10 Weird Pregnancy Rules That a Royal Princess Is Set to Follow
Being pregnant has its challenges, but if you're a princess expecting an heir to the throne, these challenges are rather strict. The royal family has specific rules and regulations on how the princess should conduct herself in her stages of pregnancy.
When married to a British monarch, there is no such word as "no" because you'll have to give up to those simple habits and tasks that seem simple. Some of them prohibit alcohol, coffee, and even sleeping on your back. So let's take a closer look at what these rules are.
1. It’s forbidden to disclose the baby’s gender
While it is perfectly reasonable for modern moms to post on social media when they're expecting a baby boy or a baby girl, it was prohibited for Kate Middleton to speak about it publically. According to the rules of the royal castle, parents don’t have the right to reveal the baby’s gender until the child is born. When it comes to any formal disclosure, only the royal press office is officially authorized to announce the news about the birth of the heir or heiress of the throne.
2. It’s forbidden to accept gifts.
In this day and age, wedding and birthday wish lists are quite popular in England. The person celebrating her special day writes a list of the things they need and sends it to her guests who choose one thing out of the list and present it later. For example, future parents can wish for diapers, a stroller, or baby clothes - things that will help them to lessen their obligations. However, it was strictly prohibited for Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle to make this type of list or to accept any presents for the future newborn. This is to keep those surrounding her unaware of the baby’s gender.
3. It’s forbidden to drive
The risk of getting into a car accident increases by 42% during the 2nd trimester of pregnancy. According to statistics, It’s connected with the raised tiredness of the body, unexpected headaches, and loss of consciousness. So, to protect the future mom and baby from an accident, Kate Middleton was prohibited from driving a car. Instead, she used the services of a personal driver.
4. It’s forbidden to be in a bad mood
A representative of the royal family should always be in a good mood. She needs to be respectful and cheerful to other people at all times. It’s considered impolite to complain about feeling bad, to cry in public, or to discuss the pregnancy with others.
5. Eating in public is forbidden
Some say that there is a theory on how to distinguish the gender of the future baby by the taste preferences of the mother: if she craves sweets, she will have a baby girl, if she eats a lot of salty food, she will have a baby boy. To avoid this, the Duchess of Cambridge wasn’t allowed to eat in public, in order to hinder starting rumors about the gender of the future baby. The only exception to this rule is at a reception, where all guests are served similar dishes.
6. Maternity leave can be up to 5 months
Kate Middleton was supposed to attend all official events while pregnant, right up to the birth of the child. But after birth, Kate had the right to decline any formal events in order to devote the required attention and care to her newborn baby. However, the duration of her maternity leave shouldn’t exceed five months.
7. It’s forbidden to buy baby clothes in retail stores
Once again, due to the possibility of spreading information about the future gender of the baby, the Paparazzi could take a photo of the baby clothes, their color, and type. This is why special people who are assigned to buy clothes both for the mother and the baby, and they keep the information top secret.
8. It’s forbidden for them to wear clothes showing their belly
A princess should wear clothes that conceal her rounded tummy. This is to prevent the rise of early rumors and roaring headlines in the media. Second, according to the royal fashion rules, it’s considered inappropriate to wear swimsuits and tight clothes for pregnant princesses. They should only wear loose things that don’t limit their movements.
9. It’s forbidden to announce the date of childbirth
The public never knows the periods in which events happen, and the Royal Palace are in charge of making those decisions. They only announce the prospective month in which the heir will be born, but the date itself is kept in strict confidence. Usually, this news is published by the royal press office when the mother is in the 10th to 12th week of her pregnancy.
10. It’s forbidden to take baby selfies
Unlike most moms who start to flood their newsfeed with baby photos after childbirth, Kate and Meghan were not allowed to publish photos because they are not allowed to have accounts on social media. However, they can post pictures of their babies on the official Twitter account of the royal family.
What did you think of these rules? Would you be able to live this way? We are certainly relieved that we have our freedom when it comes to sharing the excellent news with your loved ones, and social media platforms. We hope you enjoyed this inside scoop of the royal family rules, and remember to share this with your friends and family. Keep up-to-date with us for more exciting gossip of the royal family and discover more about their lives.