The British royal family constantly faces either criticism or praise for their fashion choices by the public—with little in-between. And there are so many fashion traditions to follow. Specifically, Queen Elizabeth II always receives compliments for strategically wearing brightly colored neon ensembles, in various colors. As for Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton, the duo often stick to a more subdued or pastel color palette, Harpers Bazaar and Glamour report. Occasionally, they step out in bolder shades. But there’s one specific color that neither Markle nor Middleton have ever worn in public—orange.
Both The Express and Harpers Bazaar Australia noticed this trend in the royal women’s wardrobes. According to Marie Claire, there isn’t an unspoken royal fashion rule or tradition against wearing orange, and there are a few theories as to why the women don’t wear the color. The most plausible reason is that orange is notorious for looking awful in photographs, per The Express. Another theory is that neither lady has found an orange-colored outfit that they like. Here are the royal dress code rules the British royal family must follow.
It’s also potentially possible that Markle and Middleton avoid the color for Queen Elizabeth II. She isn’t afraid of the color and has worn it out on a few occasions, including Christmas, Marie Claire reports. Markle has stuck with neutral colors since marrying Prince Harry, and likely does so to avoid upstaging Queen Elizabeth, per Harpers Bazaar. Next, find out the real reason Queen Elizabeth II wears neon outfits all the time.