Meghan Markle, who is expected to give birth sometime next month, announced her pregnancy last October. Since then, she has shown off 75 amazing maternity outfits, which according to the fashion site Love the Sales, total a heart-stopping £478,920, or about $632,000 —more than seven times what Meghan’s sister-in-law, Kate Middleton, spent on her pregnancy wardrobe. The site, however, doesn’t specify which of Kate’s pregnancies they’re referring to.
Despite, some hefty price tags, not all of Meghan’s outfits were equally expensive. The most high-priced design was a $13,200 bespoke Oscar de la Renta dress covered in laser-cut birds that she appropriately wore to the Geographic Society Awards in October. The Duchess paired the dress with a pair of $640 black bow heels by Aquazzura.
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Congratulations to 15-year-old Sophia Skarparis, @AustralianGeographic Society’s Young Conservationist of the Year, for her determined work to ban plastic bags in New South Wales — this evening The Duchess of Sussex presented Sophia with her Award. Swipe to watch The Duke speak after receiving an Award for outstanding contribution to global conservation on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen @TheRoyalFamily, whose @QueensCanopy initiative has now been signed up to by 42 of the 53 countries in the Commonwealth. #RoyalVisitAustralia #Australia #Sydney
On the other end of the spectrum, there was a knit H&M maternity dress that she wore in January and cost just $35. The dress, which sold out in just 24 hours, ended up being sold on eBay for as much as six times the original price.
H&M wasn’t the only fast fashion retailer to profit from the “Meghan Maternity Effect” during her pregnancy. Online searches for Markle’s Veja V-10 sneakers rose over 300 percent after Meghan wore the $150 shoes last October. In addition, online searches for Australian designer Karen Gee increased over 5,800 percent after the Duchess sported the brand’s Blessed dress after announcing her pregnancy, and Outland Denim‘s sales spiked over 2,300 percent due to Meghan’s sartorial support.
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Today The Duchess of Sussex made her first visit to @TheMayhew since becoming Patron – Mayhew is a grassroots charity working in a unique way to improve the lives of animals and people to better communities both in London and internationally. Mayhew looks for innovative ways to reduce the number of animals in need through pro-active community and educational initiatives and preventative veterinary care. Among the people she met was Wully, a formerly homeless pet refuge service user, and his two dogs Azzy and Gallis – The Duchess found out about the different ways Mayhew’s animal welfare officers have supported Wully and his pets over the past 11 years. Her Royal Highness also met Roobarb the dog, who is part of Mayhew’s dog therapy programme TheraPaws, which puts smiles on the faces of vulnerable individuals. The Duchess met volunteers who dedicate their time to Mayhew community programmes, including the trap, neuter and return programme, which controls and cares for the feral cat communities in London. And Her Royal Highness was also able to meet the team behind Mayhew’s international work, which includes an overseas vet training programme in countries like India and Afghanistan to help improve animal welfare.
UK citizens can breathe easy though. British taxpayers aren’t expected to pay for Meghan’s maternity clothes. For the time being, her wardrobe is covered by Prince Charles, who also pays for the clothes worn by him and Camila, as well as William, Kate and Harry.
The official household budget, which is used to pay for clothing, comes from the Duchy of Cornwall estate, a private fund from that Prince Charles uses to cover the three households. According to the Royal Family, Edward III created the estate in 1337 in order to secure income for his son and heir, as well as future heirs to the throne. The estate is managed by Prince Charles, but one day, the Duchy of Cornwall will pass to William.