Meghan Markle wore just £44,188 on new items

Saving on the hat budget! Meghan Markle wore £44,188 worth of new clothes in 2020 – a quarter of 2019’s total – after swapping royal duties for lockdown in California

  • FEMAIL has calculated cost of all the new items Meghan wore throughout 2020
  • Repeated outfits or pieces seen before on the Duchess have been discounted 
  • Megxit farewell tour wardrobe was pricey, but she has since worn relaxed pieces
  • Most expensive ensemble was £14,000, when she stepped out at The Goring
  • Total for 2019 totted up to £211,700 worth of new items, half of cost in 2018 

Since she married Prince Harry two years ago Meghan Markle has worn a parade of designer outfits from brands such as Dior, Givenchy, Prada and Chanel and an array of expensive accessories.

But after quitting the royal family in March and moving to California, the Duchess has taken a decidedly different approach to her wardrobe. 

Meghan has slashed the value of the new items she has worn this year, with Femail calculating the royal has won new items of clothing and jewellery worth £44,188 in 2020.

It is a drastic reduction on last year, when her wardrobe was valued at more than  £211,693. 

Her most expensive outfit came during her farewell tour in March, when she stepped out for lunch at The Goring in an high fashion ensemble worth £14,000. 

While a working member of the royal family, the cost of Meghan’s clothes for work engagements was covered by Prince Charles through the budget he gives the couple from the Duchy of Cornwall.

But after the couple said they wanted to be financially independent, it is not clear who is picking up the bill for Meghan’s clothes, or whether the Duchess always pays full price for her clothing, or receives discounts from designers.

Here FEMAIL calculates the cost of Meghan’s royal wardrobe, only taking into account the cost of items once and not counting recycled items.

Meghan Markle, 39, slashed the value of her wardrobe in 2020 after quitting the royal family and moving to California – wearing just £44,188 on new items

The Duchess of Sussex opted for an array of designer outfits during  her time as a senior working royal (pictured, at her final royal duty in March)

JANUARY 7: Visit to Canada House 

The Duchess returned from her six-week break to Canada to visit London’s Canada House

  • A £345 coat from Reiss
  •  £50 polo neck from Massimo Dutti
  •  £85 skirt from Massimo Dutti 
  • £120 earrings from Catherine Zoraida
  • $540 (£413) bracelets from Kismet
  • Jimmy Choos £225  

TOTAL: £1,238 

JANUARY 8: Leaving London’s National Theatre 

Meghan was last spotted in a £475 outfit leaving the National Theatre in London

  • Navy coat by Massimo Dutti, £269
  • Trousers, estimated £120
  • Blue shirt, estimated £85 

 TOTAL: £475

14 February: Arriving back in Victoria airport 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are seen as they arrived back in Canada after a presumed business meeting in the state

Cuyana Wool Yak Cardigan – £237

Smythson ‘Ludlow’ black leather 13″ laptop case (£495)

Prada Re-Nylon travel bag £1,439 

Shoes – £140

= £2311 

The Duchess of Sussex visits women’s centre to discuss issues affecting women in the community

 Le Chameau ‘Jameson’ quilted leather boots in caramel – £375

Whale Tail with diamond by artist Hollie Bartlett (Haisla), 18kt gold – £1,363 

Total =  £1738

5 March: Lunch at The Goring and National Theatre Visit 

The Duchess of Sussex donned an outfit worth £14,174 as she had lunch at The Goring hotel before visiting her patronage, The National Theatre 

Alex Eagle camel coat – £1,590 

Aquazzura Mae Pearl Pumps – £665 

Loewe ‘Postal’ Bag – £1,450

Topshop Organza Cream Blouse – £29

Roland Mouret ‘Moka’ Skirt – £595

Chi Chi Rose Gold and Diamond Bracelet by Jessica McCormack – £9,500 

Sophie Lis Love pendant – £280

Edge of Ember earrings –  £65

Total = £14,174

5 March: Endeavour Awards

Meghan made a splash in a electric blue gown as she joined Prince Harry for the Endeavour Award’s on Thursday evening 

Victoria Beckham bright blue gown – £950

Stella McCartney clutch bag – £1,742

Gold Snake Hoop earrings by Roxanne First – £95 

Chi Chi Rose Gold and Diamond Bracelet by Jessica McCormack – (worn before)

Navy Manolo Blahnik BB pumps – (worn before) 

Total =  £2,787

6 March: Visit to Robert Clack Upper School in Dagenham 

The royal ensured her wardrobe was dominated by female designers as she stepped out to celebrate International Women’s Day on Friday 

 ME AND EM White Boucle Jacket – £295

Ivory clutch bag by Rejina Pyo -£295 

Alexander McQueen trousers – worn before

Bi-colour heels from Jennifer Chamandi – £745

Edge of Ember ‘Kismet’ Necklace – £125 

Total = £1,460

7 March: Mountbatten Festival of Music at the Royal Albert Hall 

The Duchess wowed in a scarlet ensemble as she joined Prince Harry for the Mountbatten Festival of Music at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday night 

