What Jewelry Rule Do Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle Have to Follow?

Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle

Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle | Clive Mason/Getty Images

We tend to think that the life of a duchess is all glitz and glamour but apparently, it can be a bit overwhelming at times too. The royals have a set of rules and protocol to follow and as some of the most visible members of Britain’s most famous family Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle are expected abide by strict fashion rules. Because these rules can be difficult to keep track of, the ladies have a team to help them with the daunting task of figuring out which outfits and accessories are appropriate to wear during certain public engagements.

Most of the firm guidelines the royal sister-in-laws must follow are for daytime events since what they can and can’t wear then is a bit different than what’s acceptable in the evening hours. This is especially true when it comes to their jewelry. Here’s more on that plus a few other specific rules the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Sussex follow.

No diamonds when the sun is out

You may have noticed that Prince William and Prince Harry’s wives only wear minimal jewelry in the daytime.

Sure, the women have access to diamonds and jewel-encrusted tiaras but they can’t wear anything like that while they are working. Therefore, aside from their engagement rings, if it’s not a special occasion diamonds are banned during the day.

Meghan Markle

Meghan Markle | Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

“Before 6 p.m., you’ll see metallics, gemstones, pearls, sapphires. At night, you’ll see the diamonds come out, and that’s in order to not come across as flashy in your appearance,” royal etiquette expert Myka Meier explained.

No open-toe shoes while working

Middleton and Markle must always wear the appropriate shoes as well for all daytime affairs.

“During the day, when the duchesses are on duty, we typically only see closed-toe shoes,” Meier said, before adding that round and slightly-pointed toe heels are the most acceptable. “We often don’t see too much of a platform for a day event, and we tend to see open toe only at red carpet events.”

No shoulders or cleavage exposed

It should come as no surprise that the royal ladies must refrain from dressing too provocatively, which for them means not showing off their shoulders or cleavage.

“At formal engagements, we typically always see the shoulders covered,” Meier said. “So if (working royals) are going to a charity event or a walk through a hospital or museum, it’s expected shoulders will be covered. Cleavage is something that is not practiced, especially during the day.”

No short hemlines or high slits

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, Kate Middleton, and Prince William

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, Kate Middleton, and Prince William | DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images

The duchesses are also expected to keep their hemlines low and if their dress or skirt has a slit it should be subtle and only for “functional” purposes.

Meier explained that Middleton and Markle are “to have modest hemlines and slits that are only for function. For their formal daywear, we’re not going to see Angelina Jolie-style slits. There might be one in the back or a slight, slight one in the front to help them walk, but slits are for function, not for style during the day.”

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