Royal fans might have expected Meghan Markle to liven up the royal dress code with a touch of Hollywood glamour, but the bride-to-be has been adding her own style stamp by adding ‘cool edges’ to her chic outfits.
As today’s official visit to Scotland proves, the former Suits star, 36, is making subtle but significant style statements, stepping out in an unstructured, adrogynous coat, as opposed to the smart tailored number favoured by the Duchess of Cambridge
This is Meghan’s fifth official engagement with Harry and her Veronica Beard flares make it the fourth time she’s worn trousers, even donning jeans for her first official visit to Wales in January.
And rather than carrying a neat clutch like Kate or a handbag in the style of the Queen she was the first royal to step out with a trendy cross body bag, opting again for Scottish brand Strathberry.
While the Queen and Kate are never seen in all-black outfits, except for events such as Remembrance Sunday or on the red carpet in the case of the Duchess of Cambridge, Meghan has made it her signature look since taking up royal duties.
Celebrity stylist and designer Lucas Armitage told Femail: ‘The cross body bag adds a cool girl edge in keeping with Meghan’s signature style.
‘Overall it’s a chic looks but with a few cool edges. The tartan gives some added interest to an extremely polished appearance. She’s being appropriate but definitely retaining her own look.’
Meghan Markle today gave royal dressing an injection of cool in an androgynous Burberry tartan coat, a cross body bag and wide-legged trousers
Rather than carrying a neat clutch like Kate or a handbag in the style of the Queen she was the first royal to step out with a trendy cross body bag from Strathberry
Crowds have been gathering outside Edinburgh Castle since this morning in anticipation of the royal visit.
Despite cold and wet weather royal fans braved the conditions to stake the best place to spot the couple on the castle’s esplanade.
Harry and his bride-to-be started the visit with a walkabout, meeting well-wishers before heading inside the historic fortress to watch as the One O’clock Gun is fired, a tradition started in 1861 to mark time for ships in the Firth of Forth.
Ashley Torres, 25, a law student at Edinburgh University, had brought a bunch of tulips for the couple. She said: ‘I bought these last night, I don’t mind if Meghan or Harry takes them.
For her most recent public appearance, Meghan surprised royal fans by wearing an Alexander McQueen trouser suit for her first red carpet event with Prince Harry
Meghan, pictured with Harry in Brixton in January, has a penchant for unstructured coats with an androgynous feel and is making black trousers her uniform for public appearances
The former Suits star chose black skinny jeans for her first official visit to Wales in January
‘It’s such a cute love story … being set up by mutual friends. And it will be nice to see an American part of the British monarchy.’
Friends Maggie Binnie, 29 and Alice McCourt, 23, both Scottish students, had staked a place on the esplanade against the crash barriers and waved Union flags featuring a picture of the prince and his fiancee.
Ms Binnie said: ‘I really do admire Meghan, she’s got a good head on her shoulders and I also admire Harry for the mental health work he does and his work with military veterans.’
The bride-to-be is determined to forge her own style path, by adding an edge to her polished outfits for official engagements
The trip to Scotland is the fourth public appearance Ms Markle and Harry have made together and follows successful visits to Nottingham, Brixton in south London and Cardiff in the months that followed their engagement announcement in November.
Kensington Palace said: ‘Throughout the day Prince Harry and Ms Markle will have the opportunity to meet members of the public, learn more about organisations that work in the local community and nationwide, and celebrate youth in the Scottish Year of Young People 2018.’
After the castle visit, the couple will move on to the New Town to visit Social Bite, a social enterprise cafe which distributes food and hot drinks to homeless people across Scotland each year, as well as employing staff who have experienced homelessness themselves.
In the cafe, Harry and Ms Markle will learn more about the enterprise, as well as meeting staff and touring the kitchen.
They will be the latest in a string of high-profile visitors to Social Bite premises.
Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio stopped for lunch at Social Bite venture Home in Edinburgh’s west end in November 2016, while the Duchess of Cornwall and actor George Clooney have been to Social Bite’s Rose Street branch.