There are several fashion tricks the members of the royal family use when stepping out for public engagements –for example, the Queen always wears bold colours so that she can be seen among the crowds – and now, it’s been revealed that both the Meghan and Kate have a rule of their own. The Duchess’ of Cambridge and Sussex carry their accessories in their left hands so that they can always have their right hand free to greet people and shake hands.
According to Myka Meier of Beaumont Etiquette, a royal expert, who spoke to Red magazine about Kate and Meghan’s go-to trick, it’s not a rule reserved only for the ladies.
“When entering a room or event, handbags or briefcases are held in the LEFT hand so that your right-hand stays open to meet, greet and shake hands! Prince Charles does this too!”-Myka said.
It is thought that royal women use their handbags as a way of avoiding tricky social situations, too, so if you ever see them holding their handbags with both hands, that could be the reason.
There are plenty of other guidelines the royals follow, including avoiding selfies with fans, not signing autographs and perfecting the ‘Duchess slant’ made famous by Kate. Of course, almost all of these aren’t enforced.
Anyway, we reckon Meghan and Kate’s handy technique is pretty useful – after all, they do a lot of hand-shaking. If we owned as many handbags as they do, we’d want to keep them firmly close by at all times, public engagement or not.