One of the first post-engagement appearances Meghan Markle made was attending the Endeavor Awards as Prince Harry’s date on February 1. Meghan wore a crisp black Alexander McQueen trouser suit and a smart white blouse. She looked amazing. Meghan wore trousers for several appearances during the engagement, but in her two months of marriage, Meghan has mostly been wearing skirts and dresses. She still lets us know, every now and then, that she still enjoys some trousers. But you can tell that she’s been trying to “follow protocol” and NOT wear trousers that often, which FYI: isn’t really protocol, it’s just the Queen’s preference. Well, anyway, the Daily Mail claims that Harry has shut down Meghan’s plans to wear a lot of suits while they’re in Australia in a few months.
The Mail on Sunday understands that Prince Harry, perhaps sailing towards dangerous marital waters, has expressed his views over his wife’s latest test of Royal convention after she ordered a range of designer suits – and even a tuxedo – to wear during their October trip. Although Meghan’s penchant for cigarette trousers and stylish flares has won her fashion plaudits since she began official duties, the style is said to be barely tolerated by Royal aides, who want her to stick to the traditional demure skirts and opaque tights. And Harry, who has been sitting in on some of Meghan’s meetings at Kensington Palace with ‘special projects teams’ from various designers, is said to have given the thumbs-down to a masculine Stella McCartney tuxedo suit his wife picked out for a glitzy evening event during the tour.
This newspaper has been told that Meghan has been expressing frustration with some of the monarchy’s archaic traditions. It is the latest sign that Meghan, for all the duties and conventions of her new life as a Royal, is determined to remain her own woman. And it is enough to have sparked a debate among courtiers over her penchant for wearing trousers on Royal occasions.
Though the tuxedo look is undeniably sharp and stylish, and would flatter Meghan’s yoga-honed figure, we understand that even Harry agrees it would be a bridge too far to wear a trouser suit to an important Commonwealth occasion. The final say, of course, ultimately comes from the Queen – who is said to be uneasy at the sight of women wearing any trousers other than jodhpurs. It might also, perhaps, be a reminder of fashion rebellions by Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana.
A source from one of the fashion teams that has visited Kensington Palace in recent weeks said: ‘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.’
The Mail on Sunday understands it is not the first time there has been friction over the Duchess’s fashion choices. Ahead of one recent public occasion, Meghan was informed by the Queen’s dresser, Angela Kelly, that Her Majesty would be wearing a hat – and that she was expected to do the same. The Duchess, however, left her hair uncovered.
If I was in Meghan’s place, this would be the trouser-suited hill I would die on as well. I love pants, trousers, slacks, suits, what have you. I haven’t wore a skirt above the knee in years. But in my case, it’s because I know my legs are not my best feature. Meghan has great legs though, and she looks amazing in skirts and dresses. AND trousers. And if she prefers to mix it up with suits and skirts and the full range of clothing options, who really gives a sh-t? I mean, honestly. I still don’t believe that the Queen is nitpicking Meghan like this. Maybe the Queen’s PEOPLE are nitpicking her, but I just don’t think the Queen cares to this extent. As for Harry… dude needs to pick his battles.
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