15 Ways Meghan Markle Has Broken Royal Protocol
Entering the British Royal Family means learning a new set of rules. That doesn’t mean the new American-born Duchess will always follow them.
Walking down the aisle
As she walked down the aisle to marry one of the world’s former most eligible bachelors, Meghan Markle did so with her father-in-law, Prince Charles. That’s not before she escorted herself down the first half of the aisle before the Quire (where the main royal guests sat). Traditionally, the bride’s father gives his daughter away to his new son-in-law. But Thomas Markle, Meghan’s father, was unable to attend the wedding as planned.
Like many couples, royal or not, Meghan and Prince Harry often enjoyed dates out together in public while they were dating. While out together at the Invictus Games, the couple was seen holding hands, and the prince even romantically kissed Meghan’s head. Showing affection in public is definitely not something that the royal family does often. Here’s why Kate and Prince William are hardly ever seen holding hands.
No maid of honor
Being on the inside of the royal family doesn’t mean that you’re not allowed to have friends who live out in the real world. In fact, a royal palace spokesperson said that Meghan actually has a “very close-knit circle of friends, and she didn’t want to choose one over another” when it came to having a maid of honor. These are more of the etiquette rules the royal family is supposed to follow.
Getting the signature of your favorite television actress can be an exciting moment. Even more exciting is when that favorite actress doubles as a British royal family member. Sadly for fans of Meghan, she technically isn’t allowed to give autographs anymore. But that’s not to say she hasn’t. She even misspelled a fan’s name!
When you meet the Queen, royal protocol says men should bow their heads and women should give a small curtsy. However, Meghan doesn’t seem to mind a hug every now and then. You’d never guess the one time when royal family members need to curtsy to Meghan.
Kensington Palace saying that Meghan and Prince Harry’s wedding cake was “uniquely formulated for the couple” honestly just means the royal couple broke protocol. Traditionally at royal weddings, guests are served fruitcake. With Meghan getting a say in her royal wedding, she and Prince Harry decided on a lemon and elderflower cake that had three parts laid out separately instead of stacked. Still, the royals are just people too, so check out these 15 funny royal wedding moments that were caught on camera.
There’s no doubt that Meghan Markle has her own sense of style. Perhaps she cultivated it from growing up as a West Coast California girl. Will she adapt her fashion picks per royal protocol? So far it seems like Meghan is going against the grain, starting by stepping outside for photos after announcing her engagement sans nude stockings. Royal expert Victoria Arbiter told Business Insider that wearing tights is “really the only hard, steadfast rule in terms of what the Queen requires,” but even since the wedding, the Duchess of Sussex has been spotted tights-free. Find out the 9 times Meghan Markle channeled Princess Diana's fashion sense.
She has her own coat of arms
Before marrying into the royal family, the bride’s father traditionally receives a coat of arms. However, with the current absence of Meghan’s father in her life (and at the royal wedding), Kensington Palace announced that the coat of arms was created directly for her. The image reflects her new home and life as a member of the royal family while also paying homage to her home state of California.
Christmas with the Queen
Insiders say that Queen Elizabeth II has a pretty exclusive list of whom she invites over for Christmas Eve—that’s when the royals celebrate the holiday. Typically, only family members and their spouses gather 'round the Queen. Seeing that Meghan's family wasn’t in England during the holiday season in 2017, the Queen kindly extended the Christmas invitation to Meghan, even though she and Prince Harry weren't married yet. Looks like she was on the Queen’s nice list! For Meghan and Harry's first Christmas as a married couple, rumor has it that the Queen is inviting Meghan's mom to join in with the festivities. These are the weirdest gifts members of the royal family have ever received.