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The alteration Meghan Markle made to this blue designer dress to make it more 'royal'.

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Like just about everyone else at the moment, we’ve found ourselves overcome with Meghan Markle fashion fever during her royal tour for the Invictus Games.

The Duchess of Sussex has been debuting stunning look after stunning look, while incorporating ethical and sustainable designers and balancing her sartorial tastes with royal expectations.

However, keen observers noticed the Duchess used a classic alteration hack, to avoid a Marilyn Monroe-esque billowing skirt moment and/or a raised eyebrow from conservative royal fans.

At the unveiling of The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy at Tongan secondary school, Tupou College, on Friday, Meghan wore a blue shirt dress with high, mid-thigh slits from US label Veronica Beard. The thigh-slits, however were taken down to knee-length.

She teamed the flowing dress with a pair of Banana Republic Madison 12-Hour Side Cut-Out Pumps, and you can actually get a black suede alternative on sale right now for $126 AUD.

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Much more royal-appropriate. Image: Veronica Beard + Getty.

We're wondering if her more subdued look was due to one of her previous royal tour outfits which also featured a dress split - more than what we're used to seeing on a royal.

Stepping off the barge at Kingfisher Jetty on Fraser Island, Meghan's beach-weather appropriate, Reformation dress looked chic, but a few non-chill people on social media had thoughts to share about Meghan's EXPOSED ARMS AND LEGS (kill us).

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Alas, her stunning dress has since sold out. Image: Getty.
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While Meghan's style has had to evolve since marrying Prince Harry, her sister-in-law, Duchess Catherine has also had her outfits altered to make them more 'royal'.

During her 2014 royal tour to Australia and New Zealand, the Duchess was seen in a stunning Catherine Walker spring green coat dress with a high-neck collar, which greatly differed from the plunging neckline seen on the original design.

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Kate Middleton has also used this classic fashion hack. Image: Catherine Walker + Getty.

It appears to be just one of the many compromises one has to make when they're a royal.

What do you think of Meghan's subdued, dress-altering tactics? Tell us in a comment below.

Watch Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, from birth till now. They're a bit cute.

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