Meghan hasn’t shown ‘disrespect’ by ditching ‘Duchess slant’ for ‘Sussex sit’

Bad news Meghan Markle haters, her much-maligned way of sitting while on public engagements isn’t actually incorrect.

She’s not actually broken protocol. She’s not getting sent to the Tower.

The furore over Meghan’s stance picked up heat during the Queen’s Young Leaders Awards where she was slammed by royal-watchers for being "disrespectful" .

Her crime? She abandoned the Duchess Slant favoured by Kate Middleton and Princess Diana, and simply crossed her legs.

One wrote: "Duchess of Sussex has her legs crossed wrong. What a disrespect to the queen. All royal ladies cross at the ankles or put both legs off to the side."

And another added: "Meghan don’t cross your legs Queen doesn’t like that."


Then she reportedly tried to hold her husband’s hand – but that’s a whole other story.

Once again today, all eyes were on the newlywed as she attended the RAF centenary at Westminster Abbey.

Sat in a pew next to her husband she slipped her right leg over her left shortly before the service began, but then corrected herself.


But, as it turns out, she’s not doing anything wrong.

There’s a dizzying list of protocol points she needs to adhere but, according to an expert, the Duchess slant isn’t one of them.

William Hanson told the Mail Online that although royal women would avoid crossing their legs historically, Meghan hasn’t breached protocol or shown disrespect in doing so now.

He said: "Although used to be the custom that ladies (royal or non royal) would never cross their legs, clearly The Duchess of Sussex is finding her own style and comfortable seating position by crossing her legs.

"Correctly, however, she is not letting there be too much of a gap between her ankles, which can look very ungainly when done by women or men."

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He’s also previously weighed in on the matter, adding: "Royal women do not often cross their legs, although HRH The Duchess of Cornwall sometimes does; this tip is to ensure nothing gets flashed that shouldn’t be!"

So take that, Markle haters.

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