Meghan Markle with her hubby Prince Harry

The strict etiquette rules members of the Royal family have to follow

Being a member of the Royal Family requires some form of decorum, class and high class etiquette in the way you walk and talk.

It is easy to imagine that ladies such as Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton have had it easy once they got married into Royalty, but with the strict way of doing things just know they have had to break a few old habits.

Australia’s etiquette expert Treska Roden explains you how to behave, sit, walk, and even eat like a royal. According to Daily Mail, here are a few do’s and don’t s of royal etiquette.

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To walk like a princess, you must have your chin up, shoulders back and engage your core before you take your steps.



Rather than vigorous handshakes, the royal handshake should only be a few light pumps.


‘You do two to three pumps from the elbow. Hands are perpendicular to the ground,’ Ms Roden said.

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Meghan Markle has taken on the ‘Duchess slant’ – where the knees and ankles are clasped firmly together, with the hands on the side of your legs.


‘You keep your knees together, you keep your ankles together, and you can have your [hands] on your lap or just to your side,’ she explained.


‘Every time between eating and drinking, you would dab the sides of your mouth so you don’t get any food scraps onto your glass,’ she said.

When eating soup, you must ‘scoop the [pumpkin] soup outwards, away from your body’ before you ‘tip the soup into your mouth’.


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To eat neatly, you would run the bottom of the spoon along the edge from the inside of the bowl so you don’t get any dribbles.

With cutlery, the knife is usually held in your right hand and the fork in the left, with the tines down.

‘Elbows locked into your sides [when eating with cutlery],’ she explained.

When you pause during eating but have not finished, the utensils are placed in the ‘resting position’, with the knife and fork crossed in the centre of the plate.

And what comes first when preparing scones? The jam or cream?

‘In England, the region where the cream comes from – they are very protective of their cream so they cream first. Australia? We can do whatever we prefer,’ she said.


‘You keep your pinky in and you pinch the handle. You do not actually loop your finger through the handle,’ she said.

Well the next time you are invited to a royal event or a classy event such as a State House dinner, pick the above etiquette tips, you wouldn’t want to embarrass yourself.

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