Megan Markle and Prince Harry recently landed in South Africa to begin their royal tour of the country and several others nearby. In general, royal tours are very formal occasions with very strict protocols.
However, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have reportedly abandoned the royal protocol and will have a quieter tour.
Megan Markle and Prince Harry to Promote Many Causes in Africa
This tour in South Africa will focus on "community, grassroots leadership, women's and girls' rights, mental health, HIV, HIV AIDS and the Environment, "according to a statement by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex published on social media.
The couple's first visit after arriving in South Africa was at a seminar organized by the Justice Desk Project to help girls and women study for self-reinforcement and safety went to the District Six Museum in Cape Town to meet a diverse community in the area that was forcibly displaced during apartheid.
It is reported that Prince Harry will visit Malawi, Angola and Botswana some time later, while Markle remains in South Africa, one thing Prince Harry will do on his own is work with the Halo Trust to raise awareness of land mines in Angola – something that Princess Diana has done a great deal in her life. In the meantime, Markle will continue to visit organizations that promote causes related to women's and girls' rights. People may be unofficial with Megan Markle and Prince Harry during this trip.
It is common knowledge that grandparents are treated a little differently than usual. There are guidelines for what to do when meeting them, such as using the correct title, and calling them "madam" and "sir." However, Markle and Prince Harry drop off the formality with people who meet on this tour.
A source told Vanity Fair Markle and Prince Harry "they want minimal clutter, formality and protocol and will instead roll up their sleeves and work on projects that mean something to them." "The couple also seem to think it's important that they get in touch with the public, and if they have a strict protocol, that can be hampered.
While this may make things easier for some people, others find it rather confusing. Jackie Poking, secretary of the Bo-Kaap Civic Association and Appraisers, said: “I have no idea how to talk to them. We have not received an official label report. I think this is because the susexuals want to keep it informal. I don't even know how to greet them. "
Why did Megan Markle and Prince Harry reject the royal protocol?
First, many contemporary pianos have always been quiet when meeting ordinary people. On one occasion, Prince William said in an interview that he much preferred to be called "William" rather than "His Royal Highness." anyone who wants to follow the traditional way of greeting can do so. In any case, Markle and Prince Harry have shown time and time again that they are not traditional grand pianos, so it is not surprising that they precede to log in to feel closer to everyone they meet.
Some people also believe that this may be a way for the couple to regain popularity after all the recent PR disasters. Over the past year, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been criticized for living too richly, spending millions of taxpayer money on home renovations, and flying private jets four times in less than two weeks. Perhaps a successful royal tour, in which they deeply engage with the public, will help turn things around.