Harry and Meghan's new neighbours told to avoid talking to them, patting their dogs

royals 29/07/2019

Neighbours of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have reportedly been warned not to approach the couple or their dogs, but the royals say they had nothing to do with it.

Residents near the couple's Windsor Estate home were issued with dos and don'ts if they see Prince Harry or his wife Meghan near Frogmore Cottage, the Daily Mail reports.

It included not talking to them, not asking to see baby Archie and not petting either of the couple's dogs, even if the dog approached.

One of the neighbours told the Sun the requests were "extraordinary" and they had never had such rules for other members of the royal family.

"Everyone who lives on the estate works for the royals and knows how to behave respectfully," the neighbour said.

"We aren't told how to behave around the Queen like this. She's very happy for people to greet her."

A spokesperson for Buckingham Palace said Harry or Meghan weren't involved in planning the briefing.

"The Duke and Duchess had no knowledge of this briefing and no involvement in the concept or the content. 

"This was a well-intentioned briefing to help a small local community know how to welcome two new residents and help them with any potential encounter."

The couple have two dogs, a beagle named Guy Meghan brought over from Canada when she moved to the UK and a black labrador they adopted as a companion for Guy.

Meghan used to have another dog named Bogart, but rehomed him before moving due to fears he would not do well across the Atlantic.