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17 Royal Rules Meghan Markle Has to Follow As A Duchess

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On Saturday, American girl Meghan Markle married Prince Harry of England became the Duchess of Sussex. And now, it’s safe to say life as she knows it has officially ceased to exist. From galas, balls, public engagements, teas and meetings with Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan is now living a life of royal duties.

While many may see tiaras, gowns, and castles when they look at Meghan, the realities of living as a royal and essentially a life of service to the British monarchy involves a very ordered and highly scrutinized existence, filled with a seemingly endless amount of arbitrary etiquette that should not be crossed.

Meghan will need to adhere to a slew of royal rules to avoid major no-nos or faux pas in order to stay in society and the Queen’s good graces.

1. No Selfies: During her first official event with Prince Harry, Meghan revealed that she would no longer be able to take selfies with fans after a couple asked her to pose.”We’re not allowed to do selfies,” she told the duo, reports the Daily Mirror.

2. No Autographs: She may have some Suits superfans in her past, but these days the new royal isn’t allowed to sign autographs under any circumstances.

3. No Social Media: Meghan’s not allowed to have her own social media page, which is why her own lifestyle blog and Instagram, The Tig, went dark last year.

4. No Dark Nails: According to sources at OK! magazine, Royal Family members are prohibited from wearing dark and colored nail polish. Meghan wore the Queen’s favorite color, Essie’s Ballet Slippers, to the Royal Wedding.

5. No Traveling Without Mourning Clothes: Ever since King George died while the then-Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip were in Africa and had to travel back to England in regular clothes, it is imperative that all royals always travel with a set of funeral clothes in order to be respectful.

6. Curtsy Time: The queen expects female family members, including Kate Middleton and Camilla Parker Bowles, to curtsy when they enter a room in her presence, even when it’s an informal occasion, which means Meghan better get used to the curtsy. If she is at an official event, Meghan must also curtsy to anyone who outranks her title.

7. No Miniskirts: The queen disapproves of hemlines higher than an inch or two above the knee. Regular female visitors such as Kate, Camilla, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie are already aware of the fashion stipulation. If Meghan hasn’t already ditched her little black dresses or her minis, time to throw them out!

8. None of that Crossed-Legged Business: It’s frowned upon for Royal Family members to cross their legs, according to an expert for Hello! You’ll never see Kate Middleton crossing her legs anywhere other than at her angles. Kate often does a side-by-side move known as “the Duchess Slant,” which Princess Diana utilized. Meghan better be working on her Duchess of Sussex slant!

9. No Wedges: The Queen apparently DESPISES wedge shoes, says Vanity Fair. So get rid of ’em, girl!

10. Mealtime Is at 8:30: If dining the queen, Meghan should be prepared to always eat at 8:30 and dinner will be over by 10. The Queen is known for strictly adhering to her royal schedule.

11. No Open Seating: At a Royal Family gathering, Meghan will always be sat next to Prince Harry.

12. No Room Raiding: There is a strict code of conduct for how to enter a room when you are with the Royals. Here’s the royal order: Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, Camila, Prince William, Kate Middleton, and then most likely, Prince Harry and Markle, according to Reader’s Digest.

13. Don’t Eat Before the Queen or After the Queen: Markle should not begin eating her meal until the Queen has started hers, StyleCaster reports. The former Suitsstar also needs to keep her eyes peeled—for when the Queen stops eating, everyone must stop eating, even if there is still food.

14. No Sleeping ‘Til the Queen Sleeps: If Markle stays at the Queen’s house, she’s gotta stay up until QE2 falls asleep, so says the Daily Beast. Apparently, it’s considered bad form to call it a night before the monarch.

15. Do Not Pass Go: Monopoly is not allowed. According to Reader’s Digest, in 2008, the Leeds Building Society gave the Duke of York Prince Andrew the game of Monopoly to which he responded, “We’re not allowed to play Monopoly at home. It gets too vicious.”

