While most of us can’t wait to slip into sandals and flip-flops on the beach, pregnant Meghan Markle kept it chic in a pair of flat pumps.
The 37-year-old and her husband Prince Harry were joining barefoot lifeguards – all dressed in shorts – for a beach clean-up in Melbourne, Australia.
The Duchess of Sussex ditched her nude heels for a pair of black pointed flats by Rothy’s, £79, and held onto Harry’s arm as they walked over the sand.
Since joining the royal family, Meghan has had to abide by certain fashion rules and this applies to flip-flops too.
“Open-toed shoes are considered informal footwear”
According to etiquette expert William Hanson, there is a reason why Royal Family members have to avoid certain footwear.
He told Harper’s Bazaar: “Open-toed shoes are considered informal footwear and inappropriate for formal occasions.”
The Duchess teamed the black flats with a Club Monaco dress with gold buttons and a beige mac.
The happy couple were welcomed by thousands of people, who greeted them with an array of colourful placards.
But this isn’t the only royal fashion rule Meghan must abide by.
According to royal protocol, colourful nail polish isn’t allowed to be worn during public appearances.
As they only opt for nude shades, Superdrug claims to have seen a 57% rise in sales for the Essie Nail Colour 6 Ballet Slippers – because Meghan wears it.
Even royals including Queen Elizabeth and Kate Middleton wear subtle pinks or clear nail polish.
Royals are also expected to travel with a black outfit on hand, in case a family member dies.