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Just because she’s a duchess doesn’t mean Meghan Markle has to follow all the rules like her sister-in-law, Kate Middleton.

Markle recently attended her first-ever Royal Ascot in England and appeared to break royal protocol with an accessory (or lack thereof). It all started earlier today when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived in a carriage at the annual horse racing event, which is known for its strict dress code. (For ladies, this means covered shoulders, a name tag and—of course—a fascinator.)

During the event, Markle noticeably held her name tag in her hand, while her husband, Prince Harry, proudly pinned his badge on his lapel. So, why did the duchess break the dress code?

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As it turns out, the tags are merely a formality to get through security. In fact, Duchess Camilla, Princess Anne, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie were spotted without their pins during the event.

“Wearing pins has nothing to do with protocol,” royal historian Marlene Koenig told Harper’s Bazaar. “Protocol is for official, diplomatic, state events, [including] where you sit, when you enter, etc.”

The missing accessory still caught the attention of many royal aficionados, considering Middleton has donned a name tag on several occasions. Exhibit A: the 2017 Royal Ascot.

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Nevertheless, we don’t blame Markle for forgoing the accessory. After all, she is wearing Givenchy, and we all know the permanent damage of wearing a pin simply isn’t worth it.

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