The Royal Family is something we often look at with awe. We want to understand it, even more, we want to be part of it. Every time a new commoner is introduced to the family, we become obsessed because becoming a princess seems like a dream come true. Kate Middleton was the center of attention when she married Prince William and now Meghan Markle is in the spotlight because she is engaged to Prince Harry. We can’t wait to see what their wedding is going to be like. We can’t help but wonder what it is like to be part of the Royal Family. It sounds amazing, but is it really. From what we understand, there are a lot of rules, and who likes rules?
There are traditions that are part of the Royal Family that go back many years. You probably won’t be surprised to hear some of them. They have to act a certain way in public, not to mention what they have to wear. There are even rules in regard to how they travel. One thing is for sure; we have to assume those crazy hats they wear are all part of the traditions, why else would they wear them? If the family themselves have strict rules, then we have to assume that the staff has rules as well. If you are dying to know, then check out these 15 rules that the royal staff have to follow.
15 Discretion Is Mandatory
Well, duh! If there's anyone that needs to have a loyal and discreet staff it's the Queen and her family. Believe it or not, the Queen actually hires people quite frequently, so if you are ever thinking about getting a job with the Royal Family, then you have to learn to keep secrets regardless of how scandalous they are. Scandals have happened within the Royal household and they would prefer those be kept within the four walls. They don’t want staff who are going to go out and start talking to the tabloids. When it comes to getting a job in the Royal household, they will have you sign a document that states that you have to keep your mouth shut about what goes on in the inside.
14 The Staff Don’t Get To Leave
Sounds a little creepy, right? But it’s actually no different than if you worked as a nanny. Most nannies will have their own bedroom in the home so that they are always available for the children.
The Royal Family has the same standards and there are actually 188 “modest” bedrooms in the palace where the staff stays.
When putting out an ad for housekeeping staff, it’s made pretty clear that you will be staying in the palace. “That means you actually eat and sleep, full-time, at Buckingham Palace. You know, the sprawling London abode where Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William, Kate Middleton, and the rest of the royal crew are known to hang out regularly.” It might be a good and a bad thing to stay in the Royal Palace. Some people enjoy their freedom.
13 The Staff Is Often Jealous Of Each Other
We’ve never thought about some staff being resentful of each other, but apparently, it happens all the time. It forces the staff to start competing for attention.
The Queen employs about 1,000 people, so you can imagine that some get lost in the shuffle. Some staff members have more prestigious positions than others as well, which can spurn some jealousy between them.
Many staff members will try to get better positions by drawing attention to themselves. There are some staff members that want more power and responsibility within the palace. We suppose there are some pros to having staff like this. They are always going to work hard for you and if anything, that’s just going to build a stronger work ethic. It can be stressful for staff though, at some point, we have all competed for a job position and it’s not always fun.
12 The Staff Does Not Get To Have A Social Life
If you have ever dreamed of making the Royal Family your next employer, then you might want to put some serious thought into it because you will have very little time to have a life of your own. The staff there are servants and there is little time to focus on their own lives. They live on site and they are there to care for the Royals. It’s absolutely an honor to be working for the Royals, but it does require sacrifices and that’s usually in regard to your own social life. These staff may not be interested in a normal life, maybe they are the type of people who love to serve.
11 Working For The Royals Won’t Make You Rich
You might think that working for the Royal Family would pay a lot of money, but it really depends on the position that you have. Sure, if you are working as the nanny and watching the future king, then chances are, you could get paid a lot. But if you’re part of the staff who hangs the Christmas tree or polishes the silverware, then there’s a chance that you won’t make a lot money.
One of the job postings circulating was for someone to polish the Queen’s "historic vases and irreplaceable paintings."
It sounds like an easy job, but even working part-time, five days a week, you would only be making a little over $10,000 a year. It’s not a lot of money, but you do have the option of getting another job since it’s part-time. These sorts of jobs don’t require you to live there.
10 The Staff Has To Be Okay With Never Getting A Raise
Do you think that you would be able to have the guts to ask the Queen of England for a raise? Probably not. She doesn’t handle those affairs directly anyway, but still, we’re not sure that any of the staff goes so far as to ask for a raise. We’re often surprised to hear that some of the positions pay really low.
Most of the positions pay between $20,000 and $30,000, which isn't very much, especially if you happen to hold a position that doesn't leave you with a lot of spare time.
We’re not sure if anyone ever asks for a raise, but there doesn’t seem to be an increase based on experience. Some of the jobs seem like a pretty big deal, you are after all taking care of royals, so we would think that the pay structure would be a lot higher.
9 Nannies Have To Be Trained
Out in the real world, you don’t necessarily have to be trained formally as a nanny. As long as you have some experience taking care of children, that's mostly what it requires. You may have to have First Aid and CPR certificates, but aside from that, there isn’t a whole lot of training involved. If you are looking to be a royal nanny, then they require you to have formal training.
The school is called Norland College and that’s where nannies go to be formally trained. It’s actually a pretty long process, almost as long as a nurse. The program runs for three years and you end up with a B.A. in Early Years Development and Training.
