Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 23 July 2019

Watch: How Meghan Markle's royal curtsy has improved a year on

A year of practice has left the mum-to-be with a curtsy fit for a duchess

Meghan Markle has faced a year of scrutiny since marrying into the British Royal Family, especially when it comes to how she handles some of the more traditional protocols.

It was Christmas Day 2017 when the American actress performed her first public curtsy, which was later painstakingly dissected by the world’s media. It was dubbed to be a shaky start, as she relied on Prince Harry to tell her when to lower, clutching her Chloe handbag as she did so.

Meghan Markle curtsy's to the Queen at the Royal's Christmas service at Sandringham  (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Meghan Markle curtsy's to the Queen at the Royal's Christmas service at Sandringham. AP Photo

But a year on, on the steps of St Mary Magdalene Church, the now-Duchess showed off the results of a year of royal practice. Her Christmas curtsy this year was confident and deep, leaving her looking every-inch the seasoned royal.

The Royal Family were attending a Christmas service at the Sandringham church, greeting crowds of well-wishers as they went.

The Duchess of Cambridge was seen walking alongside the pregnant Duchess of Sussex, putting to bed any rumours of a royal rift between the pair. Prince Philip was absent from this year’s service, as was Prince Charles’s wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (R) and Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex greet the crowds after the Royal Family's traditional Christmas Day service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk, eastern England, on December 25, 2018. / AFP / Paul ELLIS
The Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex. greet the crowds. AFP

As the Queen noted in her Christmas Day speech, it has been a busy year for the Royal Family with two royal weddings, two babies and another of the way, with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s baby due in the spring.

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Updated: December 26, 2018 12:28 PM

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