Meghan Markle
Meghan Markle curtsying to members of the royal family depends on the occasion and not the rank. Pictured: Markle speaks to guests during an event to mark the launch of a cookbook with recipes from a group of women affected by the Grenfell Tower fire at Kensington Palace on September 20, 2018 in London, England. Getty Images/Ben Stansall-WPA Pool

Royal family myths have existed for years, but they are now being debunked by Myka Meier, a royal etiquette expert.

One of the myths she talked about has to do with Meghan Markle curtsying to anyone in the palace that outranks her. According to Meier, this isn’t the case.

“Whether or not the Duchess of Sussex must curtsy totally depends on formality and setting. If it’s in Buckingham Palace at a formal event, yes, she would curtsy. If she’s just passing Prince Charles in their private home on a typical day, I don’t think she would be expected to curtsy every time to his Royal Highness. He is, after all, family,” she told

Recent reports also claimed that Prince George, who is only 5 years old, may only wear shorts in public. Meier said that this isn’t entirely true either.

“What their children wear is totally personal preference for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. At the end of the day, there’s no rule that Princess Charlotte has to wear a dress, and there’s no rule that Prince George has to wear shorts. I imagine if Princess Charlotte wants to one day wear only trousers, I’m sure that’s what she’ll wear. That’s mostly just a stylistic preference, there’s no protocol,” she said.

Meanwhile, Princess Diana’s former butler, Paul Burrell, previously claimed that he doesn’t think Prince Charles will never become king. After all, he’s already turning 70 in November, but Queen Elizabeth II still hasn’t retired. But Marlene Koenig, a royal historian, disagrees with Burrell.

“Increasingly, Charles is having more of a role inside the palace. The Queen has shed a number of patronages, she has cut back on events. William and Charles do a lot more investitures now… we’re already seeing Charles taking on more responsibilities in preparation for that day when he wakes up and somebody tells him his mother has died,” Koenig said.

Koenig also said that it’s not true that the royal family couldn’t play Monopoly.

“That’s a crazy rumor. I absolutely think that’s a myth. They play all sorts of games…” Koenig said.