Meghan Markle, our favorite rebel, continues to break royal protocol, and her latest act of defiance is one of our favorites: the messy bun. On Friday, America’s favorite royal-to-be made her first official visit with Prince Harry to Belfast, Northern Ireland. Although her knit top and pencil skirt gave off very Kate Middleton-like vibes, her hairdo was all her own style. Once again, Markle decided to rock her signature style — a low, loose twist that’s a perfectly executed variation on that California-girl staple, the messy bun. Once again, she shook royal style purists to the core.
As many news outlets reported the last time she did this, Markle is actually breaking (or at least heavily stretching) a royal style rule. There’s a reason you usually see Kate Middleton‘s low side-buns and chignons contained in a hairnet and why the Queen is always sporting a cool hat. According to People, royals are supposed to look impeccably styled. While we would argue that Markle’s messy bun is the definition of impeccable style, it appears as though the royals interpret that to mean sleek and smooth, with no stray hairs peeking out of a twist or falling over the face. In fact, according to BBC, this rule used to be so strict that up until the 1950s, women wore hats everywhere because it was not in style for women to show hair in public, lest it be messy or out of place.
Fortunately, that’s no longer a rule, although when she does choose to wear a hat, Markle easily stuns. Just earlier this month, when she attended her first public event with Queen Elizabeth II and rocked a slanted white beret over sleek, loose waves, her look became instantly iconic. Honestly though, with how often Markle rocks it, they should just go ahead and make the messy bun a whole new part of royal protocol.
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