Another day, another trumped-up drama between Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle. Whether it's a perceived snubbing on Instagram or alleged shade thrown via a pair of earrings, it's all becoming rather exhausting.
The latest "incident" percolating in the media is over what the two duchesses wore to Wimbledon last week. (Markle is also taking heat because her security team allegedly asked people to stop taking photos of her in the stands.) First, let's start with the Duchess of Sussex: Markle watched Serena Williams play on July 4, alongside two of her pals from Northwestern, wearing a blazer, one of her favorite Madewell hats, and a pair of jeans.
Apparently some people took issue with her choice to wear denim at the All-England Club, since protocol suggests you can't wear jeans to sit in the royal box. "She wanted to come incognito, but there were problems," a source told the Times of London. "They couldn't invite her into the royal box because she was wearing jeans, but that didn't really matter because all she wanted to do was come and watch Serena."
I call B.S. on this argument, since it seems pretty clear that Markle was solely there to watch her good friend play. Plus, Williams's match took place on Court 1, where there is no royal box—hence no need to bother with dress protocols. On the official Wimbledon site, the only fashion rules mentioned for the box are: "Dress is smart, suits/jacket and tie, etc. Ladies are asked not to wear hats, as they tend to obscure the vision of those seated behind them."
Seeing as Markle sat in the royal box last year, alongside Middleton, it's pretty safe to assume that she's up to speed on the dress code and that her staff wouldn't let her make a huge fashion gaffe. (She brought her hat last year but did not wear it in the box.) According to the Evening Standard, "There is no dress code for Wimbledon spectators; however, dressing smartly is encouraged, especially if frequenting Centre Court or Court Number One." One member of the club told the Times though, "She’s not allowed to wear jeans.”
Now the All-England Club (where Wimbledon takes place) is getting involved. It told the paper: "Any suggestion that the duchess’s visit was anything other than a privilege for the club is categorically not the view of the club and she is always welcome to attend the championships.”
I'd say Markle looks incredibly smart. You can have a different personal style preference, but let's stop acting like she showed up in short shorts and a tube top. In my humble (American) opinion, there's nothing wrong with going a little more casual when not on official royal business, which the Duchess of Sussex was not. I love when she gets to let her SoCal style flag fly and honestly wish she could do it more often.
Markle seems to have a distinct Wimbledon style, as evidenced by this white denim outfit from 2016 in her preroyal days.
Of course, as with all things royal, people are making comparisons between Markle's look and that of her sister-in-law earlier in the week. Middleton took in a number of matches while wearing a crisp white shirtdress. She looked fantastic and much in keeping with her own personal style. It should also be noted that Middleton is a patron of Wimbledon—that's what the ribbon pinned to her dress signifies.
While I'm sure, as an avid tennis fan, the Duchess of Cambridge had a great time, she was also there in a more professional capacity than Markle—and sat in the royal box on Centre Court, after watching one of the British players on an outer court. As far as I'm concerned, there's enough real drama in the world without manufacturing it over the style preferences of the Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex.
Let's all just take a breath and enjoy their different sartorial styles—and all the great tennis.
Originally Appeared on Glamour