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Stella McCartney slammed for plugging Meghan Markle's coat on Remembrance Day

Luxury fashion retailer Stella McCartney has been criticised on social media for promoting a coat worn by Meghan Markle at the Remembrance Day Sunday service.

After the Duchess of Sussex wore the brand’s £1,545 black belted coat at the Cenotaph memorial yesterday, a picture was shared on the Stella McCartney Instagram page.

In a now-deleted image, the caption read: ‘So honoured to have HRH Duchess of Sussex in our Autumn ‘19 coat at Remembrance Day service.⁣ x Stella⁣’.

But followers of the account felt it was ‘disrespectful’ to plug the item on such an emotional day.

One person commented: ‘People died and you take pictures of people showing respect for advertising purposes. Just wrong.’

While another wrote on the post: ‘Remembrance Day is to honour those that fought for us, not to use for advertising purposes. Pretty shocked.’

Some said they would be unfolllowing the account.

Prior to the controversial post, a video of poppies in a field was shared to commemorate the special day, saying: ‘Remembering the ones that sacrificed to give us freedom x Stella⁣’.

And over on the page’s Story, the eponymous designer took a selfie at the Animals in War Memorial in Hyde Park wearing a poppy.

In the video, shared on the page’s Story, she wrote: ‘I always think this is one of the most important memorials in London that recognises the lives of the animals that were sacrificed at war, because they had no choice.’

During the service, Meghan was pictured pairing the coat with a wide-brimmed hat as she joined the Queen and Kate Middleton with the rest of the female royals on the balcony in Westminster to watch the service.

Prince Charles, William, and Harry laid wreaths to honour those who lost their lives in the wars.

The Duchess of Sussex has been a fan of the fashion brand and she wore a halterneck bias-cut gown by the designer to her wedding reception,

It’s unclear whether Meghan purchased the coat seen during the service or whether it was gifted by Stella herself.

We’ve contacted the Stella McCartney team for a comment and will update the article if they respond.

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