It is almost impossible to slip past anything royal fans, as they notice almost every small details or gesture that their favourite royals do. For example, royal fans have noticed that Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, always carries her bag in her left hand, which led them to wonder why is that.
Kate, being the fashion icon that she is, oftentimes finishes off her looks with a classic clutch or a dainty purse. The interesting thing is, that despite being right-handed, the Duchess always carries her bag in her left hand. And she isn’t the only royal to do this, like back when the Duchess of Sussex was still a senior working member of the royal family, as well as being right-handed, she also was often seen carrying her purse in her left hand.
Well Myka Meier, etiquette expert, has our answer. The explanation is quite simple, and it has everything to do with greetings. When attending the many events that a senior member of the royal family has, Kate keeps her belongings safely clutched in her left hand so that she can use her right hand to greet and shake hands with guests and important officials.
Sharing the reason on her Instagram account alongside a photo of the late Princess Diana setting the example, Myka wrote in 2019: “Royal Etiquette Hack: 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!”
When choosing her outfits, Kate oftentimes uses her clothes and accessories to make some kind of statement. Even during the lockdown, when every engagement the royals had was through video calls, the Duchess still found a way to display sartorial diplomacy. The mother-of-three decided to go with a message of positivity and happiness that the nation has adopted amid the pandemic, by dressing in rainbow colours. Throughout the lockdown, we saw the Duchess wear red, yellow, blue, lilac and green.
For her video calls with the NHS, the Duchess often went with the NHS blue, for example when she interacted with healthcare staff or joined the ‘Clap For Our Careers’ movement.