Meghan wants to look glamorous
r ure K. r n a rt. m d t to nt t ys. n d e think she has that natural empathy that Kate has yet with the British public yet and is perhaps unaware of what she has signed up for.
“Kate is happiest in the countryside dressing down in jeans and wellies. When she appeared on the cover of Vogue, she chose to look comfortable. Her wardrobe is a function of her job.” (BW notes, though, that the Burberry suede jacket she wore was worth almost $8000!)”
“Kate has been accused of being frumpy - she is not a style icon in the same way as Meghan - but hasn’t really put a foot wrong in terms of her clothes. Yes, she is traditional and does not flash her legs in public. I suspect she is not as obsessed with fashion as her sister-in-law. She is not interested in being a clothes horse, like Meghan.
“Meghan is flashing her shoulders, which has garnered an equal amount of criticism and praise. She is also wearing a lot of American and Canadian designers — as well as high-end European ones — rather than promoting British talent. But she has only been in the UK for eight months, so perhaps, she has not got into the swing of things over here.”
The contrast between the two duchesses is thrown into sharp relief in their choice of outfits for their official engagement portraits: Meghan wore a $75,000 Ralph and Russo dress while Kate wore a $310 Reiss dress for hers.
“Like the Queen, Kate is very thrifty and recycles her clothing,” Joseph says. “She is equally conscious of mixing High Street and designer fashion in order not to appear extravagant, especially as we have been through a recession in Britain. Obviously, on occasions, she has to fly the flag for Britain and look glamorous on state occasions. If she is on tour, she wears a mixture of British designers and fashions from the country she is visiting.” he duchess-as-diplomat donned Montreal-born designer Erdem Moralioglu on her first day in Canada, American Diane von Furstenberg’s Maja dress in the US and Singapore-born Prabal Gurung while touring the island nation.
Joseph acknowledges, however, that Meghan’s championing of haute couture fashion houses and Canadian and American designers more often that homegrown UK ones, is beginning to be remarked upon. She wore an ivory-button front Givenchy shirt dress for royal Ascot, which — with accessories — was estimated to cost anywhere from $11,000 to $22,000.
“She is wearing a lot of American and Canadian designers - as well as high-end European ones - rather than promoting British talent. Meghan is doing what Kate did for British labels, but for Canadian and New York labels.
“I think she has not fully settled on these shores yet and people would like to see more of the designers being British, but they are not yet.
“Kate joined The Firm and wanted to play the game. Meghan appears to be trying to drag the royal family into the 21st century. You saw it with her wedding — she is breaking a lot of rules intentionally.”
Vogue Australia associate digital editor and confirmed royal watcher Danielle Gay says that Meghan’s style has definitely changed since the wedding.
“It is a more royal-approved wardrobe that is polished and demure but feels younger than the Duchess of Cambridge. She’s certainly not wearing coat dresses (like Kate),” Gay says.
“Straight after the wedding she quite notably only wore beige and neutrals. At her first appearance after the wedding she wore a Goat dress and Philip Treacy hat — head-to-toe pale blush pink — at The Prince of Wales’ 70th birthday celebration. She donned pantyhose for the first time, which was definitely a big nod towards a royal wardrobe.
“For her first appearance on the balcony Meghan Markle in Dublin on a visit that drew criticism for her pricey clothes. Photo: Picture Press Europe