16. No Pinkies Out: Tea time is an important time for royals. Etiquette expert Myka Meier told People that the correct way to drink tea is to use your thumb and index finger to hold the top of the handle, while the middle finger supports the bottom. You should also sip from the same spot the entire time so that the rim doesn’t get lipstick stains. If you are a coffee drinker, you should loop your index finger through the handle. But beware—no pinkies out. Even the royals draw the line somewhere.

17. No Shellfish For You: It’s an ancient royal tradition to say no to shellfish in order to avoid food poisoning. While the royal family doesn’t always adhere to that rule, Queen Elizabeth still does.

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Could Sarkodie Not Wearing His Ring Signal Availability For Adultery?

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The most decorated rapper in Ghana and well celebrated in Africa, yesterday turn heads with his performance at the Glo Music fest and left everyone talking and re-affirming why he is the King.

Sarkodie on the night appeared on stage in an all-black attire looking dapper but left one thing; his wedding ring.

The rapper who recently got married to his Baby mama Tracy was seen for the first time without his wedding ring on such a big stage. What could be the reasons behind this act?

This act now opens up the Pandoras box for allegations and flooding in of opinions on if or not all is well between him and his newly wedded wife Tracy.

This could sound like a lame opinion, but this is Ghana, where wearing one speaks a lot and going without one says otherwise.

A little digging into the matter popped up some very interesting reasons why celebrities wear and don’t wear rings. Below are the reasons; spanning from Health-related issues to infidelity.

Many people who use their hands for work – regardless of the type of work – don’t want to build up the calluses that ring inevitably cause. While others find them uncomfortable. Others are afraid they’ll lose them and surprisingly, some simply don’t buy into enforced symbolism; wearing rings to show the world they are married.

Notwithstanding the above, Jeanne Safer, a psychotherapist in New York shared an opposite viewpoint, saying, “I think they’re making a statement by not wearing one, It may unconsciously signal availability for adultery, either actually or in fantasy.”

Could Sarkodie be scared of losing his ring, having issues with his wife, not feeling like wearing it or preventing calluses that ring inevitably cause?

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Stonebwoy’s Former Manager Disappointed In His Onetime Artiste

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After parting ways with the Bhim nation honcho Stonebwoy, Karl Gidiglo the name that has been known for working to advance the career of Stonebwoy and building his current Burniton Music Group from scratch expresses disappointment in Stonebwoy and says he [Stonebowy] is insecure about his position in the music Industry.

Karls comment comes at the back of assertions made by Stonebwoy in an interview which suggested that he Karl has been struggling with his signed artistes since they parted ways.

Karl’s comments which were penned down in a press release cited by Georgebritton.com sounded as though the two parted ways on not too much of a good grounds.

Touching on the attack, he said,

“This needless and unprovoked attack on me and my team exposes his deep insecurity about his place in the music industry.”

It’s an open secret that one of the artists on Karl’s Freedom Cry Record label by name Eye Judah sounds and possesses same mannerisms as Stonebwoy if not more and has been tipped to be the next best person to fill in and take after Stonebwoy.

Below is the full statement issued by Karl.

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We Lack Unity In The Music Industry : Queen Haizel

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Ghanaian musician Queen Haizel who is known to be staying in Accra-Madina but hails from Cape Coast in the Central Region visited her homeland on the radio tour she’s embarking on.

According to her this is her first time being on radio interviews in Cape Coast although she has visited the place on several occasions.

When asked if she knows any female musician in the Central Region she mentioned Eshun and added “she’s the only one i know”.

The host Kwaku Bee of Okokroko fm mentioned other female musicians who also hails from the region to her and asked if she has heard about them and will love to work with any of them.

She stated;”why not,i will be very glad to work with any artiste from the central region not necessarily the ladies but any musician who is also ready to work with me”.

She later told the host how one female musician turned down her request to work with her on a track which being the main reason she’s not approached any other female musician but she made it known that she’s ready to work with anyone so far as the person is ready to work with her.

She ended the interview by suggesting all musicians in the Central Region lift up their game and join forces just like how the musicians in Tema did to prove to the country that Central Region also has talents.

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