Meghan Markle Sends Subtle Messages by the Clothes She Wears

Updated on November 8, 2019
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Margaret Minnicks has been an online writer for many years. She writes about various things, including celebrities and entertainment.

Meghan Markle arrives in Ireland in a forest green Givenchy outfit.
Meghan Markle arrives in Ireland in a forest green Givenchy outfit.

It is not unusual for celebrities to wear outfits that send subtle messages. Everything the Duchess of Sussex wears captures the attention of photographers and others.

Since she has been married and going on official trips and attending royal events, Meghan Markle has been wearing light colors such as white, beige, and blush. You could almost expect to see her in those shades, but not while she was in Dublin.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex left for their very first international tour as a married couple on Tuesday, July 10, 2018. They traveled to Dublin, Ireland. While there, she wore different colors as a tribute to the country.

Green for Ireland

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived in Dublin on a private jet. The Duchess was wearing a rich forest green Givenchy outfit. It was not by accident or a coincidence that green was Meghan's color choice. Green is a symbol of Ireland with a deep meaning.

Meghan's outfit consisted of a patch pocket pencil skirt in a rich green color and a matching elbow-length blouse. She wore tan suede pointed-toe pumps and carried a roasted almond-colored Strathberry Midi Tote. People mentioned that Meghan did a great job walking in Dublin on the cobblestone streets in stilettos.

The Duke wore a green tie in the same shade as Meghan's two-piece outfit. The green that Meghan and her Prince Harry wore is a small way to let the people know they were there to strengthen ties as the U.K. plans to leave the E.U.

Green is the usual national color of Ireland.

A Long Tradition Among Royal Women

Meghan is not the first in the royal family to wear clothes that make statements. Since the royal family cannot voice their opinions about politics and causes, they send hidden messages through their outfits.

Renée Kuo is the managing editor of Debrett's, which is the authority on royal etiquette. She is also the publisher of A-Z of Modern Manners. Kuo says the Duchess of Sussex is following in the footsteps of female members of the royal family. Kate Middleton did the same when she married Prince William in 2011. Now, Meghan and Kate are following the other royal females.

National Colors and Local Designers

Throughout generations, the royals have been paying tributes to countries through their clothes, especially royal women. Not only do they dress in the colors of the country they are visiting, but they sometimes dress in the colors of the flag or national symbols. They often wear clothes made by local designers. That is a subtle way of honoring their hosts of the various countries.

Meghan's sister-in-law Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, also wear clothes with subtle messages in almost every outfit she wears on official foreign visits. The nod to the country may be something obvious, or it could be something as simple as a brooch.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in Ireland.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in Ireland.

The Duke and Duchess spent a few days in Ireland. While on the tour, Meghan will be seen in other colors that subtly give tributes to the country the couple is visiting. More than likely, each time she is photographed, she will be wearing something that sends a message to a country.

First Outfit: $3,702.96; Second Outfit: $8,855.84;  Third Outfit: $21,105.55; Fourth Outfit: $6,525.30
First Outfit: $3,702.96; Second Outfit: $8,855.84; Third Outfit: $21,105.55; Fourth Outfit: $6,525.30

How Much Do These Outfits Cost?

While they were in Ireland, Meghan wore four different outfits. The cost of her entire wardrobe came to a total of $40,189.65.

The green outfit she wore on the first day was the least expensive of the four outfits:

  • First Outfit: $3,702.96
  • Second Outfit: $8,855.84
  • Third Outfit: $21,105.55
  • Fourth Outfit: $6,525.30

Because she is a member of the royal family, Meghan cannot accept free clothes from designers. Before she was married, she had to buy her own clothes. Now that she is married, she doesn't have to use her own money for clothes and official travels.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex get an allowance from Prince Charles' $28 million Duchy of Cornwell income.

Do you ever wear clothing that sends a hidden message?

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