This is the bedtime rule Meghan Markle has to follow when staying with the Queen

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  • And it’s not what we expected

    Being a royal, like most jobs, has both its advantages and drawbacks.

    While having a royal title gives access, opportunity and of course the luxury of living in a palace, there is also a lot of duty that comes with the role.

    There’s a hefty rulebook for the Windsors to follow, from wearing tights to not wearing black, with Meghan, now Duchess of Sussex, having to comply.

    Now Meghan is taking princess lessons – brushing up on all royal rules and guidelines – put into practice mainly when the Queen is present.

    No garlic, a shellfish ban when travelling and even if Meghan gets pregnant she can forget about wearing tracksuits.


    This week we discovered another rule that the now Duchess of Sussex has to follow, and it’s to do with her bedtime.

    Yes, really.

    According to Sir William Heseltine, a former private secretary to the Queen, Meghan will now have to follow the family rule when it comes to bedtimes at the Queen’s residences – not going to bed before the Monarch herself.


    That’s right. Apparently the members of the royal family are discouraged from going to bed before the Queen has absented herself – a rule that he explained was ‘agony’ for Princess Diana.

    ‘For Diana the long royal evenings were agony,’ he reportedly explained. ‘There’d be an hour or so in the sitting room of everyone sitting around making conversation, and nobody felt it right to go to bed before the Queen did. And Diana was driven to such extremes that she’d excuse herself and go to bed, which was thought to be rather bad form, going to bed before the Queen.’

    Just another thing to add to the itinerary for Meghan’s princess lessons!

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