Why Meghan Markle Is Not Wearing a Name Tag to Royal Ascot Like Kate Middleton Always Did
But the new Duchess of Sussex still had one on hand!
The strikingly non-royal badge is typically worn by attendees of Royal Ascot to signal admission into the exclusive royal box. In the past, Meghan’s sister-in-law, Kate Middleton, has always worn one. (It says “HRH The Duchess of Cambridge.”)
But on Tuesday, Meghan’s white Givenchy suit dress was without a name tag — putting her in the company of Queen Elizabeth, who never wears a name tag (go figure), and mother-in-law Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
PEOPLE understands that the royal women typically take their cue from the Queen, which is why they opted not to wear the badge. (The one exception: Sophie, Countess of Wessex, who also rode in Meghan’s carriage.) But it’s a personal choice whether to wear one.
However, Meghan did have one on hand — photos captured her carrying the tag, along with her Givenchy clutch.
• With reporting by MONIQUE JESSEN