Prince Harry and Meghan Markle may just have returned from their first royal tour, but their next official tour to Australia and New Zealand this fall is already on the books, and no doubt preparations are already underway. And you know what that means – plenty of juicy fashion opportunities for our favourite Duke and Duchess.
But according to the Daily Mail, these two are having a difference of sartorial opinion. After the hit of her Stella McCartney wedding reception gown, Meghan has been eyeing a McCartney-designed tuxedo for one of the evening engagements in Australia. But she’s hit a snag, because hubby Harry is putting his proverbial foot down, insisting she don more traditional attire. And it seems his insistence can be put down to the Queen, who prefers women in demure skirts and dresses. It’s an odd thing for a modern woman such as Meghan to encounter, but as we all know, Queen E has the final say.
We know the lady can rock a suit like no other. First there was the gorge two piece at a London event in February:
And just peep the custom Givenchy look on tour in Ireland:
But this isn’t just your average marital spat — when these two disagree, it’s only centuries-old royal convention at stake. And if the source who recently visited the fashion team within Kensington Palace is right, it seems like a line is being drawn. According to the insider, “Meghan is being told she needs to stop dressing like a Hollywood star and start dressing like a Royal. Meghan wanted to wear a tuxedo-style suit but Harry said it wasn’t traditional enough.” So… more boring tights and midi skirts then?
To be sure, she’s already insisted on pushing royal tradition where she can, from choosing a more modern wedding cake, to baring her shoulders at a royal family gathering. But on the other hand, she’s made plenty of sacrifices in a bid to ingratiate with the Royals, from abiding by royal etiquette (think, Duchess slant), to no more social media, to giving up acting.
It’s a delicate balancing act of give and take. No doubt, how she handles such small clashes between her own more modern tastes, and traditional expectation, will set the tone for her future as the Duchess of Sussex. But let’s hope this is one battle she does win — because it would be a fashion crime to deprive this woman of a tux.