She may not be an official royal yet, but Meghan Markle has already won our hearts with her warm personality, fantastic style, and charitable heart. That said, the American actress has been known to break the royal etiquette rules from time to time. From spending Christmas with her future in-laws to making this untraditional change to her wedding, she’s no stranger to going against the royal grain.
That became even more obvious during Meghan’s first official outing of 2018. During a visit to a youth-led radio station with Prince Harry, the future duchess wore a coat by a Canadian designer and a scarf from a London-based label. Typically, royals are expected to wear only British brands, but Meghan’s attire sent an important message.
“She’s already learning the art of ‘sartorial diplomacy’—where her clothes will speak for themselves,” editor Christine Ross told E! News. “Combining a designer from her former home with one from her new home is a great nod to her past and her future!”
Underneath the outerwear, Meghan sported a black wool sweater from Marks & Spencer paired with black Burberry trousers. The nod to Marks & Spencer, the British equivalent of Dillard’s in the United States, makes her outfit accessible enough to inspire copycats across the country, experts say.
“It definitely brought a down-to-earth vibe to Meghan’s look,” Ross said. “Any woman, pretty much anywhere in the country, could snag her jumper at a reasonable price.”
While the entire look gave us heart-eyes, it was a rather unusual choice for a member of the British royal family. For one, royalty almost never wear black, except for serious occasions like funerals. The pants were also a departure from Kate Middleton’s signature style, who prefers wearing dresses and skirts when out and about.
“This really shows that Meghan is not taking style notes from anyone,” Ross said. “She’s doing it her own way, and staying true to herself as her role in the royal family grows.”
Mission accomplished! Looking to whip up a wardrobe that’s fit for a queen? Steal these style tips from the original royal rabble-rouser, Princess Diana.
[Source: E! News]