The U.S. actress Meghan Markle is preparing herself to become a dignified member of the United Kingdom Royal family for not ending up on the front page news embarrassing her and the royal family.
After her wedding with Prince Harry on May 19, Markle is expected to follow the unwritten rules govern on how the Royals should behave. While many antiquated protocols have fallen by the wayside, there is still some etiquette.
Life behind palace walls full of rules and protocols to follow will be definitely different and difficult too for someone who grew up in Los Angeles.
Etiquette and protocol it’s surrounded the royal family for centuries. Rules when to bow or curtsy, and to whom, and how to eat at royal banquets are there ... one - to make them understand what’s expected of them, but also - so they understand what to do and what not to do.
“Meghan will cope - but she will find some of the flummery difficult to bear,” said Andrew Morton, the author of a biography of the bride-to-be.
Strict protocol dictates that Markle should walk backwards from the queen in her presence, she also should, strictly speaking, curtsy to all the other royals with the style “Her Royal Highness”.
However as the monarchy evolves and modernizes, these conventions are not as important as they once were, something the royals themselves acknowledge.
“There are no obligatory codes of behaviour when meeting The Queen or a member of the Royal Family, but many people wish to observe the traditional forms,” the royal family’s website says - before explaining how to bow and curtsy and address the Windsors.