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A royal expert has criticised Anna Wintour for wearing sunglasses while conversing with the Queen at London Fashion Week.
The editor of US Vogue’s decision to wear her signature sunglasses as she sat next to the catwalk was labelled “unacceptable” and “the height of bad manners”.
Ms Wintour and the Queen were watching London-born designer Richard Quinn’s fashion show on Tuesday, with the former keeping her sunglasses on throughout.
Grant Harrold, an etiquette expert who worked in the Prince of Wales’ household, said Ms Wintour’s actions had broken royal protocol.
“Ms Wintour should know that to wear sunglasses when talking to another person, with no medical reason, is unacceptable,” he told the Press Association.
“She should have removed them before being in the presence of the Queen, let alone in discussion.”
“Eye contact is important while holding a discussion, and not removing sunglasses is the height of bad manners and a serious breach of Royal protocol,” Mr Harrold said.