When someone marries into the British Royal Family, one of the first things they need to do is take a good long look at their wardrobe and think about what kind of message their clothes are sending. Then it’s a matter of evolving their look to reflect their new role as a Princess…without losing their own inimitable sense of style.
When Harry met Meghan
Before Meghan Markle met Prince Harry, she was already very much in the public eye. Thanks to her starring role in the US TV show Suits, Meghan was no stranger to having her photograph taken by the press.
When Meghan married into the Royal Family, she had to revise her look to reflect her new role as a Royal woman. As a TV star, Meghan liked to wear trousers, she often wore bare legs and she wasn’t afraid of showing a little flesh. As a Princess, Meghan has had to adapt to the rules of Royal dressing without losing her unique sense of style.
So what Royal fashion rules has Meghan had to learn and which rules has she broken? Find out in our guide to the rules of Royal dressing!
Royal Dressing 101
New Princesses are not presented with a rulebook telling them what they can and can’t wear, but there is a fashion etiquette that Royals follow to maintain their image. As fashion evolves through the years, Princesses adapt their outfits to fit with the times while still observing a certain degree of Royal protocol.
Unless they are in mourning, the Royals favour bright colours and don’t tend to wear black.
Royal women are encouraged to wear tights as opposed to bare legs.
Not everyone wears heels as low as the Queen’s, but royal women should avoid heels which are deemed ‘too high’.
Up until the 1950s, it was customary for British women to cover their hair with a hat. This tradition has fallen by the wayside in more recent decades, but Royal women still tend to wear hats to special events and are expected to do so in front of the Queen.
When representing the UK overseas, the British Royal Family will make sure they are respectful in their outfit choices. They are often seen wearing the host nation’s signature colour, will avoid any outfit which could be seen as offensive and will often wear an item of jewellery that represents or perhaps has a connection to their host country.
Breaking the rules
While Meghan has adapted her wardrobe to be more ‘Royal friendly’, she is not afraid of challenging the norm by putting her own spin on Royal fashion. In one of her first appearances, Meghan wore an off-the-shoulder gown which caused a stir because, while hardly a shocking outfit, the public are unused to seeing a Royal’s bare shoulders.
To show that she wasn’t going to completely change her style after getting married, Meghan arrived at an early Royal engagement in a black tuxedo.
Even when heavily pregnant with Baby Sussex, Meghan kept her signature four-inch stilettos.
With the world watching what the Royal Family wears, Princesses have the opportunity to show everyone who they are and what they have to say through their outfits. Discover more about the rules of Royal fashion in True Royalty’s exclusive documentary: Meghan Markle: Inside the Wardrobe of a Royal Princess
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