Prince Harry and Meghan Markle seem to be abandoning protocol in a big way on their royal tour

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    The Sussex family are officially on tour, with Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and of course baby Archie travelling to South Africa for the first leg of their 10-day tour.

    The millennial couple have always been known to rip up the royal rulebook, so it’s hardly surprising that already on day two of their tour, the royal couple have broken protocol.

    Yes, the couple are changing up royal tours, not only insisting on a casual entrance into Cape Town, forgoing the traditional red carpet welcome, but they are also asking for members of the public to address them by their first names. Not only this, the Duke and Duchess are reportedly insisting that people do not bow or curtsy to them.

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    The second half of Day one for #SussexRoyalTour brought Their Royal Highnesses to The District Six Museum and the Homecoming Centre who are re-building their local community in Cape Town. The Duke and Duchess had a first hand look and understanding of how much of this diverse community was destroyed, with people subjected to forced relocation during the apartheid era. At the Homecoming centre The Duke and Duchess were treated to food cooked by local women that showcased the wonderful variety of recipes – and the importance of cooking to bring communities together – a topic The Duchess feels strongly about (just like Together, the cookbook from the women of The Hubb Community Kitchen which The Duchess supported this time last year). • Their Royal Highnesses have had an amazing first day in South Africa and are incredibly grateful for the wonderful welcome they have received. Thank You! Stay tuned for more updates and behind the scenes moments on tour! #RoyalVisitSouthAfrica • Photo ©️ SussexRoyal / Omid Scobie / PA images

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    ‘This isn’t a holiday and they don’t want it to look like one,’ a royal source told Vanity Fair of the couple’s schedule of 86 official engagements.

    ‘This has been months in the planning and a lot of hard work has gone into the schedule. Their Royal Highnesses want to do some serious work on the ground, particularly at a community level.’

    Going on to talk about the lack of formalities on this tour, the source continued: It’s very much how they want things done. There is no protocol that says you have to bow or curtsy when you meet them, it’s really up to the individual.’

    We’re wishing harry and Meghan a very happy tour!

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