Meghan Markle's 'messy' buns prove she's ready to shake things up

Meghan Markle has set the royal precedent, even months before she's set to marry into the royal family. 

Amongst the various royal traditions the 36-year-old actress has defied includes ditching the pantyhose, promising to give her own speech at her wedding and refusing to cut back on PDA. But she's not done there -- she's also shaking things up with her hairstyle. 

Sure, there's no rule (that we know of) that claims royal ladies must have perfect blown out tresses for all royal engagements, but it's a look we've become accustomed to since Duchess Kate came into the picture in 2011 with her glossy curls and impeccable chignons. 

The royal family must look presentable at all functions, including clean nails but it's a look we expected Markle to follow in suit with her hairstyle. 

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CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 18: Meghan Markle visits Cardiff Castle on January 18, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 18: Meghan Markle visits Cardiff Castle on January 18, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
CARDIFF, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 18: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Meghan Markle visits Cardiff Castle on January 18, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 18: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Meghan Markle visits Cardiff Castle on January 18, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 18: Meghan Markle during a walkabout at Cardiff Castle on January 18, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
CARDIFF, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 18: Meghan Markle smiles during a visit Cardiff Castle with Prince Harry on January 18, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/WireImage)
CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 18: Meghan Markle in a group hug as she attends a street dance class during her visit to Star Hub on January 18, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Geoff Pugh - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 18: Meghan Markle chats with people inside the Drawing Room during a visit to Cardiff Castle on January 18, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Ben Birchall - WPA Pool / Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 18: Meghan Markle departs from a walkabout at Cardiff Castle on January 18, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 18: Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle are seen during a walkabout at Cardiff Castle on January 18, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 18: Prince Harry and his fiance Meghan Markle arrive at Cardiff Castle on January 18, 2017 in Cardiff, England. PHOTOGRAPH BY Mark Hawkins / Barcroft Images (Photo credit should read Mark Hawkins / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during a visit to Cardiff Castle. (Photo by Andrew Matthews/PA Images via Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 18: Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle arrive to a walkabout at Cardiff Castle on January 18, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle arrive to visit radio station Reprezent FM, in Brixton, London January 9, 2018. REUTERS/Dominic Lipinski/Pool
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But she hasn't, as proven by two of her first royal engagements. Instead of a simple blow out for a visit with schoolchildren in Wales and a drop by in a London radio station, Meghan kissed the royal protocol goodbye.

Goodbye, impeccable blowout. Hello, messy bun.

The unconventional look has divided many. Some have praised Meghan for a more 'realistic' approach to being a royal, while others claim her bun isn't 'appropriate' at all. Others have even insinuated that Meghan's hair is too 'extreme' for the monarchy. 

The messy knot, which many believe is, no joke, "groundbreaking" for the royal family, proves Meghan's just getting started when it comes to royal traditions. 

And, to be fair, we're looking forward to seeing this effortless hairstyle way more this season.

Scroll through below for more royal rules:

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THEY MUST ACCEPT ALL GIFTS GRACIOUSLY

While the royal family has to accept every gift that they receive (even if it’s something super lame), it’s up to Queen Elizabeth who gets to keep which gift.

PRINCE PHILIP IS REQUIRED TO WALK BEHIND THE QUEEN

Since their marriage, Her Majesty’s husband must walk a few steps behind her at all times. Who run the world?

THERE’S A STRICT DRESS CODE

Members of the royal family are expected to dress modestly and never overtly casual. (Serious question: Can you imagine a life without sweatpants?) That doesn’t mean that they can’t have some fun, though.

RELATED: BREAKING ROYAL NEWS: KATE MIDDLETON ISN’T ALLOWED TO WEAR NAIL POLISH

THEY CAN’T JUST PROPOSE WILLY-NILLY

According to the Royal Marriages Act of 1772, royal descendants must seek the monarch’s approval before proposing. (AhemHarry and Meghan.)

