Stars: they’re just like us! Royals on the other hand?
Well, they inhabit even more rarefied air. If you’ve watched Netflix’s The Crown or any documentary on the Royal Family, you know that there is a protocol for absolutely everything when it comes to the House of Windsor. From how to enter a room to when one can take that first bite of food to how to wave at a crowd, everything is micromanaged to ensure the right combination of tradition and honor (or perhaps just to add a bit of pomp and circumstance). Even down to something as seemingly mundane as the opening and closing of a car door. And this week, it’s that last one that’s caused a bit of a stir!
By all accounts, the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, has been regarded as something of a breath of fresh air within the Royal Family, remaining warm and down-to-earth while blending seamlessly into the uppermost of echelons. Like, for instance, while arriving to open the Royal Academy of Arts “Oceania” exhibition in London looking like the most sophisticated woman in the world, and then shutting her own car door.
What’s the big deal? Closing a car door may seem meaningless to our American eyes, but in a country where “usually dignitaries have a member of staff to do this for them,” as etiquette expert William Hanson explained to the Daily Mail, it lands as a welcome departure from tradition.
And while Hanson suspects the gesture was more “force of habit” than a calculated move, he went on to call it “yet another silent signal that she is going to be doing things her own way and helping adapt and progress the British monarchy.”
And judging from social media, neither Duchess Meghan’s gesture—nor her relatable, independent spirit—went unnoticed!
And while not everyone quite understood what all the fuss was about…
…and others had different concerns…
…most seemed to agree that this Duchess’s humanity and warmth is just what the Royal Family needs!