Kate Middleton uses this item to avoid awkwardness.

The Duchess of Cambridge stepped out recently to attend the Addiction Awareness Week Gala Dinner. She wore an off-the-shoulder dress and paired it with glitter heels and Wilbur & Gussie clutch bag. Many noticed that the duchess prefers clutches to cross-body bags, and there’s a reason why she does.

According to Myka Meir, founder of Beaumont Etiquette, Middleton use this handbag to “avoid awkwardness.” This also serves as her code to send secret signals that she doesn’t want to shake hands, Daily Star reported.

“When the Duchess is at an event, she holds her bag in both hands when shaking hands might be awkward,” Meir explained.

Etiquette guru William Hanson backed up Meir’s explanation. When Middleton clings to her clutch bag it gives her an excuse to not shake everyone’s hand.

“By holding something like her clutch bag, it is perhaps giving her an 'excuse' to not extend her hand to everyone,“ Hanson said. “She can’t shake the hands of everyone she meets – the Duchess would be there all day!”

Aside from Middleton, her late mother-in-law was also fond of clutch bags. However, Princess Diana used it for a different purpose. The Princess of Wales wasn’t afraid of wearing daring dresses, but she didn’t like the paparazzi snapping her cleavage.

Princess Diana always brought a clutch bag to cover her chest especially when she stepped out from cards. According to Anya Hindmarch, Prince William and Prince Harry’s mom used to call her clutch bag her “cleavage bag.”

The members of the royal family have different fashion hacks to make their public appearances more comfortable and enjoyable. Aside from using clutch bags, Middleton is also fond of using Alice Bow insoles to make wearing heels all day more comfortable.

Meanwhile, Meghan Markle wears bigger shoes to avoid blisters. In several photos, the Duchess of Sussex was photographed wearing footwear that are two sizes larger her size.

Queen Elizabeth has a different approach to avoid blisters. According to Stewart Parvin, her shoes need to be immediately comfortable so she has someone wear them.

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Kate Middleton arrives to launch a new national support line at the charity Family Action on Jan. 22, 2019 in Lewisham, England.  Getty Images/Adrian Dennis