In the last week, we’ve learnt a lot about what happens when you become a member of the British royal family.
There’s rules you have to follow, titles you have to go by, and things you’re just definitely not allowed to do anymore.
But perhaps less known, is that when you marry into the family, as Princess Diana and Kate Middleton did, your family gets their very own coat of arms.
On May 25, when Kensington Palace presented Meghan Markle’s coat of arms, a major royal tradition was broken. While it is usually the father of the bride who receives the coat of arms, Markle’s was given directly to her. It also solely represents her and her life, rather than her family.
Now, however, onlookers have noticed something a little odd about one of the symbols on the Duchess of Sussex’s coat of arms.
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) 25 May 2018
It’s customary for the figures on the shield to be symbolic of members of the royal family, and in Markle’s case, Prince Harry is represented by the lion on the left, while Markle is represented by the songbird on the right.
But… um. Why is Meghan’s songbird wearing its crown around its neck, as though it’s choking?
But why is the Crown around the neck?
— Linda (@cleflygirl15) May 25, 2018