Meghan Markle will have to avoid a certain type of shoe now that she’s royalty

By Meaghan Wray

Now that Meghan Markle has officially joined the Royal Family, she has to follow all of their rules from head to toe… Literally! From the age-old tradition of wearing stockings with dresses and being limited to clutches as handbags, the Duchess of Sussex has a lot to keep track of in terms of royal fashion faux-pas. Now, she’ll have to bid adieu to her collection of open-toed heels.

According to Harper’s Bazaar , open-toed shoes are a no-no for British royalty. Etiquette expert William Hanson explained to the publication: "Open-toed shoes are considered informal footwear.” He added that they are, "inappropriate for formal occasions". William explained that guests to the royal wedding were asked to wear closed-toe shoes, though some attendees chose to bare their tootsies anyway. Luckily, this means that Meghan won’t have to say goodbye to her open-toed designs – for less formal events, she’ll likely be able to wear them, much like the Duchess of Cambridge has in the past.

Meghan wore open-toed shoes to an InStyle event in 2011. Photo: © Charley Gallay/WireImage

There have been very few occasions where the Duchess of Cambridge was spotted wearing the fashionable style of footwear. She donned a beautiful pair of strappy black sandals at Wimbledon in 2017 to go with her cute polka-dot dress. She also wore a pair of nude patent leather sandals during her visit to Poland last summer.

The Duchess of Cambridge wore a black-and-white ensemble to Wimbledon in 2017. Photo: © Gareth Fuller - WPA Pool/Getty Images

When the 36-year-old fashion maven was a working actress, she often graced red carpets wearing the latest in sartorial trends, but even the most beautifully painted toes are not allowed on display when you’re royal. For Prince Charles70th birthday celebrations, Meghan wowed in a blush pink dress by GOAT, a matching hat, sheer tights and, of course, closed-toe shoes to bring the entire look together – keeping in tune with the simple, refined and elegant sense of style she’s always had. So, even though Meghan is limited in the types of shoes she can wear, royal watchers can be certain that her own aesthetic sensibilities will still shine through.

Meghan stunned in a blush pink GOAT dress for Prince Charles' 70th birthday celebration. Photo: © Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson/Getty Images

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