According to a new report from People magazine, Meghan Markle is reportedly having a bit of trouble getting used to all the nit-picky ins and outs of royal etiquette now that she’s officially the Duchess of Sussex.
In this week’s issue of People, a royal “source” says Markle has reportedly “found certain rules in the royal household difficult to understand, like the fact that the queen prefers women in dresses or skirts rather than trouser suits, and is often asking Harry why things have to be done in a certain way.” The insider added, “I think she finds it a little frustrating at times, but this is her new life, and she has to deal with it.”
Markle hasn’t exactly put away all her pants for good. She wore a black Givenchy pantsuit while on her royal tour of Ireland with Prince Harry last week and, just this past weekend, opted for Ralph Lauren trousers while attending the Ladies’ Singles Final at Wimbledon with sister-in-law Kate Middleton. However, she does appear to be following the “rules” and only wears dresses and skirts when she’s in the presence of the queen.
Additionally, as royal photographer Mark Stewart told People, Markle has her husband to rely on to help her with tricky royal etiquette. “You can see Prince Harry’s hands-on approach, steering her, helping her,” Stewart said. For example, when the couple joined the rest of the royal family in attending the Trooping the Colour celebration in June, Prince Harry could be seen telling Markle when to curtsy. At the same event, lip readers noticed that, at one point, Prince Harry also checked in on Markle, asking if she was “okay,” as he’s sweetly done several times before.