Meghan Markle’s Canadian Wardrobe Is Making Fans Love Her More — Here’s Why

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s fanbase is stronger than ever — there’s even been a spike in the sale of her charity cookbook — since she and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex resigned as senior members of the British royal family in Jan. 2020. Ahead, find out why Meghan’s wardrobe — specifically what she’s been seen wearing in Canada — is making the actress-turned-royal an even bigger hit with fans. 

Following a six-week hiatus from royal life where the Duke and Duchess of Sussex spent the 2019 holiday season in Canada, the couple returned to the U.K. to thank their host country during a visit to London’s Canada House. Royal watchers and fans alike were excited to see Meghan and Prince Harry back in action which came on the heels of their royal tour of Africa and an explosive documentary in which the Duchess of Sussex revealed she’d been struggling privately amid intense media scrutiny. 

One day after their visit to Canada House, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex made a bombshell announcement saying they intended to step back as senior members of the royal family —  they’re not the first and planned to split their time between North American and the U.K. with their son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, as financially independent supporters of the crown and Queen Elizabeth II.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry visit Canada House on Jan. 7, 2020
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry visit Canada House on Jan. 7, 2020 | DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Following the announcement, Meghan returned to Canada to be with Archie while the world waited to catch a glimpse of the former actress.

Meghan Markle reportedly ‘spends most of the day in sweats or yoga pants’

The Duchess of Sussex supposedly unearthed clothes from storage —  likely the ones deemed too casual for London — she packed away before moving to London with Prince Harry in 2017. Upon her return to Canada, Meghan appeared on a number of occasions in casual clothes after years of high heels and the occasional pair of flats. 

An unconfirmed report from InTouch stated Meghan disliked having to get dressed up so frequently as a high-ranking member of the British royal family. So, in Canada, she’s been taking every opportunity to enjoy an unforeseen perk to non-royal life, yoga pants.  

“Now that she’s moved to Canada, she spends most of the day in sweats or yoga pants,” the source said. “She hated always having to be dressed to the nines as a royal and the old-fashioned rules and regulations — like wearing dresses below the knee,” they added. While we don’t know whether or not this report is true, we understand wanting a break from fancy clothes.

She visited a local charity wearing a sweater from ‘Suits’

While Prince Harry remained in London working out details of their royal exit, the Duchess of Sussex took time to stop by a women’s shelter in Vancouver on Jan. 14.

Unlike previous official visits to charities involving photographers and fanfare, Meghan didn’t dress up and instead opted for a casual look of boots, black pants, and a sweater from Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s brand, The Row, she’d previously worn on an episode of Suits, according to Meghan’s Mirror, a blog dedicated to the Duchess of Sussex’s style. 

On another occasion, Meghan picked up her fitness instructor from the airport, prompting fans to notice she’d been driving the car herself (gasp!). 

Meghan boarded a seaplane in a parka

Meghan returned to more of her pre-royal wardrobe the same day when photos were snapped of her boarding a seaplane for Vancouver Island. Braving the winter temperatures, the Duchess of Sussex wore the same outfit she wore to the shelter — with the addition of her signature tote bag and a green parka — while waiting to get back to the island. 

Fans love they can relate to Meghan and her Canadian wardrobe. With each new sighting of the Duchess of Sussex, fans have been able to easily picture themselves in the same clothes as the royal.

‘People want to be live Meghan in their everyday lives’

Christine Ross of Meghan’s Mirror spoke to The New Yorker in a Jan. 2020 article about the Duchess of Sussex’s casual style in Canada and why people love it.

“We’ve seen her in jeans and a Barbour jacket in Vancouver, which people love,” Ross told the publication, noting the most coveted items of Meghan’s happen to be the most accessible.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto on Sept. 25, 2917
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto on Sept. 25, 2917 | Karwai Tang/WireImage

She continued, saying fans bypass Meghan’s more formal looks.

“It’s interesting. We don’t get a bunch of clicks on her bespoke cocktail dresses,” Ross said. “People want to be like Meghan in their everyday lives. They want to feel like a duchess going to the grocery store, or picking their kids up from school. They want a little bit of that royal magic.”

That’s where the sightings of Meghan in Canada come in. Running around Vancouver — hiking, driving to the airport, visiting a women’s center — fans can easily see themselves in the Duchess of Sussex’s outfits making them love the royal even more for her relatable and approachable style. Meanwhile, fans eagerly await another casual outfit from the  Duchess of Sussex while waiting to get details on unanswered questions about her and Prince Harry’s royal exit.