This month, Meghan Markle surprised guests at the British Fashion Awards, where she presented Givenchy designer Clare Waight Keller with the award for British Womenswear Designer of the Year. The Duchess of Sussex not only made headlines for her surprise appearance, but also because she broke royal protocol by wearing dark nail polish, a no-no according to Queen Elizabeth, who insists that royals go nude with their nails or at most, wear a soft pink shade. But Meghan isn’t the first member of the royal family to wear Rebellion Red nail lacquer. For years, Princess Eugenie has been boldly going where no royal has gone before. She’s just smart about when to rock a not-so-modest mani.
While the Queen’s rules for nails aren’t set in stone (she does approve of Essie’s light pink hue Ballet Slippers), it’s widely understood that her preferences may as well be a royal decree for the family. But with Princess Eugenie sitting all the way down the batting list at ninth in line for the throne, she’s a little freer to take liberties with her grandmother’s rules.
When it comes to when and where Eugenie shows off her bold nails, it appears that the Princess has a game plan.
She opted for a natural nail during her October wedding, the most photographed day of her life.
At a fashion charity event that the Queen would never attend, she sported a red nail.
While attending the 2016 Royal Ascot, which the Queen also attends, Eugenie went nude.
Charity event with her mother, a woman ousted by the royal family? Red nail.
Her official royal engagement photos with husband Jack Brooksbank? Nude nail.
Screening of the film Lion? Nail art. Also, we should note that this picture with Harvey Weinstein was taken before the #MeToo movement.
Any event that requires a hat.
Any event that does not require a hat.
No hat. Does the Queen make allowances for patriotic nail art? We’re assuming not.
Eugenie has also mastered the ‘no nails’ pose, perfect for occasions when she may have forgotten to remove her polish.
The one caveat to Eugenie’s seemingly ingenious plan is her holiday nail art, which she wore during Christmas lunch with the Royal Family. Considering how much the Royal Family decorates their many residences at Christmas, there’s a good chance Eugenie was hoping her grandmother would be distracted. Her boldness is accentuated by her bold nails and we love it.