Joining the British Royal Family comes with a long list of protocol, from the proper etiquette at a walkabout to how to dress oneself perfectly at every public engagement. But Meghan Markle isn't figuring all of this out on her own - she has reportedly secured a solid mentor to help her prepare for her upcoming marriage to Prince Harry – and it’s someone who's been in her shows, her soon-to-be sister-in-law the Duchess of Cambridge! Prince William's wife is schooling the 36-year-old on the ins and outs of royalty.
A source told the paper: "[Duchess Kate] has been advising Meghan about royal fashion, what protocol is expected and how she may have to adapt in the future. She has provided Meghan with names of some of the favourite UK go-to designers on everything from dresses, coats and the all-important British hat."
The source also told Entertainment Tonight that Meghan is keen to pay tribute to her fiancé's mother, Princess Diana, and royal watchers should expect to start seeing subtle nods to the Princess’s iconic looks. "Like Kate, expect Meghan to make the occasional nod to her husband's fashion icon mother. Both Kate and Meghan will no doubt honour Princess Diana with designs that reflect her likes and style," they explained.
With only just over a month to go until the big day on May 19th, the happy couple recently announced one of the most important aspects of a royal wedding: which charities they would like donations to go to in lieu of gifts. Kensington Palace tweeted the announcement on Monday, writing that the pair are "incredibly grateful for the goodwill shown" to them and want "as many people as possible to benefit from this generosity of spirit".
The statement continued: "The couple have therefore asked that anyone who might wish to mark the occasion considers making a donation to charity, rather than sending a wedding gift. Prince Harry and Ms. Markle have personally selected seven organisations they would like to support, reflecting their shared values." Prince William and Duchess Kate did the same when they wed in 2011, raising a huge $1.8 million, which went to 27 different groups.