Did you mother ever tell you to be on your best behavior, as if the Queen of England was coming to dinner? Now imagine you have to be on your best behavior at all times because you’re living in Kensington Palace and the Queen of England is LITERALLY coming to dinner! That’s Meghan Markle’s life, y’all. Part of the deal when she joined the Royal Family was following Royal Protocol. Now, in preparation for her debut royal tour of Australia, Fiji, Tonga, and New Zealand with Prince Harry, Meghan Markle is getting even more training in official protocol.
Royal watchers are obsessed with Royal Protocol: what to do, what to wear, and what to say. Is Meghan Markle following Royal Protocol? Breaking it? Creating a new trend!? Some elements of Royal Protocol are just guidelines, developing by the Palace to avoid flubs and criticism in the press. Other elements are the personal preferences of Queen Elizabeth, as head of the family. But the most important parts of Royal Protocol are about maintaining the dignity and respect of the monarchy. Being a duchess comes with certain responsibilities!
One of those responsibilities is being a surrogate ambassador for the United Kingdom—Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal tour isn’t just an extended vacation! They’ll meet with foreign politicians, dignitaries, and community leaders. The Duke and Duchess will have to follow the established protocol of every country they will visit on their tour. They have to embrace the customs, clothing, and rules of their hosts. It’s a big deal when a member of the Royal Family meets a foreign leader!
Meghan Markle is hitting the books in preparation for her trip. There are reports that she has a whole team of Royal Aides preparing her for her trip. Royals often wear local designers, so we’re looking forward to Meghan’s Dresses Down Under! Harry and Meghan set sail on October 16.