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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle rip up the etiquette rule book for the royal tour

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle rip up the etiquette rule book for the royal tour and invite well-wishers to address them by their first names – and WON’T ask people to bow or curtsy

  • Duke and Duchess of Sussex want royal tour outings to be informal, it is claimed
  • They are reportedly happy to be addressed on first name terms by well-wishers
  • Also don’t mind if people choose not to bow or curtsy, as it’s ‘up to the individual’

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are known for their laid-back approach to official engagements – and their royal tour of Africa will be no exception, royal insiders have claimed. 

Prince Harry, 35, and Meghan Markle, 38, have ripped up the etiquette rule book for their 10-day visit, eschewing formal greetings and relaxing the requirements for how they are addressed, according to Vanity Fair.

The couple arrived in Cape Town with five-month-old Archie this morning to kick off the first leg of their first royal tour as a family. 

Prince Harry, 35, and Meghan Markle, 38, have ripped up the etiquette rule book for their royal tour, eschewing formal greetings and relaxing the requirements for how they are addressed, it has been reported. Pictured, the couple and son Archie arriving in Cape Town today

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are known for their laid-back approach to official engagements. Pictured, Meghan bending down to shake hands with one well-wisher during a stop in Rotorua, on the royal tour of Australia, New Zealand, Tonga and Fiji last year

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are known for their laid-back approach to official engagements. Pictured, Meghan bending down to shake hands with one well-wisher during a stop in Rotorua, on the royal tour of Australia, New Zealand, Tonga and Fiji last year

Speaking to Vanity Fair, a royal source claimed Meghan and Harry are keen to meet as many South Africans as possible during their engagements – and want their outings to be as relaxed as possible, despite heightened security measures. 

‘It’s very much how they want things done,’ the source said. ‘There is no protocol that says you have to bow or curtsy when you meet them, it’s really up to the individual.’

The Sussexes are also reportedly happy to be addressed on first name terms, particularly when meeting with members of the public.  

Harry and Meghan arrived in Cape Town 40 minutes late this morning following their overnight British Airways flight from London. Meghan cradled Archie as they stepped off the plane

Harry and Meghan arrived in Cape Town 40 minutes late this morning following their overnight British Airways flight from London. Meghan cradled Archie as they stepped off the plane

However it is likely any dignitaries will keep to the formal ‘Duke of Sussex’, ‘Duchess of Sussex’ as an initial greeting, and ‘Sir’ and ‘Ma’am’ for subsequent addresses. 

The relaxation of the rules is in keeping with Harry and Meghan’s approach to royal engagements generally, with the Duchess often hugging members of the public. 

For the royal tour, the couple have forgone certain formal elements – including an official welcome and a state dinner – in the hope of keeping the focus on their work on the ground.  

Beaming Meghan, 38, was pictured carrying four-month-old Archie, who sported an adorable bobble hat for the occasion. Pictured, the couple and Archie arrive in Cape Town

Beaming Meghan, 38, was pictured carrying four-month-old Archie, who sported an adorable bobble hat for the occasion. Pictured, the couple and Archie arrive in Cape Town

‘This isn’t a holiday and they don’t want it to look like one,’ a source told Vanity Fair. 

Harry and Meghan arrived in Cape Town 40 minutes late this morning following their overnight British Airways flight from London. 

Beaming Meghan, 38, was pictured carrying four-month-old Archie, who sported an adorable bobble hat for the occasion. 

Harry, 34, yesterday said they ‘can’t wait’ to introduce their son to Africa. They added that the 10-day tour is likely to be ‘more lively’ then usual with baby Archie joining them for the first time. 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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