You’ll remember that when Meghan Markle entered the Royal Family, she caused quite a stir, not only because she was American but because her fashion choices were not always quite so appreciated by the crown. But now, it seems another member of the family is making waves.
Enter Catherine, Princess of Wales.
Known more commonly as Princess Kate, she recently attended church with her family on Easter Sunday, a family tradition. In typical fashion, the family seemed to all be well coordinated in the same color. This time it was blue.
But unlike most other times, it was noted that Catherine also wore something rather surprising for a royal.
She painted her nails red, according to People.
Now, I know having your nails painted in a common color of red might not seem like much.
But according to a number of royal watchers, it’s a big no-no.
In fact, one even tweeted that she had “shamed the entire family” by doing so.
Too bad the whole photo op is ruined by Kate’s brazen red nail polish. It’s not protocol and Kate Middleton has shamed the entire family. Shocking.
— Honorable Grandma Official 💙🍷 (@JoeKamalaTicket) April 10, 2023
Others noted with shock and awe and indicated that such a fashion choice seemed to be against “protocol.”
Whoa! Anyone else notice the RED nail polish on Princess Kate? I thought that was against protocol!
Wasn’t Meghan given a hard time when she wore polish while an acting member of the family?!? https://t.co/2Jqk1eP8Ek
— Lauren Maloney (@LaurenKMaloney) April 9, 2023
According to People, there’s really no formal rule or anything against painted fingernails or even the color red. However, it has long since been the tradition that the royal family is rather subtle in their fashion choices. Queen Elizabeth herself was never a fan of bright colors, particularly for nails.
As such, she usually wore Essie’s light pink “ballet slippers.” According to the company’s website, this color had been worn by the Queen since 1989. A similar shade, “allure,” was chosen for Princess Catherine for her wedding to Prince William in 2011.
Unofficially, there was somewhat of a ban on bright colors as a result. And the people noticed. One Twitter user even noted that such shades don’t seem consistent with the appearance royalty is supposed to keep. Neutrals are far more preferred.
Yes, very surprising to see Kate with red nails. I believe it was a big ‘no no’ while Queen Elizabeth II was alive. I don’t like it. I think the neutrals were far more consistent with royalty.
— Roberta Malone (@RMalone492) April 10, 2023
But with the Queen now gone, it seems some of what could be called her more antiquated ways are falling away, too.