Kate Middleton Has Also Worn Dark Nail Polish and We Barely Noticed

Meghan Markle made a surprising cameo at the British Fashion Awards last night, but her choice of nail color raised some eyebrows. Rather than opting for a natural, light manicure like royal women often do, she went for a rich, dark shade to match her black velvet Givenchy gown.

Despite cries of “broken protocol,” the Duchess of Sussex’s mani didn’t actually breach any regal rules. “There’s no actual protocol about dark nail polish,” royal correspondent Omid Scobie told BAZAAR.com. “It’s simply about being appropriate—we’d never see this at a royal engagement. [The British Fashion Awards ceremony] is a celebration of fashion and there’s a lot more flexibility on what one can wear.”