Meghan Markle slammed for 'awful' curtsy to the Queen

Nisean Lorde

Meghan Markle’s New Year’s resolutions might be very relatable, but perhaps she might want to add royal curtsy etiquette to her list?

The 36-year-old was photographed curtsying to Queen Elizabeth II during Christmas Day church services at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, England, last Monday — and although it was her first public event with the monarch, a few eagle-eyed royal observers noticed the curtsy was a bit off.

Grant Harrold, Britain’s official “etiquette expert” and former butler to Princes Charles, William and Henry, appeared on Good Morning Britain to gently critique Markle’s curtsy technique and give some tips on how to master the art.

Meghan Markle's curtsy to the Queen on Christmas Day has been criticised. Photo: Getty Images
The Queen wore an orange suit at Sandringham on Christmas Day. Photo: Getty Images

“What you should be doing, for a lady, is the right foot behind the left, and then it is a gentle bob,” Harrold told the “Good Morning” hosts. “You don’t want to go too far down because you might not come back up.”

Keep your back straight, Harrold added, and only give a sight bend at the knee — the Duchess of Cambridge nailed it.

“You keep the hands in because you’re not a penguin,” he said.

For men, the expected behaviour is slightly different: a simple neck bow.

People also took to Twitter to slam Meghan for the way she curtsyed to the Queen, with one person blaming her boots for the mishap.

"For starters the boots that she wearing are probably the reason why her curtsy is off. Plus there is a step behind her. She just needs to practice some more," one person said online.

"She really needs to work on that curtsy... it was awful," another person said.

It was Meghan's first curtsy in front of the cameras. Photo: Getty Images
Meghan spent her first Christmas with the royal family this year before marrying Prince Harry. Photo: Getty Images

Still, Markle has time to work on her curtsy, and she looked absolutely stunning in a caramel-toned hat and a long tan wrap luxury coat by Canadian brand Sentaler.

She paired it with a sultry pair of over-the-knee brown suede Stuart Weitzman boots that retail for $798 and finalized the look with a small round double-handle Pixie shoulder bag by Chloe. Click here to see more of Markle’s killer style.

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