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.
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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