All the ways Meghan Markle is breaking the royal rules
Many little girls grow up dreaming of becoming princesses (looking at you, Disney), but few ever see those dreams become reality. If you’re a little girl in America, the Cinderella fantasy is even more of a long-shot, as America has no monarchy, and the Kardashians are full.
However, young women still clung to the hope of someday experiencing a chance-meeting with one of Britain’s two most eligible royal bachelors, William and Harry. So when Prince William married Kate Middleton in 2011, every woman in America took solace in the fact that Harry was still on the market.
Of course, those princess dreams were dashed for good on November 27, 2017, when Prince Charles announced the engagement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. All eyes are on the American actress and humanitarian as she rewrites the classic fairytale with her own undeniable flair — majorly upping her likability factor due to charmingly breaking quite a few royal rules and traditions along the way.
She doesn’t have royal jeans
While the future royal has certainly proven herself to be much more than just a pretty face, Meghan Markle’s unique sense of style continues to be the cause of both praise and criticism. Harper’s Bazaar reported that the gorgeous white coat from Canadian brand Line the Label that Markle wore while she and Prince Harry publicly announced their engagement in November has been renamed “the Meghan” by John Muscat, the brand’s CEO.
Muscat spoke with WWD shorty after the royal announcement, revealing that the coat sold out “within minutes,” disappointing the millions of women who suddenly found themselves vying for Markle’s style with no such luck.
However, the future duchess is known to find herself at the center of debate surrounding her edgier sense of style. Kate Middleton is rarely seen wearing jeans — and for good reason.
This obviously hasn’t deterred Markle, as she donned light-blue ripped jeans during an outing with Harry in September 2017 to the Invictus Games. Some people took to social media (via Harper’s Bazaar) to declare their disapproval of her fashion choice, one person even writing that Markle is “obviously not bred to be a royal.” Ouch. Judging from the pictures of the happy couple, neither Markle or Prince Harry are letting a little ripped denim tear apart their romance.
She’s A-OK with PDA
Who doesn’t love the butterflies you get when your special someone holds your hand for the very first time, the warm and fuzzy feeling of snuggling up together to keep warm on a chilly day, or stealing kisses while running errands? 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 People, 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 — they’re basically coworkers!
Someone better let Prince Harry and Meghan Markle know the deal before they get called into the boss’ office for not being able to keep their hands off each other. Their first official “work outing” saw the happy couple holding hands, wrapped in each other’s arms, and making sure the other was never too far away. I mean, can you blame them?
She’s still an actress at heart
Indeed, royalty does come with many responsibilities and rules. One such rule is that the royal family cannot give adoring fans autographs, as doing so would put them at risk for having their signature forged. This rule may prove to be a difficult adjustment for Markle, who has made quite the name for herself in the States as an actress. Best known as Rachel Zane on Suits, Markle’s credits include roles in Horrible Bosses, CSI: Miami, Castle, The League, and more.
Though she has received much praise for her acting chops, Markle decided to throw in the towel for good to accommodate her royal duties — a decision she doesn’t regret. During her first joint interview with Prince Harry on BBC, Markle expressed her excitement about the career transition because it allows her to focus more energy on the causes that are important to her. She said, “You realize that as you have access — or a voice that people are willing to listen to — it comes with a lot of responsibility, which I take seriously.”
Though Markle may take her newfound responsibilities seriously, the no autographs rule didn’t stop our royal rebel from signing a piece of paper for a 10-year-old girl outside of Cardiff Castle in January 2018. However, Markle cleverly worked around the autograph ban by simply writing, “Hi Kaitlin!” There’s no doubt the pint-sized fan will treasure that memento forever, despite the fact that her name is actually spelled with a “C.”
She spent a surprise fairytale holiday with the royal family
Nobody puts Meghan in the corner! Markle and Prince Harry spent their holiday in December 2017 with the royal family at their winter estate in Sandringham. According to the Prince himself, the couple “had an amazing time.”
While it’s not uncommon for us commoners to spend holidays with our significant other and their family, the royal family has a bit of a stricter idea on what’s appropriate before marriage. Markle’s invitation to spend the holidays with her beau and his family came as a shock, as royals are often only allowed to be accompanied by significant others if the two are wed.
Not one to be held back by silly tradition, Markle was all smiles during Christmas Day celebrations, speaking with members of the public and watching the Queen’s annual Christmas Day speech with Harry and the rest of the royal fam. Holiday magic is real!