Kate Middleton has been praised by fans and the Royal Family for her perfect poise and princess-like qualities.
We all know that being a member of the Royal Family requires a lot of rules and regulations for things that the rest of us don’t even consider.
But being Kate Middleton and part of the royal clan certainly has its perks, but the Duchess is also restricted by a long list of royal rules that she must follow.
From bedtimes and banned foods, here are some of the bizarre orders Kate must follow:
Pasta, shellfish and foie gras are forbidden
Royal guidelines state that the family should avoid risky foods in public.
Shellfish could give Kate food poisoning, and according to former palace chef Darren McGrady, carbs get the boot at dinnertime as the Queen is not a fan.
He told The Telegraph, “No potatoes, rice or pasta for dinner.”
Foie Gras is a no-go, too. Apparently Prince Charles set the ban in 2008 due to animal welfare worries.
Slinging a hand around the Duchess’ shoulder could land you (and her) in big trouble.
Casual touches by strangers are a big taboo to senior members of the Royal Family – a rule thought to date back centuries.
While the odd fan has accidentally broken this rule in the past, you’re pretty safe with a formal handshake…when Covid clears off!
She can’t go to bed before the Queen
Kate and her fellow royals mustn’t hit the hay before Her Majesty. Let’s hope her bedtime isn’t too late!
In his book The Royals in Australia, former private secretary to the Queen, Sir William Heseltine, said, “Nobody felt it right to go to bed before the Queen did.
“For Diana the long royal evenings were agony. She’d excuse herself and go to bed, which was thought to be rather bad form.”
No selfies allowed
You won’t find a single selfie on Kate’s Instagram account. In fact, you won’t find her account at all!
Members of the royal family are banned from having personal social media accounts, and selfies are out of the question.
Royal commentator Victoria Arbiter told Insider, “Royals would always rather have a personal interaction than have people clamouring for selfies.”
Kate’s not supposed to sign autographs, for fear of her signature being forged. And she must accept gifts graciously – how sweet.