Why I “rarely wore color” with the royals. +2023

Meghan Markle opens up about the British wardrobe and says she wore dark colors to match dark blue

Markle at the opening of the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey, 2019. Tim Rooke/Shutterstock

Megan Markle, like other members of the royal family, have used fashion to express feelings and emotions. The Duchess revealed herself in her and Prince Harry‘s Netflix documentaries, Harry & Meganthat her decision to consistently wear muted hues like black and navy was “considered.”

“I rarely wore color for most of the time I was in the UK,” said the former suits The 41-year-old actress said in episode three of the six-part show, which premiered on the streaming platform on Thursday, December 8. “There was thought. As far as I know you can never wear the same color as Her Majesty when there is a group event. But then again, you should never wear the same color as any of the other older family members.”

Meghan explained that as she adjusted to her new life, she wanted to be conscious about her clothing as the style aspect of royal duties was something she “really knew nothing about”.

She added, “So I was like, ‘Well, what’s one color that they’ll probably never wear? Camel? Beige? White?’” she said. “I wore a lot of muted tones, but it was also one that just allowed me to blend in. I’m trying not to attract attention here. So there’s no version of me joining this family and trying not to do anything to fit in. I don’t want to embarrass the family.”

The California native became synonymous with tan trench coats with a black dress, often by Emilia Wickstead. However, when she wore colour, she performed in shades of green, like the forest-colored Erdem coat she donned when she visited Canada House for Commonwealth Day in 2019. Other shades she wore were soft pink, gray and sometimes yellow.

It was only after she and Harry, 38, announced their decision in January 2020 to step down as working royals that the bench writer expanded her color palette. In March this year, she wowed in a red Safiyaa cape dress to attend the Mountbatten Festival of Music. At the Salute To Freedom Gala in November 2021, Meghan turned heads in a fiery Carolina Herrera gown.

Meghan Markle opens up about the British wardrobe and says she wore dark colors to go with tans and browns

Christmas service, December 2017. Tim Rooke/Shutterstock

As well as highlighting Meghan’s meaningful wardrobe, the docuseries chronicles the couple’s triumphs and challenges since they met in 2016.

In the first episode, Meghan and Harry had a hilarious reminiscence of their first date, which saw the prince arrive 30 minutes late. “I couldn’t understand why he would be late,” Meghan said in the docuseries. “But he kept texting. He said, ‘I’m stuck in traffic. I am sorry.'”

When Harry arrived he was a nervous wreck. “I was panicking,” he said. Despite his slowness, the two hit it off and became inseparable.

Vol. 1 of Harry & Megan is currently streaming on Netflix, while Vol. 2 – the final three episodes of the docuseries – premieres on December 15.

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