Meghan Markle has a lot to learn before she becomes part of the royal family.
Since the news of her engagement to Prince Harry broke last week, Meghan Markle has been thrown into the spotlight—and it's no secret that her life has been completely turned upside down. But in addition to resigning from her career on Suits and moving into Kensington Palace with her fiancé, the actress has to learn how to be a princess.
According to royal expert Katie Nicholl, the royal bride-to-be has a few royal rules to brush up on before her big day—including proper State dinner etiquette, how to address dignitaries, and how to dress like a royal.
One of the major etiquette rules she needs to learn is how to properly curtsy, and to remember to always do so for the Queen, Kate, Beatrice, Eugenie. It's said, however, that she will not need to curtsy for certain family members, with some exceptions. For example, Markle will not need to curtsy to Sophie, Countess of Wessex—unless Sophie’s husband, Prince Edward is in the room. Confusing.
The curtsy has been a tradition in with British royals since the 1500s, when it replaced having to completely drop to one’s knee. Though the current rules were written up in a document in 2005, they are not always formally recognized in royal etiquette these days.
In addition to the traditional royal rules, the future royal will have to give up taking #selfies with fans. Something she already showed in her first royal appearance when she denied a fan's selfie request with a "sorry, we're not allowed."
Though she doesn't have Julie Andrews to guide her through her princess training ("A queen is never late, everyone else is simply early,") we're sure Prince Harry will be a great mentor, considering his ample experience in the world of royals. (Rumor has it Harry started giving Meghan royal homework months ago.)
We hope you're taking good notes, Meghan.