Kate Middleton Defies Royal Protocol Again, Despite Warnings From Queen Elizabeth

When you are a member of the royal family, there are a lot of rules and expectations. And, when you are the future Queen Consort, following protocol isn’t supposed to be an option. However, Kate Middleton continues to do things her way, despite warnings from Queen Elizabeth.

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An extra set of rules

During her recent visit to Bletchley Park, the Duchess of Cambridge wore a dress that exposed her legs even though she has allegedly received notes from the Queen about the length of her skirts.

According to The Express, Middleton wore a $2,200 polka-dot dress from designer Alessandra Rich that featured sheer fabric and a long slit in the front. Between the wind blowing up the skirt, and the bright sunshine making the fabric appear see-through, Middleton’s fashion choice didn’t follow the Queen’s rules.

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Today The Duchess of Cambridge visited @bletchleyparkuk, the home of British codebreaking — which played a major role in secret intelligence gathering during the Second World War, producing secret information which had a direct and profound influence on the outcome of the war. The Duchess joined joined schoolchildren for an immersive workshop (using a real Enigma Machine used during the Second World War), which saw them take on the role of codebreakers in June 1944, intercepting and deciphering German communications in order to understand their order of battle and decide whether the Operation Fortitude deception plans have been successful. She also met Bletchley Veterans Elizabeth Diacon, Georgina Rose, Audrey Mather and Rena Stewart, who all worked to feed crucial information to Allied forces in the critical months, weeks and days leading up to D-Day during #WW2. The Duchess’s own Grandmother and Great Aunt, Valerie and Mary Glassborow, both worked at Bletchley during the War — and have become the latest additions to Bletchley’s Codebreakers’ Wall of Honour. Bletchley’s new exhibition ‘D-Day: Interception, Intelligence, Invasion’, based on newly declassified material, shows how the intelligence effort coordinated at the site helped specifically in the success of the D-Day landings at Normandy, part of their work to bring together the past and the present, with a nod to the future.

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The rule-breaking didn’t stop there, though, because Kate Middleton apparently ditched her tights, which is the “only steadfast rule in terms of what the Queen requires,” says royal expert Victoria Arbiter.

“You never see a royal without their nude stockings,” says Arbiter.

While Meghan Markle can get away with ditching her pantyhose, the rules are very different for Middleton because she is the future Queen Consort and the mother of the future King.

“Kate Middleton has a whole other set of rules and restrictions because she’s going to be Queen,” says celebrity journalist Ashley Pearson. “She and Meghan are not on the same page. Kate Middleton has to wear her skirts at a certain length. The Queen is regularly, allegedly, giving notes if she doesn’t like a certain hem or a certain outfit on Kate, or certain color tights.”

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We invite you to take a sneak peek at The Duchess of Cambridge’s #RHSChelsea ‘Back to Nature’ Garden! The woodland wilderness garden aims to get people back to nature, and highlight the benefits of the natural world on our mental and physical wellbeing. Speaking ahead of @The_RHS garden unveiling, The Duchess of Cambridge said: “In recent years I have focussed much of my work on the early years, and how instrumental they are for outcomes later in life. I believe that spending time outdoors when we are young can play a role in laying the foundations for children to become happy, healthy adults.” Some features of the #ChelseaFlowerShow garden include: 1. A swing seat hanging below the garden’s centrepiece, a high platform tree house, encouraging creative play and discovery for all generations. 2. The high platform tree house is inspired by a bird or animal nest and provides a wonderful place to retreat and look out through the trees. The treehouse is made from chestnut, with hazel, stag horn oak and larch nest cladding. 3/4. The garden is aiming to inspire interaction with the natural environment through its multi-sensory, green and blue plant scheme. The garden will be filled with incredible edibles, plants for craft activities, forest scents and a diverse range of plants, shrubs and trees of different heights and textures. The garden forms part of Her Royal Highness’s ongoing work on early childhood development and her mission to support efforts that give every child the best possible start in life. The Duchess has committed to making early childhood development the focus of her work in the years to come, and believes that providing children with the opportunity to spend time outdoors can play an important role.

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Before her 2014 trip to Australia, the Queen allegedly gave Kate Middleton a royal makeover and advised her to cut several inches from her long hair so she would have a more “sensible” style.

Meghan Markle’s maternity style was sometimes controversial

Even though the Queen doesn’t always approve, Middleton has developed a signature look over the years that is all about class and sophistication. In contrast, Meghan Markle has been a bit more of a rebel, and some of her maternity looks were a little controversial.

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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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Instead of sticking with the rules and going for a traditional look, Markle changed things up because she didn’t want to look “frumpy.” Her rebellious sense of style reportedly cost more than $600,000, and the “Meghan maternity effect” led to her outfits selling out in stores within 24 hours of wearing them.

The rules also apply for dressing casually

The dress code in the royal family isn’t just for formal events and official appearances, it also applies to casual wear. Traditionally, the women in the family are supposed to wear a day dress or a cardigan and trousers, while the men are supposed to wear a collared-shirt with khakis and a blazer.

However, Prince William and Kate Middleton have been known to ignore the traditional rules of casual wear and wear jeans.

The rules don’t apply to Meghan Markle

The Duchess of Sussex has not only ditched the rules for her wardrobe, but she is also doing things her own way when it comes to being a mom. She and Prince Harry decided to avoid the steps of the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital – that Kate Middleton helped make famous – when she gave birth to baby Archie Harrison, and instead, they went with a private photocall in Windsor two days after his birth.

At the Hollywood Reporter’s Empowerment in Entertainment Gala, Oprah Winfrey praised Markle for taking control and standing up for herself.

“Oh my God. I’m so proud of her decisions. To be able to stand up and say this is what I really want for my baby and my family and now I’m going to do it a different way when it’s been done that way for a thousand years? I’m just so proud of her,” said Winfrey.

The daytime talk legend added that Meghan has received unfair treatment from the press, saying that if people really knew the Duchess, they would know she has a giving, loving heart.