- Recently engaged to Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and her future sister-in-law Kate Middleton have very different fashion preferences.
- Though the British royal family has a collective fortune worth millions, their wardrobes can be modest at times.
- Both Markle and Middleton wear affordable fashion brands on certain occasions.
The British royal family comes from centuries-old money – Queen Elizabeth II has an estimated private wealth of $530 million – but that doesn’t mean they flaunt their wealth on every outing.
While Middleton wears a decidedly British-inspired style, and is a fashion icon in her own right, Markle’s American fashion sensibility has more recently been placed under the microscope. Below, a look at the lower price point brands that the two have been spotted wearing.
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Markle has been spotted multiple times wearing the brand Everlane. The direct-to-consumer fashion label, which touts itself on having “radical transparency,” uses factories with high ethical standards and has been compared to J.Crew for its simple wardrobe basics.
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Often compared to Zara for its price points, Aritzia is another brand Markle has been spotted wearing. Here, during the opening ceremony for the Invictus Games, she wore an Aritzia pleated maroon dress, that retails for $185.
This month, she was spotted again wearing the Canadian brand, accenting an outfit with a $45 black dress belt.
Markle has been photographed multiple times wearing various Barbour coats – including the machine-washable $279 quilted utility jacket.
Kate Middleton has been spotted wearing the Spanish fast fashion brand Zara numerous times. This Zara dress, which she wore to a charity event in 2011, was reportedly retailing for under $100 at the time.
Middleton has also been spotted in the brand Reiss on various occasions – including when she met the Obamas during their visit to Britain in 2011.
Reiss, whose dresses are sold from $205 up to $850, have a wide variety of options within the $300 to $350 price range. The dress above, called the Shola dress, has since been discontinued. But the brand’s Cristina design, which retails at $345, is similar.
Le Chameau shoes – made for bearing the snow and rain – are often worn by Middleton during less than ideal weather conditions.
Here, she wears the brand’s $179 Verizon Jersey Lined boot during a snowy volunteer training day in 2013.
During a 2013 tour of the Harry Potter set at the Warner Bros. studio in Leavesden, England, Middleton wore a polka dot Topshop dress that, at the time, retailed for around $50.
The dress sold out within hours of her appearance.