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Meghan Markle may have broken royal protocol by getting political

Meghan Markle, 36, and Prince Harry, 33, are set to get married on May 19 at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle — and although it’s no secret the gorgeous former actress has broken a number of unwritten royal traditions over the course of their year-and-a-half whirlwind courtship — she may have unwittingly broken another, simply by commenting on the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements.

The bride-to-be made her first official royal engagement with Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the Royal Foundation Forum at the end of February. The “royal four,” as they have now been dubbed, appeared cozy as they discussed the future ambitions of the foundation — but while senior members of the British royal family typically don’t show support for political movements, Meghan was vocal about the Time’s Up and MeToo movements during the panel discussion.

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“Right now with so many campaigns like Me Too and Time’s Up there’s no better time to continue to shine a light on women feeling empowered and people supporting them,” Markle noted. “I hear a lot of people speaking about girls’ empowerment and women’s empowerment. You will hear people saying they are helping women find their voices. I fundamentally disagree with that because women don’t need to find their voices, they need to be empowered to use it, and people need to be urged to listen.”

Again — this is pretty big for Markle, who will soon be a prominent senior member of the royal family,  to make such opinionated remarks on two major political movements.  Not even Kate Middleton wore black in solidarity with other stars at the 2018 BAFTAs, presumably in effort to keep up with protocol.

If there was any protocol a royal should break, this would be a worthy one — don’t you think?

Rule breaker or not, the public adores Meghan!

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Meghan Markle may have broken a major royal protocol by getting political

Meghan Markle, 36, and Prince Harry, 33, are set to get married on May 19 at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle — and although it’s no secret the gorgeous former actress has broken a number of unwritten royal traditions over the course of their year-and-a-half whirlwind courtship — she may have unwittingly broken another, simply by commenting on the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements. (Photo: Getty)

Meghan Markle may have broken a major royal protocol by getting political

The bride-to-be made her first official royal engagement with Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the Royal Foundation Forum at the end of February. The “royal four,” as they have now been dubbed, appeared cozy as they discussed the future ambitions of the foundation — but while senior members of the British royal family typically don’t show support for political movements, Meghan was vocal about the Time’s Up and MeToo movements during the panel discussion. (Photo: Getty)

Meghan Markle may have broken a major royal protocol by getting political

“Right now with so many campaigns like Me Too and Time’s Up there’s no better time to continue to shine a light on women feeling empowered and people supporting them,” Markle noted during the panel discussion. “I hear a lot of people speaking about girls’ empowerment and women’s empowerment. You will hear people saying they are helping women find their voices. I fundamentally disagree with that because women don’t need to find their voices, they need to be empowered to use it, and people need to be urged to listen.” (Photo: Getty)

Meghan Markle may have broken a major royal protocol by getting political

Again — this is pretty big for Markle, who will soon be a prominent senior member of the royal family, to make such opinionated remarks on two major political movements. Not even Kate Middleton wore black in solidarity with other stars at the 2018 BAFTAs, presumably in effort to keep up with protocol. If there was any protocol a royal should break, this would be a worthy one — don’t you think? (Photo: Getty)

Meghan Markle will break one major royal rule at her wedding

Meghan is set to break another rule, this time at her own wedding! While Markle’s father, Thomas, is expected to attend the wedding and walk her down the aisle — reports suggest that Markle is set to deliver a speech at her wedding reception, in place of her father. This is a huge break from royal tradition, but Markle is quite progressive … (Photo: Getty)

Meghan Markle will break one major royal rule at her wedding

In 2015, she told a UN gathering: “I am proud to be a woman and a feminist,” and that “… a wife is equal to her husband.” The speech is reportedly expected to include a few jokes as well as an affectionate tribute to Prince Harry and a special thanks to Queen Elizabeth II. Rule breaker or not, the public adores Meghan! (Photo: Getty)

Meghan Markle broke 3 royal rules in one outing

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle greeted large crowds as they toured Cardiff Castle on Thursday. The purpose of the trip was to showcase the heritage and culture of Wales, but all eyes were on Harry’s stunning fiancée.

Meghan Markle broke 3 royal rules in one outing


Although it’s no secret the gorgeous former actress has broken a number of unwritten royal traditions over the course of her year-and-a-half whirlwind courtship with Harry, she broke three during this one outing alone.

Meghan Markle broke 3 royal rules in one outing

1) First off — her outfit was all black. Members of the royal family usually only wear the colour for more sombre, serious occasions (such as funerals or Remembrance Day ceremonies).

Meghan Markle broke 3 royal rules in one outing

She the occasion in a pitch black Stella McCartney jacket (which retails for about $2,400 CAD), a black scarf, matching black pants ($302 CAD) by Hiut Denim and black boots by Tabitha Simmons. (Photo: Getty)

Meghan Markle broke 3 royal rules in one outing

2) Next up, the royal bride-to-be signed an autograph for a young girl — reportedly after the young fan had waited for hours outside Cardiff Castle to meet Markle. But senior members of the royal family have been banned from signing autographs due to the risk of signature forgery, so Markle might have to tuck away her pen after marrying Harry.

