After their trip to Sussex, Meghan Markle and Prince harry will visit Australia, Fiji, the Kingdom of Tonga, and New Zealand from Oct. 16 to Oct. 31. Before that, though, Cosmopolitan magazine is reporting that the new Duchess has been taking some intense royal protocol training.
“The Duchess of Sussex will have a team of Royal aids within the palace that are there to assist her in every way to prepare for her formal engagements,” Beaumont Etiquette expert Myka Meier told Cosmopolitan.com. “As a senior member of the Royal family, she is a working royal with roles and responsibilities to fulfill on behalf of the family. In order to show respect to the people she is meeting, she will be briefed ahead of each event on the Senior people she will be meeting and how to greet and address them, solely in order to show respect. From assisting her with what to wear all the way to important topics to speak about, she will have help to ensure she is fully prepared.”
“Senior Royals will have a team of aids within the palace that help prepare them for every event they are attending and speaking at. They will be briefed on who they are meeting, and any significant protocol behind addressing other important guests as well as any political, religious or cultural sensitivities to be aware of.”
“When traveling, we often see the Royals adopt the customs and culture of the country they are in,” she added. “For instance, if in a country they visit it’s a sign of respect to dress in a certain way, they will do so. Often we see Royals wearing outfits from local designers, too, to show respect and support for the country they are visiting.”
Over the summer a source close to the Duchess told People magazine that Meghan “has found certain rules in the royal household difficult to understand, like the fact that the Queen prefers women in dresses or skirts rather than trouser suits, and is often asking Harry why things have to be done in a certain way. I think she finds it a little frustrating at times, but this is her new life, and she has to deal with it.” Some of the royal requirements range from the weirdly specific (royal family members are prohibited from playing the beloved board game Monopoly) to the kinda, sorta twisted (they’re required to travel with an all-black outfit in the case of an unexpected funeral).
“Their Royal Highnesses have been invited to visit the Realms of Australia and New Zealand by the countries’ respective governments. The Duke and Duchess will visit the Commonwealth countries of Fiji and Tonga at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The tour will fall on the occasion of the Invictus Games Sydney 2018. Further details will be advised in due course.”