Is Meghan Markle a Fashion Icon or Rebel?

Stepping into the royal limelight, Meghan Markle has done little to avoid negative press, especially when it comes to her fashion choices. From her nails to her fashion budget, Meghan has been pushing the boundaries for the Queen’s options. For example, at the British Fashion Awards, Meghan paired her black Givenchy dress with a dark shade of nail polish, supposedly banned by the Queen herself. On other occasions, Meghan has been criticized for wearing off-the-shoulder dresses, carrying cross body purses, and going barefoot at the beach. However, imagine living your life independently for over thirty years only to one day being restricted to an incredibly specific set of rules that even addresses how your fingers should look. On the other hand, people will say that this is the sacrifice you must make to be a royal, and it is not such a bad one considering you are still dressed in the highest fashion from head to toe.


Meghan Markle wearing an off-the-shoulder dress


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Meghan Markle with dark shade of nail polish and black Givenchy dress


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Meghan’s fashion choices have been notable not only for its risqué aesthetics but also for its costs. It is not uncommon to constantly compare Meghan Markle’s choices with that of her sister-in-law’s, Kate Middleton, but when it comes to fashion budgets, the contrast is vast. It is reported that Kate spent 119,000 pounds (approx. $153,831) on new outfits in 2017 and 100,000 pounds (approx. $129,270) in 2016, in comparison to a whopping nearly one million pounds spent by Meghan. It seems almost impossible to spend this much money on new clothing in just a year, however to play devil’s advocate, royals cannot accept any gifts or loans from designers, meaning that they must buy every outfit that they wear. If you are wondering where this money is coming from, it’s all paid for by Prince Harry’s father, Prince Charles, who has reportedly frowned upon Meghan’s frivolous spending.


Meghan Markle with a cross body bag


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Meghan Markle barelegged (no pantyhose)

Announcement Of Prince Harry's Engagement To Meghan Markle

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Therefore, even though some fashion rebellions, such as a lack of pantyhose in her wardrobe, are minor inconveniences to the British monarchy’s strict rules and even modern reinventions of British fashion, other bold monetary choices are indeed out of any world that I can fathom ever to be a part of.

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Isabella Eagan

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