Why Meghan Markle was not allowed to wear a hat at Wimbledon

Ksenia Novikova
Jul 18, 2018
04:53 A.M.

Meghan Markle attended Wimbledon's Ladies' Singles Final with Kate Middleton, but she wasn't allowed to wear her go-to hat because of the Royal Box's rules.


The Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex went to the event on Saturday, July 14, 2018, a visit that marked the sisters-in-law first outing together without their husbands.

It is quite usual for female members of the Royal Family to wear hats but Meghan couldn't put hers on because, according to Wimbledon's rules, it would 'obscure the vision' of those sitting behind her.

The Royal Box, which currently holds 74 seats, has been used for entertainment since 1922, allowing British and overseas Royal Families, as well as their guests, to enjoy the beautiful sport that is tennis.

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Despite the high honor that is seating in the Royal Box, the protocol is quite simple: one must dress smart and sharp, with suits, jackets, ties or dresses, for example, and the Ladies are discouraged from wearing hats.


So, instead of wearing the white straw hat that she took with her, Meghan held it in her hands and on her lap throughout the exciting match between Angelique Kerber and Serena Williams.

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Being their first joint outing, Kate and Meghan found a way to coordinate their looks, with the Duchess of Cambridge opting for an elegant white dress with a black pattern and Meghan wearing a blue-and-white striped top and wide-legged silk pants.


While Meghan didn't attend the Gentlemen's Singles Finals the next day, the same couldn't be said for Kate, who showed up wearing a bright yellow dress alongside Prince William.

The couple, who recently welcomed their third child, Prince Louis, left their bundles of joy at home and spent some quality time together, often spotted giggling and laughing while chatting with each other.

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