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20th Apr 2018

Meghan Markle broke a royal fashion rule last night (but it’s OK, Diana did it too)

Olivia Hayes

This time next month, they’ll be a happily married couple.

But for last night, they enjoyed date night. The pair attended a rather glam night at Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson’s reception to champion women in the Commonwealth.

Meghan wore a ‘Jackie O’ black halo dress (which has completely sold out, ofc) that  had a asymmetrical neckline, and paired it with a small black Gucci clutch and high black-tie heels.

However, she did break a royal fashion rule.

According to InStyle, etiquette experts told them that wearing black to a formal occasion is a big no-no.

The English Manners expert Alexandra Messervy said: “Generally it is thought that black is not usually worn unless in mourning, although Diana Princess of Wales did occasionally wear it for evening functions, and The Duchess of Cambridge has been known to do so.

“I note that there was a bit of an outcry recently when Ms. Markle wore black for a daytime event, but in the modern age I don’t think that it is ‘frowned’ upon so much at all, and indeed funeral codes often state ‘colours/no black.”

But Harry’s mam, Princess Diana also broke the rule back in the day when she wore a black strapless taffeta gown by Elizabeth and David Emanuel, at a black tie event at Goldsmith’s Hall in aid of the Royal Opera House development appeal.

In the latest edition of Diana: Her True Story — In Her Own Words, she said: “I remember my first engagement so well. So excited. I got this black dress from the Emanuels and I thought it was OK because girls my age wore this dress.

“I hadn’t appreciated that I was now seen as a royal lady, although I’d only got a ring on my finger as opposed to two rings.

“I remember walking into my husband-to-be’s study, and him saying: ‘You’re not going in that dress, are you?’”

Diana dress

She said: “Yes, I am.”

We’re sure Harry had no problem with Meghan wearing black.