Kate Middleton’s John Hancock would be a marvelous addition to our ever-growing feminist wall display/shrine. We’ve always pictured it being neatly scribbled below our mantra, “Live every day as a duchess.” But sadly, we just found out that the royal family, Middleton included, isn’t allowed to sign autographs.
The reasoning behind not allowing a seemingly harmless signature out into the public actually makes a lot of sense. Signatures can easily be forged by any Tom, Dick, or Harry, and when you’re a royal with a lot of responsibilities, that can be really dangerous.
Take as many photos as you’d like, but don’t bring a pen next time you head over to Buckingham Palace for tea.
Just think — if Middleton’s signature ended up in wrong hands, she could all of a sudden be held responsible for the sale of Buckingham Palace to a nice family from Michigan for the low, low price of $150.
It would be a PR nightmare.
According to London-based newspaper Express, Prince Charles reportedly always answers, “Sorry, they don’t allow me to do that,” when asked for his autograph. He did break protocol in 2010 when he signed his autograph for a tragic flood victim.
Rather than signing his full name, the Prince of Wales supposedly just signed, “Charles 2010.”
So, it looks like we won’t be able to work the Duchess’ autograph into our shrine. That leaves us with Kate Middleton Plan B — a life-sized oil painting of the Duchess in her complete wedding garb.
C’est la vie!