Meghan Markle apparently didn't like this royal dress rule

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As you may already know, there are dozens of strict dress rules the royal family, in particular royal women, have to follow. These include, but are not limited to, only wearing diamonds after 6pm, wearing nude tights and wearing gloves during specific occasions.

If you're not used to these, they certainly can seem a bit restricting, which is apparently what Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex struggled with when she joined the family.

According to a royal insider, Meghan wasn't a fan of how strict the dress code was, usually preferring to wear the more casual clothes she was used to.

The source told InTouch, 'She hated always having to be dressed to the nines as a royal and the old-fashioned rules and regulations, like wearing dresses below the knee.'

'The Queen is very traditional and prefers female members of the family to wear a skirt or dress below the knee when seen in public. As a modern-day woman, Meghan hated this protocol and thinks it’s sexist,' the source added.

While this might be a little exaggerated, it's true that since moving to LA, we have seen the Duchess in much more relaxed clothes, such as boyfriend shirts and jeans, which we know she was a fan of before marrying Prince Harry.

Penny Goldstone

Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.

Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).

Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.

However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.

Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.