Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Shared This Hilarious Moment At the Royal Ascot
On their one-month wedding anniversary, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made their debut together at the Royal Ascot and shared a hilarious moment with a jockey who kissed the duchess. The pair’s surprise appearance on June 19, marked the first time the former Suits star has attended the five-day sporting event.
The newlyweds arrived in the third carriage of the royal procession with Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex. Queen Elizabeth II was, of course, in the first horse-drawn carriage along with her daughter, Princess Anne, and her son, Prince Andrew. Their carriage was followed by one carrying Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla Parker Bowles, as well as Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex sat behind the queen’s royal box and presented the winning trophy of the St James’ Palace Stakes to Frankie Dettori. As the equestrian accepted the trophy, he kissed Markle’s hand and she let out a giggle. But Harry looked less than impressed by Dettori’s gesture and after posing for photos together, the prince wagged his finger and jokingly scolded the star jockey. The trio then shared a laugh about the whole thing.
While the athlete kissing her hand was a bold move, according to royal.uk., he technically did not break protocol since there is “no obligatory codes of behavior when meeting the queen or a member of the royal family.”
For the event, the former actress looked stunning in a white shirt-dress by Givenchy, the same fashion house that designed her wedding gown, and a black-and-white Philip Treacy hat with black heels. Harry, meanwhile, looked dapper in a suit with a blue tie and top hat. The prince wore his name pin on his lapel but his wife opted not to wear hers, which raised some eyebrows. However, many of the royal ladies in attendance this year including Duchess Camilla, Princess Anne, Princess Beatrice, and Princess Eugenie also chose not to put on the pins.
“Wearing pins has nothing to do with protocol,” royal historian Marlene Koenig explained. “Protocol is for official, diplomatic, state events, where you sit, when you enter, etc.”
Markle and Harry were all smiles throughout the day and, as they proved many times before, weren’t shy about packing on the PDA. Harper’s Bazaar noted that they held hands as they walked across the field. The duchess was also seen clutching her husband’s arm and placing her hand on his back several times.
Their behavior together so far has been totally different than how Prince William and Kate Middleton act during official engagements. “While we are much less likely to see The Duke and Duchess [of Cambridge] holding hands in public, we often see Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall holding hands — it’s all simply a matter of preference for each couple and is also likely dependent on the nature of the event they are attending,” explained etiquette expert Myka Meier. “A more serious engagement would warrant a more serious level of professionalism, which each royal is sure to follow.”
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