"There is good casual and there is bad casual."

By Stacey Leasca
October 31, 2018

Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, is one stylish traveler. She’s got all the cheap secrets to successfully flying across the globe, understands the need for travel-specific beauty products, and loves to rock a comfy walking shoe. But, apparently, some of her travel styles may be getting her into some royal hot water.

On her first royal tour alongside her husband, Prince Harry, Meghan has been spotted wearing a few dresses that have every woman’s favorite detail — pockets. On Sunday, the Duchess wore a white tuxedo dress by New Zealand designer Maggie Marilyn during an event in Wellington. Though she looked picture-perfect to us, one royal etiquette expert is sounding the alarm saying Meghan’s pockets are “too casual” for a royal.

“We know that Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are pioneering a new, relaxed, tactile branch of the monarchy but having hands in the pocket is a step too far,” William Hanson told the Daily Mail. “There is good casual and there is bad casual. Placing a hand in the pocket is too relaxed and unprofessional, however dressed down Prince Harry and his wife may have been.”

The Duke And Duchess Of Sussex -- Harry and Meghan -- Visit New Zealand
Credit: Samir Hussein/WireImage/Getty Images

But as far as we're concerned, Meghan should be allowed to put her hands in her pockets all she wants, especially while traveling. After all, she’s not carrying a purse, and she’s on the go for the second week in a row, and needs somewhere to put her hotel key, right?

Beyond the need to, you know, be a human and put her stuff somewhere, Meghan may also be sending a subliminal message by putting her hands in her pockets that she’s sort of over this entire royal tour.

“The classic reason for this very common gesture is that it signals a subliminal desire to hide, especially when the hands are shoved deep into the pockets," body language expert Judi James explained to OK!. “It also helps get over the common problem most of us suffer from, which is not really knowing what to do with our hands when we know people are looking at us.”

You do you, Meghan. This tour will be over soon. And for everyone else, here are a few travel-ready dresses that come with pockets so you can live like this easy breezy duchess too.