It’s safe to say, the life of one Meghan Markle has changed dramatically since marrying into official royalty. From royal engagements, to sitting in a particular way, to no more social media, most every aspect of her life has been flipped upside down since May 19th, arguably none more so than her style game.
One royal expert sat down to crunch the numbers on her official Duchess wardrobe, and you better be sitting down, because this is not for the faint of heart. According to Katie Nicholl speaking to Entertainment Tonight, the Duchess of Sussex has stepped out in outfits and accessories to the tune of $1.3 million since her wedding less than two months ago. (That’s not including all the outfits she’s been spotted in since the engagement last fall, which would surely amp up that figure by a few more zeros.)
So how exactly does one rack up such a bill, given she’s made just a handful of appearances in the past few weeks? Let’s get the big hitters out of the way — the main ceremony gown, designed by Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy, accounts for a substantial portion, ringing in at a whopping $578,600 (triple the price of initial guesses), with the more modern Stella McCartney reception gown costing $206,400. Which still leaves a not insubstantial sum of around $515,000. Gulp.
For her first engagements as an official Royal, she’s been seen in nothing but the finest haute couture, decked out in Oscar de la Renta for a wedding with Prince Harry (around $8,000), a blush-pink open-necked Carolina Herrera (around $5,200), as well as simple off-white Givenchy once more for an appearance with the Queen (around $24,000).
And it seems father-in-law Prince Charles has the daunting task of footing the bill. “It does fall now, that she is married into the royal family, to the Prince of Wales…to cover the cost of her working royal wardrobe,” said Nicholl. Might they see it as an investment? She added, “Meghan is now an ambassador for the royal family. Look at the publicity she has brought in run up to the wedding. I’d argue that’s worth every penny.” Right. And we’re sure that’s exactly what Prince Charles is thinking.
Getty ImagesIf there’s one redeeming thought, it’s the expectation that Meghan will make like sister-in-law Kate and recycle her outfits. As Nicholl weighed in, “I’m quite sure we will see Meghan step out in the outfits that she has worn before. When you are buying that sort of couture with those sorts of price tags it would be criminal not to re-wear them.” You took the words right out of our mouths, Katie. When you’re wearing enough to feed small islands, you’d absolutely hope so.