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Meghan Markle Royal Ascot 2018: The surprising fashion rules the Duchess of Sussex will have to follow at the races

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry at Royal Ascot 2018 [Getty]

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry made their Royal Ascot debut as a married couple today [19 June], one month after tying the knot at their Royal Wedding.

After a week of royal engagements with the Queen in Chester, the Duchess of Sussex had yet another public appearance to make, this time at the races accompanied by her husband the Duke of Sussex.

But with a royal engagement comes some strict dress code rules, especially at Royal Ascot 2018.

So what are the fashion rules Meghan adhered to in her elegant Givenchy number?

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex looked loved-up at event [Getty]

Meghan will have a set of strict fashion rules to follow at Royal Ascot 2018 [Getty]

Ladies in the Royal Enclosure are reminded to follow formal daywear attire, defined as follows by the Ascot style guide:

Dresses and skirts should be of modest length, reaching just above the knee. Dresses and tops should have straps of one inch or greater. Jackets and pashminas may be worn as long as the outfit beneath complies with the Royal Enclosure dress code. Trouser suits are permitted as long as they are full length and of matching material and colour. Jumpsuits are accepted but should be of ankle-length. Hats should be worn, while a headpiece with a solid base of at least four inches in diameter is acceptable as an alternative.

Meghan often veers away from royal fashion guidelines [Getty]

Ensembles not permitted are the following: 

Strapless, off-shoulder, one-shoulder, halter neck, bardot and spaghetti straps are not permitted. Midriffs must be covered. Fascinators are not permitted, neither are headpieces without a base of at least four inches.

Meghan Markle won’t be permitted to wear a strappy dress [Wenn ]

Kate Middleton wore an elegant white number when she attended Royal Ascot [Getty]

Meghan has a tendency to break away from royal fashion guidelines, but stuck to tradition when it came to Royal Ascot, as they joined Her Majesty the Queen at the event, as well as a whole host of other royals.

For her series of public engagements with the Queen in Chester last week Meghan wore a demure, cream midi dress with a stylish belt.

Meanwhile, when Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, made her Royal Ascot debut, she stuck to the rules in a white lace dress and extravagant fascinator.

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