Meghan Markle Opens Up About Navigating Her Wardrobe as a New Royal

Meghan Markle has opened up about navigating her wardrobe as a new member of the monarchy in Harry & Meghan, the Netflix docuseries offering a no-holds-barred look at the couple’s headline-making journey from Kensington Palace to their new life in California, thousands of miles from the heart of the royal family. 

Footage in episode three of the series finds an amused Prince Harry looking on (“Tell me you’re getting this!” he calls out to the film crew), as his wife is fitted for the red Carolina Herrera gown she wore to the Salute to Freedom Gala in New York in November 2021, after she and the Duke had stepped down as senior royals and established a new home on the West Coast.

“So I wore a lot of muted tones, but it also was so I could just blend in,” Meghan says in Harry & Meghan on Netflix. 

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“Most of the time that I was in the UK I rarely wore color,” the Duchess explains in a voiceover, as a team of stylists adjusts the fabric of her full-skirted scarlet dress on screen. “There was thought in that,” she continues. During her royal engagements at the time, the Duchess favored black dresses by Emilia Wickstead, belted camel coats, and classic trenches. 

Now, she’s explained her understated wardrobe was all part of her efforts to fit into the wider family, whose outfits—particularly those of the women—are heavily scrutinized. Prince Harry describes trying to guide Meghan in the unique ways of royal life, but admits: “The piece I really didn’t know about was the style, right? And what a woman needed to… how they needed to dress and all that.”