Meghan Markle chose Irish designer Philip Treacy hat for first 'royal outing'
When it came to buying her first 'royal family outing' hat, little surprise that Meghan Markle chose Irish designer Philip Treacy.
Philip famously made 36 hats for guests attending William and Kate's wedding in 2011.
The Ahascragh native is such good friends with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, that he made her two hats for her wedding to Prince Charles and she used to send Christmas cards to Philip's Jack Russell dog, Mr Pig.
So if Meghan sought out advice on hats for her all-important debut appearance with the royal family at Sandringham on Christmas morning, the Irish man's name would have been top of the royals' list.
Meghan wore one of Philip's felted wool tobacco-hued face-framing hat with his signature scroll at the side and accessorised in the same tone.
To date she has been wearing coats by Canadian labels including her €340 engagement wrap by Line The Label. Interestingly, her Christmas Day coat by Canadian luxury brand Sentaler cost €1,200 and it was more than half the price of the €3,000 Miu Miu tartan pea coat worn by Kate, Duchess of Cambridge.
Perhaps Meghan has taken onboard the criticism that poured in after she wore a €65,000 couture gown by Ralph & Russo for her engagement portrait released last week.
But as a non-royal, the successful actress is well able to pay for her designer tastes and for Christmas Day that included a €1,190 Chloe 'Pixie' handbag, and Stuart Weitzman suede boots (€675).
Philip Treacy's felted wool hats are a favourite with hardcore racegoers and the Irishman, who has disdain for the title of milliner and prefers to be known as a hat designer, uses felt wool in jewel and nature-inspired hues.
In Ireland, he sells at Dublin's Design Centre, where his pieces are eagerly snapped up for three and four-figure sums.
2017 has been a memorable year for Philip (50) and the Galway man married his partner of 25 years, Stefan Bartlett, in Las Vegas last May.