The royal family is poised to have an incredibly, and we mean incredibly, busy year. There are two babies being born, two royal weddings taking place, and no shortage of diplomatic meetings on the docket. If you were wondering how the heck they keep track of it all, wonder no more. Apparently, the royals like to communicate via group chat, just like us regular folk. On top of that, they’re really into WhatsApp.
This rare insight into the inner lives of the royals comes courtesy of Mike Tindall, husband to Zara Tindall, granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II. “Me, my brother, and then a few of Zara’s side, like her brother Pete and the cousins, are on WhatsApp groups,” he told The Daily Mirror over the weekend. “I wouldn’t say we’re cutting edge, but it’s just easier for some reason on WhatsApp,” he added. “I’m in about 25,000 groups. You might do it for a get-together and just stay on the group, and occasionally people will post. You’re scared to leave because you don’t want to be seen to be rude.”
While Tindall did not reveal the identity of said cousins (or the royals’ preferred flavor of meme), it doesn’t take a royal genealogist to make some guesses. If Zara Tindall is the Queen’s grandchild, and so are Prince William and Prince Harry, and so are (or will be) Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle (by law), who, then, might the cousins be? Exactly.
So, remember this. Next time you want to say something impassioned in your group chat, take a deep breath and ask yourself, “What would Meghan Markle post?” Then, and only then, may you proceed.