Queen Elizabeth II Has Reportedly Broken 13 Royal Traditions for Meghan Markle

Notable since Meghan Markle’s appearance in the royal family; is the Queen’s unprecedented accommodation of matters not allowed according to royal traditions, but what are they exactly?

Prince Harry and Meghan’s public road to non-conformism began when they got engaged.


At their first official photocall to announce the happy news, Meghan broke tradition and appeared bare-legged, permitted by the Queen to forego the otherwise required nude stockings.

Christmas followed a few months later and prompted another exception on Prince Harry’s request.

Traditionally, Christmas celebrations only include members of the royal family, but in 2017, the Queen welcomed Meghan to the family’s special day before she married Prince Harry.


A fair amount of royal traditions got tossed out the window when it came to Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding on May 19, 2018.

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Happy one year anniversary to Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex! Today marks the one year anniversary of the wedding of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Their Royal Highnesses exchanged vows at St George’s Chapel within the grounds of Windsor Castle on May 19th, 2018. The selected song “This Little Light of Mine” was chosen by the couple for their recessional. We hope you enjoy reliving this moment, and seeing some behind the scenes photos from this special day. A message from The Duke & Duchess: Thank you for all of the love and support from so many of you around the world. Each of you made this day even more meaningful. Photo credit: Chris Allerton/Joe Short (B&W); PA (color) ©️SussexRoyal (B&W images and video)

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A church wedding, to begin with, broke another long-standing rule, as it's not allowed for a second marriage. Because Meghan is a divorced spouse, Harry became the first royal family member to marry a divorcee in church.

For the same reason, another rule inevitably got broken with the wedding invitations. While the bride is usually referred to as “Miss,” the invitations more accurately had to refer to Meghan as “Ms.”

“Marry in May, rue the day” is an old rhyme that became a rule because Queen Victoria, the Queen’s great-great-grandmother, believed a couple’s relationship to be doomed if they married in May. The very month Prince Harry and Meghan chose for their wedding.


According to tradition, the bride’s father gives her away. But as Meghan’s dad, Thomas Markle backed out shortly before the wedding, honoring it became impossible. Instead, Prince Charles walked Meghan, his new daughter-in-law, down the aisle in what Marie Claire called “a major tradition-breaking moment.”

During the reception, it is customary for only the host and the best man to give speeches, but an exception got made, and Meghan got permitted to say a few words of her own.

Prince Harry also became the first groom in the family to wear a wedding band. According to Elite Daily, the groom traditionally doesn’t wear a ring at the wedding ceremony, but Prince Harry donned one a platinum band he designed himself.

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The publication pointed out the royal weddings, as a rule also features only British music during the ceremony. However, Prince Harry and Meghan got permitted to add a variety of American music as well.


Upon marrying into the royal family, Meghan got bestowed with a personalized Coat of Arms, while it's usually created for the family of the spouse marrying into the royal family, it did not include anything of her parents.


Bare shoulders have always been a no-go to all women in the royal family, until Meghan. As she appeared at her first ever celebration of the Queen’s birthday in a shoulder-bearing Carolina Herrera dress.

Meghan’s sister in law, Kate probably helped pave the way for wedge heels, which Meghan got spotted wearing on a few occasions. “Queen Elizabeth II banned wedges a long time ago simply because she doesn’t like them,” according to Stylecaster.

A tradition the Queen may be more lenient with is her dislike of garlic. While it's known that the Queen expected the royal family to do away with garlic as well, Prince Harry and Meghan made no secret of his marriage proposal over a roast chicken with lots of garlic.


Perhaps one of their more discussed breaks of protocol comes in the form of their frequent and public show of affection for each other.

Since they started dating, Meghan and Prince Harry are often seen holding hands, while Prince Harry even got photographed kissing Meghan’s head.

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Today is #earthday - an opportunity to learn about, celebrate and continue to safeguard our planet, our home. The above, Their Royal Highnesses in Rotorua, New Zealand. Of the 170 different species originally planted in the early 1900’s, only a handful of species, including these majestic Redwoods, remain today. Next, we invite you to scroll through a series of 8 photos taken by The Duke of Sussex©️DOS sharing his environmental POV including: Africa’s Unicorn, the rhino. These magnificent animals have survived ice ages and giant crocodiles, amongst other things! They have adapted to earth’s changing climate continually for over 30 million years. Yet here we are in 2019 where their biggest threat is us. A critical ecosystem, Botswana’s Okavango Delta sustains millions of people and an abundance of wildlife. Huge bush fires, predominantly started by humans, are altering the entire river system; the ash kills the fish as the flood comes in and the trees that don’t burn become next year’s kindling. Desert lions are critically endangered due partly to human wildlife conflict, habitat encroachment and climate change. 96% of mammals on our 🌍 are either livestock or humans, meaning only 4% remaining are wild animals. Orca and Humpback whale populations are recovering in Norway thanks to the protection of their fisheries. Proof that fishing sustainably can benefit us all. Roughly 3/4 of Guyana is forested, its forests are highly diverse with 1,263 known species of wildlife and 6,409 species of plants. Many countries continue to try and deforest there for the global demand for timber. We all now know the damage plastics are causing to our oceans. Micro plastics are also ending up in our food source, creating not just environmental problems for our planet but medical problems for ourselves too. When a fenced area passes its carrying capacity for elephants, they start to encroach into farmland causing havoc for communities. Here @AfricanParksNetwork relocated 500 Elephants to another park within Malawi to reduce the pressure on human wildlife conflict and create more dispersed tourism. Every one of us can make a difference, not just today but every day. #earthday

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The royal couple welcomed their first child and son, Archie to the world early on May 6. In other ways, this new addition to the royal family also breaks long-standing traditions, as Archie is unlike other royal babies in many ways.