Kate Middleton uses this trick so her shoes never slip off

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I've recently come to think of the royal family as my go-to for any fashion tips, especially those that will avoid a wardrobe malfunction.

Princess Diana had many fashion secrets, including one that stopped people from staring down her cleavage, and Meghan Markle uses this special skirt trick to avoid awkward Marilyn moments.

And apparently the Duchess of Cambridge has a clever hack to stop her heels from flying off in public. Kate often wears high heels for official engagements, and is said to be a fan of tights with sticky pads at the bottom, so they stay put as she walks.

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You can find such tights at John Lewis for a mere £5, which is worth it if you're going to avoid an embarrassing moment.

Tights are of course an important part of Kate and Meghan's wardrobes, even though they often divide opinion, with many thinking they're a bit dowdy. This is because they're an official requirement for public outings.

Royal expert Victoria Arbiter said in an interview with Insider, 'You never see a royal without their nude stockings. I would say that's really the only hard, steadfast rule in terms of what the Queen requires.'

Penny Goldstone

Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.

Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).

Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at MoneySavingExpert.com, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.

However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.

Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.