Meghan Markle Isn't the Only Royal Who's Worn a Leg Slit
The Duchess of Sussex has shown the breadth of her wardrobe during her royal tour of the Pacific, ranging from a memorial-appropriate dress (worn with a fascinator, of course) to eco-friendly sneakers. For yesterday's stop in Fraser Island, Australia, she showed her summery side, opting for a maxi sundress for her and Prince Harry's visit.
Markle's sleeveless frock was a pineapple dress from Reformation, featuring a breezy striped linen, a belt sash, and, most perhaps noticeably, a thigh-high slit on the left side. On any other beachgoer, a leg-slitted sundress would be no cause for concern, but on a member of the royal family, it raised some eyebrows. Some online critics went as far as shaming Markle's dress choice.
Although the Duchess of Sussex bared an unexpected amount of skin, her outfit wasn't necessarily a rogue breach of "protocol" or dress code. "Every outfit for official events for the upcoming tour will be carefully planned," royal historian and expert Marlene Koenig, author ofRoyal Musingsblog, toldBAZAAR.comin July.
Markle also has an entourage of royal advisors traveling with her in the Pacific, including the Sussexes' private secretary Samantha Cohen, who reportedly spearheaded Meghan's "duchess training" and helps her choose what to wear for engagements.
And if you thought the Palace would try to hide Meghan's revealing outfit, Kensington Palace shared the below photo on its official Instagram page, in a sense proving the Duchess wasn't breaking any rules. Commenters rejoiced that the Palace didn't try to hide Meghan's dress as a faux pas.
Meghan also isn't the first royal to ditch the stuffy skirt suits and shift dresses for a more revealing look. Back in 2019, her sister-in-law Kate Middleton had an Angelina Jolie red carpet moment at the premiere ofA Street Cat Named Bob.
For the formal event, the Duchess of Cambridge wore a white Self-Portrait dress that featured a thigh-high slit and a sheer crochet top and sleeves. She paired the look with oxblood pumps and a maroon clutch.
She also sported a leg slit with a Roland Mouret gown while attending an event at the Thirty Club with Prince William in 2012.
Later that year, she went with the slit again while presenting a trophy at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards in a stunning green Alexander McQueen number.
Meghan and Kate's cousin-in-law, Princess Beatrice, has also opted for a more daring hemline. She wore this slitted dress to at the "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" gala at the Victoria & Albert Museum in 2015.
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