Meghan Markle has reportedly been told by her husband Prince Harry that she can’t wear a tuxedo on her upcoming tour of Australia.
The Daily Mail claims that the Duchess of Sussex is planning her wardrobe for the trip, which will take place in October, and wanted to wear a tuxedo, but Harry vetoed the idea – saying it wasn’t ‘traditional’ enough.
Harry has reportedly been sitting in on some of the meetings with teams from different designers at Kensington Palace, where he threw out the suggestion of a tuxedo for one of the evening events on the couple’s itinerary.
Meghan has, however, worn a number of suits and trousers since her engagement to Harry. She stepped out in an Alexander McQueen suit to the Endeavor Awards in February this year – wearing a bodysuit underneath to make sure nothing came untucked, she teamed her Burberry coat with flared black trousers in Scotland a week later, and more recently she sported a Givenchy suit on a visit to Ireland.
The Queen has the final say, and it is well-documented that she prefers royal women to wear dresses, not trousers, and stilettos, definitely not wedges.
The Daily Mail reports that a source from a fashion team that visited the palace for one the meetings about Meghan’s Australia wardrobe said; ‘Meghan is being told she needs to stop dressing like a Hollywood star and start dressing like a Royal. Meghan wanted to wear a tuxedo-style suit but Harry said it wasn’t traditional enough.’
Whether this rumour is true or not remains to be seen, but Princess Diana often wore tuxedos on public occasions, including a trip to Wembley Stadium in 1988 where she wore a black tie, jacket and trousers with a bright green waistcoat.
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