The 'cruel’ royal rule Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis have to follow

The 'cruel’ royal rule that Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis are forced to adhere to, long before they can understand why

 Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge with their children, Prince Louis, Princess Charlotte and Prince George, attend a special pantomime performance at London's Palladium Theatre, hosted by The National Lottery, to thank key workers and their families for their efforts throughout the pandemic on December 11, 2020 in London, England.
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A 'cruel' royal rule that Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis are forced to adhere to, despite their young age, will leave you somewhat mystified.


The Queen's great-grandchildren Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis are growing up with more privilege than most people on the planet. Despite this, it seems that they might be missing out on something the average child enjoys—presents.

According to The Royal Family (opens in new tab) website guide on gifts, which is a stonking seven pages long, it all comes down to when the gift is received.

The guide states,  “Gifts are defined as official when received during an official engagement or duty or in connection with the official role or duties of a Member of The Royal Family.”

It continues, “Official gifts are not the private property of the Member of The Royal Family who receives them but are instead received in an official capacity in the course of official duties in support of, and on behalf of The Queen."

In other words, per Buckingham Palace rules, any adoring fan or public figure that gives a gift to the mini Cambridges has to accept the fact that those gifts may well be taken from the child.

Don't feel too sorry for the young Princes and Princess, as this rule only applies to people outside The Royal Family. Luckily the kids can still get gifts from their parents and immediate family members—gifts that one can assume aren't too shabby at all.

Aoife Hanna
Junior News Editor

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