All the Times Meghan Markle Turned a Blind Eye to Royal Conventions

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (aka Meghan Markle and Prince Harry) are applying a modern spin on the monarchy—it's clear they'll be approaching their public duties in their own style. Meghan has now been officially welcomed into the royal family, however it's unlikely she'll start wearing classic coat dresses and conservative accessories just because she's now a duchess. Meghan is a classic dresser, but she always adds modern twists to wardrobe staples and wears pieces that you wouldn't normally expect from the Windsors. Keep scrolling to see the times Meghan modernised royal style conventions.

1. Cutout Detailing

Meghan wore a green floral tea dress by Self Portrait, which is made fashion-forward with cutout details and an off-the-shoulder neckline.

2. Halter Neck Gown


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On the day of her wedding, Meghan changed out of her classic Givenchy dress into a modern high-neck slinky gown by Stella McCartney. It's more Old Hollywood than Buckingham Palace. 

3. Ripped Denim


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I can't think of any other royal or soon-to-be royal who has worn ripped denim, however Meghan makes her skinny jeans with slashed knees look smart thanks to her white shirt and leather pumps.

4. Crossbody Bags


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Royals tend to stick to structured top-handle handbags like the Lautner handbags famed by the queen; however, Meghan opts for a more casual and modern option, often favouring small crossbody bags like the above from Strathberry

5. Pinafore Dresses


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A button-front pinafore dress with slim-strap sleeves is a world away from coat dresses, but Meghan makes it look smart but modern with her tuxedo jacket and black Tamara Mellon pumps.

For more of Meghan's style, see all of her best looks.

Emma Spedding