Meghan Markle is often described as a royal rule-breaker, which is both true and not true. Yes, the Duchess of Sussex does have a habit of breaking with royal tradition with her fashion choices—but on the other hand, there’s no exact rule book. That means Markle isn’t disregarding hard and fast protocols, per se, but instead challenging the way things have been done in the royal family for years.
Although the former Suits star has veered away from tradition when it comes to her clothes, at the end of the day, her stylists would never let her wear something truly not befitting her royal status. Instead, Markle knows everyone’s going to be scrutinizing her royal outfit choices, and she’s smartly using the opportunity to reimagine what it means to be a chic royal in the modern world. Needless to say, we’re so here for that. Below here are 17 iconic times Markle’s style—from messy buns to mismatched earrings—broke tradition.