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Meghan Markle's Nail Polish Made Headlines

Updated on January 19, 2019
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Margaret Minnicks is an online writer who writes about the royal family.

Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, made an unannounced appearance last Monday at the 2018 British Fashion Awards in London. She presented the award for British Womenswear Designer of the Year to Clare Waight Keller, artistic director of Givenchy. Keller designed Meghan's Givenchy wedding gown that millions of people saw on May 19, 2018 when she married Prince Harry at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle.

The 37-year-old wife of Prince Harry was elegant in an asymmetrical black velvet gown made by Givenchy. She stacked gold bracelets and wore matching metallic Tamara Mellon heels. She honored Prince Charles, her father-in-law who walked her down the aisle on her wedding day. She did so by wearing a bangle and stud earrings made by Turquoise Mountain, Prince Charles' charity in Afghanistan.

The Duchess of Sussex looked very comfortable and confident as she delivered a very inspiring speech about women's empowerment.

What she wore and what she said were without a flaw, but what has captured some people's attention since Monday was the Duchess' dark nail polish.

No Official Rule

The media pointed out the dark nail polish the Duchess of Sussex wore. However, there is no official royal rule that prohibits wearing dark nail polish.

Meghan did not break any written rule even though traditionally other royal women wear only the shade Queen Elizabeth wears. They wear neutral colors or no nail polish at all.

Queen Elizabeth's favorite nail polish.
Queen Elizabeth's favorite nail polish.

Queen Elizabeth's Favorite Nail Polish

Queen Elizabeth II has been wearing the same shade of nail polish for almost thirty years. Most of the royal women tend to do what the Queen does. They either use the same shade of pale pink polish or a neutral one.

The only brand the Queen of England wears is Essie's "Ballet Slippers." It is an inexpensive polish that can be bought from the drugstore. This is a popular color with at least 30 bottles sold every hour in the United States and other countries as well, according to sales reports.

The polish was created in 1982, and the 92-year-old monarch has been using it since 1989. The Queen's hairdresser requested that designer Essie Weingarten send the shade directly to Buckingham Palace for Queen Elizabeth, and she has been doing so for the last 29 years. It is unlikely to change in the future.

While on official duty and out in public, the Queen usually wears gloves. Therefore, her fingernails are rarely seen.

Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, is seen wearing no nail polish.
Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, is seen wearing no nail polish.

Kate Middleton's Nail Polish

Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, has three choices for her manicure. The 36-year-old wife of Prince Williams and mother of 5-year-old Prince George, 3-year-old Princess Charlotte, and eight-month-old Prince Louis either wears clear or neutral polish or no nail polish at all.

The Duchess of Sussex is wearing white nail polish even though it doesn't look like it in the photo.
The Duchess of Sussex is wearing white nail polish even though it doesn't look like it in the photo.

Not the First Time

Just three days after marrying Prince Harry, the Duchess of Sussex went on a solo trip with Queen Elizabeth. She wore white nail polish at that time.

People talked about it some but not as much as they are talking about the dark nail polish that was clearly seen as the expecting mother cradled her growing baby bump throughout her appearance at the British Fashion Awards on Monday.

The newest member of the royal family has advisors and people who help dress her. Apparently, they saw nothing wrong with her wearing dark fingernail polish that matched her dress.

The younger generation on social media believe since it is not a written rule, Meghan felt that it was acceptable. They also think they will see her wearing it again.

What do you think about the Duchess of Sussex's dark nail polish?

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      Jo jonas 

      22 months ago

      Not only is there no official rule, but Diana and other royal women have worn dark nail polish to official events before her, no one commented. Hhhhmmmm wonder why????

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      Margaret Minnicks 

      22 months ago from Richmond, VA

      Doris, thanks for reading and commenting about the Duchess of Sussex wearing dark nail polish. Since the Queen of England has a whole country to lead, I doubt if she is that concerned about what shade of polish her grandson's wife wears.

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      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      22 months ago from Beautiful South

      Well, this old lady sees nothing wrong with the Duchess's black nail polish. At least it looks black in the photo. I worked with young women of color for years, and I observed that their favorite color from nail polish to nylons seemed to be black. Who are we to judge this lady, and why should she have to give up her personal preferences? I personally prefer a shade of black or dark brown for my own pedicures. I may have to check out the Queen's favorite polish. Nice to know that she can wear something common.

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      Ellison Hartley 

      22 months ago from Maryland, USA

      Of all things for people to worry about, nail polish color? Really?!

      Interesting to hear the queens favorite polish and cheap and easily accessible, I might have to go buy a bottle just because! lol

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      Beth Matthieu 

      22 months ago

      She's wonderful. The Royals adore her!


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