Meghan Markle’s New Year’s resolutions might be very relatable, but perhaps she might want to add royal curtsy etiquette to her list?
The 36-year-old was photographed curtsying to Queen Elizabeth II during Christmas Day church services at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, England, last Monday — and although it was her first public event with the monarch, a few eagle-eyed royal observers noticed the curtsy was a bit off.
Grant Harrold, Britain’s official “etiquette expert” and former butler to Princes Charles, William and Henry, appeared on “Good Morning Britain” to gently critique Markle’s curtsy technique and give some tips on how to master the art.
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“What you should be doing, for a lady, is the right foot behind the left, and then it is a gentle bob,” Harrold told the “Good Morning” hosts. “You don’t want to go too far down because you might not come back up.”
Keep your back straight, Harrold added, and only give a sight bend at the knee — the Duchess of Cambridge nailed it.
“You keep the hands in because you’re not a penguin,” he said.
For men, the expected behaviour is slightly different: a simple neck bow.
Still, Markle has time to work on her curtsy, and she looked absolutely stunning in a caramel-toned hat and a long tan wrap luxury coat by Canadian brand Sentaler. She paired it with a sultry pair of over-the-knee brown suede Stuart Weitzman boots that retail for $798 and finalized the look with a small round double-handle Pixie shoulder bag by Chloe. Click here to see more of Markle’s killer style.