Since Meghan Markle landed in Australia just over a week ago, with baby daddy Prince Harry by her side, the Duchess has stepped out wearing heeeeeaps of local designers. Zimmermann? Yas. Dion Lee? Karen Gee? Yup and yup.
But any royal expert worth their salt will know that, between the copious amount of Aussie labels Meghan’s worn, she’s also broke a whole load of royal style rules on this tour.
Granted, the new royal has always had a slight penchant for the odd rule-breaking outfit, but we like to think our country’s chillaxed approach to authority has started to rub off on her, prompting more ‘fuck the fashion police’ vibes than normal. And I, for one, am very here for it.
Here are the five royal style rules Meghan’s broken since arriving downunder:
1. Wearing Wedges
First cab off the rank is Meghan’s use of wedges. Meghan stepped out earlier today wearing a pair of the sturdy shoe and, while we TOTALLY understand the pregnant gal not wanting to walk on grass wearing pesky needle-thin heels, the wedge is famously frowned upon by Queen Elizabeth II.
A source close to the royal fam reported Queenie’s dislike after Kate Middleton stepped out wearing a pair back in 2015.
“The Queen isn’t a fan of wedged shoes,” a source close to the palace told Vanity Fair “She really doesn’t like them and it’s well known among the women in the family.”
2. This High-Cut Leg Split
Megs has an incredibly toned figure (thanks to those mad yoga skillz), but showing off an incred bod isn’t something royals normally do. Short hemlines? Not okay. Plunging necklines? Another royal no-go, soz.
So when the Duchess arrived in Fraser Island in this beach dress with a fierce, thigh-high leg split, we frothed it.
3. Sporting Spaghetti Straps
For her visit to Bondi Beach, Megs broke not one but TWO style rules and someone get this gal her crown already. First up was those controversh wedges. Then there was the spaghetti strap detailing on her dress.
“Fashion tradition usually dictates that Royal women do not wear off-shoulder or other more revealing styles,” Page Six reports.
If off-the-shoulder is considered too ~revealing~ for royals, then this neckline ain’t gonna get a free pass.
Ofc, Megs also broke this same rule earlier in the year at the Trooping of the Colour, so she clearly DGAF about it and we love her more for it.
4. This Cross Body Bag
Ok, this one’s more of a royal tradition than a ‘rule’, but still. Last week Meg’s stepped out with this snazzy Oroton cross body bag slung over her shoulder as she arrived for day two of the Invictus Games.
Royal family expert, William Hanson, explains that royal women typically carry clutches to help steer social encounters:
“It is protocol that you do not extend your hand to any member of the royal family (blood royal or those who have married in to the family) unless their hand extends first.”
By swapping out the clutch for a shoulder bag, Meghan’s freeing up her hands to be more sociable ‘cos, ICYMI, she’s a hun.
5. Untucking The Shirt
I sound like my mother when I (reluctantly) concede that wearing a shirt untucked is not exactly ‘smart’.
Sure, you can kinda get away with a slouchy tuck, or even a French tuck à la Tan France, but Megs’ shirt sitch when she arrived in Dubbo a few days ago almost certainly pissed of those die-hard royal rule makers. While I don’t love how the shirt looks, I do love the sentiment that it underlines: IDGAF.
You keep doing you, Meghan.