Meghan Markle’s “Duchess Lessons” Make the Princess Diaries Look Elementary
If you want to be an actor, you take acting lessons. If you want to be a college grad, you take university classes. But hey, if you want to be a royal ... you still need instruction. Sorry, there's no getting around it. (Nope, not even for a bonafide actor/college grad like Meghan Markle.)
The newly minted Duchess of Sussex already has a regal title after tying the knot with Prince Harry in their romantic royal wedding on May 19, but she's still got to learn how to walk the walk—and that's apparently where "duchess lessons" come in.
Luckily for Markle, she's getting some help courtesy of a Queen Elizabeth staffer.
People reports that palace aide Samantha Cohen has been advising Markle behind-the-scenes about how to live her best duchess life. Cohen was Queen Elizabeth's assistant private secretary until April, and this summer, she'll become Prince Harry's private secretary. In the meantime, her focus has apparently been on Markle.
But let's back up for a second. What exactly happens in a duchess lesson?
InStyle consulted the etiquette pros at The English Manner, and it helped shed light on what will go down.
"In terms of etiquette, there may be some advice on 'British' traditions such as tea parties and formal banquets," The English Manner Chief Executive Alexandra Messervy explained. "There will be discussions on Royal Ascot and key events in the royal year, public outings, garden parties—which she did yesterday with aplomb grace and looked super—and I don’t think much else. Her Royal Highness has already shown she has film star poise and grace."
Messervy added that Markle's tutoring likely won't be about the fundamentals, like how to "meet and greet" people, but rather will focus on more formal protocols. (Unlike the Princess Diaries, there's no leg-crossing how-tos here.)
Sounds easy? Think again. While the actual content of the sit downs hasn't been revealed, some outlets are alleging that the whole process can take up to six months. Including the summer.
At least college students get a summer vacation. Tough luck Meghan, we hope you still study hard anyway.