Meghan Markle and Queen Elizabeth: The etiquette rule the Duchess of Sussex appeared to forget at Ascot uncovered

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Meghan Markle and Queen Elizabeth: The etiquette rule the Duchess of Sussex appeared to forget at Ascot uncovered – but what other guidelines are there?

MEGHAN Markle and the Queen have made several public appearances together and have a good relationship.

Meghan Markle news Dress for latest Prince Harry Commonwealth event cost this much Photo (C) GETTY
Meghan Markle news Dress for latest Prince Harry Commonwealth event cost this much Photo (C) GETTY

Meghan Markle and the Queen attended Royal Ascot recently, and the pair appear to have struck up a good relationship since the Duchess of Sussex married Prince Harry in May 2018.

Meghan has settled into the family well, making public appearances with everyone, including Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton and Prince William, and has proven herself in the fashion stakes too.

Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle and the Queen have struck up a very good relationship [Getty]
Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle and the Queen have struck up a very good relationship [Getty]

However, Meghan is still new to royal life, and there are some things, like when to curtsey to the Queen, that she is still learning.

Meghan Markle news The yellow hue complimented her bronze skin and dark hair Photo (C) GETTY
Meghan Markle news The yellow hue complimented her bronze skin and dark hair Photo (C) GETTY

And at Ascot it appeared Meghan – who often wears shoes that are too big for her for a very clever reason – forgot one vital rule while speaking to her new husband.

According to the BBC, etiquette guidelines mean you aren’t supposed to turn your back on the Queen, as it is considered ‘rude’.

While chatting to Prince Harry, Meghan Markle appeared to have her back to the Queen [Getty]
While chatting to Prince Harry, Meghan Markle appeared to have her back to the Queen [Getty]

And as Meghan can be seen chatting to Harry and Prince Charles with the Queen stood just behind her in shots taken at the races, this could be considered a faux paux on the new Duchess’ behalf.

Meghan Markle is a vision in yellow at Commonwealth event with Prince Harry Photo (C) PA
Meghan Markle is a vision in yellow at Commonwealth event with Prince Harry Photo (C) PA

However, the royal website sates there are “no obligatory codes of behaviour when meeting The Queen”, but they also add: “…but many people wish to observe the traditional forms.”

Here are some of the other unofficial guidelines of what to do when it comes to meeting the Queen…

Boundaries
It’s advised not to touch her majesty, although a handshake is acceptable if she offers first.

Michelle Obama caused a stir when she put her arm round the Queen for a photo in the past.

Meghan Markle is a vision in yellow at Commonwealth event with Prince Harry Photo (C) PA
Meghan Markle is a vision in yellow at Commonwealth event with Prince Harry Photo (C) PA

Source: ok co uk