The royal photo sparking backlash against Meghan Markle

By Ally Parker May 24, 2018


Cards on the table, we were hella into the royal wedding.

We know what you're thinking, 'shocker!' but stick with us.

While we sighed and squeed over Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, we have to admit there was a little something in the back of our heads that wouldn't stop"

How much of this is a performance?

The fact that Meghan is a professional actress seems to have been lost among the pomp and splendor but now that the hullabaloo has calmed down, questions have started up again.

case in point: the photo at the centre of discussion is from February but only being thrown into question now.

Appearing with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Kate and Wills) at a joint charity event (her first in fact), Meghan can be observed sitting in a very particular way.

People Magazine report the position as the "Duchess slant", a term coined by Beaumont Etiquette and named after the Duchess of Cambridge. 

“Typically ‘the Duchess Slant’ is used when a lady has to sit for an extended amount of time while keeping poise and posture,” Myka Meier, royal etiquette expert and founder and director of Beaumont Etiquette, told People.

“It is the perfect pose for when a camera is shooting directly in front of you because by slightly slanting the knees to create a zig-zag effect when wearing a dress or skirt, your legs are angled so that the camera only shoots the sides of your legs and protects your modesty.”

She added that the posture also makes your legs look longer so... bonus!

There is certainly an argument to be made that this particular brand of etiquette was less of a choice than a prerequesite for being with Harry but... knows?

Image: Getty