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A couture take on the traditional royal portrait

To announce their upcoming nuptials, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle posed for a series of engagement portraits.

And eschewing tradition, the former actress donned a Ralph and Russo couture gown hot from the AW17 runway.

While the Duchess of Cambridge on the other hand chose a navy number from high street heavyweight, Reiss, for her engagement shoot.

And the ruffled gown hinted at a change in sartorial direction for the royals, as the sheer bodice isn’t something we would ever imagine her future sister-in-law choosing. [Photo: Getty]

How Meghan Markle is switching up the royal fashion game

The ‘Meghan Markle Effect‘ is sweeping the globe sending her go-to garments and accessories flying from the shelves.

But it’s hardly surprising, as the royal-to-be is following in future sister-in-law the Duchess of Cambridge ‘s footsteps with her every sartorial move victim to the camera lens. And a headline, two Instagram snaps and a shopping article later, her latest get-up manages sells out faster than the last.

Whether it’s a Strathberry bag on the crook of her arm or a bell-sleeved knit fresh from the high street, there’s no trend the nation won’t buy into.

But with a penchant for uber-cool labels and a soft spot for homegrown brands, the 36-year-old is undoubtedly reinventing the wheel when it comes to royal fashion.

By swapping evening gowns for slick suits and eschewing the traditional clutch in favour of handbag heavyweight Chloé, the royal-to-be is bringing a whole new meaning to upper class fashion one label at a time.

And with four public sell-out engagement looks already under her belt, it’s hard to believe the royal-in-waiting wasn’t born into the Monarchy.

From androgynous suiting to rule-breaking accessories, here’s how Meghan Markle is shaking up the fashion agenda over at Buckingham Palace.

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