Meghan Markle breaks royal protocol on her first solo engagement

Sarah Carty
Senior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

Meghan Markle has broken royal protocol in the best way on her first official solo royal engagement yesterday.

The 37-year-old, who attended the opening of the ‘Oceania’ exhibit at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, proved she wants to do things her own way by closing her own car door at the event.

One Twitter user even commented saying they think it’s the first time they’ve ever seen a royal close their own car door while ‘on-duty’.

Meghan Markle has caused a stir by closing her own car door on her first solo engagement. Photo: Getty Images
The 37-year-old, who attended the opening of the ‘Oceania’ exhibit at the Royal Academy of Arts in London

Meghan stunned at the event in a $9,000 outfit, which included a $4,500 long-sleeve Givenchy dress, teamed with a matching jewel-topped, a $3,900 clutch bag and Aquazurra Deneuve bow pumps.

The Duchess was taken on a tour of the exhibition, which marks the 250th anniversary of the Royal Academy, founded in 1768 – the same year Captain James Cook set out on his first Endeavour expedition.

It brings together around 200 exceptional works from public collections worldwide, and spans over 500 years.

It includes artefacts from different regions, including New Zealand, Australia, Fiji and Tonga, which the Duke and Duchess will visit on their royal tour in October.

Meghan also met with the curators and artists as well as descendants linked to the works displayed and watched a short performance from Ngāti Rānana, a Māori cultural group.

The Duchess of Sussex is doing things her own way. Photo: Getty Images

Last week, the 37-year-old announced her first charity project, supporting a cookbook with the Hubb Community Kitchen, who have been affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.

She was joined at the launch by Prince Harry and her mother Doria Ragland.

On Monday, Harry and Meghan attended the Coach Core awards at Loughborough University, where they met with graduates from the programme.

The pair competed against each other in a netball workshop but there were no hard feelings shown as Harry’s team won – the pair shared a cosy cuddle.

With extra reporting by Danielle Stacey.

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