Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle (left) and Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton must follow strict guidelines as members of the British royal family.
They might have gold-encrusted thrones to retire in each night, but the labyrinth of the etiquette rules of the Duchess of Sussex and the Duchess of Cambridge dutifully navigate every morning is enough to give you a royal migraine.
What is Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton can and can’t wear is so complex, royal etiquette expert Myka Meier told the news.com.au every woman has a team of helpers” to help them dress.
“They have a team who know what is right for the event they were attending, and Meghan, especially, would be given a lot of advice on (what to choose),” the founder of Beaumont Etiquette said.
While you scoot around in your sneakers and denim jacket, here is what those poor royal guests should wear when they’re on the job.
PANTYHOES ARE NON-NEGOTIABLE
If Queen Elizabeth is connected to a style protocol, then it is that the women in the palace need to wear a panty during the work.
“It’s very traditional for the female members to wear them,” Meier explained.
“During the day it is something that is seen as the most conservative, the most formal, the most professional in the role as a working royal.”
KEEP YOUR CLOTHES ON
There is a reason you see Kate Middleton in as much dress-coat hybrids — during the work, she is just not allowed to remove the outer layer of her outfit.
To do so would be seen as indecorous.
“Whether it’s a blazer or a jacket, when all eyes and cameras are on you, work the royals are taught not to disrobe in the public eye,” Meier explained.
PUT YOUR TOES
Spare a thought for Meghan’s feet, please. Someone really needs to grab the Vaseline and Band-Aids.
“During the day, when the duchesses are on duty, and that we usually see closed-toe shoes,” Meier said, adding that around or slightly-pointed toe shoes are the most suitable.
“We often don’t have too much of a platform for a day, and we tend to see open toe only at red carpet events.”
DURING THE DAYTIME, DIAMOND BAN
Apart from the civil and religious jewelry, it is very unlikely that you will see that there is a royal caught in diamond while they are working.
“Other jewels will be worn pre-6pm,” Meier told the news.com.au. “Before 6pm, you’ll see metallics, gems, pearls, sapphires. In the night you can see the diamonds, and that is to not come across as a flashy in your appearance.”
Anti-royalists would be chuffed to know the royals actually don’t get any hand-outs.
“Royal staff can call in dozens of pieces, for one there,” Meier said. “At the end of the day, the Duchess of Cambridge or Duchess of Sussex would have on the choice of the final piece, and everything else would be sent back.
“Meghan Markle in her old life, would have endowed all sorts of fantastic things to wear and now she can’t free pieces, or gifts, and must pay for what they want. She has to buy them.”
THE SHOULDERS COVERED AND NO CLEAVAGE
“At formal engagements, we usually always see the shoulders covered,” Meier said. “So when (working royals) go for an event or a walk through a hospital or a museum, it is to be expected shoulders be covered.”
You’ll be positively stunned to know that a little of the breast is disapproved, also.
“The demerger is something that is not practiced, especially during the day.”
CONSERVATIVE HEMLINES AND “FUNCTIONAL” SLITS ONLY
While some were surprised to see Meghan Markle wearing a mini-tuxedo-dress on the Hamilton musical this week, it is unlikely that we would see her in something that for a day.
“(The women in the palace are expected to be modest hemlines and slits that are only for the function,” Meier said.
“For their formal daywear, we’re not going to see Angelina Jolie-style slits. There might be one in the back and a small, light, one in the front to help them walk, but slots are for function, not for style during the day.”
This article originally appeared on the news.com.au.