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01/08/2013 10:39 am ET

What Celebrities Can Learn From 'Downton Abbey'

While social customs have changed quite a bit since the time of "Downton Abbey," there is still much wisdom to be gleaned from its residents. Here are nine lessons we wish our favorite Edwardian aristocrats would impart to today's celebrities.

No one ever got a DUI from riding a bike.
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Or being driven by a chauffeur.
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A mother should help cover up a sex scandal, rather than promoting it.
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A lady's maid can ensure that you remember to wear underwear.
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A good hat will draw attention away from any wardrobe malfunction.
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While flirting with a potential suitor at a nightclub may result in disastrous consequences, offering to give him a tour of local churches is a safer alternative.
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There is a right way to do harem pants.
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When giving interviews, remember what the Dowager Countess says: "Don't be defeatist, dear, it's very middle class."
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Think twice about making your marriage public. As Matthew told Mary in Season 3, Episode1, "I want us to get to know each other, to learn about who we both are without everybody being there."
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