21 Photos of Meghan Markle’s Stunning Transformation Since Becoming a Royal
Watch as we trace the evolution of Meghan’s style from Hollywood actress to HRH The Duchess of Sussex.
In her previous life…
Meghan Markle, born Rachel Meghan Markle, was once a fairly recognizable Hollywood actress, thanks primarily to her role on television’s Suits as “Rachel Zane,” the beautiful biracial paralegal who aspires to become an attorney and captures the heart of the series’ lead, Mike Ross. This photo was taken at the Anti-Defamation League Awards Dinner in Los Angeles in 2011—three months after the show’s premiere and one month after her real-life wedding to Trevor Engelson. Check out these 20 times Markle channeled her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana.
Meghan, is that you?
On May 17, 2012, Meghan posed for the cameras at the USA Network’s Upfront Presentation, wearing a beige miniskirt and ivory sleeveless shell with cut-out open-toed pumps. Her hair appears to have been lightened to a chestnut-auburn shade. This is a look we aren’t likely to see the Duchess of Sussex trying out again because it goes against the Queen’s fashion rules in multiple ways. Find out more dress code rules the royal family needs to follow.
A now-retired smile-style
In September 2012, Meghan posed for the cameras at the 13th Annual InStyle and Hollywood Foreign Press Association Toronto International Film Festival Party in Toronto with a pouty smile we haven’t seen since she became involved with Prince Harry.
A body-con look she could still pull off…
…if she weren’t now a member of the royal family. Meghan looks amazing in a midriff-bearing bandage dress designed by Herve Leger for Max Azria at a 2013 fashion show. But if she got to keep the dress after the show, it’s likely gathering dust in her closet as Meghan hasn’t been photographed in anything this body-conscious since she married Prince Harry.
Before she perfected her royal leg-crossing game
Also in 2013, this is what Meghan wore at New York City’s Fashion Week. Meghan looked entirely appropriate for a Hollywood celebrity attending a fashion show. But the leg-cross is all wrong for a duchess. Check out more etiquette rules the royal family is expected to follow.
Another pose we rarely see now that she’s a duchess
In October 2014, at an event benefitting Elton John’s AIDS Foundation, Meghan struck this pose which is fairly routine for actresses and models in Hollywood but almost unheard of among members of the royal family.
A daring look from a matchmaking designer
At the Vogue Fashion Fund Awards in New York on November 2, 2015, Meghan modeled a daringly low-plunging dress designed by Misha Nonoo, who some speculate may be the person who introduced Meghan to Harry on a blind date in early July 2016. “We were introduced actually by a mutual friend,” Harry revealed during the couple’s first sit-down interview with the BBC following their engagement announcement. Others claim the mutual friend is Violet von Westenholz.
Who wears short-shorts?
Apparently, Ms. Meghan Markle wears short-shorts—with pointy-toed stilettos. Or at least she did as of May 2016, when she was photographed at the P.S. ARTS 25th Anniversary Party in Los Angeles. Breaking fashion rules is nothing new to Meghan.
Introducing… the new girlfriend of Prince Harry
When this photo was taken in September 2016, Meghan had recently been “outed” as Prince Harry’s new girlfriend. Her style—a relatively modest pants suit and slickly straight hair—is a very subtle hint at Meghan’s future style as Duchess of Sussex.
The iconic “husband shirt”
Another design by Misha Nonoo, the “husband shirt,” worn with ripped, faded jeans, is rumored to be the “piece of clothing that ‘sealed the deal’” with Prince Harry. The happy couple is pictured here at the Invictus Games in Toronto, Canada on September 25, 2017, a mere two months before Harry popped the question.