This Is Why Kate Middleton & Prince William Won't Give You an Autograph

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So many rules! It isn't always easy being a royal, because there seem to be so many guidelines they must follow. Although we can kind of understand this particular restriction -- along with the rest of the royal family, Kate Middleton isn't allowed to sign autographs.


According to the Express, none of the royal may sign their name for their adoring fans, because of "the long-standing rule [that] remains in place for all royals because of the risk of the signature being forged."

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As far as royal rules go, this one seems a bit silly to us. After all, Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, Prince William, Duchess Catherine, Prince Harry ... pretty much the whole crew is so famous and so well-known that it would be impossible to try and forge anything of importance.

What are they afraid will happen? A commoner will show up at Kinsington Palace with a note from Will that they're to be admitted and given free range of the grounds? Pretty sure they're going to check into that.

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Of course every rule is made to be broken, and this one has been on occasion. Prince Charles reportedly answers requests for his John Hancock with a simple, "Sorry, they don't allow me to do that," but he acquiesced at least once in 2010. He jotted down "Charles 2010" on a piece of paper for a victim of devastating floods.

Kate has also broken protocol, when she signed a hat up for auction that had also been signed by her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana. We're guessing that no matter how strict the rule, not even the royals can resist breaking it for a good cause.

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