You know, I really think that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle might be the cutest couple ever. Theirs is the relationship that everyone aspires to, and it's hard to think of another new member of the royal family who the public loves as much as Meghan. Now she has a little bundle of joy on the way, and although she and Harry have only been married a few months, they're already giving us all relationship goals to strive for.
The couple is currently on their first overseas royal tour as a married couple, travelling around sunny Australia. However, interestingly enough, despite the abundance of beautiful beaches in Australia, it has emerged that Meghan Markle has been banned by royal protocol from wearing any kind of flip-flop, sandal, or open-toed footwear whatsoever. Instead, she's been restricted to wearing flats instead while traversing the sands. What's going on?
The reason is that, according to aristocratic custom, sandals are seen as being informal, and thus rude to wear when out and about representing the House of Windsor. As etiquette expert William Hanson explains: "Open-toed shoes are considered informal footwear, and inappropriate for formal occasions. Regardless of how relatively relaxed it was in the grande scheme and precedent of the British monarchy, May’s royal wedding was still a formal affair and so it was quite right that guests were asked to avoid wearing open-toed shoes."
He added: "Sadly the celebrity-heavy guest list was evident quite quickly, especially in the foot department, as some of the guests’ egos took over and pushed protocol to the back seat, namely Priyanka Chopra, Troian Bellisario and Chelsey Davy. It is a shame many decided they were above the dress code: if you do not like the dress code at an event, don’t go."
However, Meghan and Harry have in fact already broken (or at any rate bent) the rules a little bit while travelling down under. When greeting a large crowd outside the Sydney Opera House, one fan, a young girl, stood out. The youngster was wearing a T-shirt reading "Girls Can Do Anything", and Harry noticed that the girl bore an uncanny resemblance to his wife. The couple spoke to her, and Harry agreed to take a photo of Meghan with the girl This is something of a break with convention since Harry usually declines to take selfies or give out autographs.
That wasn't the only royal family fan the broke tradition for, as they both warmly embraced 98-year-old Daphne Dunne while meeting the crowd. The war widow has already met Harry three times, stealing a kiss from the handsome duke back in 2015, Daphne managed to steal kiss from Harry, before pulling the same move when they reunited two years later.
So it's a shame that Meghan's unable to dictate the terms of her own beachwear, but let's be honest: she looks fabulous anyway, right?