15 LOOKS, COST­ING €176,000, BUT...

Irish Daily Mail - - News - by Sarah Rainey

FIFTY-SIX days have passed since Meghan Markle — one­time ac­tress, phi­lan­thropist and the woman who cap­tured Prince Harry’s heart — was made a duchess.

Since join­ing The Firm on May 19, her di­ary has been jam-packed with royal events — in­clud­ing a day out at As­cot, a fam­ily wed­ding and, this week, her first for­eign tour.

As any work­ing woman knows, a busy sched­ule re­quires an ever-chang­ing ros­ter of out­fits. And when your day job is be­ing the Duchess of Sus­sex, it’s es­sen­tial to look the part.

In 15 high-pro­file out­ings since the wed­ding, Meghan has de­buted 15 brand new looks, each one more os­ten­ta­tious — and ex­pen­sive — than the last.

Gone are the M&S jumpers and the lit­tle­known, af­ford­able brands she favoured dur­ing her en­gage­ment. These days, Meghan’s wardrobe con­tains only the best clothes from the world’s top de­sign houses: Dior, Givenchy, Prada and Chanel, to name a few.

So ex­trav­a­gant are her out­fits that on her whirl­wind trip to Dublin this week, she was re­vealed to have worn €32,000 worth of clothes in just 24 hours. In fact, to date, she hasn’t worn a sin­gle gar­ment or ac­ces­sory in pub­lic more than once.

All this begs the rather del­i­cate ques­tion: who’s foot­ing the bill?

By way of com­par­i­son, the Duchess of Cam­bridge spent €135,000 on new out­fits through­out the whole of 2017, and a more mod­est €113,000 in 2016.

Less than two months af­ter join­ing the royal ranks, Meghan’s cloth­ing bud­get has al­ready out­stripped that. In­deed, if she con­tin­ues at her cur­rent rate, she could spend al­most €1.1 mil­lion by the end of the year.

Here, we tot up the Duchess’s very ex­pen­sive wardrobe . . .

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