Who said expectant mothers can’t break the rules? Not Meghan Markle, that’s for sure. The Duchess of Sussex and mother-to-be continues to alter the rules to her advantage. From pant suits to thigh-high side slits, the woman acts first and asks questions later. Continuing their 16-day royal tour of Australia, Fiji, Tonga, and New Zealand Harry and Meghan have an exciting, jam-packed calendar including opening the Anzac Memorial for fallen veterans, opening the Invictus Games, stepping out on Bondi Beach, and the Invictus Games in Sydney, Australia.

The expecting parents rejoined one another for a meet and greet with locals as Markel had taken a much-needed break on Monday while husband Harry attended a few royal engagements solo on Fraser Island. Over the weekend, the palace announced Meghan would be lessening her royal duties as she moves further along in her pregnancy.

 

 

The couple was seen holding hands as they walked down the pier at Kingfisher Bay jetty. Markel dawned the Pineapple dress from eco-friendly brand Reformation. The striped linen ensemble retails at ($218) including a straight neckline, detachable belt, and thigh-high side slit (cue Angelina Jolie Oscar 2012 dress here.) The ‘Markel Sparkle’ is still in full effect as the easy, breezy dress is now sold out. The Duchess styled up her maxi dress with brown “Gear” sandals from Sarah Flint  ($245) and black framed Karen Walker Northern Light sunglasses ($220) giving it her signature charming and welcoming look.

Sidebar: I thought colored nail polish was abolished in the kingdom? If you look closely, I spy with my little eye between the chestnut brown gladiator sandals a reddish-brown shade of nail varnish. It’s the subtle hints of rebellion that matter most.

Meghan isn’t the only royal known to go against “royal protocol” as sister-in-law Kate Middleton, and the late Princess Diana has been spotted in a few leg-baring style choices as well. Middleton was seen at the 2016 premiere of A Street Cat Named Bob, as she wore a white pleated dress with accompanied side slit. In 1980, Lady Diana pushed the envelope in a less than cautious sheer white midi-length skirt as she stood hand-in-hand with a young Prince Harry and William. You know what they say, “Some rules are meant to be broken,” and the women in the royal camp agree.

 

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