On matters of lifestyle, what the Queen says, goes…except when she makes an exception, which she’s been known to do, especially when it comes to matters involving Prince Harry’s wife, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex.

Tradition: Christmas includes only the royal family

Britain Royals Christmas, Sandringham, United Kingdom - 25 Dec 2017Alastair Grant/AP/Shutterstock

The Queen first broke this royal tradition for Meghan Markle in 2017, before Meghan was even married to the Queen’s grandson, Prince Harry. At her beloved Harry’s request, Queen Elizabeth II welcomed Meghan, as Harry’s fiancé, into the royal family’s Christmas celebration. This year, the Queen will break further with tradition by welcoming the Duchess of Sussex’s mother, Doria Ragland, to join the royal family at Sandringham for the annual Christmas celebration. Find out why Queen Elizabeth II will never abdicate.


Tradition: The Coat of Arms is a family affair

Coat of Arms created for Meghan Duchess of Sussex, UK - 25 May 2018Kensington Palace/PA/Shutterstock

Traditionally, a Coat of Arms is created for the family of a spouse marrying into the royal family and given to the father of the bride in advance of the wedding. On May 25, 2018, the Palace announced “A Coat of Arms has been created for The Duchess of Sussex” with a blue background that represents the Pacific Ocean off the California Coast, two gold rays that are symbolic of California sunshine, and golden poppies, California’s state flower. The Coat of Arms, which does not even include the names of Meghan’s parents, was bestowed directly and only upon Meghan, according to Fashion Magazine.

Tradition: No royal church wedding for a divorced spouse

Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in Windsor, United Kingdom - 19 May 2018Neil Hall/Pool/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

In the royal family, marriages involving divorcees have traditionally been seen as problematic. In fact, when Princess Margaret, the Queen’s late sister, wanted to marry a divorced man, it caused an uproar that ultimately led to the demise of Princess Margaret’s romance. And when Prince Charles got re-married to Camilla, the Queen did not attend the civil ceremony. For Prince Harry’s marriage to Meghan Markle, however, the rules were relaxed, and Prince Harry became the first royal family member to marry a divorcee in church. Here’s why Camilla isn’t styled as a princess.