Cast your minds back to September, when Meghan Markle made her first official public appearance with Prince Harry, taking a courtside seat at the Invictus Games in Toronto. Knowing that her photo would doubtless end up on the front pages of newspapers around the world, Meghan must have selected her outfit carefully: a classic white shirt from her friend Misha Nonoo’s line (prophetically named ‘the husband’), teamed with a pair of fitted, subtly distressed jeans in a light wash courtesy of cult label Mother. Her ensemble set the tone for a fresh approach to royal occasion dressing: smart but undeniably modern, with a laid-back edge.
One engagement announcement later and it seems that the fashion momentum of the ‘Meghan effect’ is showing no signs of slowing down. Such was the public demand for that specific pair of jeans that the Los Angeles-based denim brand has brought back The Looker style – which was from a previous collection, and therefore unavailable for fans to emulate back in September – and there’s already a 400-strong waiting list.
‘We brought back The Looker Ankle Fray in Love Gun a specific wash] that Meghan wore, due to the high demand which came directly from her wearing it,’ Mother founder Lela Becker told [The Telegraph. ‘The day after Meghan wore our jeans, we saw nearly a 200 percent increase in traffic on our website – more people came to motherdenim.com that day than they did on Black Friday.’
Mother has previously been favoured by a clutch of A-list stars, but the label almost never re-issues a specific style. In this instance, though, Becker explains that the demand from fans was unprecedented.
‘Very occasionally we will recut if there is high demand; this style was popular originally but we were not considering re-cutting it,’ she said. ‘That was until Meghan wore it and so many people were specially asking for the exact style. We made the decision to re-issue it in December.’
Now, time to get in line for a pair of our own...
NOW READ: Prince Harry And Meghan Markle's Relationship Timeline
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle met in London in July 2016.
They were introduced by mutual friend Markus Anderson, who is the director of Soho House.
In October 2016, the Express became the first newspaper to publish news that Prince Harry had a new girlfriend.
On November 8th 2016, Kensington Palace released an unprecedented statement which referring to Markle as Harry's girlfriend for the first time.
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.'
'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.
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.
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.
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.
In March 2017, Meghan joined Prince Harry in the Caribbean for the wedding of his friend's Tom 'Skippy' Inskip and Lara Hughes-Young.
It was the first time that Markle accompanied Harry to a wedding, marking another milestone occasion for the couple.
The first public event attended by the couple was the polo at Coworth Park in May 2017.
Later in May, Markle attended the party portion of Pippa Middleton's wedding to James Middelton.
Prince Harry was seen driving her to the event after the church ceremony.
The couple made their first official public appearance in September, when Markle attended the opening of Prince Harry's Invictus Games.
Meghan wore a maroon midi dress with a pleated chiffon skirt by one of her favourite Canadian brands Aritzia.
She teamed it with a matching burgundy biker jacket by Mackage.
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.
The couple were photographed together the following day at the wheelchair tennis.
Much was made of Markle's choice of outfit: ripped jeans and a white blouse called 'The Husband'.
The couple 'broke with royal protocol' by holding hands and appearing affectionate while at the Invictus Games.
Prince Harry reportedly spent time with Meghan's mother Doria while at the Games too.
The couple indulged in some PDA at the closing ceremony.
Prince Harry was photographed kissing Meghan.
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.'
In late September 2017, it was reported that Meghan had met the Queen, prompting speculation that the relationship was getting serious.
In early November 2017, it was reported that Meghan Markle was leaving Suits after seven series.
In mid-November 2017, bookies suspending betting on an impending royal engagement, as speculation grew that an announcement was about to be made.
On November 27th 2017, Prince Charles announced the engagement of his younger son Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after 15 months of dating.
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.
The engagement ring, by Cleave and Company, was reportedly designed by Prince Harry himself, using two stones that belonged to Princess Diana.
When asked by waiting photographers if the proposal was romantic, Harry joked 'of course!'