Birthday special: Here's how Duchess Meghan Markle has changed royal conventions


Former actress Meghan Markle, now known as the Duchess of Sussex, got married to Britain’s Prince Harry on May 19 this year, at St George's Chapel in Windsor. The Duchess turns 37 on Saturday, August 4, and this will be her first birthday as the member of the royal family. Now, as she turns a year older, let's take a look at how her life has changed post the royal wedding. No points for guessing that she's certainly changing some royal conventions as an unprecedented royal now!


While earlier you were required to be a member of the royal family to be invited to spend Christmas at Sandringham, Meghan was the first to attend the celebrations as a fiancee of Prince Harry. She was also the first bride-to-be to make a royal public appearance even before her wedding. In fact, she also made an appearance at the Commonwealth Day service. While it certainly provided a good training to her, it also depicts how the royal family was keen on welcoming her. Not to forget, it was her father-in-law to be, Prince Charles, who walked her down the aisle. Apparently, her own father, Thomas Markle, was too sick to travel to the wedding. Unconventional enough?

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RECOMMENDED READ: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle make first royal appearance since wedding at Prince Charles’ Patronage celebration As for her fashion sense, Meghan has been breaking royal stereotypes continuously. For the unversed, Royal women aren't supposed to wear pants at official engagements. But, we saw Meghan carrying them off with sheer panache at an awards show before the wedding and also at Wimbledon after the wedding. Moreover, she has tweaked the royal style rules by wearing sleeveless and off-shoulder outfits.


Last but not the least, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex don't shy away from their public display of affection. While the Royals aren't expected to do more than a peck on the cheeks as a form of greeting, Meghan and Harry are spotted holding hands or linking arms and even stealing a kiss in full public view!

Meanwhile, Happy Birthday Meghan! More Power to You!