Meghan Markle sparks controversy with one-shoulder dress and black nail polish

The Duchess of Sussex always looks chic, but has caused a stir over the years with her fashion choices. One such time was at the British Fashion Awards, where the royal made a surprise appearance in a black dress and matching nail polish.

Meghan Markle presented the award for British Womenswear Designer of the Year to Givenchy’s artistic director, Clare Waight Keller.

It seemed right, as the talented designer worked closely with Meghan to design her fabulous wedding dress.

But although Clare won the prestigious award, all eyes were on the Duchess.

Fittingly, Meghan took to the stage in a bespoke Givenchy gown.

She paired them with stunning gold strappy heels by British designer Tamara Mellon, with an RRP of around £440.

To match, she wore a cluster of gold bangles on a Pippa Small wrist.

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The Duchess wore her hair in a slicked back bun.

But it was her nails that royal fans couldn’t take their eyes off.

The royal opted for a bold one-shoulder number.

To top it off, she also chose a dark nail polish.

Royal fans took to Instagram to discuss the bold fashion move.

@pissedpeggy said, “Happy for the nails…Forget the Royal Baby Breath colors!”


Royal women have access to a global wardrobe but are subject to more style rules and regulations than the rest of us.

Daena Borrowman of jewellerybox told about some of these royal protocols.

“There are dozens of protocols in place that Royal Family stylists and dressers must familiarize themselves with to prevent Royal Family members from getting into embarrassing fashion faux pas.”

These include wearing pantyhose, covering the cleavage, dressing modestly and keeping their coat on so you don’t undress in the pubis.”

And even if it is not forbidden, it is rumored that the queen is not a fan of dark nail polish.

The monarch herself reportedly hasn’t changed her manicure routine for decades and is loyal to Essie’s pale pink ballet slippers.

@jennyjumpmt reflected, “I didn’t think they couldn’t wear colored nail polish.”

@tatismoreira added: “I think she is saying goodbye to [six] royal rules and she looks fabulous.”

@martavelac said: “Protocol policing is about to fade.”

@jodiheartz commented: “So elegant, so sophisticated, I love [sic].”

@margotfashionfiles said: “I don’t know when people are going to get it into their heads that Meghan will never be Queen or Harry King.

“They don’t have to be held to the same standards as Will, Kate and in years to come, George.”

But curiously, while Kate tends to opt for a lighter shade of nail polish, she has in the past experimented with darker colors – on her toes.

In May 2012, Kate added a splash of color with red nail polish on her toes to complement her cream dress at a dinner party hosted by The Thirty Club.

In the same year, the Duchess visited the Royal Albert Hall in a turquoise dress and black nails to celebrate the 2012 Summer Olympics.

In 2017, she attended the reopening of Hintze Hall at the National Museum of History in a pale blue dress and striking red fingernails.

When it comes to dress style, Kate is also a fan of one-shoulder pieces and has occasionally been spotted in one herself.

Most notably, the Duchess of Cambridge looked radiant in a red one-shoulder dress for a portrait celebrating her 40th birthday.

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