Meghan Markle and Duchess Kate have become fast friends since the former actress joined the royal fold in May. While their senses of style differ, Kate is sure to be feeding her sister-in-law some tips on how to stay prim and proper as a newly minted royal – especially when it comes to the battle between the wind and a loose-skirted dress! Luckily, there are a few simple tricks to keep the duchesses from revealing more than they bargained for.
Things got a little windy for Kate at the Commonwealth Day service. Photo: © Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images
One such tip takes advantage of science! Etiquette expert Myka Meier said that the royal ladies use static to make sure this faux-pas doesn’t happen. “Often they wear body suits and clothes that actually increase static so it’s much harder for something to fly up,” she told The Sun. “So, you have an under garment that is almost like a body suit; that is one tactic that is used. 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 connected to your body.”
But the real queen of outfit etiquette is the Queen herself. Having become the monarch at the young age of 25, Her Majesty has amassed more than a few tricks in her arsenal. The Daily Mail reported that she has weights sewn into the hem of her skirt to keep the fabric down. Apparently, this handy trick only costs CA$2.50! Back in 2012, couturier Stewart Parvin shared the inside scoop of how he keeps the Queen’s skirts in order: “I just pop a couple of weights into the hemline of her dresses and coats and it makes them hang beautifully. If there is a flap in the coat then I will sew in one on each side of the split to even it up. And sometimes, if she is wearing a lightweight chiffon skirt, I will sew in a smaller lead weight the size of a pea or even a length of chain.”