Meghan Markle had to adhere to certain royal protocols when it came to fashion during her time as a senior working royal. But when she and Prince Harry left that title and the UK behind, the Duchess of Sussex’s fashion choices and dress sense changed. Instead of having to adhere to or follow guidelines in regards to the suitable length a skirt or dress should be, to keeping nail varnish neutral and being seen with neutral tights on when in public, Meghan can now wear exactly what she wants. As a result, there has been a clear shift in her style and one fashion expert describes it as “California rich mom”.
2021 was the first full year the Duke and Duchess of Sussex spent as private citizens after they made their final public appearance as working senior royals back in March 2020 at the Commonwealth Day service.
Over the past 12 months, Meghan and Harry have stepped into new roles as entrepreneurs and media producers.
But they aren’t the only changes which have been made.
Now, without having to follow royal protocol or guidelines, Meghan’s wardrobe has adapted.
The former actress has always been a fan of elegant and minimalist fashion, she also loves monochrome and tonal dressing, as well as delicate, usually layered jewellery, and she has displayed all of that in the last year.
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When pregnant with daughter Lilibet, Meghan opted for novelty prints and soft colours.
In May, when appearing via a pre-recorded video at the Global Citizen Vax Live event, Meghan chose a red and pale pink floral Caroline Herrera tied shirt dress.
Post-pregnancy, when travelling to New York with Prince Harry back in September, for their first round of solo public engagements, Meghan’s outfits were luxurious.
The Duchess went back to what she does best in fashion; tonal dressing and chic separates.
She kicked things off in an all-navy ensemble compromised of an Emporio Armani coat over a matching turtleneck and slacks – a look better suited for a boardroom than Buckingham Palace.
Eloise Moran, fashion writer and author of Lady Di Look Book recently spoke out about the change to Meghan’s fashion during an appearance on the Royally Us podcast.
She said there’s a “relief” on Meghan through her fashion look.
“It’s definitely evolved,” Eloise added. “I think we’ve kind of seen her ditch the classic tropes of what it means to be in the Royal Family – having to maybe cover up certain things, certain hemline lengths.
“So she obviously has got this ‘California Montecito rich mom’ thing going on when she is in California.
“But what I loved about the New York trip so much is, I think she kind of displayed this succession style, which I like to say is ‘mogul style’, it’s a very young billionaire outfit.”
Eloise also said Meghan “took cues” from one of Princess Diana’s business-chic looks when she used to visit New York.
The writer continued: “We saw that in the black and tan looks that she wore, which was a colour palette that Princess Diana was so adopted when she went to New York.
“And in her short dress that she wore to Global Citizen concert and it was a Valentino little white shift dress, showing a lot of legs and high heels.
“I think you can see that there is almost a relief on her where you can see she is a lot freer in her style,” Eloise commented.
To add to this, the price of Meghan’s 2021 outfits were £58,388, despit having stepped back from duty.
This is an increase of over £14,000 on 2020’s total, despite the fact she has appeared in public on fewer occasions.