Meghan Markle Has Morton’s Toe—Here’s What That Means

Here is something you might not know about Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Sussex.

She has a long toe. Well, two to be exact.

Meghan Markle has a condition called Morton’s Toe, which means that her second toes are longer than her big toes. This first became obvious to eagle-eyed observers when the Duchess wore sandals in recent months while traveling with her new husband, Prince Harry:

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Morton’s Toe is a genetic condition in which the second metatarsal is longer than the first, making the second toe a bit longer than the big toe. It occurs in about 10 to 20 percent of the population. Morton’s toe is also called “Greek foot” or “Royal Toe.” How apropos for the newest member of the Royal family!

The term “Greek foot” came about because many Greek statues were sculpted with this same unique foot structure — ancient Greeks simply appreciated the aesthetics of it. But the toe dipped beyond the borders of Greece. In fact, none other than the Statute of Liberty herself has Morton’s Toe.

We can now add this real royal to the list of famous people (and statues) with the royal toe. As you can see in the photo below, from 2010 — years before Markle became the Duchess of Sussex — her second toe is distinctly longer than her big toe:

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Despite the nicknames, Morton’s Toe is not all galas and horse-drawn carriages. It can also lead to foot pain. The smaller second toe ends up taking most of the force of each footstep, but since it is not as sturdy as the big toe, it can become calloused and overburdened. It can even lead to black toenails or to overpronation, or turning the foot inward too much while walking, which can lead to foot pain and other issues. If it’s problematic, one way to alleviate the pain is to see a podiatrist for help finding special shoes that can correct overpronation and protect the second toe from undue pressure.

Sadly, some mean social media jabs were lobbed at Markle after pictures of her feet went viral. Hmm. Sounds to us like they are just jealous that the glass slipper fit Markle so perfectly.