What to Do (and Not Do) If You Meet a Royal
Should you ever happen to meet up with a royal, here’s how to handle yourself with the utmost of elegance and decorum.
Please don’t put your iPad in front of your face
This is especially true when meeting Princess Anne, according to Dr. Harris, who tells Reader’s Digest that the younger sister of Prince Charles (and second child of the Queen’s four) has spoken critically of members of the public who hold up an iPad to take a photograph during a conversation. Come to think of it, holding up an iPad in front of anyone‘s face while conversing doesn’t seem particularly polite, does it? Find out the 10 dress code rules the royals follow as well.
Or break out your phone
It’s not just iPads that Princess Anne has spoken critically of, Dr. Harris tells us. Basically, she would prefer you not to snap her photo while she’s talking to you. It seems like a fair request—and one worth granting to any member of the royal family, as well as anyone else you happen to be talking to.
Please don’t ask Prince Harry to pose for a selfie with you
Prince Harry has commented “selfies are bad” when he has been asked to pose for selfies, reported Time magazine. So, while he might politely accommodate you, it would be a better idea to simply forgo this particular photo opportunity. Here are some etiquette rules the royal family must follow, too.
But, please, don’t sweat it
Believe it or not, most members of the royal family don’t expect you to behave as if you’ve been a member of the court your entire life and are rarely offended by an inadvertent social error, according to The International Commission and Association on Nobility, an organization dedicated to educating people about the social institutions of monarchy and nobility.
But note: there are different rules for written communication
Please note that if you’re addressing a member of the royal family in writing, the rules are a little different—and quite a bit more complex (including capitalizing the “t” in “The Queen”). Next, read on to learn 50 things you didn’t know about the royal family.