Some members of royalty not only drive themselves to parties, some even close their own car doors. Here’s why that’s actually unusual by royal standards.
When you’re royalty, it’s probably easy to forget you’re not a normal person. You know, like when you close your own car door and the media reports on it.
At a reception for the Invictus Games on Wednesday, Prince Harry did just that. Last year, his wife, Meghan Markle, did the same thing at her first solo royal engagement in London. You know that they say about couples morphing into each other.
But whereas the Duchess of Sussex was called “down-to-earth” at the time, Harry is being celebrated for “twinning” with his better half.
If you weren’t aware, royals usually have their car doors opened and closed for them by a security officer or someone on their protection team. But not Harry. He shut that door with purpose. How did they even know how to do it??
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Not long after Megs was seen shutting her own door, her sis-in-law, Kate Middleton, was also seen shutting her own car door, just six months after giving birth to Prince Louis. Where did she find the strength??!!
If you thought closing your own car door when you’re a royal is crazy, just wait until you hear that some royals even (gasp) drive themselves to parties!
Last November, during Prince Charles’ birthday party, many of the royal guests drove themselves to the shindig at Buckingham Palace, including Princes Harry and William. And in 2017, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, was one of many members of the royal family photographed driving to the Queen’s Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace with her daughter Lady Louise.
Etiquette expert William Hanson tells the Daily Mail that the decision to drive has everything to do with private events.
Modern royalty tend to drive themselves to private parties and engagements because it is exactly that – a private event.
He said William and Harry’s decision to drive to their father’s 70th birthday party was, according to the Daily Mail, “a subtle but significant way of putting aside their titles for one night and being two loving sons attending their father’s milestone birthday celebrations.”
And you’ll famously recall that both brothers were famously photographed driving their new brides off to their respective wedding receptions once the official ceremony was over.
So, there you go. Royals are just like us, in ways you likely never imagined.