Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s royal relationship has brought fresh attention to a handful of British brands. We count down the labels and products favoured by the former Suits star
Markle layered up British brands this week for a visit to the Reprezent FM radio station in Brixton with Prince Harry. She matched a pair of wide-leg, flared Burberry trousers with an M&S Autograph jumper and Jigsaw scarf – a deft and democratic nod to the British high street. A coat by Canadian label Smythe finished the look.
As part of her Brit brand makeover, Markle has invested in a suite of Mulberry handbags. She was photographed before Christmas carrying the compact Clifton bag, as well as the Mulberry Zipped Bayswater in black, oxblood and a fitting royal blue shade. The structured tote is one of Mulberry’s most popular styles and is a modern iteration of the iconic Bayswater, recognisable by its signature Postman’s lock.
The Zipped Bayswater starts from £995, mulberry.com
Markle chose an elegant Victoria Beckham crew neck cashmere knit for her official engagement photographs with Prince Harry, who is pictured enveloping her in a Burberry wool coat. Beckham and Markle have become fast friends in London, reportedly striking up a friendship over a shared interest in hair and beauty.
A girl after our own hearts, Meghan is a fan of Burberry’s timeless designs and woollen winter coats. Alongside the aforementioned Burberry trousers worn earlier this week, she has been spotted in Burberry suede boots while out on a date with Prince Harry at Soho House (paired with a Mulberry clutch).
Strathberry is a lesser-known Scottish leather goods brand that shot to fame in December following Markle’s decision to wear the Midi Tote - now nicknamed the Maghan Bag - on her first royal engagement with Prince Harry. The handcrafted bag, priced at £495, sold out in 11 minutes and one was then auctioned on eBay for charity, fetching £1,819. “We had no idea that Meghan would be wearing the bag,” said PR director Leeanne Hundleby. “The response to the brand has been phenomenal and Strathberry was mentioned all over the world. When we last counted, we were referenced in over 2,000 news articles globally.”
Alongside the Strathberry bag, Markle wore a fluted silk cotton chino skirt in Nottingham by British luxury label Joseph. Sales of the skirt rocketed instantaneously as shoppers scrambled to recreate the look, which was paired with a black bodysuit by American label Wolford. Markle has also previously worn a Joseph camel coat and the brand is reflective of her penchant for polished, feminine silhouettes and ladylike pieces with modern details.
Meghan Markle’s masterful three-stone engagement ring may have caused a stir last year but so have her selection of stacking Missoma rings, which reportedly sent thousands of shoppers to the website within minutes after she was photographed wearing the rings while shopping near Kensington Palace. The actress is a friend of the demi-fine jeweller and has worn Missoma for several years. These particular gold rings are part of Missoma’s Nexus collection, which takes its cue from the classic arrow form.
From £60, missoma.com
Markle is a longstanding Jo Malone fan, citing in interviews that her favourite Jo Malone fragrance is Wood Sage & Sea Salt. The evocative, unisex eau de cologne bottles the scent of the seaside, mingling top notes of citrus with rare ambrette and sage, grounded by a textured, woody centre.
£150 per 100ml, jomalone.com