Meghan Markle broke 3 royal rules in one outing

3) Finally, the former actress posed for a selfie with another fan — although she previously stated that royals weren’t allowed taking selfies with members of the public.
Rule breaker or not, the public loves Meghan!

This is why Meghan Markle can’t wear the crown jewels (but Kate can)

Although it’s no secret Meghan Markle has broken a number of unwritten royal traditions over the course of her year-and-a-half whirlwind courtship with Harry (including this royal fashion faux-pas during the engagement announcement) — there’s one royal rule she won’t be able to break: wear the crown jewels before her wedding. (Photo: Kensington Palace)

This is why Meghan Markle can’t wear the crown jewels (but Kate can)


This is because, according to The Mirror, royal etiquette rules prevent unmarried women from wearing tiaras.
“Flashy diamonds and tiaras are not worn during the day, and only married ladies wear tiaras,” Grant Harold, the U.K.’s premiere etiquette expert, told the BBC. “For married ladies it was a sign of status and would show you were taken and not looking for a husband.”

This is why Meghan Markle can’t wear the crown jewels (but Kate can)

So while Meghan has to wait until after marriage before accessing the crown jewels, a very married Kate Middleton is able to wear them right now.

Meghan Markle may be the first royal to break this tradition at her wedding

Rumour has it that she may break tradition again on her big day. (Photo: Getty)

Meghan Markle may be the first royal to break this tradition at her wedding

A source close to Harry and Meghan told Us Weekly that Markle wants her mom, Doria Ragland, to walk her down the aisle and give her away instead of her father, Thomas Markle. (Photo: Getty)

Meghan Markle may be the first royal to break this tradition at her wedding

“With the wedding, they both want to do things their way. While they will always be mindful of traditions and the views of their elders, the day is ultimately about them and what they want to do,” the source told Us. (Photo: Getty)

Meghan Markle will break one unofficial royal rule when she marries Harry

After marrying Harry, Meghan will break tradition again — this time by simply having college education — the only other royal bride who has a college education is Kate Middleton!
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Meghan Markle will break one unofficial royal rule when she marries Harry

Markle received a bachelor’s degree with a double major in theatre and international studies at Northwestern University in 2003. Before becoming an actress, she worked at the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Photo: Getty)

Meghan Markle will break one major royal tradition over the holidays

Meghan Markle is set to break another unwritten royal rule by celebrating Christmas festivities with Harry and his family (including the Queen!) (Photo: Getty)

Meghan Markle will break one major royal tradition over the holidays

The Queen’s annual Sandringham holiday celebration, typically held over three days, has always had a strict “spouses-only” policy -—even Kate Middleton didn’t attend in 2010 when she was engaged to Prince William. But Harry asked the Queen to make an exception for his lovely bride-to-be, and she gave her approval. Now, that’s true love! (Photo: Getty)

Meghan Markle broke this one major royal rule for her engagement announcement

Meghan Markle, 36, and Prince Harry, 33, announced their engagement on Monday, and although many focused on the actresses’ gorgeous bauble — a stunning three-diamond engagement ring designed by Harry himself — a few eagle-eyed observers noticed that Markle broke an unwritten royal rule. The 36-year-old looked ultra stylish in a winter white wrap coat from Toronto-based brand ‘Line the Label’, but she decided to forgo wearing pantyhose — a fashion faux-pas for members of the royal family. (Photo: Getty)

Meghan Markle broke this one major royal rule for her engagement announcement

According to The Cut, there’s an unspoken rule among royals that dictate women wear hosiery. Queen Elizabeth has been wearing pantyhose for 91 years, while Kate Middleton prefers glossy, sheer nylons. Meghan bravely decided to keep her legs bare, perhaps another sign that the royal family is becoming modern. (Photo: Getty)

Prince Harry broke this one major royal rule on Remembrance Day

Prince Harry, 33, appeared alongside his father, Prince Charles, and his brother, Prince William, at the Cenotaph in London, England on Remembrance Day to lay their wreaths. Although Harry looked dapper in the uniform of a Captain in the Household Cavalry’s Blues and Royals, he broke one major rule by wearing a full beard while on official duty in a British Army uniform … (Photo: Getty)

Prince Harry broke this one major royal rule on Remembrance Day

Historically, full facial beards have aways been forbidden while on official duty (although some officers have been known to wear moustaches). A member of the elite cavalry regiment told The Mirror. “Prince Harry is letting us all down. There’s no place for beards in the Queen’s cavalry.” (Photo: Getty)

The Queen broke this one major royal rule on Remembrance Day

Meanwhile, this year marked the first time that Queen Elizabeth II, 91, watched the service from a balcony rather than perform her sacred duty and lay a wreath. Traditionally, the monarch lays the wreath to honour Britain’s war dead — but she had Prince Charles lay the wreath on her behalf… (Photo: Getty)

