Meghan Markle's Recycled Dress Has A Very Romantic Backstory
By Katie Rosseinsky Posted on 30 Oct 2018
Does looking at Meghan Markle‘s latest royal tour outfit fills you with a lingering sense of déja vu? That would be because, for her latest engagement on the final leg of her mammoth trip through Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand, the Duchess has opted to re-wear a dress that doubtless has a very special place in her heart (and, you know, her wardrobe).
For the charity reception, which took place at Auckland’s War Memorial Museum, Meghan recycled the navy blue gown by Antonio Berardi, which dedicated royal watchers will recognise as the same dress she wore for her first ever public outing with her (then) new partner, Prince Harry, at the Audi Polo Challenge back in May 2017. Though the charity polo match was by no means an official royal event (the couple’s more formal public debut came at the Invictus Games in Toronto later that year, when Meghan famously dropped major engagement hints with her Misha Nonoo ‘Husband’ shirt), the _Suit_s star’s attendance was taken as a sign of just how serious the relationship had quickly become. Life moves pretty fast: just one year later, the couple were saying their vows at St George’s Chapel in a wedding ceremony broadcast to millions of people around the world.
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The recycled gown features a high-low hemline and tuxedo button style detailing across the bodice, much like many of the styles which Meghan has worn on this royal tour to date: indeed, just three days ago, the Duchess opted for another Berardi tuxedo style, this time in khaki green, for the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games. She completed the ensemble with a pair of her Aquazzura heels and Dior’s ‘Bee’ bag.
In re-wearing a favourite gown, perhaps Meghan is taking a leaf from her sister-in-law’s book: the Duchess of Cambridge is, after all, famous for recycling some of her go-to looks for high profile occasions.
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