The 1 Reason Meghan Markle Cannot Accept Free Clothes From Designers

Ever since announcing her engagement to Prince Harry, Meghan Markle’s style has been talked about and copied by people all over the world.  Whenever the soon-to-be-royal makes a public appearance, everyone wants to know which designer she’s wearing and that same outfit usually sells out within a few hours.

Because of that, every fashion house wants to dress the former actress. But if any try to send her free clothes, she cannot accept them and there’s a reason for that.

Here’s more on that, just how much Markle’s wardrobe actually costs, and who foots the bill for it now since she’s not yet a royal.

Markle’s chic style

US actress Meghan Markle visits Nottingham for her first official public engagement with fiancee Prince Harry on December 1, 2017 in Nottingham, England. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement on Monday 27th November 2017 and will marry at St George's Chapel, Windsor in May 2018.

Meghan Markle always has a chic style. | Jeremy Selwyn – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Markle’s style reminds us a lot of Kate Middleton’s. The Duchess of Cambridge always looks glamorous when she steps out for any official event and, given Markle’s fashion choices so far, we think she’ll continue to impress us after she begins her own royal duties.

But she has proved at times that it takes a big budget to dress like her.

Next: This suit came with a hefty price tag. 

Alexander McQueen suit

This stylish suit wasn’t exactly affordable. | Ben Stansall/WPA Pool/Getty Images

When Markle and Harry attended the Endeavour Fund Awards at Goldsmiths’ Hall in London together on Feb. 1, 2018, the bride-to-be wore an Alexander McQueen suit.

The designer blazer costs a whopping $1,995 and the matching trousers were pricey as well at $795. 

Next: This coat alone will set you back thousands. 

Burberry tartan coat

Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Visit Edinburgh

This coat sold out right after the soon-to-be princess wore it. | James Glossop/WPA Pool/Getty Images

For her first official joint visit to Scotland with her fiancé, the former Suits star opted to wear a Burberry tartan coat as she greeted fans outside of Edinburgh Castle.

After Markle showed up in the designer piece, retailers couldn’t keep the $2,895 coat it in stock.

Next: Her memorable Christmas look wasn’t inexpensive either.

Christmas outfit and accessories

Left to right: Kate Middleton, Prince William, Meghan Markle, and Prince Harry on Christmas Day 2017.

Meghan Markle wore this stunning outfit on Christmas. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Even though she’s not technically a royal yet, Queen Elizabeth II allowed her grandson to bring his future wife along with the rest of their family for their annual Christmas festivities.

Markle attended Christmas morning church services with the rest of the royals and sported a long tan Sentaler coat, a brown Philip Treacy hat, caramel-colored suede Stuart Weitzman boots, and a leather Chloe pixie bag. The total cost for that look was nearly $10,000.

Next: This dress had a staggering price tag. 

Engagement portraits gown

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle engagement photo

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s stunning engagement photo | Kensington Royal via Instagram

Before we get into who buys all her clothes and why she can’t accept free pieces, we had to mention that the stunning gown she wore for her and the Prince’s engagement portraits came with a stunning price tag as well.

According to the Daily Mail, the Ralph & Russo black couture number was purchased for a jaw-dropping $78,000 (£56,000).

Next: Who picks up the tab for Markle’s wardrobe?

Who pays for her clothing?

Prince Charles walking outside

Prince Charles will be footing some bills for Harry and mEGHAN mARKLE. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

For now, Markle and Harry pay for all her clothes themselves, but that will change once they’re married.

People reported that after the couple says “I do,” the expense of Markle’s wardrobe will be covered by the money that Prince Charles gives to his sons and their wives via his Duchy of Cornwall income.

In 2017, William, Middleton, and Harry received $4.8 million all together from the fund.

Next: She cannot accept free clothes for this reason.

It is against royal protocol to accept free clothes

Fiancee of Britain's Prince Harry Meghan Markle Britain's Catherine Duchess of Cambridge and Britain's William, Duke of Cambridge attend the first annual Royal Foundation Forum

Here’s why the future royal can’t accept free clothes. | Chris Jackson /AFP/Getty Images

It is against protocol for royals to accept free clothing from any designer. A spokeswoman for the Duchess of Cambridge previously told People that Middleton “has a policy not to accept any free offers of clothing.”

Designer Katherine Hooker echoed that statement saying that the duchess “doesn’t take free clothes, and I’ve heard that from other people who sent her things.”

Markle and Middleton instead have assistants who call in to get several outfits for them, and when they arrive, the ladies decide which piece they like best. Then, they pay for that particular outfit and send everything else back. Just like the rest of us — minus the whole assistants’ part.

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