Seems like more and more people are getting aboard the Meghan Markle train every day. And though we’re OG Markle supporters, those who need more reasons to support the Duchess-to-be have another good reason to love her: her choice of crossbody handbag. Before you roll your eyes, hear us out. Royal handbags have been known to serve a few more functions than storing your essentials.
Queen Elizabeth, for example, apparently sends royal staff secret signals using hers. Princess Diana wisely used her clutch as cleavage coverage, ensuring no paps got away with any intrusive shots, while Duchess Kate is said to always use a clutch in order to avoid awkward handshakes.
Meghan though? She’s going crossbody. Instead of avoiding those potentially weird greetings, Meghan wants to embrace them — leaving both hands to do as they please. A clutch isn’t about to get in the way of Meghan and her adoring public. Nope. She’s keeping her hands free to do whatever she wants…
…Like reaching out and touching someone.
Or accepting flowers.
Or squeezing a dog’s face.
Do we spy a People’s Duchess in the making? Technically, there isn’t really a formal rule when it comes to royal handbags — the crossbody just hasn’t been done before. “Meghan did not break any kind of royal protocol, simply because there isn’t a royal protocol to break,” royal expert Victoria Arbiter explained to Business Insider. “Yes, she is doing things slightly differently. We don’t generally see a royal with a crossbody bag.” The real rule? The royal family must be the ones to initiate the handshakes and greetings and not the other way around, according to the Daily Mail.
Unfortunately, if you want Meghan’s exact bottle green $719 Strathberry handbag, you’re out of luck. The bag sold out less than a day after she appeared with it. Thankfully, it comes in 11 other colours.
Here’s to a future of stylish bags and shaking all the hands you want.