How Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle Prevent Wardrobe Malfunctions

Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton

Meghan Markle and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge | Chris Jackson – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle are two of the most fashionable and photographed women in the world so one of the last things they want is to have is an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction while attending a public event. Luckily, the ladies have a trick to avoid that disaster.

You may recall that the Duchess of Cambridge has had a few fashion faux pas in the past. One in particular that she would like to forget was in 2011 when a gust of wind blew up her yellow Jenny Packham dress at an airport in Calgary. These days Middleton has developed a way of making sure that she doesn’t have too many more Marilyn Monroe moments and it’s something Markle has adopted as well.

According to royal etiquette expert Myka Meier, the duchesses “wear bodysuits and clothes that actually increase static so it’s much hard for something to fly up. So you have an under garment that is almost like a bodysuit that is one tactic that is used.”

The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge

Prince William and Kate Middleton with Canadian Troops | Ian Vogler – WPA Pool/Getty Images

There is also another trick used to avoid an embarrassing photo and it is how the queen herself keeps her skirts from flying up. Her Majesty actually has weights put in her dresses so she’s not at the mercy of the wind.

“I just pop a couple of weights into the hemline of her dresses and coats and it makes them hang beautifully,” said Courtier Stewart Parvin. “If there is a flap in the coat then I will sew in one on each side of the split to even it up.”

It’s a smart tactic but one that Middleton and Markle can’t always go by because in the warmer months the material of their clothing is much too thin for the weights. Therefore, they opt for the bodysuit tactic.

“I know when I went to finishing school we were taught that when you are on the tarmac, if you do not use weights or heavy weighted material, you make sure it will not fly up by wearing undergarments that keep the fabrics connect[ed] to your body,” Meier said. “Also the undergarment would be chosen for that reason.”

Airports are certainly one of the riskiest places for the royal women to have an unwanted photo taken. Not only do they have to make sure their skirts stay down but also that their hair doesn’t fly all over. Fortunately, there’s a little trick for that too.

“Often it’s so windy and breezy that hats are used to keep hair in place,” Meier explained. “Just like the dresses fly up, so does your hair. Right when you walk off the airplane, those are the first photos that go viral, so the hat is often used right when they walk off for that reason.”

Meier is the founder of Beaumont Etiquette and runs online and in-person courses called The Duchess Effect.

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