Monday 10 December 2018

Who is paying for Meghan Markle's very expensive wardrobe?

Meghan Markle's stylish wardrobe
Meghan Markle's stylish wardrobe
Meghan Markle arrives to a walkabout at Cardiff Castle on January 18, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry depart from the 2018 Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey on March 12, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry (R) leaves with his fiancee, US actress Meghan Markle after attending a Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey in central London, on March 12, 2018 LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images
Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend the first annual Royal Foundation Forum held at Aviva on February 28, 2018 in London
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle walk through the corridors of the Palace of Holyroodhouse on their way to a reception for young people at the Palace on February 13, 2018 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Andrew Milligan - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit Millennium Point to celebrate International Women's Day on March 8, 2018 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Ian Vogler - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Meghan Markle greets wellwishers while on a walkabout on the esplanade at Edinburgh Castle, as she and Prince Harry visited Scotland
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive to attend the annual Endeavour Fund Awards at Goldsmiths' Hall in London, to celebrate the achievements of wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women who have taken part in sporting and adventure challenges over the last year
Meghan Markle visits Birmingham on March 8, 2018 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 18: Meghan Markle meets locals during a walkabout at Cardiff Castle on January 18, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
(L-R) Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend the 2018 Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey on March 12, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Meghan Markle has become an overnight style icon since announcing her engagement to Britain's Prince Harry.

The 36-year-old actress' style has been scrutinised from every angle by elite fashion magazines and unforgiving tabloids, and the general consensus is she is one impeccably dressed woman. Her tailored ensembles are a far cry from her early red carpet looks, which were more fitting for her life as a rising star on American television, whereas now, her princess in waiting status is reflected in her clothing, with subtle tweaks to her signature style.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle walk through the corridors of the Palace of Holyroodhouse on their way to a reception for young people at the Palace on February 13, 2018 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Andrew Milligan - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle walk through the corridors of the Palace of Holyroodhouse on their way to a reception for young people at the Palace on February 13, 2018 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Andrew Milligan - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

So, who covers the cost of her statement pieces like a €4,000 Alexander McQueen tuxedo or her €1,250 Stella McCartney coats? Not to mention that now infamous $78,000 Ralph & Russo gown she wore in her engagement photos?

It turns out that Markle and her fiancé are digging deep into their own pockets to cover the costs. Royals are forbidden from borrowing clothes from designers, so anything you see her or Kate Middleton wear, they've paid for, albeit discreetly.

An assistant will reach out to important designers and pull clothes for them to choose before a decision is made and transaction finalised.

Markle isn't exactly short of cash, she reportedly earned $50,000 an episode for Suits, contributing to her net worth, believed to be approximately €5m, but it's Harry immense personal fortune of €25 million that sets them over the top.

After the wedding, her wardrobe costs will be budgeted into the Duchy of Cornwall income, the trust run by Prince Charles for William and Kate, Harry, and soon to be Meghan.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle take part in an International Women's Day event at Millennium Point in Birmingham, to encourage young women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem) subjects
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle take part in an International Women's Day event at Millennium Point in Birmingham, to encourage young women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem) subjects

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