There’s no doubt that Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton have an enviable jewelry collection. With vaults filled with tiaras and diamonds out the wazoo, it’s hard to imagine that the duchesses ever have trouble finding the right accessory to wear for an outing. But like everything in the royal family, there are strict rules when it comes to the jewelry they can and can’t wear—depending on the time of day.
According to royal expert Myka Meier, each duchess has a “team of aids” to help her get dressed, including choosing her jewelry. Per Meier, royal women are prohibited from wearing diamonds in the daytime (aside from their wedding wing or religious jewelry), which is why you’ll usually see Markle and Middleton wearing other gemstones, such as sapphires or pearls, when the sun is out. That’s because diamonds are usually seen as more “flashy,” so they’re reserved for the night instead of in the day when the women are in duchess mode and working.
“Other jewels are worn pre-6pm,” Meier told news.com.au. “Before 6 p.m., you’ll see metallics, gemstones, pearls, sapphires. At night, you’ll see the diamonds come out, and that’s in order to not come across as flashy in your appearance.”
That’s not the only day-night rule that the duchess must follow either. Per Meier, the women’s choice of shoes is also determined depending on the time of day. In the day, when the duchess are usually working, they’re often seen in closed-toe shoes with rounded points. Nights are usually when small platforms come out, and open-toed shoes are usually reserved for only red carpets.
“During the day, when the duchesses are on duty, we typically only see closed-toe shoes,” Meier said. “We often don’t see too much of a platform for a day event, and we tend to see open toe only at red carpet events.”
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