Meghan Markle’s first ‘official’ outfit is pitch perfect for the modern royal

Meghan Markle

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In case you’ve somehow missed it this morning (can we join you in your cabin in the woods?) Meghan Markle and Prince Harry made their first official appearance together at the Invictus Games. As in, a “holding hands and whispering sweet nothings” official appearance, not one of the “sitting 18 seats and four rows apart” variety. 

And if Markle was being tested for her ability as a modern royal she, and her pitch perfect outfit, passed with flying colours.

Harry and Meghan make first official appearance

Prince Harry and his girlfriend Meghan Markle make their first formal public appearance together at the Invictus Games in Toronto, Canada.

Here’s why.

For one thing, there’s the ‘Markle effect’, a variant strain of the ‘Kate effect’, meaning that whatever the Suits actress wears will, in the manner of her potential future sister-in-law (already signed-up member of The Firm), sell out immediately.

It happened with the the $220 burgundy Aritzia dress Markle wore for her first appearance at the Invictus Games, Harry’s Olympics-style sporting event for wounded and sick members of the armed forces. 

And it’s set to happen again with Markle carrying a cult everyday tote with an affordable price tag – that’s also loved by the likes of Angelina Jolie and Sienna Miller – the $207 Everlane Day Market Tote. The tan hue carried by Markle is currently sold-out on the Everlane site with a waitlist for November 25.

According to The Telegraph, the ‘Meghan effect’ has prompted a 67 per cent increase in searches for vegan leather leggings after she mentioned them in a Good Housekeeping interview, and shoe designer Sarah Flint says there is a spike in sales whenever Markle wears her designs.  

Like Kate Middleton, Markle mixes high-end designers (she’s also carried a Chanel bag, for example) with high street bargains. Women both feel like they can copy an element of their style, and want to.

But most importantly, Markle’s style is emblematic of the modern royal.

For one thing, it’s practical. Just as the Queen is fond of a non-nonsense block heeled shoe, Markle’s choice of Sarah Flint flats is exactly the opposite of the heels that Melania Trump’s ill-thought-out towering stilettos worn to visit flood victims in Texas.

It’s fresh too – hello ripped jeans! – and effortlessly chic, with her ensemble completed with a crisp Misha Nonoo button-down shirt.

Markle is both stylish, yet approachable: ‘princess material’, but not the kind who wants to sit around in a ballgown or who won’t be able to handle the intense scrutiny that sudden fame and expectation thrusts on you. She’s ready to roll up her sleeves (just so) and by the looks of it, she just really, really loves Harry.

It makes sense then that Markle – who closed down her lifestyle website earlier this year –  is a fashion fan and inherently understands the message that we can send with the way that we dress.

As Markle said in her Vanity Fair cover story – for which she wore a dreamy ballgown by iconic American designer Carolina Herrera – she loves the designs of London-based, Canada-born Erdem Moralioglu’s label Erdem, but she also nipped into H&M to buy a black dress for her Suits audition because she realised she needed to capture the essence of the character better.

It’s a trait that the now most googled actress in the world will likely hold her in good stead as she moves towards a royal role. Not to mention shift a whole bunch of stock for designers canny enough to catch her rather well-honed eye. 

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