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Etiquette expert explains why Duchess Kate is mostly carrying her bag in her left hand

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As a royal fan, have you ever wondered why Duchess Kate practically always carries her bag in her left hand?


If you haven’t seen it before, we can bet it will be all you see when you next get a glimpse at the Duchess.


The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate, doesn’t do anything just by chance…Whether it be a typical clutch or an elegant purse, Kate is frequently seen carrying a bag in her left hand at royal events, despite being right-handed. But she isn’t the only one.

Back when the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, was a senior working member of the royal family, she too would often be found carrying her purse in her left hand. This is all despite being right-handed. Well, question no more because according to etiquette expert Myka Meier, there is a very simple explanation behind it, and it’s all to do with greetings.

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Attending multiple royal functions that she does as a royal, Duchess Kate carries her bag in her left hand so that she can keep her right hand free to greet and shake hands with guests.

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Giving the explanation on her Instagram account beside a photo of the late Princess Diana setting the example, Myka wrote in 2019: “Royal Etiquette Hack: When entering a room or event, handbags or briefcases are held in the LEFT hand so that your right-hand stays open to meet, greet and shake hands! Prince Charles does this too!”

Unfortunately, the royals have been unable to shake hands with those they have met during the coronavirus pandemic, with the likes of Prince Charles is preferring to greet people with a Namaste instead. 



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Duchess Kate regularly uses her clothes or accessories to make a statement. During the first national lockdown in 2020, the royals performed most of their royal duties through video calls, but the Duchess still found a way to display sartorial diplomacy.

The royal mum’s wardrobe choices seemed to sweetly reflect the symbol of positivity that the nation has adopted amid the pandemic, by dressing in rainbow colours. She has worn red, yellow, blue, lilac and green. The Duchess has also often chosen to wear NHS blue for occasions when she has been speaking to healthcare staff. 

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