The Duchess of Sussex stepped out for her first solo event this week since becoming a member of the royal family.
Meghan, who looked stunning in a black Givenchy dress, attended the opening of an exhibition of works from the Oceania region at the Royal Academy of Arts on Tuesday.
However, the Duchess sent social media into meltdown after she was captured closing her own car door as she arrived at the event.
Making her arrival, Meghan is seen getting out of the car having had the door opened for her.
She then shook hands with one of her hosts before shutting the car door behind her.
Meghan, 37, went on to chat with her host as they walked into the venue.
But her simple gesture sparked a huge debate on social media about whether she broke royal protocol by closing her own car door.
— Emily Andrews (@byEmilyAndrews) 25 September 2018
Many fans praised Meghan for being “humble” and “down to earth”.
One person said: “First time I’ve seen an on-duty princess shut her own car door…”
Another wrote: “I really don’t think it occurs to her that someone else is there to do that. It is something she’s always done herself like the rest of us.”
— Imran Solanki (@imransolanki313) 26 September 2018
A third tweeted: “Meghan closes the door to the car she got out from and it is sparking a debate that she might be breaking protocol wooooooooow.”
Meghan closes the door to the car she got out from and it is sparking a debate that she might be breaking protocol
— Vivian Mawuli Gli (@vmgbc) 26 September 2018
First time I’ve seen an on-duty princess shut her own car door… 🏴
— Jasmine. (@BeguileBrit) 26 September 2018
Others couldn’t understand all the fuss!
people throwing fits over meghan markle closing her own door is the funniest thing i’ve seen all day
— jo 🙂 (@jkaemke) 26 September 2018
O. M. G. DID YOU ALL SEE Meghan Markle close her OWN door today?!?!? Almost like she’s a human being like everyone else. #MeghanMarkle
— Lenan Kew (@WorldOfSp0rts) 26 September 2018
Etiquette and protocol coach William Hanson told BBC News that Meghan didn’t breach the royal protocol.
He said: “Usually royalty and dignitaries have someone to open/close car doors for security reasons: nothing to do with ‘princess behaviour’.”
Meanwhile, The Sun’s royal correspondent Emily Andrews tweeted: “A princess who still takes the time to shut her car door. Well done Meghan.”
This was Meghan’s first royal event without her husband Prince Harry.
The exhibition, which marks the 250th anniversary of the Royal Academy, celebrates the art of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia, and the Pacific region, including New Guinea, Easter Island, Hawaii and New Zealand.
Next month, Harry and Meghan are set to visit Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tong in October for their first royal tour following their wedding in May.
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