Meghan Markle, formerly of Suits fame (and now, you know, a member of the British royal family), is reportedly not allowed to wear an IRL suit on her upcoming Australian tour.
According to the Daily Mail, Prince Harry reportedly put the kibosh on an order of Stella McCartney suits—including a formal tuxedo—that Meghan had placed ahead of the trip, because it's against royal protocol for the duchess to wear trousers on an official visit.
Even with Harry's guidance, the newest royal has pushed the fashion envelope in the past—with her messy buns, stocking-less legs, and off-the-shoulder dresses, just to name a few—but a suit, apparently, is non-negotiable, despite the fact that Markle has been spotted in suits in the past and that she starred on a show literally called Suits. Though Harry was reportedly the one to deliver the news to his wife, the edict likely comes straight from the queen, who, as the Daily Mail points out, is said to be "uneasy at the sight of women wearing any trousers other than jodhpurs." Princess Diana also once notably wore a tuxedo to a formal event, in 1988, drawing the obvious parallels between the two rebellious princesses.
Apparently, this isn't the first time that Prince Harry has played stylist to his bride."He gives his views on what he thinks looks best, rather than helping her follow royal protocol on hemlines or anything like that," a source told the Daily Mail earlier this year. "The joke is that Harry is Meghan’s surprise stylist."
Since becoming a royal, the duchess has maintained a wardrobe of primarily neutral-colored dresses and skirts, but this reportedly hasn't exactly been easy for the former fashionista. According to a source, she "has found certain rules in the royal household difficult to understand, like the fact that the queen prefers women in dresses or skirts rather than trouser suits, and is often asking Harry why things have to be done in a certain way... I think she finds it a little frustrating at times, but this is her new life, and she has to deal with it."