Kate Middleton Avoids Donning Diamonds Before 6 p.m. (and Meghan Markle Used to Follow the Same Rule)

Did you know that Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle aren’t supposed to wear diamonds before 6 p.m.? (And no, we’re not kidding.)

Myka Meier (royal expert and founder of Beaumont Etiquette) recently discussed the strict rules the British royal family is expected to abide by. One of them includes saving “flashy” jewelry—like diamonds—for nighttime wear only.

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“Other jewels are worn pre-6 p.m.,” Meier told “Before 6 p.m., you’ll see metallics, gemstones, pearls, sapphires.”

Meier explained the reason behind the time stamp, saying Queen Elizabeth doesn’t want the royal family to be too showy. “At night, you’ll see the diamonds come out, and that’s in order to not come across as flashy in your appearance,” the royal expert said.

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If it seems oddly specific, you should know that there are countless nit-picky rules the royal family is supposed to follow, like avoiding bright nail polish and refraining from doing PDA when they’re working. Luckily, there’s a team who helps the women decide what is (and isn’t) appropriate.

“They have a team who know what is appropriate for the event they’re attending,” she explained. “And Meghan especially would be given a lot of advice on (what to choose).”

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Of course, this no longer applies to Markle, who moved to California with her husband, Prince Harry. Still, we can’t help but wonder who thinks of these rules.

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