Meghan Markle could literally stand still and it would be front-page-news. This was proven today by the Twitter storm created because the Duchess closed her own car door when arriving at the Royal Academy Of Arts in London. Breaking that age-old tradition of Royal’s never closing their own doors, Meghan’s casual choice to do something for herself has been highly praised, and highly mocked, online.
For her first solo engagement, wearing Givenchy of course, Meghan visited the Oceana exhibit at the RA and after the ground-breaking move to close her own door, she exchanged traditional Maori greeting with the exhibition’s curators and artists. Viewing artwork from New Zealand, Fiji, the kingdom of Tonga and Australia ahead of her and Prince Harry’s world tour in October.
It’s not the first time Meghan has exhibited the behaviour of a normal human being, closing her own door after arriving at Kensington Palace for her first official palace luncheon with her mother and Harry last week in celebration of Together: Our Community Cookbook.
She also exercised the use of her own arms on her wedding day (:O) back in May when she and Harry left Windsor Castle together and hopped into a Jaguar convertible to head over to the reception. Reaching over to unlock Harry’s door after he saw her into the passenger seat, she proved she is in fact a TRUE feminist doing for Harry what he did for her.
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All jokes aside, her casual demeanor is worlds away from more traditional royals. While the Queen and Kate Middleton are never seen to close their own doors, Princess Anne also refuses to even shake hands with people in keeping with older protocols. In what some are dubbing a sly dig at Meghan, she spoke about the archaic tradition not to shake hands on ITV’s new documentary, Queen of The World.
‘We never shook hands. The theory was that you couldn’t shake hands with everybody, so don’t start,’ she said, ‘So I kind of stick to that, but I notice others don’t. It’s not for me to say that it’s wrong, but I think the initial concept was that it was patently absurd to start shaking hands.
‘It seems to be that it’s become a shaking hands exercise rather than a walkabout.’
Absurd or not, it’s something the public appreciates about Meghan Markle, as well as her ‘humble’ choice to shut a door. So, keep closing doors Meg, or just stand there, either way you’re bound to be on everyone’s minds...