No weights in the hem for Kate

By Diana Pearl
April 11, 2016 10:35 AM
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Princess Kate – or Marilyn Monroe?

Royal watchers had a serious case of deja vu during Princess Kate and Prince William’s visit to Mahatma Gandhi’s house on Tuesday, when a heavy gust of wind came through, nearly blowing up her white Emilia Wickstead dress – and giving us flashbacks to that iconic scene in Monroe’s classic film, The Seven Year Itch.

The couple was laying a wreath at India Gate, which serves as a memorial to the 74,000 soldiers who died fighting in World War I. Amid the somber setting, Kate found herself facing an unpredictable fashion challenge: the wind.

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This isn’t the first time Kate has had a close brush with the wind – back on the couple’s first royal tour to Canada, her yellow dress was caught in a gust on an airport tarmac.


But this time around, Kate’s mid-calf-length white dress – and its similarity to Monroe’s famous halter – makes this occasion even more of a classic Marilyn moment.

The Queen herself is so cautious about having a Marilyn moment of her own that she’s known to sew weights into the hems of her skirts to avoid one. (Not that we can blame Kate for not wanting to have to carry around weights all day!)

And Princess Kate wasn’t the only one: Prince William had his own mini-Marilyn reenactment himself.

Hey, when the wind is strong, there’s not much you can do to stop it!