Duchess Kate and Duchess Meghan aren’t allowed to just wear jewelry whenever they feel like it. There are strict rules in place for women of royalty and it’s not all diamonds and pearls.
Forget everything you imagined royal life to be. It turns out, marrying a prince doesn’t entitle you to walk around wearing crown jewels and other perks of a monarchy. The harsh reality is that women of the British Royal Family are not allowed to wear diamonds in the daytime.
Etiquette expert Myka Meier, founder of Beaumont Etiquette, told News.com.au that both Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle have a “team of aides” to help them dress.
“They have a team who know what is appropriate for the event they’re attending, and Meghan especially would be given a lot of advice on (what to choose),” said Meier.
She explained that the Duchesses not only have to accessorize based on the occasion, but also the time of day, explaining:
Before 6pm, you’ll see metallics, gemstones, pearls, sapphires. At night, you’ll see the diamonds come out, and that’s in order to not come across as flashy in your appearance.
Two exceptions, however, are wedding rings and royal weddings. If you recall, Markle flashed diamond stud Cartier earrings for hers in May 2018. She also sported an understated Cartier diamond bracelet.
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A travelling Escort of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment lead the procession of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex through Windsor Town. The Household Cavalry are among several Armed Forces personnel with a special relationship with The Duke providing ceremonial support at the wedding and carriage procession #RoyalWedding
As we’ve learned over the years, odd royal protocols are nothing new, and this diamond thing is one of the lesser head-scratchers, to be honest. The act of a Duchess removing her coat in public is considered trashy and unladylike, which is also why prominent female royals may not wear nail polish, be seen in public with messy hair, or forgo nylons with a dress or skirt. Sounds fun to be a woman in the Royal Family! Where do we sign up?