How Meghan Markle broke royal protocol at the Fashion Awards 2019

Meghan Markle stole the show at last night’s British Fashion Awards 2019 with a surprise appearance, as she stepped out on stage to present her wedding dress designer Claire Waight Keller with the British Designer of the Year Womenswear Award.

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And while everyone had their eyes on her growing baby bump – not to mention her flawless pregnancy glow – eagle eyed fans couldn’t help but notice while she was on stage that the 37-year-old had broken what is said to be a major royal protocol.

It’s no secret that the royal family have tight rules when it comes to their do’s and don’ts for fashion and beauty. Certain wardrobe and make-up choices are strictly off limits for the members of the monarchy, a famous one being coloured nail polish.

According to reports, the Queen has made it clear that her family members are only allowed to wear specific shades of nude nail polish, Essie’s ‘Ballet Slippers’ nail lacquer being a firm favourite. And while Meghan has stuck to the rule in the past, she rebelled during her appearance at the prestigious awards ceremony with a bold, dark paint.

Attending the event at the Royal Albert Hall, the duchess sported dark, burgundy-coloured nails to compliment her dress –  a bespoke black one-shouldered evening dress designed by Keller herself.

We wonder what the Queen thinks of that, eh?

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Luckily, guests were way too busy gushing over being in the presence of the actress-turned-royal, and we certainly don’t blame them.

Looking gorgeous as ever, Meghan took to the stage telling the audience: ‘Good evening, everyone. It is such a pleasure to be here, celebrating British fashion and British fashion designers in my new home of the U.K.

‘It’s so nice to see so many familiar faces; many of you I’ve known for quite a while and a lot of you that I’ve been able to meet in the past year, so thank you for the warm welcome.’

The star then went on to introduce Keller before handing the Givenchy designer her award.