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Queen Elizabeth's Biggest Pet Peeve about Meghan Markle's Fashion Choice

Updated on August 22, 2019
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Margaret Minnicks is an online writer who writes about the royal family.

Queen Elizabeth and Meghan Markle's Relationship

Queen Elizabeth and the Duchess of Sussex have a very good relationship. They get along just fine. In fact, soon after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle got married on May 19, 2018, she went on a special trip with her husband's grandmother without her husband.

Meghan is very fashionable. She receives raving reviews about almost everything she wears. However, there is one item that she wears that is the monarch's biggest fashion pet peeve, according to Cosmopolitan. The magazine reported that the latest outfit that the Duchess of Sussex wore was frown upon by Queen Elizabeth.

The Queen Frowns on Royal Women Wearing Pants

Last Thursday, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the WellChild Awards. The purpose was to honor sick children and their caregivers. While there, they talked about their favorite Disney movies.

What stood out from the visit as far as Queen Elizabeth is concerned was the outfit that her granddaughter-in-law wore to the event. Meghan wore a black pantsuit. Even though she looked elegant in it, the Queen has a big pet peeve when royal women wear pants on official business. She prefers them wearing dresses or skirts that conform to the royal fashion protocol.

Not the First Time

This is not the first time Meghan has worn pants on official business. Back on July 11, Meghan wore a different black pantsuit to the Famine Memorial in Ireland. It was a Givenchy blazer and trouser set. Most people except Queen Elizabeth loved it.

Meghan has broken some of the Queen's fashion rules before, and she keeps wearing something that is off limit for royal women. However, wearing pants is the one thing that the Queen frowns upon the most.

According to a People, Meghan doesn't understand why the monarch prefers women in dresses or skirts rather than trouser suits.

It is unfortunate that the Queen prefers skirts and dresses over pants because Meghan loves wearing pants, and she looks fashionable in them.

The Daily Mail reports that Prince Harry has advised his wife not to pack the pantsuit by Stella McCartney that she had planned to wear to a formal event when they go on their upcoming royal tour of Australia.

Not a Deal Breaker

Even though it is Queen Elizabeth's pet peeve seeing her granddaughter-in-law wearing pants in public, it is not a deal breaker. This is evident by the pleasant moments the two of them have shared in public on several occasions.

Other Fashion Rules the Queen Doesn't Like

There are other fashion rules the Queen likes and dislikes. For instance, she doesn't like seeing royal women wearing wedge shoes. Kate Middleton was seen wearing a pair playing volleyball in cork wedges in 2013. She has not worn them around the Queen since.

These days, there are hundreds of different colors of nail polish on the market. However, royal women must wear nude nail polish at all times. Queen Elizabeth and Kate Middleton always wear neutral polish at royal events. The monarch has been wearing Essie’s “Ballet Slippers” shade for 28 years. She began using sheer, pale pink polish in 1989 and has not changed to another color since then. One bottle made by Essie Weingarten costs $8.

According to Stylecaster, Meghan has broken at least ten fashion rules. To her credit, she might not have known about some of the rules until after she broke them.

Last November, Meghan attended her first official outing with Prince Harry carrying a large burgundy and navy Strathbury tote bag. Royal etiquette expert William Hanson says royal women are advised not to carry large purses with straps. Instead, they are advised to carry clutches to keep people from reaching to shake their hands.

Essie’s “Ballet Slippers” sheer, pale pink polish  made by Essie Weingarten that costs $8 a bottle
Essie’s “Ballet Slippers” sheer, pale pink polish made by Essie Weingarten that costs $8 a bottle

Royal Rules the Queen Favors

The Queen wants royal women to wear nude pantyhose. Between the time Meghan and Prince Harry got engaged and the time they got married, Meghan did not wear pantyhose.

After the couple got married, Meghan began to wear hose on most occasions. However, on their date night when they went to see Hamilton at the end of August, the Duchess of Sussex didn't wear stockings. Besides, she wore a short tuxedo dress with lots of bare legs showing.

Do you think Meghan Markle will continue to wear pantsuits even though it is Queen Elizabeth's pet peeve?

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    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      2 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Marianne Anderon, I agree with your comment about women wearing slacks in the 21st century. However, it seems to be Queen Elizabeth's pet peeve even though it is not ours.

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      Marianne Anderon 

      2 years ago

      Women wear slacks now a lot of the time; it is a 21st century fashion statement. As long as the outfit is in good taste it is just fine; Meghan has terrific fashion sense and does not embarrass in her attires.

    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      2 years ago from Richmond, VA

      HilaryAnne, I cited sources in the article. I did not make up the information. Everybody knows the Queen has royal rules and protocol to be followed. The article did not indicate that she "spoke publically" about any of her family. Instead, the article reveals what she thought about the Duchess of Sussex's fashion choice and not about her personally.

      There really was no need for you to challenge the information in this article by asking "how would you know what she does and does not like about anything?" As a writer, I share information I gather from reliable sources.

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      2 years ago

      The Queen does not speak publically about any of her family so how would you know what she does and does not like about anything.


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