For 36 years of her life, Meghan Markle was a regular American citizen, free to do whatever she wanted, whenever she wanted. It makes sense, then, that ever since the former Suits star stepped into her new role as a full-fledged member of the British royal family, she’s reportedly had a bit of trouble getting used to all the nit-picky ins and outs of royal etiquette.
In this week’s issue of People, a royal “source” said that the Duchess of Sussex “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.” The insider added, “I think she finds it a little frustrating at times, but this is her new life, and she has to deal with it.”
Indeed, though Meghan has yet to put away all her pants for good—she wore a black Givenchy pantsuit while on her royal tour of Ireland with Prince Harry last week and, just this past weekend, opted for Ralph Lauren trousers while attending the Ladies’ Singles Final at Wimbledon with sister-in-law Kate Middleton—she does appear to be following the “rules” and only wearing dresses and skirts when she’s in the presence of the queen.
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Additionally, as royal photographer Mark Stewart told People, Meghan has her husband to rely on to help her out with tricky royal etiquette. “You can see Prince Harry’s hands-on approach, steering her, helping her,” Stewart said. For example, when Meghan and Harry joined the rest of the royal family in attending the Trooping the Colour celebration in June, Harry could be seen telling his wife when to curtsy. At the same event, lip readers noticed that, at one point, the prince checked in on Meghan, asking if she was “okay,” as he’s sweetly done several times before.
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