Meghan: the look I love

Prince Harry’s fi­ancée will style their home with com­fort and fem­i­nin­ity, says Amira Hashish

London Evening Standard (West End Final B) - ES Homes and Property - - Interiors -

PRINCE HARRY is not Meghan Markle’s only pas­sion in life. The Amer­i­can ac­tress and new royal fi­ancée also has a love of home­ware. Be­fore she was en­gaged to Harry, she ran and re­searched her own life­style web­site — which will no doubt stand her in good stead when kit­ting out her new home, Not­ting­ham Cot­tage, part of the splen­did Kens­ing­ton Palace es­tate.

The TV star and en­trepreneur, who has been based in Toronto since se­cur­ing her role in the le­gal drama se­ries Suits in 2011, fre­quently used the hash­tag #theresno­place­like­home when post­ing many in­te­ri­ors pic­tures of her Cana­dian home on her so­cial me­dia ac­counts.

Re­moval vans have been spot­ted park­ing up at the palace, ship­ping in her prized pos­ses­sions. The 36-year-old’s beloved pet dogs Guy and Bog­art are al­ready bed­ding into their new London life — quite lit­er­ally, for these pam­pered pooches have their own beds.

The Duke and Duchess of Cam­bridge, when they were first mar­ried, lived at Not­ting­ham Cot­tage. How­ever, when they moved into their more spa­cious present home, 20-room Apart­ment 1A, also at Kens­ing­ton Palace, Prince Harry made the cot­tage his bach­e­lor pad.

Nes­tled in a clus­ter of 17th-cen­tury build­ings in the palace grounds, it may be the stuff of dreams for most young cou­ples but by royal stan­dards, it is rather mod­est. The 1,324sq ft prop­erty comes with two Christo­pher Wren-de­signed bed­rooms, a small liv­ing room, an in­ti­mate din­ing room, a kitchen — where Harry and Meghan now fa­mously cooked roast chicken on the night the prince pro­posed — and his and hers bath­rooms.

There are some prac­ti­cal con­sid­er­a­tions. Prince Wil­liam had to stoop to avoid hit­ting his head on the low ceil­ings but at 5ft 6in tall, that should not be an is­sue for Meghan.

In their BBC in­ter­view fol­low­ing Mon­day’s en­gage­ment an­nounce­ment, the cou­ple stressed they are a team — but that might not al­ways be quite the case. When the out­doorsy prince lived alone at the cot­tage he ap­par­ently pri­ori­tised in­stalling a ham­mock in the yard. How­ever, his Cal­i­for­nia-born girl­friend prefers to make flow­ers her top pri­or­ity and loves in­te­ri­ors that ooze cosy com­fort, and creamy calm.

When she set up her web­site, The Tig, it was branded “a hub for the dis­cern­ing palate” and spe­cialised in style, food, and travel. She closed the site ear­lier this year with the mes­sage: “Af­ter close to three beau­ti­ful years on this ad­ven­ture with you, it’s time to say good­bye to The Tig. What be­gan as a pas­sion project evolved into an amaz­ing com­mu­nity of in­spi­ra­tion, sup­port, fun and fri­vol­ity. You’ve made my days brighter and filled this ex­pe­ri­ence with so much joy.”

Her In­sta­gram wall is awash with her favourite in­te­rior de­sign schemes and of­fers a glimpse into the fu­ture of Not­ting­ham Cot­tage.

If you like the look, here’s our guide to giv­ing your own home a Markle-style makeover...

THE MARKLE STYLE

Markle is all about Dan­ish-style hygge — a qual­ity of cosi­ness, con­vivi­al­ity and well­be­ing — us­ing cool, mono­chrome colours lay­ered with sump­tu­ous throws and feather-filled comfy cush­ions.

Her favourite selfie spots are her deep, wide white linen sofa cush­ions, or on her sim­ple wooden-framed bed which is adorned with soft white linen, prob­a­bly 800-plus thread count Egyp­tian cot­ton. Other self­ies show her re­flected in her large, smoked- glass, pan­elled state­ment gilded mir­ror which was in

Warm and wel­com­ing: Amara meets Ugg to cre­ate cosy Dan­ish hygge look, le Nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als: log bas­ket in tan leather by Oti In­grams, £1,6 at the­new crafts­men.com

Who’s that girl? Markle loves an­tiqued dis­tressed mir­rors and used this one at her old home in Toronto to take a selfie

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