Prince Harry Just Copied Meghan Markle & Broke This Royal Rule

It’s been one year since Meghan Markle accidentally broke royal protocol by shutting her own car door. And now, Prince Harry is giving us major déjà vu.

Earlier this week, the Duke of Sussex, 34, attended the fifth anniversary of the Invictus Games at the Guildhall in London and made a minor faux pas that we nearly missed.

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When he arrived at the reception, Prince Harry got out of the vehicle and shut the car door on his own. Gasp!

The reason the gesture is a big deal for some people? There’s an unspoken rule that members of the royal family aren’t supposed to open their own doors. Instead, they’re supposed to let someone else do it for them.

If the rule sounds outdated, that’s because it is. The royal family has followed this tradition ever since cars and carriages were invented.

Prince Harry’s mishap comes exactly one year after his wife, 38, broke royal protocol. The incident took place during Markle’s first solo engagement as an official family member.

When she arrived at the opening of the new Oceania art exhibit at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, the duchess exited her vehicle and then closed the door herself. Of course, the moment immediately made headlines, though we highly doubt it was intentional.

So. Many. Rules.


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