Sorry, Meghan, but there's no getting out of this one! There are a number of royal wedding traditions that Meghan Markle has ditched since her engagement to Prince Harry. She said good riddance to the traditional wedding fruit cake, for example, opting to munch on a lemon-elderflower confection on the big day. There's talk that Markle might have her mother walk her down the aisle, as opposed to her father, Thomas Markle. She's also rumored to be the first royal bride in history that'll make a speech her own reception. But at that reception, there is one royal tradition that Markle must abide by when having dinner with the Queen.
Ideally, most wedding receptions revolve around the bride and groom—and not their in-laws. But if you throw a particularly demanding mother-in-law who thinks she's the Queen of England into the mix, things may not always go as planned. But what about the literal Queen of England? Well, when she's on a wedding guest list there's one rule that everyone must follow at dinner—even the bride!
Whenever one is dining with Queen Elizabeth II, they must stop eating when she does. So, if Meghan Markle isn't through with her lemon-elderflower wedding cake at the royal wedding reception, and her new grandmother-in-law is, Markle won't be able to continue to chow down. Sorry! "As the reigning monarch, everyone eating with Elizabeth II has to take her lead—and do as she does," The Sun reports.
Cue to all the other royal wedding guests shoveling down their food, before the Queen realizes she's full.
At least the bride is probably already familiar with this dining tradition. Markle spent Christmas with the royal family and dined with the Queen at her Sandringham estate in Norfolk, where everyone most likely abided by the same rule.
Sure it's a weird rule, but no one wants to anger their new in-laws on the big day—especially when they're royalty.