Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex has stepped out wearing clothes, which means someone, somewhere on the internet, of course has an issue.
On day seven of their sixteen-day Commonwealth tour of Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji, Prince Harry and Meghan enjoyed another outing, paying a visit to Fraser Island during the tour’s Australian leg. And let’s just say, that’s where the problem started, because after stepping out in a Reformation maxi dress with a thigh-high slit that showed a bit of leg, the Duchess has drawn quite the criticism for supposedly breaking protocol.
No sooner did Kensington Palace post a few candid snaps of the duo meeting and greeting locals to Instagram, did the backlash unfold, with a fair few nasty comments appearing beneath the post.
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Thank you to everyone at Kingfisher Bay Resort Jetty on Fraser Island that came out to welcome The Duke and Duchess of Sussex today! Their Royal Highnesses were greeted at the Jetty by the Premier of Queensland, Annastacia Palaszczuk, before they met the locals by the beach. #RoyalVisitAustralia #Australia #FraserIsland
It seems like the revelation that beneath her clothes, Meghan has actual legs just like the rest of us, was simply too much to handle for some royal haters. One user remarked, “The crowd looks better dressed than they do. One would expect more while representing the crown,”
With another concurring, “She is not dressing for a Royal tour. She is dressing as if this is her own private vacation. I guess we have to blame her dresser/fashion advisor. Totally got it wrong for a Royal tour.” Others shared similar sentiments about the casualness of the outfit, and it not being quite appropriate for the tour, with another user stating, “She packed for a honeymoon not a Royal visit. Very disappointing.” Ouch.
Luckily, there was a much warmer reception on Twitter, with the same photos getting mostly love and encouragement. Many users applauded the Duchess for taking care of her health and keeping herself, and baby (yay!), comfortable and cool, with others noting the chicness of the outfit.
That’s why I love you meg! Keep being you 😍😍👏🏽👏🏽 the dress is stunning. Appropriate for the weather 😝💃💃
— Walu Wunga (@WWunga) October 22, 2018
Loving the dress, appropriate for the weather ❤️❤️😍😍❤️❤️
— Noma_263 (@duchess_mia1997) October 22, 2018
Beautiful Duchess 😍❤️🤗 pic.twitter.com/vugXdJXPgE
— Glenda (@SolEstrada_) October 22, 2018
They wouldn’t have tweeted that picture if they thought it’s inappropriate. pic.twitter.com/R6tJpCi8hI
— °°°👸👑🤴°°° (@caramelswirly) October 22, 2018
Some Twitter users also made some pretty sensible points, like the fact that the Palace was the one to share the supposedly inappropriate photo, and that Kate Middleton previously stepped out in a similar outfit. Back in 2016, the Duchess of Cambridge wore a white evening gown with a thigh-high slit by Self Portrait to a London movie premiere. Recall the furor? Us neither.
Given that’s Meghan’s in the early stages of pregnancy, and in a country which isn’t exactly known for its icy temperatures, you’d think fans, if you can call them that, might cut the Duchess some slack. Sadly, it seems like they’re more interested criticizing her every move. We’ll take a wild guess that for the Meghan haters, there’s likely naught she can do to keep them happy.