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Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle rely on this one trick to prevent their skirts from flying up

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By ELLE team  August 17th, 2018

When you’re a royal, you just cannot afford to have wardrobe malfunctions. In fact, we imagine that’s one of the numerous (often bizarre) rules that govern the lives of the UK’s royal family. When it comes to fashion, they follow a code of conduct which frowns upon bright nail polish and jeans. Pantyhose, on the other hand, is almost a requirement. Now, an etiquette expert has revealed the simple style hack Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle fall back on to ensure their skirts don’t ride up in windy weather.

Myka Meier, founder of Beaumont Etiquette, said in an interview, “Often they wear body suits and clothes that actually increase static so it’s much harder for something to fly up. So you have an undergarment that is almost like a body suit — that is one tactic that is used.” 

She added, “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 to your body.” 

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Meier also parted with another trick the royals use to always look poised and perfect  they use hats to keep their hair in place when it’s breezy. Especially when they arrive in foreign locales and are going to be clicked right away. That might explain why hats are so preferred by the ladies of the royal household. 

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The Queen has yet another fashion hack that avoids embarrassing moments. She’s said to use weights along the hem of her dresses, and these are apparently sourced from the curtain accessories section of the department store Peter Jones. 

8 rules that Meghan Markle must follow post her marriage to Prince harry

Wear a bright manicure

Your red manicure probably hurt your chances with Prince Harry more than you’ll ever know. Female members of the royal family must always have their nails painted in various shades of nudes or light pinks. Neutral colours are all they’re allowed to play with.

Have social media accounts

That’s right, we’re probably never going to see another cute girl gang photo of Meghan Markle and Priyanka Chopra ever again. The princess isn’t allowed to have any personal social media accounts for fear that private information might reach the public. Instead, the Kensington Royals have official accounts managed by a team of professionals. You can bet they don’t post which designers the princesses are wearing.

Eating shellfish

More specifically, oysters and mussels. So if you're planning on sharing that seafood platter with Meghan, you may want to think again. This specific shellfish can cause allergies and if not stored properly, can even become poisonous.

Play Monopoly

It’s not just you and your bestie who get aggressive during a competitive game of Monopoly. It’s princesses too. At least we assume that’s why royals aren’t permitted to play Monopoly at the palace. The game is said to be too competitive and aggressive.

Sign autographs

There’s no point in investing in those jewel-encrusted pens. The British royals aren’t allowed to sign autographs for fear of their signature being forged on official documents. They are only allowed to sign official documents and visitor’s books.


Forget about going backless or flashing a plunging neckline — sweatshirts and sports bras are out too. Say goodbye to casual Fridays. As a princess, your new wardrobe would have to be modest and elegant.

No hats after 6PM

When the sun comes down, the hats come off. Royal etiquette states that after 6 pm, it's time to swap your hat for a tiara to public events. The tiara was used as an indicator of a lady's marital status. So next time you don't want to get hit on at a nightclub, you may want to throw on a party tiara.

Work in an office

Looks like Rachel will never be a lawyer. Princesses are forbidden from working in an office as they are required to make multiple royal appearances on an extremely tight schedule. Before her marriage, Kate used to work at her parents' company but had to give it up to fulfil her royal duties.