3 times Meghan Markle and Princess Diana broke Royal fashion protocol

They both challenged the ways things have been done in the Royal family for years

October 31, 2019

Meghan Markle is often described as a Royal rule-breaker, because she has a habit of challenging tradition when it comes to her fashion sense.

While the Duchess of Sussex isn't disregarding the hard and fast protocols, she instead breaks away from the unwritten rules the British Royal family have followed for years, reported Glamour.

The former Suits star is a sure reminder of the beloved late Princess Diana, her mother-in-law, who was also known to make her own rules every now and then with some of her iconic fashion choices.

Let's take a look at some Royal rule-breaking fashion.

Bold black


Royals traditionally wear the lightest of pinks or neutrals on their nails. Although Meghan donned Essie's Ballet Slippers for her Royal wedding, she broke the precedent by going noir in the shade Bordeaux on her nails at the Royal Albert Hall last year.


Similarly, Princess Diana shocked everyone in THAT black dress (aka 'The Revenge Dress') after the documentary of Prince Charles's infidelity aired in 1994. The leggy Royal donned a clingy rushed mini dress for a Serpentine Gallery benefit. The next day, she stole the newspaper headlines with her confident look, one which certainly broke the Queen's dress code.

The 'wrong' accessories 


One rule Royals are expected to maintain at all times is keeping their shoes on, especially while touring other countries. Members of the sovereign family, from Kate Middleton - who reportedly kept her shoes on at Manly Beach in 2014, to Princess Diana, who did the same at NSW Beach in Terrigal in 1983 -  have always adhered to the royal rule. Meghan broke protocol in 2018 when she ditched her Castaner espadrille wedges at Bondi Beach during a tour with her husband, Prince Harry. This was a double rule breaking, as wearing wedges is supposedly frowned upon for female members of the royal family.


Meghan isn't the only one though, but Princess Diana didn't do this with shoes. For a 1985 appearance in Melbourne, Australia, the fashion icon accented her gown with an emerald-and-diamond choker — but she wore it as a tiara. It wasn't quite how the Queen, who gave the necklace as a wedding gift, imagined the art deco treasure being displayed.

Why one British Royal can't wear a tiara but Meghan, Kate can

Risky pantsuit


Meghan wore this chic black pantsuit even though Queen Elizabeth II reportedly prefers royal women in skirts and dresses and is, in fact, her pet peeve! According to a People source, Meghan "has found certain rules in the royal household difficult to understand, like the fact that the Queen prefers women in dresses or skirts rather than trouser suits, and is often asking Harry why things have to be done in a certain way."


However, Meghan wasn't the first to break this very big rule. Lady Diana became the first woman in the Royal family who wore pants to an official event. Diana loved the color black and often chose outfits in this color scheme despite the fact that the royal family wears black only at funerals and during mourning. Princess Diana became a true fashion revolutionary in the palace which also made her a style icon.

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Huma | 8 months ago | Reply | Recommend Sincerely hoping, Meghan doesn't meet the same fate as Diana.
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