The Hidden Messages In One Of Meghan Markle’s Last Royal Tour Outfits
By Rebecca Holman Posted on 31 Oct 2018
The £2159 Stella McCartney dress Meghan Markle wore for a trip to Rotorua in New Zealand for the last day of the royal tour may have been on the spennier side in a fortnight that has seen the Duchess mix Self Portrait and &OtherStories with designer labels, but actually, the dress was the least interesting thing about her outfit there were hidden messages a-plenty in her accessories.
Meghan was given a cloak of protection, called a Korowai, to wear over her never Stella McCartney dress, which was said to honor Meghan’s impending motherhood and the significance of female ancestors (shout out to Doria?). In Maori history female ancestors always had a prominent role and even fought in battles. The cloak was presented to Meghan by a Maori chieftainess, and is said to demonstrate her chieftly authority.
Meanwhile, she also wore a green stone necklace which had been presented to the Duchess by the Governor General Patsy Reddy when she arrived with Prince Harry at Government House on Sunday. The necklace was from leading Maori designer Kiri Nathan, and was carved by Jason Nathan.
According to the designer’s website, the stone is The Pounama, which is only found in the South Island of New Zealand. It’s a valued stone with a strong spiritual significance - each piece holds its own mana (integrity, or strength), denoting status and power. The stone is traditionally handed down as a valued heirloom or as a gift to affirm relationships, peace, love and safe journey.
Check out every outfit Meghan wore during the royal tour:
And finally, the Duchess was wearing a poppy pin in honour of remembrance day, which is coming up on 11 November.
Meanwhile, Prince Harry was still wearing his Oura Fitness ring, so at lest he can make sure he’s getting his steps in. Actually, joking aside, Prince Harry impressed the crowd Tamatepakua Meeting House when he spoke for a minute in Maori - reportedly with excellent pronunciation. So he’s definitely been pulling his weight on this tour as much as his wife is.
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