Before Meghan Markle became a royal, she was allowed to do lots of normal person things. Crossing her legs, eating garlic, and wearing certain fashion accessories to sporting events were all allowed. But now that she’s Prince Harry’s wife, the law of the land is a bit more strict. It’s something she learned at Wimbledon this past weekend when she tried to wear a hat.
Markle’s sophisticated-yet-sporty Ralph Lauren outfit was missing a very important component during the game: a floppy panama hat.
According to The Sun, it was the same hat she wore to watch her buddy Serena Williams play in Wimbledon back in 2016. But this year, she had to be okay with keeping her hat clutched in her hands instead of on her head. That’s because she’s an official royal now, and when you’re a royal, sitting in the Royal Box, you are not allowed to wear a hat because it could potentially block the view of others.
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Back to that Ralph Lauren outfit. There’s a reason Markle chose to wear the designer, and it has everything to do with how she met Prince Harry. According to ELLE, when Markle attended Wimbledon two years ago, she was a guest of Ralph Lauren, invited by one of Harry’s childhood friends, Violet von Westenholz, who does PR for the fashion house and who had become friends with Markle. According to an E! source, “Meghan had been a part of the London social scene for a while and had slotted into the high society set really easily. And so when Harry told Violet he was having trouble finding someone, Violet said she might just have the perfect girl for him.”
Facts aside, Markle was the true winner of Wimbledon that year.