Why Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton Reportedly Can't Wear Diamonds Before 6 P.M.

Queen Elizabeth sure does have some strict jewelry rules ...

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Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton may be living royally, but with the Duchess title comes a lot of rules and responsibility. And now, as if the two didn't already have enough royal protocol guidelines to worry about, an etiquette expert just revealed to that they also have specific jewelry requirements too.

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Etiquette teacher told the outlet that it's a big no-no for Kate and Meghan to don notable diamonds during the daytime unless it's for a "special occasion." The reason? The crown doesn't want the family to come across as overly "flashy."

"Other jewels are worn pre-6 p.m.,” Meier . “Before 6 p.m., you’ll see metallics, gemstones, pearls, [and] sapphires.”

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While it can't be confirmed that this is always the case with Meghan and Kate, Meier's rule does seem to align with what the Duchesses have pulled from their jewelry boxes lately — that is, excluding their stunning engagement rings.

For example, Meghan wore with on them at the WellChild Awards this week.

Meghan wears delicate pearl earrings gifted by Queen Elizabeth at the WellChild Awards.
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But even with the diamonds, they weren't nearly as bold as her pricey that she chose for the 100 Days to Peace gala on Thursday night.

Meghan flaunts Birk Snowstorm 2.15 carat diamond earrings at the 100 Days to Peace gala.
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Likewise, Kate Middleton also took a more conservative approach to her jewelry choices when she wore silver hoops and to Wimbledon this July.

Kate Middleton dons silver hoops at Wimbledon this year.
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The Duchess saved her bling-y diamond and emerald sparklers for the evening British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) in February.

The Duchess of Cambridge stuns in emerald and diamond statement earrings at the BAFTAs.
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Of course, Kate and Meghan are really the only ones who actually know whether this daytime diamond ban is really a big deal to the Queen or not. Regardless of what regal jewels the two Duchesses choose to put on, they always manage to look gorgeous no matter what.


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