12 Times Meghan Markle Went Against Tradition and Broke Royal Protocol
Meghan Markle certainly isn't your traditional royal. Ever since tying the knot with Prince Harry, she's proven that some rules are meant to be broken. Aside from doing her royal wedding her way, the former Suits actress has veered from tradition and protocol during her official engagements. She's already showing the same fierceness as Harry's late mother, Princess Diana. Whether Meghan is hugging children or showing sweet PDA with her husband, see all the ways she has rebelled against royal custom, then check out the many times she's broken the fashion rules.
When She Didn't Wear Tights
When She Attended Christmas With the Royals
After getting engaged to Prince Harry in November 2017, Meghan made history as the first royal fiancée to spend Christmas with the royal family. Per royal protocol, only spouses of royals can attend the queen's festivities, but Prince Harry reportedly asked that an exception be made. Even Kate Middleton wasn't granted that privilege!
When She Wore a Messy Bun
Meghan made heads turn during her first royal appearance of 2018. While royals typically follow more traditional hairstyles — Kate Middleton keeps hers in place with a hairnet and Queen Elizabeth II usually wears hats — Meghan opted to let her hair down, so to speak, by wearing a messy bun.
When She Showed PDA
Even though there isn't technically a rule against showing PDA, royal couples usually refrain from hugging or holding hands during official appearances since they are serving as "working representatives of British monarchy." However, Prince Harry and Meghan have completely disregarded that custom by being extra affectionate whenever they're together.
When She Hugged Kids
Per tradition, the monarchy suggests that you shouldn't go beyond a handshake when meeting a member of the royal family, but some of the royals usually let the rule slide for children. When visiting a community center in Tremorfa, Cardiff, Wales, Prince Harry encouraged a group of kids to "give Meghan a big hug."
When She Dressed in All Black
When She Wore a Crossbody Bag
Since protocol states that you shouldn't offer your hand to any member of the royal family, royals like Kate Middleton usually carry a clutch to avoid any awkward confrontation. However, when Meghan stepped out in Edinburgh, Scotland, she surprised everyone when she opted to wear her bag across her body, freeing both of her hands for shaking.
When She Attended the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting
High-profile events, like the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting Summit, are usually reserved for official members of the royal family, but Meghan broke that tradition when she attended the Commonwealth Youth Forum alongside Harry ahead of their May wedding.
When She Wore Dark Nail Polish to the British Fashion Awards
Even though it may sound crazy, protocol states that royals should opt for neutral or pink nail colors for royal engagements.