Handbags have always been an important part of the royal women’s wardrobe, and not just for their convenience, though of course they for one are not used to carry change since the royal family doesn’t carry money around.
Princess Diana used her clutch bag to cover her cleavage from prying photographers, whilst the Queen moves her handbag from one arm to the other to signal to her staff when she’s bored of chatting to someone.
Meanwhile, royals such as Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton apparently also use their clutch bags to get out of shaking hands when it might be awkward.
When the Duchesses are at events, and they don’t feel like shaking hands, they can conveniently hold their clutch bags in front of them using both hands, thus not having any free hands an avoiding body contact. Pretty handy if you’re around someone like President Trump we’re sure.
As with everything to do with style, there is a royal fashion etiquette to follow when it comes to handbags too, which dictates that clutches should never be tucked under an arm or placed on the ground or table.
If there is no other surface to leave it on, it is simply to be slipped in between the back of the person and the back of the chair.