The 1 Shoe Style Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle Are Not Allowed to Wear, According to the Queen

As far as royal family fashion is concerned, the queen has strict protocol everyone — including herself — must follow. However, not everyone abides by the rules. Case in point: The queen hates one of Kate Middleton’s favorite shoe styles. That said, the duchess wears them anyway, just not in front of her majesty.

Whether they’re at a family party or making an appearance with the queen, you’ll most likely never see Kate Middleton (or Meghan Markle) in wedged heels. “The queen isn’t a fan of wedged shoes,” a source told Vanity Fair. “She really doesn’t like them and it’s well known among the women in the family,” they added.

Kate Middleton wearing wedges

The queen is not a fan of Kate Middleton’s shoes. | Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

How Kate Middleton stays comfortable in heels

So, how does Kate stay comfortable when forced to wear uncomfortable pumps and stilettos for hours on end? She reportedly swears by Alice Bow leather insoles. Handmade in Britain from fine Italian leather, the duchess allegedly finds the long-lasting insoles to be “so comfortable” and thinks they are great for her collection of designer heels.

Kate isn’t the only royal with comfort tricks up her sleeves. In fact, Meghan Markle knows a thing or two about making heels as comfortable as possible, too. After all, if she is going to have to wear them for hours on end, the least she can do is be comfortable.

When the queen is not around, Kate is free to wear her beloved — and comfortable — wedged heels. Although, she doesn’t wear them as much as she used to.

Meghan Markle's shoes

Meghan Markle always goes a size up in shoes. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Meghan Markle wears her shoes a size too big

You might have noticed by now that the Duchess of Sussex frequently wears ill-fitting shoes. As it turns out, this is not a mistake. In fact, it’s a style secret many members of the royal family swear by to avoid blisters and bunions.

“Celebs often go a size up, or even two, in the shoe department when they’re at an event or on the red carpet, and it’s for one reason we can all relate to — to avoid blisters,” fashion expert Harriet Davey told The Sun. “There’s nothing worse than uncomfortable shoes (we’ve all been there on a night out) and when celebs like Meghan are wearing heels for a long period of time their feet can often swell up,” Davey adds.

Adding some extra space allows for more room to breathe — especially if the feet swell — but how the heck does she keep her shoes on? According to Davey, she has a trick for that, too. “A trick of the trade is to stuff the toe with padding like tissue or cotton wool, and this can be taken out once they feel like they need a bit more room in their shoes.” This is probably why we almost always see Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton (and, for that matter: Queen Elizabeth) in close-toed shoes.

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