Kate Middleton Usually Holds Her Handbag in Her Left Hand. Here’s Why
From sticking to subtle, neutral shades of nail polish to avoiding all-black ensembles (outside of a funeral context), there are many fashion rules royal women follow. This includes how they hold their handbags.
As Hello! The magazine points out that royals - like Kate Middleton - always make a point of carrying their handbags in their left hand, even if they're right-handed. The reason? It allows them to greet people with a firm handshake.
This technique allows royals to immediately extend their arm when approaching someone, rather than adjusting their purse or offering an unsteady handshake with their left hand. The simple gesture makes her look natural and prepared as opposed to distracted and spontaneous.
Middleton isn't the only family member to have used this technique. When Meghan Markle was a senior royal, she carried her purse in her left hand. Even Prince Charles holds his belongings this way, allowing him to freely use his right hand.
This isn't the first time we've heard this theory. Back in 2019, Myka Meier (royal expert and founder of Beaumont Etiquette) explained the idea on Instagram, writing: "When entering a room or event, handbags or briefcases are held in the LEFT hand, leaving your right hand open to meet . greet and shake hands!" She added, "Prince Charles does that too!"
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