Fifty-six days have passed since Meghan Markle — one-time actress, philanthropist and the woman who captured Prince Harry’s heart — was made a duchess.
Since joining The Firm on May 19, her diary has been jam-packed with royal events — including a day out at Ascot, a family wedding and, this week, her first foreign tour.
As any working woman knows, a busy schedule requires an ever-changing roster of outfits. And when your day job is being the Duchess of Sussex, it’s essential to look the part.
In 15 high-profile outings since the wedding, Meghan has debuted 15 brand new looks, each one more ostentatious — and expensive — than the last.
Gone are the M&S jumpers and the little-known, affordable brands she favoured during her engagement. These days, Meghan’s wardrobe contains only the best clothes from the world’s top design houses: Dior, Givenchy, Prada and Chanel, to name a few.
So extravagant are her outfits that on her whirlwind trip to Dublin this week, she was revealed to have worn £28,000 (About R500 000) worth of clothes in just 24 hours. In fact, to date, she hasn’t worn a single garment or accessory in public more than once.
By way of comparison, the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton spent £119,000 (R2million) on new outfits throughout the whole of 2017, and a more modest £100,000 (R1.8million) in 2016.
Less than two months after joining the royal ranks, Meghan’s clothing budget has already outstripped that. Indeed, if she continues at her current rate, she could spend almost £1 million (R17million) by the end of the year.
The question is, who's footing the bill?
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