- Publish Date
- Monday, 17 April 2017, 12:06PM
For the past few months, rumours have been swirling about Prince Harry possibly getting engaged to his girlfriend, Suits star Meghan Markle.
So what happens for Meghan if that happens? Morgan Evans from Redbook had a look into it, and here were the six most interesting rules:
1. Royals can marry commoners, with the Queen's permission:
Getting the Queen's approval to marry is mandatory anyway, and initially, the Royal Marriages Act of 1772 prohibited the marriage of royal family members to commoners (anyone not of noble blood), But now, as long as the Queen approves of the individual marrying into the family, then the marriage is considered valid, whether the person is of noble blood or not.
2. Marrying a royal doesn't exactly make you Queen or King or even a Princess.
If a British queen marries, her husband is known as a king consort, but does not become king. In the case of Queen Elizabeth's husband, Prince Phillip, because he is Greek, he cannot hold the title as King. If William becomes king, the Duchess of Cambridge will hold the title of Queen Consort. If Markle does in fact marry Prince Harry in the near future, then, like Kate Middleton, Markle will be a Duchess.
3. Once married to a royal, you cannot be active in politics.
The Royal Family refrain from participating in most political events, like voting and running for any form of public office. Though the family is technically allowed to vote, they choose not to participate because it would be considered unconstitutional.
4. Once you have a royal title, you cannot be addressed by any other name.
There's no way you're allowed to call the Duchess of Cambridge by her former nickname, "Kate," or call the Queen "Lizzie." When addressing royals, you must call them by their full title or simply by "Ma'am" or "Sir."
5. You'll never get to play Monopoly with your in-laws.
As crazy as it sounds, in 2008, Prince Andre Duke of York, Prince Charles' younger brother, banned playing Monopoly with the Royal Family at home because it reportedly became "too vicious." Hmm, they have a point.
6. You probably won't eat shellfish again
In the past, the Royal family was advised not eat shellfish to avoid possible food poisoning and any allergic reactions. Although the Queen still abstains, apparently Prince Charles still dabbles in some.