Meghan Markle Closes Car Door, Internet Flips Out

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By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 26, 2018 11:38 AM CDT
Meghan Markle Closes Car Door, Internet Flips Out
Meghan Markle, center, accompanied by Britain's Prince Harry and her mother, Doria Ragland, walk to attend a reception at Kensington Palace in London on Thursday. Markle is also said to have shut a car door by herself on this occasion.   (Ben Stansall/Pool Photo via AP)

All eyes have been on Meghan Markle since her much-hyped nuptials to Prince Harry, with people commenting on what she wears, how they think she feels, and now—how she exits a car. The BBC and People report that the newest member of the royal family arrived Tuesday at London's Royal Academy of Arts to attend an art exhibit and, as is standard, someone opened the car door for her. What's not standard, apparently: that Markle then pushed the door shut behind herself.

And the internet reacted, with responses ranging from laudatory—"Well done Meghan!" tweeted Sun columnist Emily Andrews—to sarcastic. "Because I was so inspired by Meghan Markle, as I left the house this morning I shut my own front door," one commenter snarked. An etiquette ace tells the BBC the royals typically have doors opened and shut for them not for "airs and graces," but for security reasons; it seems the person who opened the door in this case then stepped out of Markle's way so she could greet her host, and the duchess decided to just shut the door herself. It seems to not be the first time Markle's auto egress has raised eyebrows: She's believed to have also shut her own car door last week at the launch for a charity cookbook. (More Meghan Markle stories.)

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