Royal-to-be Meghan Markle has perfect hair, a stunning figure, impeccable style, and more — but ever since she became engaged to Prince Harry, people just can’t stop obsessing over her legs. Yes, seriously. When Harry, 33, and Meghan, 36, announced their royal engagement to the world in November 2017, the American actress immediately made headlines for the outfit she wore during their engagement photocall in the Kensington Palace gardens.
But, it wasn’t Meghan’s massive engagement ring, gorgeous white coat or Aquazzura suede pumps that eagle-eyed royal fans were quick to notice after the pics went public. Instead, people realized she wasn’t wearing pantyhose — a major staple in every female member of the monarchy’s wardrobe. Some people considered it a major fashion faux pas for Meg to be going bare-legged in public while others just commented she must be freezing in the chilly fall London weather.
Meghan without pantyhose (left) and with (right).
However, earlier this week, Meghan shocked the world again when she did step out wearing pantyhose for the royal family’s Commonwealth Day celebrations on March 12. Whether she was just too cold to go without or Meghan’s been taking copious royal style notes from Queen Elizabeth and Kate Middleton, everyone was talking about her legs, again. (She was also photographed wearing nearly the same navy suede pumps as her future sister-in-law Kate at the event — so cute, right?!)
It seems wearing nude pantyhose isn’t actually a part of royal protocol, but that doesn’t stop the Queen, Kate, and other female royal family members from wearing the sheer tights during nearly every outing. “Although pantyhose are not required for every event, they are generally a rule for more formal or conservative royal events,” Christine Ross of Meghan’s Mirror explained to E! Online. “The perception is that pantyhose are more modest and feminine, but given how chilly London can be, it may be a practical choice more than anything.”
As if the pantyhose/no pantyhose dichotomy wasn’t enough, Meghan has also made major headlines in recent months for her love of pants (yep, you read that right). While Duchess of Cambridge Kate is, basically, always photographed in a dress, Meghan has eschewed modest frocks in favor of chic cropped slacks, wide-legged trousers, and even high-waisted pants. It seems Harry’s modern princess just adores breaking the royal style rules — and we haven’t even mentioned her favorite messy buns! — and we seriously love her for it. Can’t wait to see what she wears at her wedding!
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