Before Meghan Markle stepped down as a senior royal, what she wore was a hot topic. At times that was because she was wowing fans in an incredible outfit and other times, because experts were noting what royal fashion rules she was breaking.

The first fashion protocol Meghan went against in public was when she and Prince Harry announced their engagement in November 2017. The press noted that she wasn’t wearing pantyhose for their photocall, which is said to be Queen Elizabeth II‘s “hard, steadfast rule.” That’s just one example of the many times the Duchess of Sussex ripped up the royal fashion rule book. However, Meghan never broke one of the oldest rules that others, including the queen, have.

Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle glaring at each other in the Royal Box at the 2019 Wimbledon Tennis ChampionshipsKate Middleton and Meghan Markle in the Royal Box at the 2019 Wimbledon Tennis Championships | Karwai Tang/Getty Images

700-year old rule bans royals from wearing this

According to the Express, there is a 700-year-old rue that bans members of the royal family from wearing fur. In the Fur Act of 1337 King Edward III banned anyone, even royals, from wearing fur as part of their outfit.

Many royal watchers are surprised by the rule since the late Queen Elizabeth was photographed wearing fur on more than one occasion. However, the publication did note that some state events, such as the opening of Parliament, required the monarch to be dressed in fur, despite the ancient law.

Queen Elizabeth stopped wearing it but other royals have broken the rule

Queen Elizabeth II wearing a fur coat as she leaves a dinner party in Grosvenor SquareQueen Elizabeth II wearing a fur coat as she leaves a dinner party | Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images

The queen isn’t the only senior royal spotted wearing fur on occasion. The Princess of Wales (formerly known as Kate Middleton) has also been seen wearing it.

“For Christmas with her parents in Berkshire, she repeated her chestnut brown Hobbs ‘Celeste’ coat with a jaw-dropping red fur scarf,” Daena Borrowman, the Marketing Manager at jewellery box, said about the Kate’s 2016 attire.

Princess Anne and Prince Charles’ wife Camilla, Queen Consort, have also broken King Edward’s rule and donned fur in the past.

In 2019, following backlash, the queen’s former dresser Angela Kelly announced that the monarch stopped wearing any new clothes featuring real fur. And at the time, designers were instructed to use faux fur instead and began removing real fur from some of the queen’s favorite outfits, such as mink from a much-loved coat. The guards outside Buckingham Palace, though still wore bearskin hats.

Why Meghan has never worn fur

Meghan Markle smiling during visit to Te Papaiouru Marae for a formal powhiri and luncheonMeghan Markle smiling during a visit to Te Papaiouru Marae for a formal powhiri and luncheon | Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage

As for Meghan, she has never been photographed wearing fur before or after joining the royal family.

The Duchess of Sussex’s former agent, Gina Nelthorpe-Cowne, who worked with Meghan before she married Prince Harry, said that Suits star refused to wear or promote fur on ethical grounds. PETA and other animal welfare organizations have praised Meghan for that.

Moreover, Harry’s wife previously revealed that when it comes to leather, she prefers to wear vegan leather. “Personally, I love cropped pants in vegan leather,” she said per The Telegraph.