Breaking news – England (NEWZ247) Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are slowly but surely rewriting the etiquette rules as it pertains to the monarchy.
According to British etiquette expert Grant Harrold, the engaged duo is really doing things their own way when it comes to their May 19 wedding, and some of the royal precedent is essentially being shunned.
The fact that the wedding is on a Saturday is the first clue that these two are marching to the beat of their own drum. “We’re talking about the 21st century,” Grant, a former butler for Prince Charles, told E! News. “And we’re talking about a very modern young couple a new generation of royals.”
Typically with second weddings — Meghan has been married before — the occasion is done with little fanfare. Grant said there are “old-fashioned traditions certain things that you ‘don’t do'” with a second wedding.
“The thing about etiquette is, it’s always evolving. Rules are always changing,” he said, adding that Megan politely declined to take a selfie with a fan during a royal appearance (no selfies is “one of the newer rules,” he said.) Meghan will also be prohibited from giving autographs, an old rule that is still followed.
“No more doing that,” Grant says. “You can never ask a royal for an autograph. They’re not allowed… because you know, it’s a royal signature, and therefore autographs will be something that she’ll no longer do.”