Friday 23 August 2019

'The Meghan effect is already in full swing' - Website crashes moments after Markle's engagement outfit details are revealed

Britain's Prince Harry and his fiancée US actress Meghan Markle arrive to pose for photographs in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace in west London on November 27, 2017, following the announcement of their engagement
Britain's Prince Harry and his fiancée US actress Meghan Markle arrive to pose for photographs in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace in west London on November 27, 2017, following the announcement of their engagement
Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle during an official photocall to announce their engagement at The Sunken Gardens at Kensington Palace on November 27, 2017 in London, England. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been a couple officially since November 2016 and are due to marry in Spring 2018. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Bethan Holt

She may be marrying a British Prince, but Meghan Markle has set out her international approach to style with her choice of outfit for the photo call marking her engagement to Prince Harry.

In the sunken garden at Kensington Palace this afternoon, Markle wrapped up against the late November chill in a white coat by Toronto-based label Line the Label layered  over a green dress by P.A.R.O.S.H, an Italian brand which specialises in vintage and vintage-inspired pieces.

Markle accessorised the outfit with 'Matilde' heels by Italian footwear brand Aquazurra which she has been seen in before. Of course, she was also wearing the diamond engagement ring which Prince Harry designed himself using diamonds from Botswana and his mother Princess Diana's personal collection.

'Effortless, understated, thoughtful' is how Line the Label describes its style philosophy. The brand was started in the Canadian city which Markle called home until last week in 2000 by knitwear designers John Muscat and Jennifer Wells. Markle is thought to be wearing a style from the Autumn/ Winter 2017 collection.

Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle during an official photocall to announce their engagement at The Sunken Gardens at Kensington Palace on November 27, 2017 in London, England. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been a couple officially since November 2016 and are due to marry in Spring 2018. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle during an official photocall to announce their engagement at The Sunken Gardens at Kensington Palace on November 27, 2017 in London, England. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been a couple officially since November 2016 and are due to marry in Spring 2018. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Markle is already a confirmed fan of Line the Label, having worn one of its trench coats at the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games in September.

We will have to wait until Meghan and Harry's BBC interview with Mishal Hussein, due to be broadcast at 6pm this evening, to see further details of her dress.

As a Hollywood actress and philanthropist, Markle is no stranger to what works for intense media moments- although she has never quite experienced the level of attention which the engagement announcement will bring- so today's sartorial choice adhered to the streamlined, sophisticated style which she has honed during her time in the public eye.

Although Markle has plenty of British brands in her wardrobe, her decision to wear Canadian and Italian labels today suggests that she may be planning to mix patriotic choices with pieces which reflect the fact that she is a. American and b. had a professional reputation in her own right before becoming engaged to Harry.

November 2010: Kate's royal blue Issa wrap dress was picture perfect for her engagement announcement.
November 2010: Kate's royal blue Issa wrap dress was picture perfect for her engagement announcement.

When Kate Middleton made her first tentative steps onto the world stage in November 2010, she opted for a royal blue wrap dress by one of her favourite names of the time, Issa, which cleverly co-ordinated with her sapphire engagement ring. It led to a surge in demand for the style which had been masterminded by  Daniella Helayel, Issa's Brazillian founder and transformed what had previously been a rather under-the-radar label.

Given Line the Label's website had crashed with moments of the coat's identity being revealed, it seems the Meghan effect is already in full swing.

Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle during an official photocall to announce their engagement at The Sunken Gardens at Kensington Palace on November 27, 2017 in London, England. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been a couple officially since November 2016 and are due to marry in Spring 2018. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle during an official photocall to announce their engagement at The Sunken Gardens at Kensington Palace on November 27, 2017 in London, England. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been a couple officially since November 2016 and are due to marry in Spring 2018. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

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