Did Kate Middleton break a royal protocol for wearing shorts?

The Duchess of Cambridge surprised royal fans when she sported shorts at the King’s Cup Regatta charity on Aug. 8. Middleton arrived at the event wearing a striped peplum shirt, a pair of nautical navy trousers and white sneakers.

However, when she stepped out to join the competition, the royal mom of three changed into a light white jacket, baseball cap, navy shorts and a pair of New Balances. Thus, many are wondering if Middleton violated a rule by doing so.

According to Michelle Kapusta, she didn’t. Although Middleton raised a few eyebrows for wearing shorts since not many royal women before her did the same thing, she didn’t break any steadfast royal rule.

Meanwhile, netizens speculate why royals don’t usually wear shorts. One said that they avoid the piece of clothing because it’s “too revealing.” Another suggested that Middleton might have stopped wearing shorts because she is old enough and might have developed cellulite on her thighs.

On the contrary, when Middleton showed off her thighs, some netizens were green with envy. One netizen took to Twitter and said that she felt sad after seeing the duchess’ toned legs while saying “I want her thighs,” the royal fan wrote.

“I think we all feel your pain today,” a different user commented with a sad face emoji.

 In related news, there was a time when Middleton bonded with Prince Charles in Balmoral sans Prince William. It happened in 2007 when she was still dating the Duke of Cambridge.

The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince of Wales bonded over Prince William’s favorite pastime – hunting. Middleton showed a remarkable level of confidence and was later photographed holding what looked like two dead pheasants.

However, Prince Charles and Middleton’s bonding sparked a controversy when the anti-blood campaigners reacted to it and called it “shocking” and “abhorrent.”

“It is shocking and abhorrent that she is engaging in blood sports,” the spokesman for campaign group People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) said. “Kate is obviously trying to endear herself to the Royal Family and her decision will do her no favours whatsoever.”

Kate Middleton Kate Middleton arrives to launch a new national support line at the charity Family Action on Jan. 22, 2019 in Lewisham, England.  Photo: Getty Images/Adrian Dennis