Meghan Markle has only been married into the Royal Family a week and everything about her is subject to the utmost scrutiny.
Her family have hit the headlines in every which way – despite not being invited to the event at Windsor Castle.
It is reported that at a Buckingham Palace garden party to celebrate Prince Charles’ 70th birthday year, yes, year, she appeared without a hair out of place and was even wearing tights.
For the next six months, the new Duchess of Sussex will be taught the ropes by Palace adviser Samantha Cohen, who was at the royal wedding.
And as another part of the royal welcome package, she’s been given her own coat of arms, which were unveiled earlier this week.
Let’s take a look at it
The royal College of Arms’ design shows a blue background of the shield, which represents the Pacific Ocean off the California coast, while the two golden rays across the shield are symbolic of the sunshine of Meghan’s home state.
The three quills represent communication and the power of words.
On the grass are golden poppies, California’s state flower, and wintersweet, which grows at Kensington Palace.
As is customary, both husband and wife are represented. Harry, being royal, is the lion wearing a crown and Meghan is the songbird.
It’s the songbird which people have picked up on…(here it is again)
Specifically, the fact that the poor bird looks as if its choking on the crown around its neck.
Happily, there is a simple explanation, and it’s NOT a heavy-handed piece of symbolism.
The songbird isn’t being strangled by the crown.
Instead, it’s being “ducally gorged” which sounds equally (if not more) unpleasant, but which simply means the placement of the coronet when a person holds the rank of duke or duchess.
It was present on Princess Diana’s coat of arms and is on the Duchess of Cambridge’s.
Basically, when a person is royal by birth, a crown is depicted on their head, whereas when a person is royal by marriage, the crown is portrayed on the neck.