There’s a lot of complicated rules and regulations to remember if you ever happen to become a member of the royal family (keep going, chase your dreams), but this latest revelation about the preferences of Queen Elizabeth II herself is probably worth noting. Mainly because it is truly hilarious.
Like you didn’t already know, but Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle is currently a few months pregnant with her first child, and she and husband Prince Harry could not be happier about the wonderful news. But I’ve already made a major faux-pas on the matter as far as royal protocol goes because, according to the Queen, the word “pregnant” should absolutely never be used to describe a woman who’s expecting a child.
A resurfaced, old article, written by Us Weekly all about the Queen’s rumored pet peeves, has revealed that Her Majesty simply hates anybody using the P-word, and finds it to be entirely “vulgar," according to a palace source. Wow, I am actually such a commoner.
So, how exactly would Her Majesty describe Meghan Markle’s current condition, if she refuses to say the dreaded word? How about The Duchy Due Date? One’s Royal Round Baby Bump? Mamma Meghan? Funnily enough, none of those are the correct answer, but instead the source claims that Queen Elizabeth would rather we all refer to pregnant women as “in the family way.”
Meghan Markle is in the family way, and don't you forget it. Amongst the rest of Her Majesty’s pet peeves, you’ll apparently find potatoes (this is truly sacrilege), soup, babies at dinner, three piece suits, any petting of her corgis (rest in peace, good boys), men in shorts, fake bow ties, and the unthinkable—clinking ice cubes. One simply cannot tolerate clinking ice cubes.
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