MEGHAN’S MINI-RE­BEL­LION

As al­ways the duchess’ out­fits were a ma­jor talk­ing point. Shun­ning the high-street brands usu­ally favoured by sis­ter-in-law Kate, her clothes was all haute cou­ture.

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The LA-born for­mer ac­tress looked sleek in a £369 (R7 195,50) dark green leather skirt by Hugo Boss and a £69 (R1 345,50) shirt by & Other Sto­ries, un­der a soft £2 000 (R39 000) cream coat from Ar­mani. Her match­ing hand­bag, a £1 685 (R32 857,50) satin tote by Gabriela Hearst, com­pleted the look, bring­ing the to­tal cost to more than £4 000 (R78 000). Meghan made an­other eye­brow-rais­ing choice in her Sus­sex out­fit – she didn’t don any­thing by a Bri­tish de­signer. While she’s mostly played by the rules when it comes to fash­ion – think nude tights and beige aplenty – body-lan­guage ex­pert Denise Bjork­man believes Meghan’s pricey, rather un­pa­tri­otic out­fit for this oc­ca­sion was a small act of re­bel­lion. While the mod­est shape and style still abide by royal rules, Meghan man­aged to give it her own lit­tle spin. “Her con­sis­tent choice of mod­est clothes strongly sug­gests her need to be ac­cepted and fit in,” Bjork­man says. “She’s no doubt aware of [Prince An­drew’s ex-wife] Fergie’s com­edy of er­rors and Diana’s flir­ta­tion with more re­veal­ing looks.” But this out­fit is some­what dif­fer­ent. “It’s a mix of royal house com­pli­ance with shades of sub­tle re­bel­lion,” Bjork­man says. “We’re see­ing her start­ing to claim her unique­ness. “She’s redefin­ing her role within the royal fam­ily with touches of her own brand. She’s flex­ing her mus­cle as her own de­ci­sion-maker.”

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