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From wearing pantyhose (ew) to perfecting the curtsy, Meghan Markle has settled into royal protocol so gracefully that those messy buns seem like a distant memory. So when the Duchess of Sussex nearly committed a royal no-no at the Queen’s Young Leaders Awards yesterday, we couldn’t help but gasp.

It all started when Meghan and Prince Harry sat in their front-row seats next to Queen Elizabeth at the ceremony. On camera, Meghan can be seen stumbling slightly, then crossing her legs like a normal human (gasp!) while she chats with a woman next to her.

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So what’s the issue, you might ask? Welp, in public, Meghan and Kate Middleton are expected to sit in a very specific manner called the “duchess slant,” and a plebeian leg cross just doesn’t cut it.

Much to Samantha Cohen’s relief, Meghan did ultimately angle her legs into a duchess slant, allowing us to finally exhale. 

We’d say that was too close for comfort, but TBH, the duchess slant hardly looks comfortable. 

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