Meghan Markle: Prince Harry's fiancée will ditch Royal etiquette lessons... so Kate can show her the ropes instead
Meghan Markle is likely to turn to the Duchess of Cambridge for tips on getting to grips with Royal etiquette before her wedding to Prince Harry, an expert has claimed.
The former Suits actress, 36, may be encouraged to reign in her "touchy-feeliness" ahead of the big day but is unlikely to be given formal lessons, says royal etiquette expert William Hanson.
Those who have been there, done that and got the tiara including Kate and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall will help coach Ms Markle ahead of her wedding at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle on May 19 .
Mr Hanson said: “Meghan won’t have a specific tutor, but the royal household and other members of the royal family who have ‘married in’ will be passing on their knowledge to the newest addition.
“Meghan will also be observing others, too, watching and copying certain mannerisms or tricks that they do to cope and successfully navigate the pitfalls of court life.
“Her fiancé will, of course, also be sharing his considerable knowledge too.”
Mr Hanson added that Kate, as her future sister-in-law, could be offering Ms Markle the most important advice.
He said: “As the most recent person to marry into the royal family The Duchess of Cambridge will be of the most use to Meghan, I would imagine.
“I suspect Catherine will be passing on an array of things she has learned – some the hard way – to Meghan, mainly focussing on wardrobe pitfalls and traps and perhaps also conversational techniques too.”
LA-born Ms Markle may get away with breaking certain etiquette rules due to being American, Mr Hanson suggested.
He explained: “I suspect Prince Harry may have given her an amusing run down on the many weird and wonderful ways of the English class system.
“But as an American, I think Meghan will be given a ‘get out of jail’ free card with all that – unlike Catherine – as the English do often excuse foreigners from knowing the ins and outs of it all.”
He also revealed that Prince Harry’s bride-to-be might struggle with to reign in her tactile nature.
He said: “Americans are much more tactile than we Brits.
“We have already seen many examples of Meghan being much more touchy feely than many of our existing royalty.
“This may well be a conscious choice on her part and may be one of the ways that she plays her part in evolving the monarchy, but this touchy-feelyness cannot happen everywhere that she will go and so she may well struggle with having to learn when to be informal and when to be slightly more reserved.”
Ms Markle has previously broken royal protocol by hugging members of the public.
She embraced a 10-year-old budding actress in Birmingham back in March and hugged a charity worker during her visit to Scotland in February.
Mr Hanson said he would advise Ms Markle to take her time when getting used to Royal etiquette in a bid to succeed.
“Meghan is clearly going to shake things up a bit for the royal family, but I hope not everything gets changed overnight,” he added.