Meghan Always Breaks Royal Tradition With Her Fashion Choices, But The Palace Was Upset Only OnceApril 4, 2019
When it comes to style, the Duchess of Sussex has a habit of breaking royal traditions.
Even as a member of the royal family, she loves dark nail polish, collarbone-bearing bateau necklines, and pantsuits. The media goes crazy every time the Meghan goes against “protocol,” whether with her outfits or with her e-mail schedule. Inside the palace, it’s totally different.
“You read all the time about Meghan breaking protocol by wearing dark nail polish, Meghan breaking protocol by wearing an off-the-shoulder dress, breaking protocol by wearing black or by not wearing tights. She’s not breaking royal protocol. There is no book of royal etiquette. She’s just doing things differently. I don’t think that is causing huge problems at the palace—if Meghan steps out wearing dark nail polish, I don’t think it’s upsetting anyone,” royals expert Katie Nicholl told Glamour.
According to her, there was an instance when Meghan’s wardrobe may have angered Kensington Palace. It also had more to about what the Duchess didn’t wear.
“I think possibly eyebrows were raised when she didn’t wear a hat on her first official engagement with the queen, and I do think that was a mistake. But I think, other than that, people get their knickers in a twist unnecessarily so,” said Nicholl.
Last June, after her wedding, Meghan made a joint appearance with the Queen in Cheshire, England. Meghan wore a custom Givenchy Haute Couture dress, Sarah Flint heels, and earrings from her new grandmother-in-law.
The lack of headwear made some headlines at the time. According to the Daily Mail, Meghan was informed that the Queen was planning to wear a green hat in honour of those who died in the 2017 Grenfell Tower fire, which means that she should’ve followed suit. “I don’t think the Duchess fully understood,” a senior figure close to the monarch told biographer Robert Jobson for his 2018 book Charles at Seventy: Thoughts, Hopes and Dreams. “This was not a request. They are for others to make, not the queen.”
Nicholl also says the Queen and Meghan have a great relationship, so any of this “hat drama” from last summer is non-existent.
“She likes Meghan. She’s very impressed with her work ethic. I’m told she was surprised and impressed Meghan carried out that tour of Morocco when she was so heavily pregnant. The Queen is arguably the hardest-working member in the royal family, and I think she likes what she sees in Meghan,” says Nicholl.