In Tom Quinn’s book, Gilded Youth: An Intimate History of Growing Up in the Royal Family, a former staff member claimed that Meghan battled with one rule during her time as a working royal.
According to the royal insider, the Duchess of Sussex “hated being controlled by royal protocol.”
One of the most significant rules of the Royal Family is that they must notify the Palace of their destination before departing.
“The fact, for example, that at Kensington Palace royals have to announce in advance when they are leaving the Palace and where they are going.” The former Palace employee alleged.
“This is partly for security but partly also to avoid a situation where a senior royal is upstaged by a more junior royal leaving just when the more important person leaves.”
According to the former Palace employee, Meghan thought the rule was “silly,” but it is “absolutely essential.”
“I don’t think in the whole of history there was ever a greater divide between what someone expected when they became a member of the Royal Family and what they discovered it was really like. She was hugely disappointed.” A royal source said.
They stated she was not alone in thinking this. “I think Charles agreed with Meghan on many points – he thought much of the protocol was silly, but it is hard to change,” they said.
“William has bought into it, which is why George, Louis, and Charlotte are so conventional and look like something out of the 1950s.”
“Meghan wants something different from this for her children – she wants American freedom to do and say what you like and go where you like,” the expert added.
Every day, members of the Royal Family must adhere to a rigid protocol. The king and the heir to the throne, for example, are not permitted to travel together, nor are two heirs to the throne.
This is to prevent putting their lives in danger while also ensuring the monarchy’s survival.
For example, King Charles and Prince William must never travel together, and the same rule applied to Prince William and Prince Harry when they were younger. However, Prince William and Prince George have previously broken this rule.
“While there is no official rule on this, and royal heirs have traveled together in the past,” a royal spokesperson stated, “it is something that the monarch has the final say on.”