Meghan Markle has a whole new set of rules to follow now that she is living in London and about to become a member of the royal family. The Los Angeles native has an extensive etiquette list to follow in her new life as a Duchess, and so far, she has made a few mistakes.
According to Hollywood Life, etiquette expert William Hanson gave Markle a “bad manners award” for walking before Prince Harry and showing her bare legs.
“Meghan…should have known better in November than to walk AHEAD of her fiancé, Prince Harry, when they visited the city of Nottingham,” wrote Hanson. “And on the day of their engagement the American actress shunned the unwritten royal rule that decrees that women wear hosiery. Had the engagement come at the height of summer this judging committee may have been more lenient, but tights or stockings should have been worn, especially when walking around a pond, in winter.”
Hanson went on to say that because Markle doesn’t “know her place” when it comes to royalty and she brazenly bared her legs, he had to give her the award.
The Suits actress also had issues when she curtsied for the Queen after their Christmas church service at Sandringham in Norfolk. The Daily Mail called the curtsy “wobbly,” and theorized that nerves got the better of the soon-to-be Duchess. Royal butler Grant Harrold told the hosts of ITV’s Good Morning Britain – Charlotte Hawkins and Kate Garraway – that her mistake was bobbing too low.
When Hawkins and Garraway asked him to demonstrate a proper curtsey, he got up and explained that a lady should put her right foot behind her left, give a gentle bob, and keep your hands in. He added that if women don’t keep their arms by their side, they will look like a penguin.
Harrold also said that Kate Middleton got her curtsey exactly right by keeping her back straight and bending slightly at the knee, but Markle went way too low and even bowed her head.
As Bravo points out, there are a lot of people Markle will have to curtsey to once she weds Harry, but exactly who changes depending on if she is alone or with her husband. When they are together, she only curtsies to the more senior members of the family: Queen Elizabeth, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children.
But, when she is alone, she must curtsey to all blood members of the royal family.
Other rules include addressing the Queen as “your majesty” and the other senior members as “your royal highness.” And, when she is at state banquets or even family meals, when she dines with the Queen, Meghan Markle can’t start eating before Her Majesty.