How Meghan has adopted more regal wave as she enters the royal family

How Meghan has adopted a more regal wave as she joins the royal family – compared to her VERY over-enthusiastic greeting at her engagement photocall

  • Meghan, 36, was seen using more ‘graceful’ wave as she greeted well-wishers 
  • Royal experts says the former actress would have been keen to master etiquette
  • Comes after Prince Harry’s new wife showed off enthusiastic wave in November
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She may have only just joined the royal family, but Meghan appears to have already adopted their famous Windsor wave.

The new Duchess of Sussex was seen showing off a more ‘graceful’ wave as she greeted well-wishers after the wedding on Saturday.

Meghan, 36, was seen using more subtle hand gestures – in contrast to her ‘over-enthusiastic’ hand waving following the announcement of her engagement to Prince Harry.

Royal experts say the former actress would have been keen to master the correct etiquette, following the example of other members of the royal family. 

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Meghan was seen adopting a more regal wave on her wedding day in Windsor on Saturday

Grant Harrold, who is known as the Royal Butler, told FEMAIL: ‘The Duchess of Sussex has perfected her royal wave between the engagement of the wonderful couple and their wedding.

‘This does not surprise me, as we will notice subtle changes over the coming months and years. 

‘We saw similar changes over the early years with The Duchess of Cambridge.’

Explaining the difference between the wave she displayed yesterday, in contrast to her engagement photocall, he said: ‘The wave we saw on the Duchess of Sussex’s engagement, was what we all would do on a day to day basis when waving at someone. 

The former actress, 36, had displayed a rather ‘over-enthusiastic’ wave during her engagement photocall with Prince Harry 

‘However, the wave we saw on her wedding day is that more fitting of a royal. It was graceful, dignified, elegant and similar to the wave we would expect of members of the royal family.’ 

Following the engagement photocall, etiquette expert William Hanson had described the former actress’s wave as ‘over-enthusiastic.’

Writing for FEMAIL, he said: ‘When she greeted press photographers on the day the engagement was announced Meghan’s wave was somewhat clam-like, with her fingers rapidly opening and closing against her palm.

‘She will need to learn the more restrained (and easier on the hand) “Windsor wave”, which is much more subtle and less tiring.

Meghan displayed a more ‘graceful’ wave as she greeted well-wishers after the wedding

Harry’s new wife appeared to be using the famous ‘Windsor wave’ during the royal procession

Meghan’s wave was noticeable more restrained, compared to her engagement photocall 

‘Her arm should extend upwards at a right angle and the hand then moves from side to side in gentle right-left motions.’ 

One member of the royal family yet to adopt the Windsor Wave is Princess Charlotte – who won over fans with her enthusiastic waving yesterday.

The three-year-old, who was one of Meghan’s bridesmaids, beamed as she gave a confident wave to adoring fans outside St George’s Chapel in Windsor.

It came after the young princess showed off her waving skills on the steps of the Lindo Wing following the birth of little brother Prince Louis last month.  

Charlotte won over hearts as she waved to cameras on arriving with Prince William and Prince George, turning around to give a final wave before entering the hospital.

Etiquette expert William Hanson had previously described  Meghan’s wave as ‘clam-like’ – as she would open and shut her fingers against her palm


Etiquette expert William Hanson says: ‘Her Majesty The Queen, as many predicted, has chosen to confer upon her grandson Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle the titles of Duke and Duchess of Sussex as well as the titles ‘Earl and Countess of Dumbarton and Baroness Kilkeel’, which is how they will be known when in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

In conversation it would now be the protocol to refer to Meghan as, ‘Your Royal Highness’ and then ‘Ma’am’ (to rhyme with ham, not farm).

The protocol remains the same as before the wedding for Prince Harry – ‘Your Royal Highness’ and then followed by ‘Sir’.

In conversation it would now be the protocol to refer to Meghan as, ‘Your Royal Highness’ and then ‘Ma’am’ (to rhyme with ham, not farm)

She is not Princess Meghan

Meghan is not really a proper Princess and so it is totally incorrect to refer to her as ‘Princess Meghan’ (American media take note). Referring to her as ‘Duchess Meghan’ would also be incorrect.

The style ‘Princess FirstName’ is only used for blood-royalty, such as Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.

Meghan has technically become a Princess, but not in her own right. She is, correctly, ‘Her Royal Highness Princess Henry, Duchess of Sussex and Countess of Dumbarton and Kilkeel’.

But for ease Meghan will be referred to as ‘Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex’.

The history of the Dukedom of Sussex

There has only been one Duke of Sussex before, which makes Prince Harry the second Duke. But there has never been a Duchess of Sussex so Meghan is the first woman to be styled ‘Duchess of Sussex’.

Sussex is a fitting dukedom for The Queen to give her third grandson, Harry. Prince Augustus Frederick, the first Duke, was somewhat of a rebel himself, going against the norm and royal expectation, in particular in matters of the heart.

Prince Augustus Frederick married twice, the first time to Lady Augusta Murray in 1793. Although they married in Rome and also in London, both marriages took place without the consent of the Prince’s father, George III, breaking the rules of the Royal Marriages Act of 1772. The couple still lived together for several years before separating in 1801.

Because the marriage wasn’t approved of by the King, Lady Augusta Murray was not able to be styled as ‘The Duchess of Sussex’.

Prince Augustus Frederick’s second marriage was also not approved by the then monarch and so his second wife, Lady Cecilia Letitia Buggin, did not assume the title of Duchess of Sussex.

The first Duke of Sussex also went against royal trends by backing the abolition of slavery; by doing so causing a rift with his brother the Prince Regent, later George IV.

Harry and Meghan are very clearly going to continue to be very modern royalty and so this is a fitting title.

Curtsy courtesy

When Meghan is with her husband Prince Harry she takes his status and rank. So people like Prince Andrew and Princess Beatrice will have to bow and curtsy to Meghan.

But when she is alone then she takes just the rank of Duchess and Meghan will have to curtsy to all blood royalty or anyone more senior than her, including HRH The Duchess of Cambridge.

What happens if they divorce?

As odd as it is to be discussing this on the wedding day, but should royal paradise be lost and they divorce the royal household will probably follow the precedent set by Sarah Fergusson and Diana Spencer and Meghan would become, ‘Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’. Note that absence of definite article (‘the’).

If Prince Harry were to re-marry his new, second wife would in all likelihood would become ‘The Duchess of Sussex’.

Fingers crossed none of this is realised.

Will their children have titles?

If the royal couple were to have children it is not yet known what their titles may be or whether they will have anything at all.

Prince William’s children have all been made Prince and Princesses, but as Prince Harry is currently sixth in line to the throne (not second, like his brother), his offspring may not be made Prince or Princesses.

All titles are solely The Monarch’s choice and decision. And we will have to wait and see what happens.’ 

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