An outrageous report came out of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s new Windsor estate only two days ago. According to DailyMail, neighbors living near the couple’s home were issued with a list of ‘do’s and don’t’s’ by a ‘well-intentioned’ member of estate staff during a residents’ meeting.
Apparently, the neighbors of the royal couple were ordered not to approach them or make any attempt at conversation should they run into Meghan and Harry. They can, however, say ‘good morning’, but only if either Meg or Harry speaks to them first.
Furthermore, they were also told from refraining to see or babysit baby Archie.
And the worst is yet to come — not only aren’t the couple’s neighbors allowed to address them, but they can’t even pet their dog should they bound over. Anyone else feeling just a liiiitle bit outraged by this no petting rule? Yeah, we feel you.
But before you get worked up about it, let us tell you that it wasn’t the Duke or Duchess who gave these demands. A spokesman for Buckingham Palace insisted that the request had come from an “overly protective palace official” and that the royal couple weren’t aware of it.
“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.”
What makes it even weirder is that no such demands have been made where the Queen is concerned. In fact, the Queen is very happy for residents to greet her, according to one neighbor.
“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. We aren’t told how to behave around the Queen like this. She’s very happy for people to greet her.”
Royal commentator Ingrid Seward told The Sun: “It’s odd because it’s just good manners to engage your neighbor in conversation in a pleasant way. It’s a very normal British thing to say ‘Good Morning’ and pat a dog.”
“The Queen always chats to neighbors and even has tea with people on the estate as she’s very friendly with them. The ‘not petting the dog’ is particularly strange.”
“Maybe Harry doesn’t want people approaching them and using their dogs as an excuse to talk. And of course the dog with no name keeps its privacy as they won’t tell us its name!”
The list of ‘do’s and don’t’s’ came as a surprise to the neighbors of the royal couple, who include royal staff, estate employees, and ‘officials living in grace-and-favor houses’ — all of them people with prior knowledge of how to interact with royals.
Okay, so I’m actually relieved I don’t live in Windsor!