NEW DELHI India
to the Royal Family; hope you have more success than me,’
Princess Diana may well tell new entrant Meghan Merkel after
she married Prince Harry, the second son of the late
estranged princess, writes Swami Anand Kul Bhushan.
Outspoken, feminist and independent, Meghan must tread
carefully to survive in the royal family jungle.
Of course, her primary motivation is her beloved Harry
who has, at last, found happiness after his tempestuous life
Much more than happiness, Harry is glowing with her
concern, her warmth and her caring.
Ever since he lost his mother at the age of twelve, he
was searching for the feminine receptivity and harmony which
he discovered in Meghan during the sixteen months of their
This bonding bloomed into commitment as matrimony.
Now comes the really hard challenge for both of them,
especially Meghan for she must follow the Royal Code of
This means making no political or controversial
statements or showing any preferences, giving up her acting
profession, no 'Selfies' or autographs, shutting down her
social media interaction, and so on and on.
She must follow many rules to survive:
Oh, so many rules.
For example, always following the royal protocol in
public engagements in line with your title and your rank in
the royal family.
So, this currently goes with the Queen first, followed by
Prince Philip, then Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of
Cornwall, Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of
Cambridge, and lastly Prince Harry.
She must dress prim and proper in public.
All dressed must be knee length, not a strand of hair out
of place, no heavy makeup with dark lipstick and nail
Cleavage? Certainly not.
But Princess Diana got around it by holding her clutch to
her chest when getting out of cars in order to avoid the
royal faux pas.
The ‘don’ts’ include not showing affection in public by
holding hands or kissing.
Except the one after marriage ceremony.
A weird rule is not playing the board game Monopoly
at home since 2008 as it got ‘too vicious’ for the royals.
When Prince Andrew was given a Monopoly board game
during one of his royal visits, he was forced to decline.
"We’re not allowed to play Monopoly at home.
"It gets too vicious," he said, as reported by The
Always pack a spare black outfit when travelling.
This goes back to the timed when Princess Elizabeth
travelled to Kenya and hastily returned to London on the
death of her father.
Since she had no black dress to come out in public in
London, she had to wait in the plane until the black outfit
was brought for her.
"Some rules make sense, like the fact that royals must
remain apolitical," wrote The Daily Mail: