Why Meghan DIDN’T wear her name badge at Royal Ascot even though Kate always wears hers (and it’s all to do with the delicate fabric of her white Givenchy dress)
- The Duchess of Sussex attended her first Royal Ascot on the arm of her husband
- Fans quick to note she didn't wear name badge handed to guests in Royal Box
- In past years Duchess of Cambridge has worn hers pinned to her front
- But Meghan chose to hold hers along with her neat Givenchy clutch
On her first appearance in the royal box at Ascot yesterday, every element of the new Duchess of Sussex's outfit was scrutinised - even down to her name badge.
Eagle-eyed fans were quick to note that Meghan did not fasten her badge - which was emblazoned with her new title of one month, HRH The Duchess of Sussex - to her front, as Prince Harry did and the Duchess of Cambridge has always done on her own Ascot outings.
Instead Meghan chose to carry her royal box badge in her hand, toting it along with her neat Givenchy clutch bag.
But while strict dress codes govern the enclosures at the Berkshire race meeting, royal historian Marlene Koenig told Harper's Bazaar that pinning on a name badge is 'nothing to do with protocol', adding that Meghan likely chose to hold hers to avoid damaging the delicate fabric of her Givenchy shirt dress.
The Duchess of Sussex made her Royal Ascot debut yesterday on the arm of her dashing husband Prince Harry - and eagle-eyed fans were quick to note she didn't wear her name badge in the royal enclosure
Get it right in white like the Duchess of Sussex in Givenchy
Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy white shirt dress
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The Duchess of Sussex was looking her usual chic self for her Royal Ascot debut today, wearing another look by Givenchy.
The newlywed has wowed us every time we've seen her in the month since she tied the knot, wearing labels such as Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta and Goat. But this is the third time she has turned to Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy so it's clear that the designer is going to be Meghan's go-to for Royal engagements!
We love the smart collar, lace detail and asymmetric midi hemline of this white shirt dress, which she teamed with a hat by Philip Treacy. It's a custom made piece so isn't available to buy, but click (right) to shop the current Givenchy collection at NET-A-PORTER.
Dressing for the races is notoriously tricky, however Meghan has got it spot on with this classic look. So if you want to win the style race too, then head to the edit below to emulate her Ascot outfit. Take your pick from the white shirt dresses by Wright Le Chapelain, Kenzo, Jil Sander and Kuho!
Royal watchers pointed out that the Duchess of Cambridge, seen at Ascot two years ago in a cream lace Dolce & Gabbana dress, always wears her pin in the enclosure at the Berkshire racecourse
While Kate, who rarely puts a foot wrong at formal events, pinned on her badge - which read HRH The Duchess of Cambridge - on trips to Ascot in 2016 and 2017, her dresses, both cream lace, were less likely to have been damaged by a pin.
'Wearing pins has nothing to do with protocol,' Koenig said.
'Protocol is for official, diplomatic, state events, [including] where you sit, when you enter, etc.... perhaps [she] did not want to ruin that nice Givenchy dress with a pin hole.'
Meghan, who turned to her wedding dress designer, Clare Waight Keller at Givenchy, for her first Ascot look, instead opted to carry her name badge, while Harry wore his on his lapel
Kate is seen at Ascot in 2016, with her Royal Box pin enscribed 'HRH The Duchess of Cambridge' fastened firmly to the front of her lace dress
In 2017 Kate opted for another cream lace dress, this time by her wedding dress designer Alexander McQueen, and again pinned her royal box name badge to the front
Meghan pulled out all the stops for her Royal Ascot debut yesterday, turning once again to her wedding dress designer - Clare Waight Keller at Givenchy - for her first appearance at one of the most high profile events of the season.
Prince Harry's wife, 36, wore a crisp white coat dress featuring an edgy asymmetrical hemline, in stark contrast to the sea of sensible pastel-coloured frocks on display in the Royal Enclosure.
Meghan paired it with a statement black and white hat from milliner to the stars - and the royals - Philip Treacy.
Celebrity stylist Lucas Armitage told FEMAIL the LA-raised Duchess is demonstrating a flair for taking classic items and reinterpreting them with a 'cool and contemporary' twist.
'It’s a classic coat dress - which has long being a favoured style for Ascot goers - but Meghan has injected high fashion credentials to what could be considered a standard clothing item,' he said.
'Meghan is showing us what she does best, taking a chic item and putting her unique spin on it.'