Messy buns, trousers, and crossbody bags rarely become front-page news — unless you're Meghan Markle of course. The royal fiancée has made headlines yet again for an unusual fashion choice, and this time it's her purse that's ruffling feathers.
The former Suits actress visited Edinburgh Castle yesterday alongside beau Prince Harry during their first official joint visit to Scotland. Not only did she skip a demure dress in favor of polished black pants, but she also slung the bag by local brand Strathberry across her body — a royal first.
The move comes as a surprise considering the important functions handbags hold for the British elite. For example, the Queen of England uses hers to send secret signals, and Princess Diana wielded "cleavage bags" as a clever device to foil unflattering paparazzi shots when bending over.
The Duchess of Cambridge also frequently clasps her clutches during public engagements, likely an elegant method of avoiding awkward handshakes. So Meghan's decision to wear a bag with a strap definitely strayed from years of tradition, but there's no explicit rule against it.
"Meghan did not break any kind of royal protocol, simply because there isn't a royal protocol to break," royal commentator explained to . "Yes, she is doing things slightly differently. We don't generally see a royal with a crossbody bag."
Greeted by crowds of roaring fans, Meghan definitely seemed to appreciate having her hands free. She went around accepting gifts, being cute with her fiancé and yes, giving out handshakes. That's because the real protocol is that royal family members must initiate the handshake with wellwishers, not the other way around, etiquette expert William Hanson told the .
Royals watchers seemed to love her for it:
The move went over so well that the sold out reportedly within of her appearance — even more proof Meghan's style reigns supreme.