Did Meghan Markle Break Royal Ascot Protocol by Not Wearing Her Name Pin?

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Meghan Markle just attended her first ever Royal Ascot Tuesday as a member of the British royal family, but did she already make a faux pas?

The annual five-day horse-racing event requires quite the strict dress code, including asking all ladies to cover their shoulders and wear hats and name tags. But on day one of the event, the Duchess of Sussex noticeably did not wear her pin, choosing to hold it in her hand instead. Prince Harry, who was by her side for most of the occasion, wore his purple-and-white pin on his lapel.

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"At Ascot everyone is given a badge, mainly to get them through security," royal expert Duncan Larcombe tells BAZAAR.com.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry at Royal Ascot 2018.
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According to Town and Country, all royals, including Prince William and Kate Middleton, are expected to wear them, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge followed tradition and wore theirs last year. However, Markle was not the only attendee this year to pass on wearing the moniker accessory.

Marlene Koenig, a royal historian and writer of the Royal Musings blog, tells BAZAAR.com that Duchess Camilla, Princess Anne, Princess Beatrice, and Princess Eugenie were also not wearing their pins at the 2018 Royal Ascot, and their choice is not going against royal protocol.

"Wearing pins has nothing to do with protocol," Koenig says. "Protocol is for official, diplomatic, state events, [including] where you sit, when you enter, etc."

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The Duchess of Sussex and the Duchess of Cornwall at today's Royal Ascot.
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Princess Anne at today's Royal Ascot.
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Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice at today's Royal Ascot.
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"Perhaps [Meghan] did not want to ruin that nice Givenchy dress with a pin hole," Koenig adds.

The Duchess of Sussex wore a stunning off-white Givenchy dress with a black-and-white hat to match for a flawless monochromatic look.

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The French designer is clearly one of Markle's favorites. She wore a Givenchy gown for the royal wedding and yet another Givenchy dress for her first solo engagement with the Queen last week.

No name tags ruined those outfits, either.

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