Kate Middleton Breaks Protocol Again After Returning From Maternity Leave

As they say, rules are meant to be broken, and as for the royals — I think they would agree.

After Meghan Markle made many headlines to pop up about her closing her own car door, Kate Middleton walked in her footsteps when she returned from maternity leave last week.


Middleton left her car and shut her own door when she left to speak to teachers at Sayers Croft Forest School and Wildlife Garden.

It was photographed that the driver did finish closing it but the entire interaction did cause a stir.


But we should clarify that closing car doors isn’t technically on the insanely long list of no no’s for royal persons. It is, however, a royal expectation (yeesh) due to security reasons, according to POP SUGAR.

Also, this is not the first time Kate has gone against protocol as the Duchess has more than once, closed her own car door.



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So what else is technically a breach of protocol for the royals?

Along with shutting your own doors, holding hands is an act that is frowned upon and again, and it is one of those “unspoken” rules that you can’t not do but you’re supposed to — well, not do.


Any PDA actually is not approved of amongst royals and though it is apparent there is love in the air between the royal couples, you most likely won’t see any pairs cuddling in front of the public eye.

But it’s complicated because sometimes, there are exceptions to this rule.


I know, stay with me.

Where do all these rules come from? Well, if you don’t know by now — the Queen sets the bar in regards to behavior as well as etiquette when it comes to being royal.

And since Queen Elizabeth II didn’t hold Prince Philip’s hand in public very much if at all, , it is now the unspoken expectation that others follow suit.

Enter Harry and Meghan.


As we all have observed, the lovey-dovey couple definitely pushes the boundaries, unlike William and Kate, when it comes to public displays of affection and is not common in royal appearances but once again: the PDA doesn’t exactly break the rules.

Plus, I think I am of the majority when I say watching the royals look at each other with sparkles in their eyes is the highlight of my week/month.


Myka Meier, a royal etiquette expert, shared with People that, “..there is no protocol that says [Harry and Meghan] cannot show affection on official engagements, and this gesture makes them relatable and lovable to the public.”

And in fact, the affection between couples who are royal during official outings is actually dependent on the affection preference of said couple.

So folks, expect to keep swooning because love is in the air (and so is beating to the sound of your own drum!)


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