Meghan Markle's royal curtsy has improved a year on and everybody's talking about how 'perfect' it was
Meghan Markle finally seems to have mastered the royal art of curtsy, and she put her skills on full display at the Christmas church service in Sandringham with the Queen
Meghan Markle finally seems to have mastered the royal art of curtsy, and she put her skills on full display at the Christmas church service held in Sandringham with the Queen on Tuesday. Exactly one year has passed since Meghan showed off her public curtsy to the Queen last year when she was engaged to Prince Harry.
But now, as a married royal, this year at Christmas, the Duchess of Sussex showed everyone how much she's improved in the last one year and how much she’s learned since becoming an official royal earlier this year. Meghan, whose debut curtsy last year was a less-than-perfect one, confidently bowed her head, clasped her hands and lowered into the proper position this year as she curtsied to the Queen outside the Church of St. Mary Magdalene.
Last year, Meghan had the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton teach her the ropes regarding official protocols like curtsy to the Queen. Meghan's 2017 curtsy was her giving a demure smile and indulging in a slight curtsy. However, on Tuesday morning, Meghan displayed a remarkably deep curtsy and bowed her head as she showed the time-honored sign of respect to the monarch.
Etiquette expert Myka Meier, founder and director of Beaumont Etiquette, says that a curtsy should ideally be subtle. The deeper your curtsy, the more respect, and formality it reflects, but a ballerina curtsy is not necessarily the way to go. The perfect way to curtsy, according to Meier, is by placing one leg behind the other (whichever one is more comfortable for you) and bowing your head slightly while bending your knees.
However, the Queen is not the only person Meghan is supposed to curtsy to. Going by the royal pecking order, Meghan is supposed to curtsy to Prince Philip, Prince Charles and his wife Camilla Duchess of Cornwall. She’ll also be bending and bowing for Prince William and Kate, due to his position in line for the throne.
Meanwhile, Meghan and Kate bypassed all rumors of a feud between them by enjoying each other's company as they walked side-by-side along with their husbands Prince William and Prince Harry towards the church service with the Queen in Norfolk on Christmas Day. Kate and Meghan could be seen smiling and chatting with each other all through their walk to the church making people forget that there was ever any feud between the two.
Meghan and Kate were greeted by the awaiting crowd as they made their way to St. Mary Magdalene Church, a short walk from Sandringham House on the Royal Family's Norfolk estate. The 'Fab Four' put up a united front amid rumors of a tiff and mounting tensions between the two couples.
It was confirmed earlier this month that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, would be joining the Queen in Sandringham at Norfolk for the Christmas Day celebrations despite claims of a falling out between them. Almost all the important and semi-important members of the Royal Family turned up at the church service in Sandringham, except for Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and Camilla Parker, the Duchess of Cornwall.