When Prince Harry told his grandmother the Queen that he intended to marry an American woman, her heart must have been fluttering. Never before had a member of the royal family married an American. Not only did this open up the Royal Family to a whole new world of taxation problems (as an American citizen, Meghan still has to pay Uncle Sam her fair share, which opens up the Royal Family to American taxation laws given that she is drawing on her husband’s wealth).
Besides facing the taxation mess, the Royal Family also has another problem. The Royal Family has a very strict code of etiquette that they must adhere to. Because Meghan Markle is American and new to the whole “we’re royalty now” thing, she has been breaking the rules without even realizing it.
However, experts on the Royal Family believe that Meghan’s breaking of this code of etiquette, again and again, has gone “a step too far.”
Although Meghan and Harry broke the rules when they hugged their fans in public, Meghan is doing something different that experts don’t like. She puts her hands in her pockets.
Besides being caught in public wearing dresses equipped with pockets, Meghan has also been photographed with her hands in them. You would never see the other members of the family doing what Meghan is doing. Is it because she is an American? Or is it because she is new to the whole Royal Family thing?
As Americans, it is natural for us to put our hands in our pockets. If you have pants with them, there become an easy place to have your hand rest. But when you’re a member of the Royal Family, this is no longer acceptable. It goes against the “rules” that the Queen’s family is expected to follow. The Royal Family truly must rise above the common people not only in the high fashion they wear but in their mannerisms and actions as well. That’s why they are held to the high standards of the Royal Family unwritten rules of etiquette.
Meghan was captured on film in October with her hands in the pockets of a white-tuxedo dress. She wore it to the royal engagement in New Zealand.
Royal Family etiquette expert William Hanson had a field day when he saw her with her hands in her pockets. He spoke to the Daily Mail about her outrage, claiming that the 37-year-old mom-to-be made a big mistake putting her hands in her pockets.
“We know that Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are pioneering a new, relaxed, tactile branch of monarchy but having hands in the pocket is a step too far,” he said. “There is good casual, and there is bad casual. Placing hands in the pocket is too relaxed and unprofessional, however, dressed down Prince Harry and his wife may have been.”
Even though Meghan’s “offense” was “too far,” even the etiquette expert had to admit that the world is not going to scream to a halt because of it.
“Will the world end? No. It is just a small blip in Meghan’s usually delightful manners that can be easily corrected for future engagements.”
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