15 Times the Royals Broke Their Own Rules
When it comes to the British royalty, there are a ton of rules and protocols in place that teach the royals how they are to behave in public. There are also protocols in place for meeting members of the royal family that are usually strictly observed.
However, in the past there have been many times that there have been mishaps or flubs in interacting with the royals, but none more so surprising than when it’s the royals themselves breaking the rules. That’s right, the royals are just like us in that they like to shirk the rules whenever it suits them. Things like hugging, handshaking, and getting close and personal—things that we take for granted each and every day—are faux pas whenever members of the royal family perpetrate them. We did a little digging and found 15 times the royals broke their own rules. Read more to find out what they did!
Every Time Prince George gets on a plane with Prince William
According to traditional protocol, two heirs to the throne must not travel together. This is to protect the legacy that is the monarchy. Prince William and Prince George, as well as the Prince’s other children regularly flout this rule, after being granted permission by his royal grandmother, the queen.
When Queen Elizabeth included “Obey” in Her Wedding Vows
Queen Elizabeth was a bit of a rebel while she was still just Princess Elizabeth. Not only was she the first female of the royal family to serve in the military, but when she married then Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten, she added ‘obey’ to her wedding vows, creating a controversy, as the general thought was that a future monarch should never promise to obey anyone, including their own husband.
When Princess Margaret Divorced Antony Armstrong-Jones
Before Margaret divorced Antony Armstrong-Jones in 1978, it changed the face of the royal family forever. No senior member of the royal family had gotten divorced since 1901, when a granddaughter of Queen Victoria was given a divorce. The divorce of Margaret set a new precedent for the family and showed the signs of the times.
Every Time Princess Diana Got Close and Personal
Which was always. Whenever you see videos and photos of Princess Diana doing her duties, you continually see her up close and personal with people of all backgrounds and religions. She was known as The People’s Princess because she truly cared for all human life and worked toward the betterment of all.
When Prince Harry and President Barack Obama Took a Selfie
Now, it’s probably not really a strict rule, but if they’re not supposed to get close and personal and if they’re not supposed to touch anyone… How are they supposed to get away with taking a selfie? Apparently, Prince Harry doesn’t care because there have been many instances of selfies popping up with the wildly popular prince.
When Prince Charles Hugged a Little Boy
The general rule upon meeting the royals is no touching, unless they offer their hand for a handshake. Apparently, this little boy didn’t know the rules and ran up to Prince Charles for a hug. And even more astonishing was the fact that Prince Charles automatically hugged him back, without reserve.
When Queen Elizabeth Put Her Arm Around Michelle Obama
The story here is that when Michelle Obama met the Queen of England in 2009, she wasn’t aware of royal protocol. So, imagine the gasp that was heard ‘round the world when she put her arm around the queen! However, the queen just went with it and put her arm right back around the first lady.
When Meghan Markle Signed an Autograph
While greeting fans in 2018 outside of Cardiff Castle in Wales, Meghan Markle broke a pretty important royal rule by signing autographs. The thought behind this rule is that the signature might be impersonated for nefarious reasons. However, Meghan wasn’t quite royal at that point, so does it really matter?
When King Edward Abdicated the Throne for Love
On December 11, 1936, King Edward VIII became the first English monarch in history to voluntarily abdicate the throne. The reason? Because as head of England’s church and country, his own rules prevented him from marrying the love of his life, the divorced Wallis Warfield Simpson. Hence, King George VI was crowned, and lady Elizabeth became princess Elizabeth: heir to the throne.
When Prince Harry Married a Divorcee
Despite whom a royal member wants to marry, before they can, they must get the approval of the ruling member of the family. In this case, because of how Elizabeth II came to the throne, it was believed that Harry might be denied permission to marry Markle since she had been previously married. And we already know how the church feels about that. However, the Queen gave her permission anyway.
When Henry VIII Started His Own Church of England
Well, if we’re going to talk about royal rulebreakers, we might as well go straight to the source. Henry VIII lived life his way and let nothing get in the way of his wants. So, when the Catholic church wouldn’t grant him a divorce or annulment for his first marriage, he broke away and formed his own Church of England, all to marry his mistress, Anne Boleyn.
When Prince Charles and Diana got Divorced
While there are no specific protocols in place when it comes to divorce in the royal family, the Queen is still normally the one to have a say in whether or not a senior member is to get one. Charles and Diana spent four years as fodder for the paparazzi during their separation. When the scandal finally made enough headlines, the Queen officially gave her order that the pair divorce.
When Charles Married Camilla Parker Bowles
Remarriage in the royal family can also be a big deal. Because the royal family is seen as the head of The Church of England, they are expected to live up to the same standards they hold everyone else up to. Because of the disapproval of the Church, Charles and Camilla were married in a civil ceremony instead of the church.
When Queen Elizabeth II Authorized a Ceremonial Funeral for Princess Diana
Technically, when Princess Diana passed away, she was princess only in name. Her HRH had been removed upon her divorce from Charles, so she was no longer considered a member of the family. However, upon seeing the grief pouring forth from her subjects, the queen authorized a royal funeral for Diana to pay her the homage the people wanted to see.
When Queen Elizabeth II Bowed to Princess Diana’s Coffin
Queen Elizabeth has bowed to no one in her 94—yes count them, 94!—years of being queen. She’s the queen of England. She’s never had to. They all bow and scrape to her. However, in a gesture of respect for the work Diana did for England, as well as the gifts of the heirs to the throne, William and Harry, Queen Elizabeth gave a bow to Diana’s coffin as it passed her in the funeral procession.