Before she married Prince Harry, cameras often captured Meghan Markle in fun and flirty outfits filled with color. But since her wedding a month ago, the new Duchess of Sussex has stuck to a more subdued look in public by wearing neutral colors like taupe, cream, and pale pink. Could there be a reason behind her sudden change in wardrobe?
According to Business Insider, Markle has made the color changes in her clothing choices to show her respect to Queen Elizabeth – who always wears fun, colorful outfits. Celebrity stylist and royal commentator, Lucas Armitage, says that Markle’s neutral colors are a clever way to work with the Queen’s look.
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Armitage says that Markle is still looking for ways for the Queen to warm up to her, and she has found one with fashion.
“The use of neutral color on Meghan’s part is also a show of respect to the Queen so she never looks like she is trying to outshine her,” Armitage said. “I think the Queen and Meghan’s relationship at this point is one built on respect, and Meghan has shifted her own personal style to adopt a more demure regal look—something I think the Queen will be thankful for.”
In their first solo appearance together last week, Markle chose a pale-pink dress to wear alongside the Queen who opted for a bright, lime-green coat.
The reason Her Majesty always wears bright colors is to stand out in a crowd and distinguish herself from commoners. Grant Harrold, a royal etiquette expert, says the Queen’s personal assistant Angela Kelly came up with the idea.
The crowds are often large and go very deep when the Queen makes an appearance. So, when she wears the bright colors, it is easier for people to spot her.
Moving from royal fashion to royal eating habits, there has long been a rumor that it is protocol for the royal family to avoid shellfish when they eat out or on a trip overseas. But, the Queen’s formal personal chef, Darren McGrady, has revealed that isn’t true.
McGrady recently shared a pic on Twitter of a royal menu from June 20, 1989, and it lists Souffle de Homard – a French lobster dish – above the main course of Supreme de Dindonneau Careme. He captioned the pic, ”Proof that the Royal Family DO actually eat shellfish. Homard = Lobster.”
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The chef also shared a menu from the 1987 Garter Luncheon at Windsor Castle, and it shows that he served the Royal Family a salmon dish.
McGrady – or “The Royal Chef” on social media – was Queen Elizabeth’s personal chef for fifteen years. He also served Princess Diana, Prince William, and Prince Harry.
Meghan Markle and Queen Elizabeth have reportedly developed a very close relationship, so expect more joint appearances in the future.