Meghan Markle Accidentally Broke Royal Protocol By Doing This on Her Last Day in Africa

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Meghan Markle has come a long way since tying the knot with Prince Harry in 2018, but she still has a thing or two to learn about royal protocols. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex recently returned home from their tour of South Africa. But on the last day of their stay, the former Suits star accidentally broke another royal protocol. So what did Markle do that went against the family tradition?

Markle breaks royal protocol

Before leaving South Africa, Markle met with the creator of Own Ur Crown, an app that offers a wide array of filters for social media. The former actress agreed to shoot a quick video for the artist, Nikiwe Dlova, which featured her wearing a crown of flowers.

After sharing the clip, Dlova offered a few words about her encounter with Markle.

“Lastly she owned her crown with our Instagram filter we collaborated on with Will Hurt and Max Mutanda,” she wrote.

Dlova also noted that Meghan Markle adored the filter and that she placed a similar crown of flowers on her head earlier that evening.

Although the post was innocent enough, Markle actually broke a royal protocol by participating in the video. According to Express, selfies are usually off limits for members of the royal family, who discourage fans from asking for them.

Back in 2016, when Markle and Prince Harry were getting ready to visit Canada, the country’s government issued a statement about taking selfies with the royals. The statement informed fans that it is not in good taste to turn your back on a member of the royal family, which is usually required when taking a selfie.

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While the selfie was breaking the rules, Meghan Markle was absolutely fine wearing the crown of flowers.

Are married royals allowed to wear tiaras?

Even though Markle and Prince Harry are now married, she is still allowed to rock a tiara whenever she pleases. In fact, wearing a tiara usually means that you are either married or about to be married.


Single women in the royal family typically avoid tiaras, unless they are given the title of a princess. That said, tiaras are usually only worn in the evening, preferably past the six o’clock hour.

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With that in mind, Markle was not out of line with the flower filter. The selfie may have been breaching royal protocol, but the former actress was not breaking any other rules during the visit.

Markle and Prince Harry spent ten days in South Africa visiting various countries and promoting their charitable endeavors. This includes stops in Malawi, Botswana, and Angola. They returned home earlier this week with their son, Archie Harrison.

Meghan Markle promotes sustainable fashion in South Africa

There are many causes that are dear to Markle’s heart, and one of them is sustainable fashion. The Duchess of Sussex recently launched a new line of workwear for women with the charity, Smart Works, an organization that helps underprivileged women find careers.

She continued that work in South Africa by showing off her sense of sustainable fashion. This includes rocking a nylon dress that was made from recycled materials during a visit to the Auwal Mosque.

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The dress was made by a company based in Los Angeles called STAUD. It is made entirely from recycled materials and retails at $325. The gown, of course, is now in high demand after Markle wore it in South Africa.

What’s next for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle?

Now that they are back home in England, Prince Harry and Markle are looking forward to their next big royal engagement. The couple recently announced that they will be attending a WellChild award ceremony next week in London.

The event will honor ill children who have shown a great deal of bravery in the face of their struggles. It also awards parents and caretakers. After the awards are handed out, Markle and Prince Harry will participate in a reception where they meet the children and their families.

Meghan Markle has not commented on the reports surrounding her misstep in South Africa.


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