Meghan Markle Wore This £350 Dress For Christmas With The Queen
By Rebecca Cope Posted on 2 Jan 2018
It’s probably one of the trickiest dress codes to navigate: what does one wear to your first Christmas day with the Queen? If you’re Kate Middleton, it’s probably a high-neck, lace, navy-blue dress from high street staples Reiss or French Connection. But if you’re Prince Harry’s fiancée Meghan Markle, you reportedly opt for burgundy velvet, courtesy of Canadian clothing brand Club Monaco.
Royal sleuths managed to track down the exact dress worn by Meghan after she appeared going to church in Sandringham on Christmas day. The beady-eyed fans managed to sneak a glimpse of what Meghan was wearing underneath her Sentaler camel coat, which she wore with knee-high beige boots (we think the slouchy knee-boot is becoming to Meghan what the nude court shoe is to Kate Middleton, by the way…)
The Club Monaco dress features a modest below the knee skirt, belted waist and ruched cap sleeves and is described as the perfect ‘day to night’ dress on its website. Personally, we don’t think there’s a better choice than a comfy, flattering velvet dress – particularly in a Christmassy hue like burgundy – for making the perfect impression on your new in-laws.
The brand was clearly pleased with the actress’s sartorial choice, writing on Instagram: ‘A very short term #fbf to Christmas Day when we got a peek at the lovely @meghanmarkle wearing our velvet Tay dress to visit the royal family.’ It’s still in stock on the website, retailing at approximately £350, with 30% discount in the sale right now.
Her choice of brand is unsurprising. The California-born actress turned royal-to-be is known for championing her adopted home of Toronto, where she lived while filming seven series of her hit legal show Suits. She has previously worn pieces by Aritzia, Mackage and Line the Label, with the Meghan-effect often causing the brand’s websites to crash and items to sell out, much like her future sister-in-law, Kate Middleton.
Click through to see Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s relationship timeline
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle met in London in July 2016.
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They were introduced by mutual friend Markus Anderson, who is the director of Soho House.
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In October 2016, the Express became the first newspaper to publish news that Prince Harry had a new girlfriend.
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On November 8th 2016, Kensington Palace released an unprecedented statement which referring to Markle as Harry’s girlfriend for the first time.
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In the statement, Prince Harry condemned the ‘wave of abuse and harrassment’ faced by Markle, saying that he was ‘worried about Ms. Markle’s safety and is deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her.’
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‘It is not right that a few months into a relationship with him that Ms. Markle should be subjected to such a storm,’ the statement continued.
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The couple were papped together for the first time in December 2016, shopping for a Christmas tree in London at the Pines and Needles store.
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Later that week, they were seen on London’s West End, catching a performance of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
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In February, Prince Harry wore a his ‘n’ hers bracelet on the cover of Town & Country magazine, just weeks after Markle was pictured wearing the same one on Instagram.
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In March 2017, Meghan joined Prince Harry in the Caribbean for the wedding of his friend’s Tom ‘Skippy’ Inskip and Lara Hughes-Young.
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It was the first time that Markle accompanied Harry to a wedding, marking another milestone occasion for the couple.
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The first public event attended by the couple was the polo at Coworth Park in May 2017.
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Later in May, Markle attended the party portion of Pippa Middleton’s wedding to James Middelton.
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Prince Harry was seen driving her to the event after the church ceremony.
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The couple made their first official public appearance in September, when Markle attended the opening of Prince Harry’s Invictus Games.
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Meghan wore a maroon midi dress with a pleated chiffon skirt by one of her favourite Canadian brands Aritzia.
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She teamed it with a matching burgundy biker jacket by Mackage.
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Although Prince Harry was sat next to First Lady Melania Trump at the event, rather than his girlfriend, she was only seated a few rows behind him.
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The couple were photographed together the following day at the wheelchair tennis.
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Much was made of Markle’s choice of outfit: ripped jeans and a white blouse called ‘The Husband’.
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The couple ‘broke with royal protocol’ by holding hands and appearing affectionate while at the Invictus Games.
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Prince Harry reportedly spent time with Meghan’s mother Doria while at the Games too.
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The couple indulged in some PDA at the closing ceremony.
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Prince Harry was photographed kissing Meghan.
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In an interview with Vanity Fair, Meghan referred to Harry as her boyfriend numerous times, saying: ‘We’re a couple. We’re in love. I’m sure there will be a time when we will have to come forward and present ourselves and have stories to tell, but I hope what people understand is that this is our time.’
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In late September 2017, it was reported that Meghan had met the Queen, prompting speculation that the relationship was getting serious.
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In early November 2017, it was reported that Meghan Markle was leaving Suits after seven series.
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In mid-November 2017, bookies suspending betting on an impending royal engagement, as speculation grew that an announcement was about to be made.
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On November 27th 2017, Prince Charles announced the engagement of his younger son Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after 15 months of dating.
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The couple later appeared at a photocall, with Markle wearing a white dress coat by Canadian brand Line The Label. The website has subsequently crashed.
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The engagement ring, by Cleave and Company, was reportedly designed by Prince Harry himself, using two stones that belonged to Princess Diana.
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When asked by waiting photographers if the proposal was romantic, Harry joked ‘of course!’
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