It doesn’t sound like an easy process but the Royals take the care of their children very seriously.
8 The Dogs Get Gourmet Food
Sure, most of us give our dogs kibble to eat or some canned food. Sometimes, we will even give them scraps from our plate. But that doesn’t even compare to what the royal dogs get to eat. The chefs are required to cook the Corgis' meal in the same way that they cook the adults'. It’s gourmet dining for the dogs as well. The Telegraph once interviewed the chef that was on staff in the '90s and learned that all the dog food was homemade. Chef Owen said,
“I simmered rabbit, cooked down some chicken, then finely chopped the meat, sieved the stock, and returned the meat. It was the Corgis’ dog food.”
We bet your mouth was watering there for a moment, wasn’t it? It’s interesting and it’s obvious that they care about their dogs a great deal.
7 Nannies Are in Charge of Protecting The Children’s Privacy
We’re not really surprised by this one; we would assume that it would be a given when it comes to minding their children. The Royal Family is very private to begin with, so we couldn’t imagine them wanting any information about the children or future king to get out. Being a nanny in the Royal Family probably has the same type of rules that you would have if you worked with a celebrity.
They essentially want you to be discreet and loyal when it comes to their children. That’s a lot of responsibility, especially when the paparazzi can be hounds.
The paparazzi is going to be a bother for the Royal Family much in the same way as they are for celebrities. They don’t want the child’s picture being taken when they are out or any private details leaked.
6 Nannies Need To Be Creative With Activities
When it comes to the children, a nanny can’t just stick a tablet in front of the kids and then start scrolling through their own social media. The Royals expect their children to be entertained in creative ways. The nanny has a lot of expectations and it is probably a pretty stressful job at times. The children probably spend an awful lot of time with the nanny, so it’s likely that the nanny sits and has meals with the children, takes them out to places, and speaks to them about important issues. Another expectation of the nanny is a bit of a weird one.
The nanny is expected to give William and Kate activity ideas on how the family can hang out together.
We’re not really sure why that’s a requirement of the nanny, but it is. We would think that Kate and William could figure that out on their own, but we suppose they are far too busy for things like that.
5 Folding Cloth Diapers Is A Must
With all their money, these royals refuse to buy diapers; it’s only cloth diapers for their family. We’re not sure why the Royal Family only uses cloth diapers, but there you have it.
So, the nannies have to change these cloth diapers and they have to learn how to fold them correctly after they have been washed, too.
As if the nannies don’t have enough things to do. We’re really not sure why anyone uses cloth diapers; it’s an old-fashioned and sometimes messy system. It’s an outdated system and we’re not sure why it should even be used anymore.
4 The Queen Wants Her Privacy
This one certainly may surprise you. The Queen is very particular when it comes to using the bathroom.
In fact, she doesn’t want anyone to hear her when she is going.
We’re not even kidding you right now. If we really admit it to ourselves, who really wants anyone to hear us when we pee? It’s not surprising that the Queen feels the same way. It’s kind of funny to think about it, though, that the Queen is particular about such things. It’s the same when we use the public bathroom, aren’t we always relieved when we realize that no one else is in the bathroom? We don’t want anyone hearing us go to the bathroom and we cringe when we hear others. The Queen is strict when it comes to no one listening to her when she pees.
3 The Hairstylist Is Always Around
The Royals don’t mess around when it comes to having their hair done. They must look impeccable when they go out. God forbid Kate goes to an event without looking polished, the Queen would not be impressed. Kate Middleton needs to have her hairstylist available at these most opportune times. That means the hairstylist has to be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. That seems a little much; we have to assume that the hairstylist lives in the palace. Kate seems to look incredible no matter what, but maybe there’s a reason for that.
It was said that the hairstylist was there to make sure her hair looked perfect right after she gave birth.
We think there is way too much pressure to look perfect all the time.
2 The Cooks Use Ancient Equipment
Imagine how long the palace has been there. You may assume there have been updates over the years, but you might be surprised to hear that there aren’t that many. When it comes to the cooks who prepare the meals every day, they have to use ancient kitchen items and appliances.
Apparently, the chefs are still using the same cookware the chefs used during Queen Victoria's reign.
We suppose Queen Elizabeth figures, if it’s not broken, why fix it? We’re sure the chefs must ask from time to time to have certain items replaced. It’s hard to say why they do this, but maybe she assumes that there isn’t a reason to replace the items or maybe it’s sentimental to her because they are so old. Considering how much the kitchen is used, we would think putting in some updates would be essential.
1 Staff Shouldn't Be Heard
Yes, we have all heard the old saying, “children must be seen, not heard.” It’s the way children used to be raised at a certain time and it’s often to be thought of us a cruel and mean upbringing. When it comes to the Royal Family, they have the same tradition, but it’s in regard to the staff.
When working for the family, you must be seen but not heard. They cannot distract the Royal Family when they are busy or disturb them when they are entertaining.
You must learn the fine art of fading into the background and not be noticeable. They want them to be invisible without actually being invisible. It must be hard to work in an environment like that because after a while, you may not even feel like you exist even though you’re there for at least eight hours a day.