Love her or hate her, Meghan Markle (A.K.A The Duchess of Sussex) has given the royal family a run for their money with her unconventional background and ways. Much like Duchess Kate, she’s made some fun, funny, and funky royal protocol mistakes that have drawn media attention to her unique brand and style. Here are the top 5 royal faux pas a la Markle:
The time she brought a hat to Wimbledon.
Markle attended Wimbledon with Kate Middleton in 2018, sporting a pair of slacks (not the popular choice for royals) and carrying her favorite white panama hat, which she was told she could not wear in public as royals simply don’t wear hats to outdoor sporting events. She was instead forced to hold her trendy hat while she sat in the stands with sister-in-law Kate Middleton.
The time she went without wearing pantyhose with a dress
Meghan and Harry attended a charity performance of Hamilton at the Victoria Palace Theatre in London in 2018 where Markle chose to wear a short black Judith & Charles tuxedo dress. Unlike royal protocol, which specifically calls for pantyhose on bare legs, Markle was bare-legged.
The time she crossed her legs in front of the Queen
Markle has been seen on multiple occasions crossing her legs in the Queen’s company (like at the Queen’s Young Leaders Awards ceremony), which is not royal protocol. It’s more common to see the “duchess slant,” a typical sitting pose for women in the royal family, often displayed by Kate Middleton at royal functions.
The time she exposed her shoulders for Trooping of the Colour ceremony
Markle caused a stir among royals and royal watchers by wearing a light pink off-the-shoulder dress to the Trooping of the Colour ceremony in 2018, breaking royal protocol for such events. The Trooping of the Colour ceremony is a yearly June display of military precision, horsemanship and celebration to mark the Queen’s official birthday.
The time she wore a non-British designer to Archie’s christening
It is widely known that British designers are always the choice for British royals, especially for such high-profile events as weddings and christenings. Markle flouted royal protocols yet again by choosing a Dior dress for Archie’s christening after Maria Grazia Chiuri was named Dior’s creative director. Markle is well-known for promoting female designers, thus making Chiuri and Dior her go-to for this event over a British designer.