Elizabeth II: This rule of etiquette applies to the Windsor family

In the book Meghan or the despair of the princesses, the writer Elizabeth Gouslan evokes the particularly firm instructions that are imposed to the guests during the meals spent in the company of the Queen of England.

British royalty has no secrets for the journalist Elizabeth Gouslan, who published, on February 10, the book Meghan or the despair of the princesses. In it, the writer looks back on the meeting of Prince William and Kate Middleton, which dates back to the period when they were still students, but also on how the wife of Prince Harry tried to make a place for herself in the English royal family. But the young American actress had to follow some very specific rules.

For love, she was coached by her companion on how to behave at the table. During a Christmas stay at Sandringham House, Meghan Markle discovered the codes that exist at each meal. In total, there are eight and it is mandatory to pay attention to the behavior of Elizabeth II. Indeed, “we put down our cutlery as soon as the Queen puts hers down”. At this point, the servants are instructed to “clear everyone’s plates”. It does not stop there, because if Her Majesty decides to go to bed, all the guests must also “return immediately to their rooms, regardless of the time of the royal yawn,” as Elizabeth Gouslan explains in her book.

A duchess with a freer style than ever

In addition, Meghan Markle has had to submit to the dress code that consists of “changing four times a day and trading her tight dresses for jodhpurs, lichen green mohair sweaters, Barbour jackets, rubber boots.” This is a change from the ultra-feminine looks that the actress used to wear in public. Now, since she lives again in the United States with Prince Harry, the Duchess of Sussex can finally be herself. Saturday, February 26 in particular, she was, with her husband, at the NAACP Image Awards. For this event, the mother of Archie and Lilibet Diana opted for a beautiful blue dress, far from the style imposed by British royalty.

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