9 Times The Royals Broke Their Own Protocol in 2018 – And ‘Bad Girl’ Meghan Markle Is a Leader in That

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The members of should follow the stricks rules or so-called ‘protocol’ that dictates how to behave, what to wear and so no. But rules are meant to be broken, sometimes.

So, Nexter.org gathered nine times when royals broke their own protocol this year.

Meghan Markle shuts the car door by herself

As etiquette expert William Hanson told Radio 1 Newsbeat, “Usually, if you are a member of the or a dignitary, you have a member of staff to open and close a car door for you.”

Royals aren’t supposed to give autographs, but Markle signed a 10-year-old girl’s notebook

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Royals aren’t supposed to sign autographs for security reasons: that way their signatures can’t be forged. That didn’t stop Markle from signing 10-year-old Caitlin Clark’s autograph book with a heart and smiley face.

Clark told HELLO! magazine that Markle misspelled her name and wrote “Hi Kaitlin,” but that she didn’t mind.

“I don’t really care,” she said. “My heart is still racing. I’ve never got a royal autograph before. This is going to make everyone jealous.”

Giving hugs

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The older generation of royals often dictates that hugs should not be given by the .

However, upon meeting a young maori girl, Kate Middleton couldn’t resist giving her a cuddle. Five-year-old Matawhio Matahaere-Veint met Kate at the airport after landing at Dunedin before leaning in for the hug.

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Meghan Markle has repeatedly hugged many people she met, both adults and children.

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Others royals including Prince William often hug members of the public.

Princess Eugenie says she “got in trouble” after taking a picture in an off-limits part of Buckingham Palace

Members of the don’t have their own personal social media accounts. Instead, they share photos through Kensington Palace’s official pages. The exception to that rule is Princess Eugenie, the queen’s granddaughter and ninth in line for the throne, who has Instagram.

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During the Trooping the Colour parade in June, Eugenie snapped a photo of her father, Prince Andrew, standing in Buckingham Palace.

“A wonderful and proud day celebrating Her Majesty’s birthday and @hrhthedukeofyork for his first Trooping the Colour as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards. #troopingthecolour,” she captioned the photo.

She told British Vogue that she was later chastised by palace officials for breaking royal protocol by sharing the photo.

Markle goes bare-legged in public

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As a member of the , the Duchess of Sussex is expected to cover up her legs with pantyhose whenever she wears a dress or skirt (including during the sweltering summer months). During her engagement photo shoot in November 2017, Markle posed without tights.

A year later, in September 2018, Markle stepped out for a charity performance of Hamilton wearing a short black dress — and no tights.

Meghan Markle appeared to shun traditional etiquette when she crossed her legs at an event

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At an event honoring the Queen’s Young Leaders program, Markle was seen momentarily crossing her legs after taking her seat at the awards ceremony — not the correct way to sit according to traditional etiquette.

Prince William and Kate Middleton shared a rare moment of PDA at Princess Eugenie’s wedding

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While Prince Harry and Meghan Markle frequently engage in PDA, William and Middleton rarely do the same. So when Middleton placed her hand on her husband’s thigh, and William then rested his hand on top of hers, royal fans were taken by surprise.

Prince Harry let a five-year-old boy rub his beard

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Royal protocol went out the window as Harry allowed an adorable young fan to rub his beard during the last leg of his and Markle’s tour of Australia.

Markel wore nail polish at the British Fashion Awards 2018

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The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, shocked guests at the British Fashion Awards 2018, as she made a surprise appearance to present an award for her wedding dress designer, Clare Waight Keller, Givenchy artistic director.

At the British Fashion Awards, The Duchess of Sussex appeared with dark (burgundy) nail polish. It’s totally inappropriate as the Queen thinks that colored nail polish is vulgar.


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