Why the Duchess of Sussex always wears shoes that are too big for her

Danielle Fowler
Freelance Writer
Why does Meghan Markle wear shoes that are at least one size too big for her on royal engagements? [Photo: Getty]

The ‘Meghan Effect‘ is in full swing with royal fans flocking to bag the Duchess of Sussex’s sell-out looks one public engagement at a time.

But eagle-eyed fashion followers have spotted something surprising about Meghan Markle‘s newfound Buckingham Palace-approved wardrobe.

It seems the duchess wears shoes that are at least one size too big for her. Whether it’s the £550 Aquazzura lace-up heels she donned for the couple’s engagement photocall or her sell-out Jimmy Choo numbers (photographed above), she is rarely seen wearing close-fit shoes.

So what’s the possible reason behind the bizarre habit.

Eagle-eyed royal fans noticed that Meghan Markle’s £550 Aquazzura shoes were too big for her on the day of the couple’s engagement photocall [Photo: Getty]

Fashion expert Harriet Davey says: “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.”

“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. The swelling can cause blisters and in the long run bunions.”

But with recent high-profile events including her joint engagement with Queen Elizabeth II to Meghan’s Royal Ascot debut, how does the Duchess of Sussex ensure that her shoes don’t slip off?

Davey explains: “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.”

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