Ripped jeans, untucked shirts and PDA photos may soon be a thing of the past for brunette beauty Meghan Markle. In yet another step toward engagement, Prince Harry brought his girlfriend to tea with the Queen at Buckingham Palace, according to the Daily Mail.
"After being driven in to the inner courtyard, the couple were said to have been whisked up to the Queen’s private sitting room on the first floor overlooking the palace gardens and Constitution Hill, and which is served by a lift," the Mail reported.
Though the private tea was planned as a casual meeting, it's widely expected that the Queen will expect her 33-year-old grandson and Markle to make changes if the Suits actress is going to enter the royal family.
The Queen reportedly told Kate Middleton to “deploy a couture wardrobe of day dresses with lower hemlines than she has previously favored” during her and Prince William’s trip to Australia and New Zealand.
Then in 2015 word got out that the Queen didn't like wedges. “The Queen isn’t a fan of wedged shoes. She really doesn’t like them and it’s well known among the women in the family,” a source said.
From the start Prince Harry's romance hasn't followed a traditional blueprint for royal relationships. William's brother and his girlfriend have been surprisingly public about their courtship. The couple wasn't shy about packing on the PDA at the recent Invictus Games in Toronto. The prince spent time with Markle's mother. And the actress even spoke about the relationship in Vanity Fair.
“I can tell you that at the end of the day I think it’s really simple,” she told the mag. “We’re two people who are really happy and in love. We were very quietly dating for about six months before it became news, and I was working during that whole time, and the only thing that changed was people’s perception. Nothing about me changed. I’m still the same person that I am, and I’ve never defined myself by my relationship.”
But that doesn't mean being fodder for tabloids has been easy. “It has its challenges, and it comes in waves — some days it can feel more challenging than others,” she told VF. “And right out of the gate it was surprising the way things changed. But I still have this support system all around me, and, of course, my boyfriend’s support.”
Perhaps one of the most shocking things has been Markle's wardrobe choices. Time and again, Markle has made it clear she's not reinventing herself for the rugged royal. Photographed in short skirts and distressed denim, the 36-year-old stunner hardly looks like a princess. And it's hard to imagine the Queen won't put up a quiet fight.
Markle posed in a tiny red dress in a campaign for Reitmans. In 2015 she stunned in a plunging mini by Misha Nonoo. And she wore thigh-high shorts by Veronica Beard at a P.S. ARTS Presents event.
According to Us Weekly, the prince asked senior aides to help Markle navigate some of the challenges of dating a royal. “There have been times where Meghan’s been unsure [of protocol],” a source said. “And having a direct line to Harry’s most trusted aides has been a godsend.”
So far that hasn't included a fashion makeover. But can that really last? Let us know your take in the comments section below!