RELATED: THE 9 ROYAL WEDDING TRADITIONS WE CAN EXPECT TO SEE WHEN HARRY AND MEGHAN TIE THE KNOT

TWO HEIRS CANNOT FLY TOGETHER

That’s in case something tragic were to happen. Once Prince George (who is third in line to the throne after Prince Charles and Prince William) turns 12, he will have to fly separately from his dad.

AND THEY ALWAYS TRAVEL WITH AN ALL-BLACK ENSEMBLE

The royal family is nothing if not prepared. A respectable all-black outfit is packed with them on their travels in case of a sudden death and they must attend a funeral.

PDA IS FROWNED UPON

Although there is no formal law that forbids future monarchs from showing affection, Queen Elizabeth II set a precedent that encourages royals to keep their hands to themselves. Which is why you rarely see Prince William and Kate Middleton smooching in public, or even holding hands. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, on the other hand, are not under as much pressure to adhere to this protocol.

NO POLITICS ALLOWED

Members of the royal family are not allowed to vote or even publicly express their opinion on political matters.

WHEN THE QUEEN STANDS, SO DO YOU

And don’t even think about sitting until Her Majesty has done so.

BUT THE QUEEN IS NOT ALLOWED TO SIT ON A FOREIGN THRONE

Even if the throne is from the Seven Kingdoms.

THEY LEAVE THE TABLE DISCREETLY

If a royal must use the restroom during a meal, they don’t announce it to the table. Instead, they apparently simply say “Excuse me,” and that’s that. (If only your toddler would do the same.)

YOU MUST ADDRESS ROYALS PROPERLY

This one’s a little confusing. Apparently, when you first meet the queen, you should address her as “Your Majesty” and then “Ma'am.” For other female members of the royal family, you should use “Your Royal Highness,” and then again “Ma'am” in later conversation. For male royals, it's “Your Royal Highness” and then “Sir.” And under no circumstances should you address the queen as “Liz.”

THERE ARE NO AUTOGRAPHS OR SELFIES ALLOWED

So put that selfie stick away.

TIARAS ARE ONLY WORN BY MARRIED WOMEN

No ring? No tiara.

THEY RARELY EAT SHELLFISH

This isn’t a requirement, but a wise rule that many royals, including Queen Elizabeth, adhere to because of the increased likelihood of food poisoning. 

RELATED: YOU WON’T BELIEVE THE DELICIOUS FOODS THE QUEEN FORBIDS FROM THE ROYAL FAMILY’S DIET

CURTSIES ARE ENCOURAGED

While the official website for the British Monarchy says that there are “no obligatory codes of behaviour when meeting the queen or a member of the Royal Family,” it also states that many people wish to observe the traditional forms. That means a neck bow (from the head only) for men and a small curtsy for women.

WHEN THE QUEEN FINISHES EATING, THEN SO MUST YOU

Dining with royalty? No extra portions for you.

THE QUEEN SIGNALS WHEN A CONVERSATION IS OVER

If you see Her Majesty move her purse from her left arm to her right, then it’s time to stop talking. That apparently signals to her staff that she’s ready to move on.

SIX RAVENS MUST LIVE AT THE TOWER OF LONDON

According to legend, at least six ravens must remain at the giant fortress or else the monarchy will fall. But no one actually believes that, do they? Well, apparently so, since there are indeed seven (one spare) birds living at the Tower currently.

ROYAL WEDDING BOUQUETS CONTAIN MYRTLE

This tradition started with Queen Victoria and continued with the Duchess of Cambridge's marriage in 2011. This pretty flower symbolizes good luck in love and marriage. Aww...

RELATED: 14 OF THE MOST STUNNING ROYAL WEDDING DRESSES OF ALL TIME

THEY’RE NOT ALLOWED TO PLAY MONOPOLY

When the Duke of York was presented with the board game, he revealed that it’s forbidden in the royal household because “it gets too vicious.” Royals—they’re just like us.

RELATED: 8 INTERESTING FACTS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT KATE MIDDLETON’S KIDS

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