13 Royal Traditions Queen Elizabeth II Has Broken for Meghan Markle
On matters of lifestyle, what the Queen says, goes…except when she makes an exception, which she’s been known to do, especially when it comes to matters involving Prince Harry’s wife, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex.
Tradition: A royal lady must cover her shoulders
One might wonder what the Queen has against shoulders, but all the women in the royal family know better than to bare theirs… until now. For reasons that have not yet been made clear, the Queen has relaxed her prohibition on bare shoulders for the Duchess of Sussex, who arrived at her first-ever Trooping the Color (a birthday celebration for Her Majesty), in a shoulder-baring Carolina Herrera dress, according to Marie Claire. Here are 10 more dress code rules everyone in the royal family must follow.
Tradition: No wedge heels
“Queen Elizabeth II banned wedges a long time ago simply because she doesn’t like them,” according to Stylecaster. “She really doesn’t like them and it’s well known among the women in the family.” But Meghan has been wearing wedge heels, perhaps because her sister-in-law, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge, already paved the way by doing so occasionally herself.
Tradition: No bare legs
Female members of the royal family traditionally wear stockings with skirts, even if the stockings are flesh-toned. But at Meghan and Harry’s first official photocall after their engagement was announced, Meghan was permitted to eschew nude stockings and go bare-legged in her strappy sandals, reports Insider. Next, find out 13 more ways Meghan Markle has broken royal protocol.