Kate Middleton denied signing autograph for a fan this week, here’s why she’s not allowed

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Kate Middleton met with royal fans this week during an outing to mark the Chelsea Flower Show. During the engagement, she chatted to a group of school children including a seven-year-old girl named Ruby who asked for her autograph. But the Princess of Wales was forced to decline, prompting many fans to speculate why she turned down such a seemingly simple request.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, it's all to do with royal protocol, which dictates much of what the Royal Family can and can't do. In fact, there are countless rules when it comes to life as a royal, with protocol on almost everything from taking selfies to descending the stairs. Yep, there's actually rules about how to walk down stairs.

"I’m not allowed to write my signature, it’s just one of those rules," Kate was heard telling Ruby, per People. To get around the royal rule, the Princess drew a drawing in lieu of her autograph. "I can draw," she added, proceeding to illustrate a flower for Ruby, a tree for another child and a pond surrounded by plants for a third fan.

But Kate isn't the first royal who has had to decline such an offer, as back when King Charles was Prince, he responded to a fan's autograph request with: "Sorry, they don’t allow me to do that."

As for why the rule is in place, reports suggest that members of the Royal Family are not permitted to sign their autographs in order to prevent the risk of forgery.

The more you know, eh?

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