9 ways Meghan Markle has broken Royal protocol

9 ways Meghan Markle has broken Royal protocol

While some of them are bizare, some are absolutely legit.

Meghan Markle has only been engaged to Prince Harry for some time now, but she's already broken a ton of both official and unofficial royal rules by now. At this rate, we can only imagine what she might do at the royal wedding! Here are some of the numerous ways that the actress has broken protocol by now.

She never wore pantyhose

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Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle during an official photocall to announce their engagement at The Sunken Gardens at Kensington Palace on November 27, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Eddie Mulholland-WPA Pool/Getty Images)

During the official photo session for the announcement, Meghan chose to not wear pantyhose. While forgoing pantyhose is nothing special for many women under 85, it's highly unusual for a royal. Queen Elizabeth wears them, Kate Middleton wears them, and Princess Diana wore them too.

She celebrated Christmas at Sandringham

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on December 25, 2017 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Christmas at Sandringham is legendary, so much so that usually only full-on spouses of the queen's invitees are allowed to attend. Last year, however, Prince Harry asked his grandmother to make an exception for Meghan, and so Meghan got to experience all the joys of a Sandringham holiday.

She signed an autograph

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Meghan Markle writes a note for 10-year-old Caitlin Clarke from Marlborough Primary School as Prince Harry looks on during a walkabout at Cardiff Castle on January 18, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Royals aren't supposed to sign autographs for the simple reason that it makes their handwriting available to people who might use it for nefarious purposes, but during a January visit to Wales, Meghan broke this rule. Meghan wrote, "Hi Kaitlin," thus signing without actually signing her own name. Caitlin was so excited that she didn't care that Meghan spelled "Caitlin" wrong. "I’ve never got a royal autograph before," she told reporters. "This is going to make everyone jealous."

She's not in the Church of England

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 A view of St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will have their wedding service, February 11, 2018 in Windsor, England. The Service will begin at 1200, Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Until 2015, royals weren't allowed to marry Roman Catholics unless they were trying to get themselves removed from the line of succession. Meghan's going to be baptized into the Church of England prior to her wedding. Her wedding to Harry will be held at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle.

She holds hands with Prince Harry in public

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Prince Harry and fiance Meghan Markle leave the 'Endeavour Fund Awards' Ceremony at Goldsmiths Hall on February 1, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Stansall - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

There's not really an official rule about PDA, but royals usually keep it to a minimum because they're working representatives of the monarchy. You'll notice, however, that Meghan and Prince Harry hold hands all the time, whether they're doing an official appearance or caught out in public by the paparazzi.

She was married before

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Meghan Markle was previously married to Trevor Engelson. (Source: Twitter)

Before meeting Harry, Meghan was married to Trevor Engelson; they divorced in 2013. Royals used to be prohibited from marrying anyone who'd been divorced. Their attitude has changed since then, as Harry's own father Prince Charles married Camilla Parker Bowles, a divorcée, back in 2005.

She wears crossbody bags instead of carrying a clutch

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Meghan Markle arrives at Edinburgh Castle with Prince Harry on February 13, 2018 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

The reason you see so many royals carrying clutches is because you have to hold them in your hands, which means you then have a better excuse not to shake hands with everybody who ends up in your path. But when you dare to wear a crossbody, as Meghan did in Edinburgh, it is much harder to keep your hands to yourself.

She gave someone a hug

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Markle broke a major Royal protocol when she hugged a woman on her visit to Scotland recently. (Source: Twitter)

While visiting Edinburgh, Meghan went in for a hug rather than the customary handshake. Kate usually only offers hugs to children, but Meghan's just different like that. 

She might give a toast at her own wedding

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend a reception for young people at the Palace of Holyroodhouse on February 13, 2018 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Andrew Milligan - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Harry and Meghan's wedding reception hasn't happened yet, but reportedly she plans to give a speech toasting Prince Harry and Queen Elizabeth. Even non-royal brides don't usually give speeches at their weddings, so this one will really be unprecedented.


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