Prince Harry broke this one major royal rule on Remembrance Day

According to palace officials, the Queen decided to watch the ceremony from the Foreign Office as she preferred to join her husband Philip (who had retired from official duties in the summer). It was a historic shift in the Queen’s 65-year-old reign and more than a few took notice: “She is getting a bit older now so it’s probably fitting that he does start taking this on,” said Regimental Sergeant Major Kevin Stacey. (Photo: Getty)

This is why Prince William doesn’t wear a wedding ring (but Kate does)

It’d be difficult to miss the Duchess of Cambridge’s impressive engagement ring — 14 diamonds around a 12-carat sapphire, the bobble is said to be worth a staggering $400,000. But pay close attention, and you’ll notice that some senior members of the royal family have chosen not to wear their wedding rings — including Prince William. (Photo: Getty)

This is why Prince William doesn’t wear a wedding ring (but Kate does)

Before William and Kate got married in 2011, senior royal officials noted that the Duke of Cambridge wouldn’t be wearing a ring after the wedding ceremony. According to the Daily Mail, palace aides said that “Prince William isn’t one for jewelry — he doesn’t even wear a signet ring — and decided he didn’t want to.” (Photo: Getty)

This is why Prince William doesn’t wear a wedding ring (but Kate does)

William isn’t the first royal to decline wearing a wedding ring. Prince Charles solely wears his family signet ring, but on his pinky finger instead of the ring finger … (Photo: Getty)

This is why Prince William doesn’t wear a wedding ring (but Kate does)

And like Will, Prince Philip doesn’t wear a wedding ring at all (and he’s been married for decades). (Photo: Getty)

Kate Middleton will break this unofficial royal rule when she becomes Queen

When the Duchess of Cambridge becomes Queen, she’ll break another (unofficial) royal tradition. The Duchess has a degree in art history from St. Andrews University in Edinburgh, where she first met William — and as first reported by CafeMom, Kate will be the only Queen in the U.K. to ever hold a degree! (Photo: Getty)

Why Kate Middleton won’t wear coloured nail polish

Both the Duchess of Cambridge and the Queen are always seen wearing neutral-coloured nail polish, but this is likely not due to personal choice and more about royal etiquette. Royal wardrobe rules state that no coloured nail polish should be worn during public engagements … (Photos: Getty)

Why Kate Middleton won’t wear coloured nail polish

… The Queen follows this rule to a T, rumour has it she’s been wearing “Ballet Slippers” — a pale pink sheer finish nail polish shade by Essie, for nearly three decades! (Photo: Getty)

Why Kate Middleton won’t wear coloured nail polish

But sometimes, even royal wardrobe rules can be broken — Kate has been spotted rocking a ruby red pedicure on the rare occasion she’s bared her toes in strappy sandals. (Photo: PA)

Prince George might break an unofficial royal rule by attending this school

As an unofficial royal rule, senior members of the royal family have attended boarding schools with peers of the same sex, but rumour has it that Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William might break from royal tradition when it comes to Prince George and allow him to attend a co-ed school instead of single sex: “The word on the street is that his parents want co-education and boarding when he leaves prep school,” a source told The Sunday Times.

So instead of following in dad William and uncle Harry’s footsteps by attending Eton College independent boarding school for boys — George just might break an unofficial royal rule attending a mixed-sex boarding school. (Photo: Getty)

Why Prince George isn’t allowed to have a best friend at school

The world watched as Prince George arrived for his first day of school last Tuesday at Thomas’s Battersea. The four-year-old Prince will likely make a ton of friends, but, at least according to one royal watcher, he won’t be encouraged to make a best friend. Speaking on a recent episode of the U.K. show “Loose Women,” panelist Jane Moore suggested that Thomas’s Battersea’s policy discourages students from having a single best friend.

“You were saying at the meeting that they don’t encourage children to have best friends at this school, do they?” one of the panelists questioned.

“No, absolutely not,” Moore responded. “There’s a policy that if your child is having a party — unless every child is invited in the class you don’t give out the invites…”

A good thing, concluded the panel to audience applause, as it doesn’t make students feel excluded.
(Photo: Getty)

Why the royals won’t sign autographs

If you’re lucky, Kate Middleton might bestow you with a royal wave, hug or a high five — but according to the Express, the Duchess of Cambridge has been banned from signing autographs due to the risk of signature forgery. The rule also applies to almost every senior member of the British royal family, including Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry. (Photo: Getty)

Why the royals don’t exercise their right to vote

According to U.K. Parliament, although not prohibited by law, it’s considered unconstitutional for the Monarch to vote in an election. A Buckingham Palace spokesperson told Newsweek that senior members of the royal family who are “close to the Queen,” such as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, also don’t exercise their right to vote. (Photo: Getty)

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