Why does Kate Middleton always refuse to give autographs?

It actually makes a lot of sense

Words by Jadie Troy-Pryde

Being a member of the royal family might seem like 24/7 glitz and glamour, but there are a lot of rules when it comes to what the royals can and can’t do – they’re banned from eating this type of food, and they’re forced to follow these fashion rules. Aside from Prince William and Kate Middleton ripping up the royal rule book, the Windsors are bound to the many traditions that the monarchy have held for centuries.

And if that wasn’t enough, the royals are also banned from signing autographs for fans. While they are allowed to take selfies, greet and shake hands with well-wishers (Diana famously did this without gloves for a very sweet reason), when it comes to putting pen to paper Kate and the rest of the royal family are strictly forbidden. But why aren’t they allowed to give their supporters this coveted token?

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According to the Express, the reason is, of course, steeped in the royal family’s historical traditions. They state that ‘the long-standing rule remains in place for all royals because of the risk of the signature being forged.’

Whenever somebody thrusts a notebook, picture or teddy to be signed, they must politely decline. Prince Charles even has a line that he uses, telling fans: ‘Sorry, they don’t allow me to do that.’ However, he decided to break royal protocol seven years ago when he signed an autograph for a family affected by terrible flooding, writing ‘Charles 2010’ on a piece of paper for the family’s young son.

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