If you think rules of British Royalty are aplenty, another rule bars the two duchess Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle from wearing ‘flashy’ diamonds until the clock clocks 6pm. The rule of course does not include their diamond engagement rings daily, but anything more lavish items are reportedly reserved for more special occasions. This reportedly is done to avoid the duchesses from looking ‘flashy’.
According to etiquette expert Myka Meier, while we may see the duchesses wearing other jewels like pearls and topaz before 6pm, diamonds are reserved for past 6pm so that they "avoid looking flashy".
“Before 6pm, you’ll see metallics, gemstones, pearls [and] sapphires," Meier told News.com.au.
‘’At night, you’ll see the diamonds come out, and that’s in order to not come across as flashy in your appearance.”
Royal Butler Grant Harrold also added that tiaras are typically reserved for married members of the royal family. In 2017 Kate wore Princess Diana's favourite tiara in December to a diplomatic ball hosted by the Queen while Meghan wore a diamond and platinum tiara from the Queen's private collection on her wedding to Prince Harry in 2018.
“For married ladies, it was a sign of status and would show you were taken and not looking for a husband," Grant explained.
“For the gentleman, it was a clear sign not to make advances toward the lady in question."
"The more significant event, the more likely you are to see them wearing diamonds – specifically when there is a reason."
Kate is often seen wearing budget-friendly jewellery - such as her £8 Accessorize earrings while Meghan has regularly been spotted wearing affordable Missoma rings.