Since Harry and Meghan, became husband and wife on May 19, Meghan has many rules to follow.
And the list of royal protocol requirements even stretches to bedtime.
The Duchess of Sussex has been undergoing rigorous royal training. In the past two months, she has learned that when dining with the Queen, she must stop eating dinner when Her Majesty does.
She has to remain neutral in her political stance and adhere to formal greetings in the presence of the Queen and other senior royals.
But there is also another tradition when it comes to her bedtime.
According to Sir William Heseltine, one of the Queen’s private secretaries, when staying with Her Majesty, members of the royal family should wait until the Queen retires to bed, before they also hit the hay.
He explained that it’s considered “bad form” to go to bed before Her Majesty.
And according to Sir William, the royal protocol was something Princess Diana struggled with. She had broken this rule a number of times.
He said “For Diana the long royal evenings were agony.
“There’d be an hour or so in the sitting room of everyone sitting around making conversation, and nobody felt it right to go to bed before the Queen did.
“And Diana was driven to such extremes that she’d excuse herself and go to bed, which was thought to be rather bad form, going to bed before the Queen.”
The Duchess of Sussex has to stick with the royals’ protocol and practices. When she becomes pregnant and then delivers her baby, the first person she has to inform is the Queen.
Meghan won’t be able to have baby showers too.
A month ago, Twitter users claimed Meghan had breached royal protocol. It was after an Irish politician suggested that she was pleased with Ireland’s abortion referendum result.
According to the UK Parliament website: “Although not prohibited by law, it is considered unconstitutional for the Monarch to vote in an election.”