Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are off to a rough start with their new neighbors.
Handlers warned people living near the royal couple not to talk to the pair, pet their dogs or ask about baby Archie, among other “over the top” rules, according to a report.
Locals at the couple’s Frogmore Cottage home on the Windsor estate are also prohibited from offering neighborly favors, such as babysitting or dogwalking, The Sun reported.
Pleasantries — specifically “good morning” — are banned, and commoners are forbidden from placing letters in the royal mailbox.
“It’s extraordinary. We’ve never heard anything like it. Everyone who lives on the estate works for the royals and knows how to behave respectfully,” one resident scoffed. “We aren’t told how to behave around the Queen like this. She’s very happy for people to greet her.”
“An overly protective palace official” issued the royal commandments at a recent meeting for residents, The Sun reported. It’s unclear how locals who break the rules will be punished.
The notoriously private couple has been tight-lipped about details on baby Archie, including the identity of his godparents — irking royal watchers who say they’re flouting traditions.
The couple, who live with Meghan’s beagle, Guy, have also refused to reveal the name of the black labrador they bought in September, according to The Sun.
About 400 people live in the Home Park and Great Park neighborhoods on the Windsor estate, including the Queen’s right-hand, Angela Kelly, Prince Charles’ former nanny and the governor of Windsor, the British tabloid reported.
“The Queen always chats to neighbors and even has tea with people on the estate as she’s very friendly with them,” a neighbor told The Sun. “Maybe Harry doesn’t want people approaching them and using their dogs as an excuse to talk. And of course the dog with no name keeps its privacy as they won’t tell us its name!”