Meghan wants to look glam­orous


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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

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