Meghan Markle is used to signing autographs for adoring fans, but that’s all going to change as soon as she marries Prince Harry in May. That’s because the Royals are not allowed to sing their name on…anything, for fear of forgery.
It may sound old-timey, but it’s been in place since the beginning of time (probably not that long).
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As Best Life points out, the no autograph rule was famously broken by one Royal rebel, Princess Diana, who was known for sending signed photos of herself as as “thank you” for those who helped her out, like designers. They note that during the auction of her dress in 1997, Princess Di signed the catalog “for a few lucky attendees.” Her famous loopy signature appeared on the cover of Tina Brown’s best seller, The Diana Chronicles, after the princess’ death.
According to London-based Express, Diana’s husband, Prince Charles, also broke protocol in 2010 when he signed an autograph for a flood victim (he wrote “Charles 2010″ on a piece of paper). But his usual response to an autograph request is: “Sorry, they don’t allow me to do that.”