Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Break Another Outdated Royal Tradition

Prince harry and Meghan Markle attend the Royal Ascot
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle often break from tradition. | Anwar Hussein/WireImage

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, have made a lot of headlines for their tendency to break with royal tradition. While doing something modern and contemporary in 2019 might not seem like that big of a deal, the pair are often ignoring centuries of expected habits and protocols to blaze their own path through the Royal Family. 

A lot of the changes are attributed to Markle and her reputation as a freewheeling, independent woman who is going to go her own way. Some fans love this about her while others find it a reason to criticize her influence. However people respond, it does not appear that Markle is going to be stopping anytime soon. In fact, she and Prince Harry have broken tradition once again, this time in a truly groundbreaking (or perhaps ceiling smashing) way.

The Duke and Duchess have broken rules big and small

Markle and Prince Harry have been breaking rules and unspoken traditions left and right throughout their entire relationship. Markle had a baby shower while she was pregnant with baby Archie. The event itself is unheard of for royal mothers-to-be, and then she traveled overseas to attend it, breaking the tradition that pregnant royals do not travel far from home. 

She has also been known to ignore royal fashion rules. For example, she’s been seen on official outings wearing dresses that come above the knee. She famously sat away from the other members of the Royal Family when she wore jeans to Wimbledon and many believed it was because she wasn’t dressed to code for the Royal Box.

Many of Meghan Markle’s acts are rooted in feminism

Perhaps one of the biggest rejections of tradition came when Markle chose to walk herself down the aisle at her wedding. Her father was unable to attend the wedding due to health issues. Prince Charles joined Markle for part of her walk down the aisle, but she did much of it on her own and did not have anyone “give her away.” 

This and other of Markle’s acts of so-called rebellion seem to be rooted firmly in her embrace of feminism. Markle is a staunch supporter of women’s rights and is even a United Nations Women’s Advocate for Women’s Political Participation and Leadership. Whether it is due to Markle’s influence or just a matter of the pair sharing similar values, Prince Harry has also proudly declared himself to be a feminist. 

The senior staff for the Duke and Duchess is unique

The latest way that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have broken from tradition is a fairly bold display of their feminist values. For the first time ever, all of the senior staff members for a subset of the royal family are women.

The public relations leader is Fiona Mcilwham, who was previously one of the youngest British ambassadors. She’s joined by Sara Latham, the head of communications and a former adviser for Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Heather Wong, the deputy private secretary, worked in the Obama administration. Natalie Campbell is a director of the Sussex Royal Foundation, a job she is well prepared for after serving as a director at the Royal Foundation with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Campbell will be joined by Karen Blackett, who will serve as the first trustee of the Sussex Royal Foundation. 

This all-woman team of senior staff members is certainly newsworthy, and it shows that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are happy to keep breaking with tradition as they put forward their feminist values through actions large and small.