Meghan Markle’s unassuming habit of closing the car door after her seems to have trumped her Givenchy dress and performing a hongi [rubbing noses with guests] at her first solo engagement as a royal at the opening of Royal Academy’s Oceania exhibition last night (25 September).
The debate centred around her presumed ‘humility’ whilst others delved into whether it was the right etiquette for a royal to do so. You could call it an open and shut case but the internet has reacted with some incredulity at this most innocuous of events. Royalists, security and etiquette experts have all weighed in. Emily Andrews, royal correspondent for the Sun tabloid whooped: “A princess who still takes the time to shut her car door. Well done Meghan.”
Etiquette expert William Hanson explained it was not in fact a protocol breach.”Usually, if you are a member of the royal family or a dignitary, you have a member of staff to open and close a car door for you,” he told Radio 1 Newsbeat.
The former Suits actress, 37, might just be used to closing her car doors and it seems such a hard habit to break, even when she has someone detailed to perform such menial duties for her as royalty. She also likes to cuddle and was once an avid instagrammer, but she must now learn to act like a princess. The world is watching her next arrival bated breath…