To be a royal, one mustn’t sign their name in public – a rule that is even followed by the Queen herself.
However, Princess Eugenie and Beatrice have both broken this royal protocol recently, with the help of their legendary mum, Fergie.
The Duchess of York, one of the only royals to have a personal Instagram account, revealed that she and her two daughters had signed their names on an artwork for charity.
The painting has been featured on one of Ed Sheeran’s guitars and auctioned off to raise money for Children in Crisis, a charity which Fergie and her daughters are involved.
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So why can’t a royal sign their name? Traditionally, the family must not show their signature as it can be used for fraudulent.
However, we’ve seen a few royals break the rules – but only when absolutely necessary.
The Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry himself, signed the cast of a young girl in 2010 and Prince Charles signed his name in 2010 for a flood victim.
While Meghan Markle has made a few faux pas as she settles into royal life, she has yet to sign her name in public.
One lucky girl in Cardiff received a beautiful handwritten note, simply saying ‘Hi Kaitlin’ and a smiley face.
— Chris Jackson (@ChrisJack_Getty) January 18, 2018
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