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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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:

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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.

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Dressed in a burgundy Sallyet shift dress from Club Monaco and a matching coat from the same brand, Meghan warm and professional.

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Before this, she was spotted making an appearance on Prince Harry’s arm at the Royal Variety Performace at the London Palladium.

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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.

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L-R: Hugo Boss burgundy dress, blue Givenchy top and pleated skirt and Stella McCartney black crepe dress

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And also a red Self-Portrait dress and a chic floor-length white gown by New York designer Theia.

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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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