Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have certainly been making a splash during their royal visit to Dublin this week. But it’s Meghan’s quick wardrobe changes that have everyone talking.
On Wednesday, during the couple’s final day of their tour, Meghan and Harry took part in two separate visits before the lunch hour even began. For each of her stops, Meghan put on quite a fashion show.
According to the Daily Mail, the Duchess of Sussex rocked two different designer looks in the span of just 90 minutes, estimated to be worth about $22,000 in total.
As People explained, Meghan's first look — which she wore to Ireland’s President Michael Higgins’ residence — was a bespoke gray-green dress by Roland Mouret. The dress featured Meghan’s favored boatneck design and had a flattering drape detail along the waist. She paired it with a black Fendi bag, earrings by Birks, and black suede pumps by Paul Andrew. The dress alone, Daily Mail reported, is estimated to be worth nearly $2,000, while her earrings are estimated to be worth $9,000 and the Fendi bag at $5,100.
Following the visit to Higgins’ home, Meghan quickly changed for her visit to Croke Park. There, she sported a Givenchy pantsuit — which also marked the first time she’s worn pants to an official outing as a duchess — and finished the look off with a pair of Sarah Flint pumps, a Givenchy logo-buckle belt, and a coordinated Givenchy clutch. The suit, Daily Mail estimated, is worth about $3,300.
Though this may seem like a hefty price tag to pay for a few items of clothing, it’s actually well in line with what Meghan has already spent on royal attire. As Travel + Leisure previously reported, the Duchess’ stylish wardrobe has cost the royal family an estimated $1 million.
Meghan likely isn’t paying for these designer duds herself, though. According to royal expert Katie Nicholl, Prince Charles typically pays for his family’s wardrobe, especially for clothing items they will be photographed in while performing royal duties, such as state visits.
It may seem odd for a father-in-law to do this, but, as Nicholl further explained, the royal family sees Meghan as "an ambassador" and want her to look and feel her best.
"Look at the publicity she has brought in run up to the wedding. I'd argue that's worth every penny," she told Entertainment Tonight. Now if only all fathers-in-law were that cool.