She may be royalty, but that doesn’t make her perfect! On Oct. 31, Meghan Markle went barefoot at a Pōwhiri — a traditional Maori welcoming ceremony — in Rotorua, New Zealand. No big deal, right? Well, upon ditching her shoes, people noticed that the Duchess of Sussex has a red scar on the inside of her left foot. As it turns out, the former Suits actress has most likely undergone bunion surgery at some point in her life. 

“Meghan’s scar is 100 percent due to open bunion surgery,” leading consultant trauma and orthopedic surgeon Kumar Kunasingam told The Sun. “While the scar is only 4-5cm long, this type of surgery can be very painful and it can take up to three months before patients can wear heels again,” Kumar added. 

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The surgeon went on to detail what the surgery actually entails and be warned: It sounds excruciating. “During surgery, you have to cut through all these layers to get to the bone, which is then broken, straightened, and pinned.” Ummm, can you say ouch?!

“A bunion is a bit like an onion. It has so many layers and both pre and post-surgery they can make you cry,” Kumar analogized. Poor Meghan! We hope that if in fact, she suffers from bunions, that she doesn’t have to undergo another surgery anytime soon.

After all, now that she’s out and about in the public eye, she sure does love rocking a fresh pair of designer heels. TBH, we’d really hate to see the 37-year-old’s enviable sense of fashion tarnished by a pair of orthopedic shoes. Oh, and of course, now that Meghan is expecting a darling royal baby… we sure hope that Prince Harry’s genetics somehow combat those pesky bunions!

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