When Meghan Markle joined the Royal Family in May, marrying Prince Harry, life as she knew it was over — for better or for worse. Along with the tiara comes an endless amount of etiquette she is expected to adhere to. No crossed legs when sitting. No hand holding. No shellfish. No social media. No sleeping if the Queen is awake. Can you imagine?
According to People, the Duchess of Sussex is having a hard time following some of these rigid royal rules, one of them being the strict dress code. Members of the Royal Family are expected to be formally dressed when they are in public, which is fair, but apparently Markle doesn’t understand why the Queen prefers women in dresses or skirts rather than trousers — and, really, who can blame her? Sometimes women just want to wear the pants, proverbial or literal.
“[Markle] has found certain rules in the royal household difficult to understand, like the fact that the Queen prefers women in dresses or skirts rather than trouser suits, and is often asking Harry why things have to be done in a certain way,” a source told the magazine.
As a self-proclaimed feminist, we imagine Markle doesn’t like being told how to dress. In fact, just last weekend, she wore Ralph Lauren trousers to Wimbledon. She also opted for a Givenchy pantsuit during her recent tour of Ireland and sported skinny capri pants while watching Prince Harry play polo in June. Still, when in the presence of the Queen or attending a formal affair, HRH appears to abide by wearing only dresses and skirts.
Photo: SplashNews; Meghan the Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry the Duke of Sussex visiting Croke park in Dublin, Ireland.
Other unspoken rules related to women’s fashion forbid hemlines higher than an inch or two above the knee, cleavage, casual clothes, wedged shoes, and colored nail polish — to name a few. And while these rules are steeped in royal tradition, they are also a big part of the British culture as a whole. A recent study, conducted by UK-based VoucherCodesPro, found that 35 percent of the working women polled had been cautioned over the length of their skirt and 46 percent received complaints about their makeup.
But as the realities of living as a royal under the British monarchy begin to set in, the source added that Markle is adjusting: “I think she finds it a little frustrating at times, but this is her new life, and she has to deal with it.”