Meghan Markle’s Style Has Shifted Drastically Now That She’s No Longer a Working Royal

People might have their own opinions about her choices and decisions, but it’s no secret that Meghan, Duchess of Sussex has chosen to do what’s best for her. When the former actress got engaged to Prince Harry back in November 2017, she seemed optimistic about the good she would be able to do within the British royal family. Unfortunately, being a senior working royal wasn’t exactly what she expected.

From the scrutiny from the British press and the public, and the constant lies spewed in the tabloids, the duchess never did find her footing in the royal fold. Nevertheless, she remained collected and poised in front of the camera. Even after she and Prince Harry announced Megxit, she remained flawless through their very last royal engagement.

Now, the Sussexes have settled in Los Angeles, California, the duchess’ hometown. Already, the Suits alum’s style has changed drastically.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have one main focus right now

Though the Sussexes made the choice move to LA shortly after the final royal engagements, the duke and duchess did not expect to leave Vancouver Island in Canada for the West Coast so quickly. Unfortunately, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic forced their hand.

Since they are practicing social distancing and remaining in quarantine, the Sussexes have been unable to launch their new venture, Archewell. Instead, they’ve been spending quality time at home with their young son, Archie Harrison. Their main focus outside of family bonding has been charity work.

Last week, the pair were spotted for the first time in LA wearing masks and working with the  Project Angel Food to deliver meals to people who are especially vulnerable to COVID-19. “Meghan said she wanted to show Harry Los Angeles through the eyes of philanthropy,” Project Angel Food’s executive director Richard Ayoub told People. “There’s obviously a great deal of love and selflessness between them.”

This is exactly the type of work we can look forward to seeing from Archewell. “Harry and Meghan’s No. 1 priority right now is helping those affected by the virus, especially the vulnerable,” an alleged insider told US Weekly. “They only leave their house for charity work.”

Meghan Markle was very concerned with her image while she was a working royal

During her time as a senior working royal, the duchess was also focused on doing good. However, because she was so scrutinized in the press, she also focused on making sure she looked perfect at all times. Obviously, this became draining.

“As an actress, Meghan expects perfection,” royal expert Duncan Larcombe, told The Sun. “But when you’re in the royal family, you have to learn that it’s not about you, it’s about what you represent.”

It also didn’t help that the duchess gave up a great deal of her freedom when she married into the royal family, having to adhere to certain wardrobe restrictions and other constraints.  “Even though [Meghan] was a famous actress, she could still do what she wanted in the way of getting around freely,” an insider told the Daily Mail in 2018. “But in her current role she can’t go anywhere without her protection team, and that’s a massive constraining force on an individual like her.”

Meghan Markle’s style has changed drastically amid Megxit

Now that Meghan is no longer a senior working member, her style has relaxed drastically. She has only been photographed a handful of times amid Megxit. She was spotted walking her dogs with Archie and then again in LA while volunteering with Prince Harry.

During her time as a working royal, when the duchess was “dressed down,” she wore stylish flats and designer sundresses. However, her recent baseball caps, lounge pants, and beanies showcase an entirely new era for Meghan.

While volunteering for the Food Angel Project, both the duke and duchess wore baseball caps. Meghan also wore a black T-shirt, army green joggers, Stan Smiths x Adidas sneakers. It looks like we’re going to be seeing this causal version of the duchess much more often.