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Was Meghan Markle Trying to Send a Message to Queen Elizabeth With Her Nail Color With Oprah?

Jessica Harrington
·2-min read
UNSPECIFIED - UNSPECIFIED: In this handout image provided by Harpo Productions and released on March 5, 2021, Oprah Winfrey interviews Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on A CBS Primetime Special premiering on CBS on March 7, 2021. (Photo by Harpo Productions/Joe Pugliese via Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - UNSPECIFIED: In this handout image provided by Harpo Productions and released on March 5, 2021, Oprah Winfrey interviews Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on A CBS Primetime Special premiering on CBS on March 7, 2021. (Photo by Harpo Productions/Joe Pugliese via Getty Images)

Image Source: Harpo Productions/Joe Pugliese via Getty Images

Although a lot of bombshells were dropped during Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's interview with Oprah Winfrey, which aired on CBS on March 7, it was clear the couple didn't want to show any disrespect to their royal relatives. This was evident in their words, but it also may be why the Duchess of Sussex seemed to have chosen to wear a very specific nail-polish color for the occasion.

The royal family have always been very intentional about their beauty and fashion choices. There are ample rules and traditions that they follow, from the colors of their clothing all the way down to their nails. It's been long known that Queen Elizabeth II's go-to nail-polish color is Essie Ballet Slippers ($9) - a classic, pale-pink color with a slightly sheer finish - and as a result, it was made the standard for all women in the royal family.

Despite the duke and duchess having made their royal exit and no longer being obligated to abide by the royal family's protocols, Markle's light-pink manicure for the tell-all interview looks to be the same shade, or at least one very similar. This also seems to be the hue Markle wore for her engagement photos to Prince Harry back in 2017 and the royal wedding in 2018. The choice to wear this specific nail color again for the interview could be a nod to the queen to show her respect.

Queen Elizabeth II wasn't the only member of the royal family whom Markle paid tribute to with her appearance during the CBS interview. She honored her mother-in-law, Princess Diana, by wearing her diamond tennis bracelet and even had on similar bold eye makeup to Diana's during her own monumental interview with BBC Panorama in 1995.

UNSPECIFIED - UNSPECIFIED: In this handout image provided by Harpo Productions and released on March 5, 2021, Oprah Winfrey interviews Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on A CBS Primetime Special premiering on CBS on March 7, 2021. (Photo by Harpo Productions/Joe Pugliese via Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - UNSPECIFIED: In this handout image provided by Harpo Productions and released on March 5, 2021, Oprah Winfrey interviews Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on A CBS Primetime Special premiering on CBS on March 7, 2021. (Photo by Harpo Productions/Joe Pugliese via Getty Images)

Image Source: Harpo Productions/Joe Pugliese via Getty Images

WIDNES, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 14: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Queen Elizabeth II attend a ceremony to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018 in Widnes, England. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry last month to become The Duchess of Sussex and this is her first engagement with the Queen. During the visit the pair will open a road bridge in Widnes and visit The Storyhouse and Town Hall in Chester. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
WIDNES, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 14: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Queen Elizabeth II attend a ceremony to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018 in Widnes, England. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry last month to become The Duchess of Sussex and this is her first engagement with the Queen. During the visit the pair will open a road bridge in Widnes and visit The Storyhouse and Town Hall in Chester. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

Image Source: Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images