The bedtime rule Meghan Markle has to follow when she stays with the Queen
Wednesday - 25/07/2018 08:43
FIRST she couldn’t have a baby shower. Now there’s a strict new rule for Meghan’s bedtime — and it’s one Diana hated.
FROM royal engagements, to tours and of course, becoming an official member of the royal family, Meghan Markle has had a lot to get used to in the last few months.
And one tradition she may have to become accustomed to is extending her bedtime.
According to Sir William Heseltine — one of the Queen’s private secretaries — when staying with Her Majesty, members of the royal family should wait until the Queen retires to bed, before they also hit the hay.
He explained that it’s considered “bad form” to go to bed before Her Majesty.
In an interview for the book, The Royals in Australia, Sir William revealed “nobody felt it right to go to bed before the Queen did”.
And while the tradition is something Meghan Markle may have to adopt now she’s an official royal, according to Sir William, it was something Princess Diana struggled with.
“For Diana the long royal evenings were agony,” he 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.”
The bedtime tradition isn’t the only thing The Duchess of Sussex may have to adjust to.
Last month, Twitter users claimed Meghan had breached royal protocol after an Irish politician suggested the 36-year-old was pleased with Ireland’s abortion referendum result.
According to the UK Parliament website: “Although not prohibited by law, it is considered unconstitutional for the Monarch to vote in an election.”