Meghan is continuing to make headlines with her modern flair as she adapts to life in the royal family, but the latest debate surrounding the former actress is the most bizarre piece of coverage since her wedding to Prince Harry.
The Duchess of Sussex, 37, was caught on camera closing her own car door – apparently a big no-no in the royal etiquette book – on her first solo engagement in London on Tuesday.
Arriving at the Royal Academy of Arts, Meghan made a grand entrance in a gorgeous black midi dress and sky-high stilettos, stepping out of her car in front of the crowds having had her door opened for her. Without thinking, she then turned and closed it herself – a simple move most of us do every day. However, it has sent the internet into meltdown.
While many fans commented on how “humble” and down to earth it made her appear, others simply commented on how bizarre it was that it was even noticed.
One Twitter user wrote: “First time I’ve seen an on-duty princess shut her own car door…” While another added: “The person who opened the door should have held it till she got out, and then close it. He opened it and walked away?”
Seeing this was becoming a real cause for concern on social media, several national news outlets picked up on the story – with some of the UK’s biggest news organisations such as the BBC, The Independent and more publishing stories about the move.
The BBC even got an etiquette expert to weigh in on the debate. Putting many minds at rest, William Hanson insisted it wasn’t in fact a breach of protocol and told the corporation’s Radio 1 Newsbeat: “Usually, if you are a member of the royal family or a dignitary, you have a member of staff to open and close a car door for you.” However, he insisted that was for security reasons rather than “airs and graces”.
in a twist to today’s Meghan-Shuts-Her-Own-Car-Door news, I just had to have someone open the car door for me in a Cardiff carpark as the childlock was on ????????♀️????
— nick grimshaw (@grimmers) September 26, 2018
The entire debate has now sparked some hilarious responses from other social media users, with Radio 1 presenter Nick Grimshaw leading them as he wrote: “In a twist to today’s Meghan-Shuts-Her-Own-Car-Door news, I just had to have someone open the car door for me in a Cardiff carpark as the childlock was on.”
Another Twitter user responded by sharing a small clip of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, shutting her own car door after seeing tweets claiming it’s rare for a royal to do it.
Meanwhile, Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan added: “I hope Meghan Markle realises she will now have to shut the car door EVERY SINGLE TIME or everyone cheering her now for ‘humility’ will turn on her for being a spoiled brat….”
And one social media user made a dig at the worldwide news coverage and wrote: “Thanks @BBC for covering this. It’s an issue that’s really close to my heart and impacts millions of people across the country.”