Most of us live according to certain unspoken rules but when an American actress by the name of Meghan Markle got engaged to a royal, the rules definitely changed for her — big time. While being royal does have it’s positive points, royals’ lives are typically governed by clearly delineated protocol that have some pretty strict guidelines. Members of the British royal family, for example, aren’t supposed to eat shellfish due to its potential to cause food poisoning. Among everything else, Meghan Markle has had to put her former public persona of being a well-known actress to rest, which requires no social media presence, no blog, no acting career and moving to another country, just to name a few. Meghan, however, has proven that she is not a typical royal and has already challenged a number of royalty no-no’s.
1. She Takes Her Shoes Off In Public
On a trip to Manly Beach, Australia in 2014, Kate Middleton kept her shoes on. It was the royal thing to do. But Meghan and Harry broke convention. While at Australia’s Bondi Beach in October during the royal tour of Australia, Fiji, Tonga, and New Zealand, Meghan took off her Espadrille wedges and sunk her feet in the sand.
Apparently, the Queen also disapproves of wedges, making this an even bigger shock. “The Queen isn’t a fan of wedged shoes. She really doesn’t like them and it’s well known among the women in the family,” a royal source told Vanity Fair.
2. She Doesn’t Always Wear Tights Under Skirts & Dresses
Meghan Markle has often ignored the supposed regulation nylons and/or tights in favour of bare legs and is seen countless times showing off her legs for days. Harper’s Bazaar reports that it’s believed that royals are expected to wear hosiery when out in public since both the Queen and Middleton do just that. Allegedly, there’s no official pantyhose protocol, though.
While most women (royal or commoner) wear pantyhose with suits or gowns for a good slim line, it is not required by any decree from the Queen,” royal expert Marlene Koenig told Harper’s Bazaar.
Every person has their own opinion on PDA, but the general consensus seems to be that hand holding is a G-rated version of public displays of affection — safe for kids and families alike.
However, royal etiquette expert Myka Meier told another publication, People Magazine that there’s an unspoken rule for royal couples to refrain from holding hands. “Technically, the couple are working representatives of the British Monarchy,” Meier said. “The couple are likely to show very little PDA, if any, to remain professional during their designated roles abroad.”
This explains why photos are rarely seen of Prince William and Kate Middleton holding hands or touching each other at all.
4. She Doesn’t Mind Speaking About Personal Events
In a shocking tell-all interview with Vanity Fair back in October 2017, Megan Markle happily spoke about private (and adorable) details of her relationship with her then-boyfriend Prince Harry.
Meghan Markle has since expressed, “We’re two people who are really happy and in love. We were very quietly dating for about six months before it became news.” She continued by saying that life as she knew it didn’t change much by entering into the royal relationship, and neither did her enchanting personality. According to royal historian, Carolyn Harris, it’s incredibly surprising to everyone who follows the royal family that a potential member of the royal family would speak so honestly of their relationship.
According to Harris, “In the past, when royal girlfriends did speak to the press, generally that didn’t bode well for the relationship.” Of course, Markle considers herself to be much more than a “royal girlfriend.” As she told Vanity Fair, “I’ve never defined myself by my relationship.”