When Meghan Markle joined the British royal family this past May, she received a long list of etiquette “don’ts”: Don’t wear colored nail polish. Don’t forget to wear pantyhose. Don’t wear short hemlines. And never, ever cross your legs at the knee.
You read that right: Royals aren’t allowed to cross their legs at the knee when they sit, lest they risk exposing their crotch to creepy photographers. As such, female members of the British royal family usually sit in a pose nicknamed “the duchess slant,” where one sits with her legs parallel and slants them to one side. (Look at virtually any picture of Kate Middleton and you’ll see her expertly executing this technique.)
We’ve seen Meghan do the duchess slant before, but it appears as though she hasn’t quite mastered it yet: The 36-year-old Duchess of Sussex was caught sitting with her legs crossed at the knee during a service at Westminster Abbey Tuesday. The horror!
Many people watching the service at home found Meghan’s pose rude, according to the Daily Mail, with one person on Facebook writing, “Duchess of Sussex has her legs crossed wrong. What a disrespect to the queen.”
However, royal etiquette expert William Hanson wasn’t as put off by Meghan’s pose as some viewers. He told the Mail that while it used to be custom for women to sit with their legs uncrossed, it appears as though Meghan is merely “finding her own style and comfortable seating position by crossing her legs.”
Take a look at Meghan’s pose in the video below. Do you think it looks inappropriate?
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