Monday 12 November 2018

How Meghan Markle carefully covered up her pregnancy until 12-week scan with clever fashion choices

How Meghan Markle disguised her pregnancy
How Meghan Markle disguised her pregnancy
Bairbre Power

Bairbre Power

We've had flowers, clutchbags and billowing, waterfall coats.

We even had two big purple folders when she arrived in Australia yesterday - all props devised to throw the photographers off the news until Meghan got beyond her 12-week scan.

The press corps covering Duchess of Sussex assignments have been on alert five months after the wedding. And really, if she was trying to hide it, looking like a secretary accompanying the prince in Australia yesterday, was a distraction too far and fanned the flames of speculation. Within hours Kensington Palace confirmed the news. Baby Sussex is coming in spring.

We all got suspicious with the news that Meghan's American social worker mother, Doria Ragland, was following her daughter and moving to the UK. A new wife, pregnant for the first time, always cherishes a hands-on experienced mum.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the "100 Days of Peace" concert to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War at Central Hall Westminster on September 6, 2018 in London, England

Then there were the clothes and the media's constant focus on Meghan's waistline, choice of fabrics and changing silhouettes.

Photographers dispatched to her engagements used to be all about the engagement ring, the couple's body language, her fondness for Aquazzura shoes and whether she was breaking the Queen's grooming rule again by not wearing hosiery and then it was all about looking for signs of a baby bump.

In August, the press was convinced 'something was stirring' when Meghan attended a friend's wedding in a Club Monaco billowing shirtdress. Then there was the blue Jason Wu dress with large ruffles down the mid section she wore to a charity concert in September.

Later that month, when Meghan wore an Oscar de la Renta navy peplum top with strategic navy fold in the centre to Loughborough University, the press was royally convinced she had something to hide.

Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, attend the Coach Core Awards at Loughborough University in Loughborough, central England on September 24, 2018
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, attend the Coach Core Awards at Loughborough University in Loughborough, central England on September 24, 2018

Perhaps she was just playing with the press because the following month, she wore a slim leather skirt and the pendulum swung back the other way.

The world pretty much guessed last Friday when Meghan stepped into St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle in a demure, oversized Givenchy coat.

Not wanting to upstage the bride at the same church you married in was one thing but what about those buttons!

Top two buttons closed, three lower ones open?

October 12 : The oversized Givenchy coat for Princess Eugenie’s wedding was the final clue for royal watchers. Photo: PA
October 12 : The oversized Givenchy coat for Princess Eugenie’s wedding was the final clue for royal watchers. Photo: PA

Did three open buttons ever trigger such royal baby speculation? The rumour mill was in overdrive and the bride hadn't even arrived.

Irish Independent

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