Meghan Markle Just Broke Royal Protocol In the Funniest Way

Ever since Meghan Markle joined the royal family, she’s been trying to master royal protocol — and it isn’t easy. Readjusting from life as a regular American citizen to life in one of the most important families in the world wouldn’t be easy for anyone, and after a year and a half of being married to Prince Harry, the duchess just proved she’s still trying to learn the ropes of royalty.

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Meghan has broken royal protocol on many occasions

It’s hard for any commoner to even begin to understand everything that comes with being a part of the royal family. Though Meghan was an actress when she met Harry and had some familiarity with the spotlight, it was nothing compared to what she’s had to endure since marrying into the British royal family. With that, mastering all of their intense rules has been far from easy. She’s been caught wearing one-shoulder dresses, sporting black nail polish, and even wearing jeans on her tour to Africa. But who can blame her? There is a lot to learn.

The duchess recently made her first appearance after her emotional interview with Tom Bradby

Meghan recently stepped out at the One Young World Summit Opening Ceremony shortly after her emotional interview with Tom Bradby was released. In the interview, Meghan has said that she’s struggled with the British tabloids and being a new mother in the spotlight. There have been rumors that Harry and Meghan will be taking some time off from their royal duties in an attempt to curb the negative media. But before doing that, Meghan was greeted with open arms (literally) and the One Young World Summit.

Meghan awkwardly forgot that women are supposed to curtsy to her

When the duchess’ name was announced, she walked out on stage all smiles. But when she arrived at center stage, it seems she forgot that women were supposed to curtsy to her. Summit organizer Kate Robertson attempted to offer a polite curtsy to Meghan, however the duchess held out her hand at the exact same time. Both women became confused and went in for a hug while laughing off the awkward interaction. It’s very unconventional for British royals to greet with hugs — almost unheard of. But Meghan is clearly still trying to master all of these unwritten rules.

Thankfully, the duchess’ royal rules are a bit more relaxed than her in-laws’

Though Meghan might have flubbed that royal greeting, it was all in good fun and she laughed along with herself at the situation. But thankfully, Meghan doesn’t have to be quite as proper about royal rules as her in-laws, Prince William and Kate Middleton. William and Kate are the future monarchs, so they need to learn those rules in a much more proper capacity than Meghan — and they’ve had a lot more time to master them. Plus, people understand that it will take a long time for Meghan to become a truly polished royal, and this incident just reminds us all that she’s only human.