Considered the most relatable female member of the royal family, Meghan Markle has continued to hold the public’s gaze throughout her pregnancy. Showing no signs of slowing down as she approaches her due date, the mommy-to-be stuns time and time again as she steps out for public appearances. And now, one blog has calculated just how much the actress-turn-royal has spent on her maternity wardrobe.
According to Love the Sales, Markle has spent an estimated $500,000 on clothing during her pregnancy. Yes, half a million dollars.
With all the attention that comes along with royal life, it’s understandable why the Duchess of Sussex would put a great deal of effort into her appearance. But this number is staggering, especially considering it is more than seven times what Kate Middleton, mom of three, has reportedly spent on maternity wear.
As Liam Solomon, fashion editor of Love The Sales, explained to MarieClaire.com, Markle comes from a high-fashion background, which she financed herself from a successful acting career. “Meghan has a well established background before [marrying] Harry as a woman who enjoyed designer clothing,” Solomon told the publication. “From walking red carpets to living a glamorous LA lifestyle, the former actress was already wearing brands like Dior and Givenchy. You could argue that her new found fame in the Royal family has only enhanced her style choices, which would obviously mean bigger budgets.” While Middleton is equally praised for her fashion sense, she comes from a very different background, and therefore tends to prefer smaller, less expensive brands.
Said to be her own stylist, Markle’s impressive maternity choices have further solidified her status as a style icon. Her most popular look (in terms of social media likes, of which there are 365,000) is the black silk Givenchy gown she wore at the British Fashion Awards. Much like her wedding dress, the look is classic and chic. Other notable outfits include the white-printed Victoria Beckham dress and pill box hat she recently wore to a Commonwealth Day service, a red Valentino cape dress, a custom-made green jacket and dress by Erdem, and the bespoke Dior gown she wore at the British Ambassador’s residence. It’s definitely a wardrobe fit for a queen!