Remember when Meghan Markle went to Wimbledon, and her security team stopped people from taking photos anywhere near her?? Yeah, picture living next to that…
There are about 400 folks living on and around the Windsor Estate who don’t have to.
According to The Sun, the neighbors of Meghan and Prince Harry were issued a list of “do’s and don’t’s” when it came to interacting with the new residents of Frogmore Cottage.
Can you imagine a new neighbor moving in and stopping by to let you know how to act if you see them on the sidewalk? Yeesh!
Per sources speaking to the outlet, it wasn’t a list shoved in everyone’s mailboxes but “a well-intentioned member of estate staff” who was trying to give everyone a briefing during a community meeting.
However, the rules were pretty strict and included points about interacting with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, baby Archie, and even their dogs (Meghan has a rescue beagle named Guy, and the couple also adopted a black Lab in September, though its name is unknown).
Here’s the reported basics:
- DON’T try to start conversations with the Duke and Duchess
- DON’T ask to see baby Archie
- DON’T offer to babysit
- DON’T offer to walk the dogs
- DON’T pet the dogs, even if they come to you
Don’t pet the dogs?? Wow.
Also, that’s not so much a list of “do’s and don’t’s” as a list of “just don’t’s”.
These aren’t even commoners, btw. Those who live on the Home Park and Great Park areas of the Windsor estate are mostly Royal staff, Crown Estate employees, and their families. One was not having these rules, complaining to The Sun:
“It’s extraordinary. We’ve never heard anything like it. Everyone who lives on the estate works for the royals and knows how to behave respectfully.”
To put it in context, they added:
“We aren’t told how to behave around the Queen like this. She’s very happy for people to greet her.”
Yeah, we’d have to agree this is not a good look for them. You’d especially figure Meghan, a former Hollywood actress, would know these kinds of etiquette are largely unspoken. Then again, this is allegedly the same woman who reportedly shared baby news at another person’s wedding. (It’s considered very rude and faux pas to share engagement or baby news at a rehearsal dinner or wedding.)
But apparently Buckingham Palace understands how this all looks; a spokesman came out with an explanation denying Harry and Meghan’s involvement, saying:
“The Duke and Duchess had no knowledge of this briefing and no involvement in the concept or the content. This was a well-intentioned briefing to help a small local community know how to welcome two new residents and help them with any potential encounter. There was no handout or letter. The talk was undertaken by a local manager and was widely viewed as being well-received.”
If the list was so well-received, why is the Palace also trying to put some distance between Harry and Meghan and this briefing?
The Royal denial continued:
“Residents meetings are frequently and routinely held to update on building works/events etc. — this was not a meeting specifically held to talk about the couple, it was one of several things discussed.”
But of course the biggest stress was once again, this was NOT on the Duke and Duchess!
“Most importantly their Royal Highnesses did not issue the guidance and didn’t ask for it to be done — they simply had nothing to do with this and didn’t even know it had happened.”
Not only that, one of the rules wasn’t even what they’d want! The spokesman corrected:
“As it is they love people to stroke their dogs.”
Phew! It would be difficult to be fans of anyone who didn’t like their dogs being petted.
Do YOU think Harry and Meghan came up with the rules and are just covering now? Or was someone trying to help and just really blew it??
[Image via John Rainford/WENN.]