Words by Sarah Carty
The 34-year-old Duke and 37-year-old Duchess of Sussex couldn’t keep their hands off each other as they made appearances in Chichester, Bognor Regis, Brighton and Peacehaven.
Prince Harry looked adoringly at his American wife as she greeted kids and well-wishers on their path and Meghan Markle couldn’t help but hold on tight to her husband’s hand as they posed for photographs.
The Duchess of Sussex looked stunning as she smiled at the waiting crowd, dressed in an £4,500 outfit.
Mixing luxury and affordable fashions, she chose a cream coat by Emporio Armani worth £1,699, a £369 Hugo Boss lambskin leather skirt and a £69 silk blouse by & Other Stories for the occasion.
She matched the outfit with a £1,695 tote from sought-after label Gabriela Hearst and a pair of £289 Stuart Weitzman Legend heels.
Her jewellery included a £85 open heart signet ring by Missoma and two bracelets by the same brand: the Double Chain bracelet (£69) and the Rainbow Moonstone Beaded Leaf (£75). She was also wearing a £40 ring by New York jewellery brand Catbird.
Meanwhile, Harry looked dapper in a light grey suit, which he matched with a buttoned-down white shirt and a pair of brown suede shoes.
The look, although striking was a departure for the Duchess who has seemingly ditched her former vegan leather ways in favour of the real deal.
In 2016, Markle told Good Housekeeping of her choice to incorporate vegan leather into her “Suits” wardrobe saying, “My wardrobe for ‘Suits’ isn’t like ‘Working Girl’ — dressing for work doesn’t have to be so on-the-nose these days.
The key is to have your own point of view attached to it. Personally, I love cropped pants in vegan leather, a great fitted blazer and a button-down.”
The Duchess’s preference for the faux leather look extended to her stylish collection with Canadian fashion retailer, Reitmans, which included a vegan leather pant and pencil skirt.
Although royals have worn leather accessories and footwear, this is seemingly the first time a member of the British royal family has sported leather for public duty.
The look seems a contrast to Markle’s former non-royal life.
In 2016, the former actress revealed she sticks to a vegan diet and even went so far as to call it “lifestyle eating.”
While she admits that she has more flexibility in her off-season, does Markle’s new life as royal, who are notorious hunters and meat-eaters, mean that she’s left her vegan ways behind?
A fashion hit or unethical miss? You be the judge.
With extra reporting by Elizabeth Di Filippo
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