10 Things That Have Surprisingly Been Banned By The Royal Family

by Jess Catcher
Jess grew up in Oklahoma before moving to New York to become a writer. She has a cat named Agnes.

Being a member of the royal family comes with a lot of perks and responsibilities.

Apparently, it also comes with a lot of surprisingly strict rules they’re forced to follow.

I knew they had an oddly specific list of words they weren’t allowed to say once inside the palace walls, but I didn’t realize how many other seemingly ordinary things have been banned by the Queen and her family over the years.

For example, do you know why Prince Harry once got in trouble for signing an army cadet’s broken arm cast? Or what he’ll need from the Queen before we ever see his royal wedding? Hint: It’s more extreme than simply asking for her blessing!

Take a look to learn the answers and more of what the royal family has banned over the years.

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1. Using Tablet Devices

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This rule applies strictly to the youngest members of the family: George and Charlotte.

The Duke and Duchess favor more traditional toys and games for their little ones, not allowing them to play on the electronic devices until they’re a bit older, according to Reader’s Digest.

2. Playing Monopoly


This is one game the young prince and princess apparently aren’t able to enjoy. In fact, their adult family members aren’t allowed to partake in the classic game either.

According to reports from the Telegraph back in 2008, Prince Andrew (Charles’ younger brother) admitted things get a little too heated between the royals when competing against each other in this particular pastime.

3. Giving Autographs

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Prince Harry broke this rule while visiting the Air Training Corps in 2010 when a 17-year-old cadet with a cast on her arm asked him to sign it for her. According to the Express, he was kind enough to write “Get well soon” and sign his name underneath, but the sweet gesture could have gotten him into trouble with his grandmother.

Royals are prohibited from signing anything other than official documents to curb any forgers from duplicating their style.

4. Dining On Shellfish


This old rule was put in place to protect the royal family from potential food poisoning more commonly found in fishy dishes.

While the Queen abides by this ban, several other members of the family tend to let this one slide, according to the Sun.


5. Eating After The Queen Is Done

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At formal dinners, you basically have to mimic whatever the Queen is doing: If she’s standing, you stand, if she’s sitting, you sit, and if she’s done eating, you must put your fork down as well even if you haven’t quite had your fill.

6. Adding Garlic To The Royal Menu


This rule was likely put in place due to the family’s various meetings and speaking engagements, to prevent from making a bad impression thanks to a pungent aroma lingering on their breath.

7. Wearing Revealing Clothing

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Kate famously wore a sheer dress while walking the runway at a fashion show when she first caught William’s eye while the pair was still studying at St. Andrew’s University.

Snce their relationship began, she obviously switched to more modest apparel when not modeling and became even more of a fashion icon with her outfit choices.

8. Calling Each Other By Nicknames

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George and Charlotte obviously get a pass on this since they’re so young, but it’s the reason you will never hear William call his wife “Kate” like the rest of us, or hear her use the charming nickname “Wills” for him.

Harry seems to be the only royal who somehow isn’t affected by this rule; his birth name is Henry.

9. Running For Office

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The royals are supposed to remain politically neutral, so they would never align themselves with a party and, according to Royal Central, don’t even cast votes in national elections.

10. Getting Married Without The Queen's Permission

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Members of the royal family not only need a verbal blessing from Queen Elizabeth before walking down the aisle, but actual written permission stating her approval.

Vogue cited the Royal Marriages Act of 1772 while discussing the potential future royal wedding between Prince Harry and his American actress girlfriend, Meghan Markle.

Are you surprised by any of the things banned by the royal family?

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