When it comes to the details of Meghan Markle’s wardrobe, from accessories, to makeup, to hair, we pay attention. So when she turned up for an event which involved walking across a soccer field, in stilettos… we definitely noticed.
Why not opt out for more practical footwear? Surely a pair of sneakers, or lightly heeled boots, would have eased the path for her? It turns out though, there’s a specific reason Meghan insists on heels no matter the terrain, and it’s not, y’know, fashion, dahling — it’s to bridge the height difference between herself and hubby Harry.
At 5ft 6in, she’s significantly shorter than the Prince, who stands at a towering 6ft 1in, so she wears heels on all public occasions and all surfaces, in a bid to look more balanced when appearing together.
It’s a savvy choice, which helps the couple look more in proportion to each other on camera (and surely avoid a lifetime of neck strain). Celeb photographer Glenn Gratton, speaking to Daily Mail, shared his thoughts; “Couples with a big height difference look slightly unbalanced in pictures, and often the smaller of the two ends up looking even smaller and is constantly looking up at their partner… In the case of Harry and Meghan she will be wearing high heels to maximize her height and shorten the gap if possible.” So for official royal engagements, it’s all heels, all the time. Heaven forbid she opt for wedges.
There are a few occasions which we recall Meghan appearing in flats, and that was at their very first public outing as a couple, at the Invictus Games in Toronto last September (can you believe that was less than a year ago?) – which prompted the flurry of engagement rumours. The Duchess also wore a pair of sandals at Harry’s recent polo match (images seem to be taken from a zoom lens, though — so technically not an ‘official’ outing).
Apparently strategic thought applies to her dresses as well, with Gratton observing, “Careful use of wardrobe choices will be important for Harry and Meghan to make sure the couple’s height difference is minimized,” noting her penchant for midi skirts that sit high at the waist, in an effort to create clean lines and the illusion of added height. “The shape of skirts will also give the optical illusion to make her look taller than she actually is,” he added. Clever, royals, clever.
Luckily, it’s not as much of a problem for our second-favourite Duke and Duchess, William and Kate. With just four inches between them – William being 6ft 2in, and Kate a not insubstantial 5ft 10in – she can more easily get away with dressing for practicality’s sake, donning flats or sneakers if the occasion calls for it.
Well, we already know Meghan opts to wear shoes two sizes too big (to reduce pain in her feet), so it looks like this is just another thing to add to the Duchess guide. Oh, the things people do for love.