Meghan Markle Reportedly Finds Some Palace Rules 'Difficult'

The Duchess of Sussex is just starting to get the hang of things.
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It's only been a couple of months since Meghan Markle began performing her duties as the Duchess of Sussex. Although she reportedly underwent months of "princess training" prior to becoming a royal, it's not the same as the real deal. Along the way, she's learned that there are quite a few things she simply isn't allowed to do anymore, like wearing a hat in the royal box at Wimbledon or showing a lot of (OK, any) PDA at events. Gotta love all that royal protocol! Except, apparently, Meghan doesn't love all the new rules she has to live by.

A source tells People that she "has found certain rules in the royal household difficult to understand, like the fact that the Queen prefers women in dresses or skirts rather than trouser suits." She is, apparently, "often asking Harry why things have to be done in a certain way."

The British royal family is, after all, an ages-old institution that abides by tradition and sometimes archaic rules—and that's probably why the former actress is still trying to get the hang of things. The etiquette for high tea alone is a minefield, after all.

Another hiccup she ran into recently came during her visit to Ireland, when she discussed the legalization of abortion in the country—which was recently passed—with Irish Senator Catherine Noone. In a tweet (which was later deleted), the senator said that the Duchess said she was "pleased" by these events. But the Royal Family tends to avoid political conversation, to the extent that Meghan offering her support for the referendum was deemed controversial.

Meghan is clearly still learning the ropes—but maybe also working to modernize the monarchy behind-the-scenes? That'd be nice. "I think she finds it a little frustrating at times," People's source concludes. "But this is her new life, and she has to deal with it."

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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.

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