In October, Kensington Palace put out the joyful announcement that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex - a.k.a. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry - are expecting their first child together, five months after their wedding.
Immediately, all eyes were on the 37-year-old former Suits actress, not merely to spot a burgeoning baby bump, but to see how the fashion icon would dress during her maternity.
Something told us she wouldn't be closeting herself away in a sweatsuit and fluffy slippers - here was someone who might actually give us some maternity style worth emulating.
So take note folks, because this is the Meghan Markle guide to maternity dressing and it doesn't disappoint.
Meghan And Harry Attend 'The Wider Earth' Gala Performance
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped out for their latest soirée last night, attending 'The Wider Earth' charity gala performance. As always, Meghan looked radiant in a top-to-toe winter white outfit featuring a crisp Calvin Klein dress and matching Amanda Wakeley coat.
A pair of khaki suede stilettos with matching clutch bag, and a 60s beehive twist on the mother-to-be's signature messy bun completed the chic maternity look.
Following her h to t (that's head to toe fyi) camel and burgundy outfits, it seems the new royal has found her go-to outfit formula - take one colour, wear it all over and look incredibly classy whilst doing it.
Meghan And Harry's First Outing Of 2019
The happy couple made their first joint appearance of 2019 on a visit to Birkenhead. The mum-to-be opted for a bold colour clash wearing a purple Babaton by Aritizia dress and a red midi length winter coat by Sentaler (the same coat brand she famously wore for Christmas Day church service at Sandringham in 2017) accessorised with a tan Nina bag by Gabriella Hearst.
Compared to Meghan's previous maternity outfits, the colour blocking ensemble proved the Duchess likes to experiment with colour and perfectly highlighted her growing baby bump.
The Fashion Awards 2018
Thwarted as we have been by Meghan Markle's furtive outings recently, her appearance at the Fashion Awards 2018 was the giant royal pregnancy style Christmas present that we were all waiting for.
Surprising awards-goers and Twitter scanners alike, Meghan stormed the stage to present friend and wedding dress designer Clare Waight Keller of Givenchy with the British Designer of the Year Womenswear award.
For the occasion, she chose another Givenchy design, but this time a sleek one-shouldered maxi dress, which she paired with gold bangles (which also had a special significance) and black nail polish.
Back In London, Post-Royal Tour
Meghan Markle's dedication to important causes is such that the new royal has snuck out a number of times in the last few months undetected by the usual crowds of paparazzi. And while we commend her low-key attitude, it has slightly harmed our chances of noting her maternity style for these occasions. We've sometimes had to cope with a post-event snap on the Kensington Palace Instagram account, which hasn't always offered a full head-to-toe snap:
Of the royal appearances that have been caught on camera, there's been her visit to the Hubb Community Kitchen in London, on November 21, 2018, to help publicise the launch of the cookbook produced by survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire.
Before this, she was spotted making an appearance on Prince Harry's arm at the Royal Variety Performace at the London Palladium.
The pregnant royal looked sparkly in a £895 sequin halter-neck top with a leaf pattern and a £850 maxi skirt by London-based designer Safiyaa, whose clothing she first wore during her royal tour of Fiji.
The Royal Tour, October 2018
The Royal Tour, which lasted 16 days and spread across Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga was a Markle-fan's utter delight. Although obviously early in her pregnancy (considering that she is due in Spring 2019), viewers could still spot a tiny bump discretely nestled in the parade of excellent outfits.
You can see the full breadth of Meghan Markle's Royal Tour fashion here, but highlights included a glorious burgundy dress by Hugo Boss, a chic Givency navy blue top and pleated skirt and a black crepe Stella McCartney dress.
And also a red Self-Portrait dress and a chic floor-length white gown by New York designer Theia.
Certainly Meghan Markle used the Royal Tour to set a precedent for her maternity fashion - she's not going to let her baby bump prevent her from investing in chic, well thought-through, often sustainable, designer clothes.
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