Fans leap to Meghan Markle's defense after she is ridiculously criticized for 'disrespect'

Fans leap to Meghan Markle's defense after she is ridiculously criticized for 'disrespect'

Fans of the royal family are a funny old bunch, aren't they? Like Beliebers and Directioners (R.I.P 1D), royal family fans tend to be an obsessive, slightly neurotic bunch. Whether it's hanging around outside of hospitals for days waiting to see the newest royal arrival or turning out in their thousands to catch a glimpse of Meghan and Harry on their wedding day - this bunch of people cannot get enough of the most famous family on the planet.

Naturally, this means the family are under a lot of pressure - and this applies to Meghan Markle more than anyone else. Markle, who married into the family last month, has come under intense scrutiny since entering the family, with her every movement, dress, and soundbite being diagnosed and evaluated by royal commentators.

While the former-Suits actress has been largely praised for the way she has handled the newfound attention, with her seemingly adjusting to her new life with ease and grace, some people have also criticised her for a number of ridiculous reasons.

Whether it's showing off her shoulders, or her former career as a highly-successful actress, Markle has received of scorn from some sections of the media. However, the latest dig is the weirdest one yet. Apparently, Meghan Markle had the nerve to sit incorrectly.

At most royal events, Meghan can be seen adopting the "Duchess Slant" pose. It's a firm favourite of Kate Middleton and involves clasping your knees and ankle together before slanting your legs to one side.

Meghan, however, broke this trend and sat with her legs crossed. I know, how dare she!

Naturally, social media was quick to spot the mistake with one user writing: "Duchess of Sussex has her legs crossed wrong. What a disrespect to the queen. All royal ladies cross at the ankles or put both legs off to the side."

Megan was attending the Queen's Young Leaders awards, an event which honours outstanding youngsters from across the Commonwealth. The event was streamed on the Royal Family Facebook page, opening Meghan up to criticism. However, for all the bad comments, other fans rushed to the Duchess of Sussex's defence, with one person writing: "Let's focus on the wonderful honourees and NOT legs, dresses or etiquette - these young people deserve more focus."

Another added: "Pretty sure the Queen is more concerned with Meghan's passion and commitment to the Commonwealth than how she crosses her legs."

Someone else wrote: "Omg. She is still in the learning process. Go away judgmental woman."

The thinking behind the Duchess Slant is that it flatters a person's silhouette. However, there is another reason behind it.

Etiquette expert Myka Meier, from Beaumont Etiquette, explains: "It is the perfect pose for when a camera is shooting directly in front of you because by slightly slanting the knees to create a zig-zag effect when wearing a dress or skirt, your legs are angled so that the camera only shoots the sides of your legs and protects your modesty."

It's the final year that the Queen will present the awards, with Harry and Meghan now taking over the reins from next year onwards. Hopefully, given that she is doing some good in the world, people will stop criticising Meghan for the way she sits.