And while both Meghan and Harry appeared to have a great time greeting the crowd, it seems as though nobody cared what they had to say. Instead, everyone was simply fixated on what Meghan was wearing and how they could buy it too.
For the event, Meghan wore a mix of American and British designers as an homage to both her new home country and her old one. The future royal was spotted in a double-breasted military maxi coat by American outerwear label Mackage (it sold out, but a similar style is on sale at Nordstrom), beige skirt by British brand Joseph, which is on sale for $503, and a British-designed Strathberry bag, that happens to only be sold in Saks Fifth Avenue stores in New York City, and typically sells for around $425.
And like everything her future sister-in-law Kate Middleton wears, Meghan’s clothing choices became instant hot commodities too. According to the Telegraph, the color combination for her Strathberry bag sold out in mere minutes. Though you can still pick up similar styles in different colors online starting around $300.
"We are thrilled and honoured to see Meghan Markle carrying our Strathberry Midi Tote," a spokesperson for the brand told the Telegraph. "It was a fantastic surprise to see that Meghan selected one of our core Strathberry styles to carry on her first royal engagement. We are delighted at the news of her and Harry’s engagement and wish them all the best for this exciting period."
While her bag was certainly stylish, it may have marked a serious break from royal protocol. As Harper’s Bazaar noted, both the Duchess of Cambridge and the Queen typically carry a clutch purse, or one with a small handle that they hold with two hands, to avoid having to awkwardly shake hands with people.
"The Duchess of Cambridge may well prefer not to shake hands with certain people — but there are other ways to achieve this, as used by the Queen and other members of the royal family, than opting for a clutch over a bag with a strap," etiquette expert William Hanson explained to the Daily Mail. "It is protocol that you do not extend your hand to any member of the royal family (blood royal or those who have married in to the family) unless their hand extends first."
But it appears Meghan is looking to be more of a people’s princess, and instead opted for the tote bag that left her hands free to shake nearly everyone’s hand in Nottingham.