger to the monarch, could mean a danger of being stabbed or harmed.
These days, as a general rule, it is still considered impolite to touch a royal if you are a non-royal. The rule is to wait till they offer their hand to be shaken or kissed. In general though, we have seen Kate ignore this rule several times especially as they meet other celebrities from around the world. As they say, a hug never killed anyone!
Royals Cannot Wear Fur
For reasons that are probably lost right now, way back in the 12th century Kind Edward the III declared that no royal should wear fur. We've seen this rule being ignored over the years by royals such as Camilla, the Dutchess of Cornwall.
Kate for the most part has sided with keeping fur out of her fashion repertoire for the sake of appeasing groups against animal cruelty. But even she can't say no to a sweet gift of possum fur-lined mittens gifted to her by her mom to wear on her ski vacation.
Royals Shouldn't Travel Together
Members of the family are directed not to travel long distances together probably because such travel involved many risks in the long gone days of horse carriages. Now with modern technology that is considered safer and more comfortable, we've seen Kate and the family, travel together all the time!
After all, no matter how royal, one can't keep peace alone with two kids on a plane!
Royals Have To Spend Christmas Together
Maybe this rule shouldn't be considered so royal, since all families, including ours and yours, probably want Christmas to be that one holiday when the entire family is together!
Kate however, chose to spend one of the Christmases since her marriage into the monarchy, with her own family. Rumor had it that the Queen wasn't a big fan of the decision, but looks like they have all moved on!
This is more of a modern phenomena in which posing for pictures in a selfie is not really considered royal. Given all the pictures of Prince Harry and other young royals on the internet, it is clearly a rule that gets broken quite a lot!
Never Tuck A Clutch Under The Arms
It's always fun accessorizing with a cute clutch or a purse, but for all the ladies, there comes a moment when the said clutch become a bit of a pain to carry around! The royal rule is to always hold the handbag in hand.
Kate, who has been seen carrying fancy clutches with many of her dresses and ball gowns. We suspect though, that with the number of handshakes, two kids, and all the public appearances that Kate and William tend to make, there have been moments when the clutch just had to be tucked or set aside!
Royals Cannot Be Roman Catholic
The Monarchy is considered devotees of the Church of England, and for much of the past the dead fast rule has been that no royal is allowed to be Roman Catholic. However, the rule was amended in 2011 and now even though all members are expected to follow the Church of England, they are permitted to marry someone who is a Roman Catholic.
You Must Curtsy To the Queen
The general belief is that as soon as you are in the presence of the Queen, one must curtsy or bow at once. This is more a perpetuated tradition rather than a rule of law.
Kate or anyone else is less likely to break this, but usually a pass is given if so.
Much like the no-selfie rule, the no-autograph rule is placed to keep the celebrity out of being Royal! Unlike film stars or sports fans, the royal members are not considered part of a show to please the public, but rather are believed to have greater responsibilities to look after the well being of their people.
Still, the rule gets bent a little once in a while as the younger royal generation finds more ways to connect with their causes and people around the world.
They Cannot Play Monopoly
Perhaps not so much a rule, but a personal goal, some of the royal members, particularly Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, was famously caught joking that they are not allowed to play Monopoly to pass the time since such games tend to get a bit too vicious when played amongst the family. Kate and William are avid board gamers though, and we suspect that Monopoly is most likely part of their collection too.
Let's just say that we are glad "no-sweating" is not part of the list. One of the reasons that we love keeping tabs on the British royal family is because there are rules that separate them from the masses and elevate them to a different state of being. We are glad though that the rules get broken once in a while to let us know they are people too, just like us!
Sources: Bright Side, Good HouseKeeping, Daily Mail, Popsugar FB Image Credit: Instagram/kensingtonroyal