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.

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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.

To hear about other interesting royal traditions, check out this video.

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