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Meghan Markle ends tour with a royally awkward wardrobe malfunction

The Duchess had more than a Marilyn moment while meeting fans in New Zealand.

By Jess Pullar
Duchess Meghan certainly wasn't shy of making some bold wardrobe choices throughout her royal tour Down Under, but she's gone out with a bang in her final ensemble.
Stepping out in a stunning navy blue Givenchy top and pleated skirt for an outing in Rotorua, located on the North Island of New Zealand, Meghan and husband Prince Harry shared some special moments during their visit, which included meeting baby kiwi chicks and visiting a beautiful New Zealand Marae
But there was something else that really got people talking (and gawping!).
Meghan's Givenchy ensemble didn't fail to make heads turn, but not for the reason you'd expect. (Image: Getty)
While Meghan stepped outside to meet royal fans, the sheer fabric on her fashionable pleated skirt turned transparent as the sun caught it, revealing a little more of the Duchess than what royal custom typically allows. Whoops!
We're just relieved she opted to wear matching navy underwear for the occasion!
Oops! The sheer skirt revealed more of the Duchess than we expected! (Image: Getty)
Adoring fans were not deterred from the Duchess despite the mishap. (Image: Getty)
The daring skirt has sparked conversation on social media, with some comparing the wardrobe mishap to one similarly made by her late mother-in-law Princess Diana.
The People's Princess was photographed before her 1981 wedding to Prince Charles in a Laura Ashley skirt that also went transparent in the sunlight.
Fans have compared Meghan's latest wardrobe mishap to this photograph of Princess Diana, whose skirt turned transparent in the sunlight. (Image: Rex)
Wardrobe mishaps among royals are often scrutinised more so than your average celebrity given the strict rules around royal fashion and behaviours.
And despite the slip up, Meghan's royal tour wardrobe has been adored by the masses over the past 16-days, with some looks standing out more than others.
While in Queensland, Meghan wore another sheer maxi dress that had thigh-high slits. And while the style was indeed daring in royal terms, Meghan pulled it off seamlessly.
The Duchess looked stunning in a Reformation maxi-dress featuring daring thigh-high slits. (Image: Getty)
And in a slight turn of events, Meghan has also gone above and beyond to keep things conservative for some of her royal tour looks.
While in Tonga, the Duchess wore wore a blue Veronica Beard shirt dress which originally had thigh-high slits. However, Meghan stepped out in an altered version with slits reaching only as high as her knees.
Meghan opted for a slightly more conservative version of the blue Veronica Beard shirt-dress. (Images: L-R Veronica Beard, Getty)
Similarly, the Duchess also wore a customised Gabriela Hearst dress for a formal engagement with New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern earlier this week.
The navy dress originally had spaghetti straps, however these were replaced with capped sleeves for the Duchess, giving the dress a more conservative look.
Meghan's capped-sleeved style gave the gown a more formal look. (Images: L-R Gabriela Hearst, Getty)
With or without alterations, there's no denying the Duchess has absolutely nailed the style stakes during this royal tour - the enourmous response from Markle's fans and fashion enthusiasts alike is evidence enough.
Within just minutes of stepping out in certain designer ensembles, fans jumped onto the labels websites, causing them to crash.
Among those designers was Australia's Dion Lee, who said he was surprised at the overwhelming reaction.
"It's a whole other level [of attention]. I can't say our website has ever crashed as a result of anyone wearing our clothes," he wrote in a statement.
The navy blue Dion Lee dress worn by Meghan in Melbourne caused the designer's site to crash as fans flocked to view it online. (Image: Getty)
Meghan's fashion choices are not spontaneous in any sense of the word. In fact, the Duchess brought a style entourage to accompany her throughout the tour to ensure she looked in tip top shape at all times.
Consisting of best friend Jessica Mulroney and celebrity hairdresser George Northwood, Meghan was in the best hands when it came to stepping out for a whopping 76 appearances over a 16-day tour.
And while her last see-through navy ensemble in New Zealand might have been a slight slip up by Meghan and her fashion squad, we can't hold it against them - they've done a pretty incredible job in making the Duchess look flawless every step of the way.
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