We unfortunately have a lot of unanswered questions about bride-to-be Meghan Markle's wedding day look, from the dress itself to accessories fit to match her gorgeous engagement ring. We'll most likely be kept waiting until her May 19 wedding to Prince Harry for a peek at her bridal garb, so for now, we'll just have to be content fawning over her enviable street style, instead. From the dress she wore to announce her engagement to the frock she rocked at the Queen's Christmas party, Meghan's clothes and accessories are on everyone's wish list. But one accessory that won't be flying off the shelves? Tiaras—this is one accessory the bride-to-be won't be wearing before she says I do. In fact, according to royal rule, Markle isn't allowed to sport this type of headpiece until she's officially a married woman.
The Daily Mirror recently reported that "strict etiquette rules prohibit unmarried women from wearing tiaras," so Markle won't get to wear one until after she's Prince Harry's wife. Grant Harrold, etiquette expert, added, "Flashy diamonds and tiaras are not worn during the day, and only married ladies wear tiaras."
This news comes at a rather unfortunate time, as photos of Markle as high school homecoming queen were recently unearthed, and she happens to be sporting a tiara. This may or may not prove that she was destined for royalty from the get-go, but it also gave us a sneak peek of what she would look like in a glittery headpiece. And, we have to say, Markle can rock a tiara pretty well. We had high hopes she would wear a much more luxe version of her plastic high school crown come May 19, but will we have to re-envision our wedding-day fantasies of Markle's outfit? Perhaps, but there is an apparent loophole to this royal dilemma.
Although the etiquette rule states that only married woman can wear tiaras, it looks like the hours leading up to marriage are fair game. The U.K.'s Independent points out that we got our first glimpse of Kate Middleton in a glittering headpiece on the morning of her wedding—that's before she said I do. So, apparently, the morning of the wedding is the earliest a to-be royal can slip on a sparkling tiara without getting a dirty look from the Queen.
Of course, in accordance to the etiquette rule, the Duchess of Cambridge didn't yet own any tiaras of her own on her wedding day. Crafted back in 1936, the headpiece Kate wore actually belonged to the Queen. That's officially the best 'something borrowed,' ever.
"No one would expect Meghan to wear a tiara before she marries into the royal family," royal expert and commentator Richard Fitzwilliams explained to The Independent. "It is, however, thought she might be leant or gifted a tiara for her wedding by the Queen as Kate, and Sophie Wessex, and Zara Phillips were."
Markle will most likely keep in line with another royal wedding tradition—carrying a piece of myrtle in her bouquet. This royal wedding custom dates back to Queen Victoria, and Kate Middleton actually left her myrtle-infused bouquet in Westminster Abbey at the Unknown Warrior's grave to pay her respects to the armed forces after her 2011 wedding to Prince William. Middleton's wedding-day stems featured a beautiful blend of lily-of-the-valley, Sweet William, and hyacinth mixed in with her royal myrtle. Sadly for Markle, there's no "Sweet Harry" flower in existence, but there's no doubt her bouquet will be just as gorg.
While the tiara rule seems like one royal order Markle definitely can't bypass, the former Suits actress and Prince Harry have been shaking up tradition for their wedding plans, and we are here for it. The duo chose a banana cake to serve at their reception, which marks the first fruit cake of its kind to grace a British royal wedding, and it's rumored that Markle wants her mom to walk her down the aisle. She also sported a sheer gown during the couple's candid (and adorable) engagement photos, which some would argue is a risky choice for a future royal.
We're currently counting down the days until the royal wedding, AND when Meghan Markle is officially allowed to wear royal tiaras.