Simone Rocha beaded statement earrings – £250 

Stuart Weitzman – worn before  

Safiyaa ‘Kalika’ dress – £1,295

Manolo Blahnik ‘Capri’ Red Satin Clutch –  £1,260

Total = £2,805

8 March: Attending church with the Queen 

The Duke and Duchess attended church with the Queen in Windsor on Sunday, with Meghan choosing her favourite brand Givenchy for the occasion 

V by Laura V earrings – £130 

Customised Givenchy gown – £1, 329 

Fascinator – worn before  

Total = £1,459 

9 March: Commonwealth Day Service

For her final event as a working member of the royal family, Meghan donned an emerald bespoke Emilia Wickstead gown 

Aquazzura Nude Pumps – £490

Birks ‘Snowstorm’ Earrings – (worn before) 

Bespoke Emilia Wickstead dress –  Estimated £1,800

William Chambers fascinator – Estimated £500

Gabriella Hearst ‘Nina’ Bag – (worn before)

Total = £2,790 

10 March: QCT Commonwealth Video 

The Duchess of Sussex donned a Preen by Thornton Bregazzi asymmetrical toffee midi dress which cost £925 for a meeting with young leaders for QCT 

Preen by Thornton Bregazzi asymmetrical toffee midi dress – £925

Aquazzura pumps –  

Edge of Ember earrings – (worn before)

Total – £925 

 11 March: Commonwealth ACU meeting

 Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Patron of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), meeting Commonwealth Scholars, Chevening Scholars

Aquazarra navy pumps –  £450

Scanlan Theodore ‘Cravat’ dress – £330 

Sophie Lis Fallen Star earrings – £450  

Total = £1,230 

April 29: Smart Works call

For her first appearance since stepping down from royal duty, the mother-of-one wore a recycled Joseph sweater

Joseph Red V-Neck Cashmere Sweater – worn before 

Edge of Ember Visionary Coin Necklace -£135

Total = £135 

July 14: GirlUp Leadership Summit

Meghan attended the virtual GirlUp Leadership Summit wearing a £148 blue silk blouse in July 

Adam Lippes ‘Pintucked’ Silk Top – £148

Cartier ‘Love’ Bracelet – worn before

Total = £148 

August 14: 19th Virtual Summit

For the 19th Virtual Summit, the Duchess wore a Sleeveless Stretch Silk Top by Hugo Boss

Sleeveless Stretch Silk Top by Hugo Boss  – £179 

Cartier Love Bracelet – worn before 

Monica Vinader bracelet – worn before 

Total =  £179

 August 21: Baby2Baby event

Duke and Duchess of Sussex volunteering with Baby2Baby at Dr Owen Lloyd Knox Elementary School in Los Angeles

Anthropologie ‘Liza’ Shorts – £65

Victoria Beckham Oversized Classic Shirt -£450 

Stan Smith Sneakers – worn before 

Cartier Love Bracelet – worn before 

Monica Vinader Bracelet – worn before 

Royal Jelly Harlem blue seersucker face mask – £15 

Total =  £530

August 25: Makers video with Gloria Steinhem 

– Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex and Gloria Steinem discuss representation, why each vote matters and how all women are linked, not ranked

Annie Bing ‘Ryan’ Trousers – £186

James Perse White V-Neck Slub Cotton T-Shirt – £63 

Stella McCartney ‘Rhea’ Sandals – £525

Cartier ‘Love’ Bracelet – worn before 

Monica Vinader ‘Chain’ Bracelet – worn before 

Maiden Nation ‘Linked Not Ranked’ Bracelets – £35 

Janessa Leone ‘Serena’ Hat –   £266

Total = £1,075


September 1: LA preschool visit 

Duke and Duchess of Sussex during a visit in honor of his mother’s memory to the Preschool Learning Center (a program of the Assistance League of Los Angeles)

Anthropologie ‘Cate’ Chambray Shirt – £73 

DL1961 ‘Emma’ Jeans – worn before 

Rothy shadow merino shoes – worn before  

Bracelets – worn before 

Total = £73 

September 13: Smart Set anniversary

 The Duchess donned a smart white blazer and tan tank top as she marked the anniversary of her Smart Set collection

Altuzarra ‘Acacia’ White Blazer – worn before  

September 21: Time 100  video

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry made a special appearance during the TIME 100 special

Victoria Beckham Silk Shirt – £570

 Alexander Wang cropped trousers – worn before  

Manolo Blahnik – worn before 

Bracelets – worn before

Total = £570 

September 25: America’s Got Talent 

The Duchess made a special appearance on America’s Got Talent to congratulate a finalist 

Cuyana ‘Luna’ Jacket Earrings – £145

Victoria Beckham silk blouse – £570

Stella McCartney ‘Hayley’ Black Trousers – £692

Verse necklace – worn before 

Bracelets – worn before 

Total = £1407 

 September 29: Fortune’s Most Powerful women summit

Meghan addressed the virtual summit on Tuesday afternoon, when she took part in a one-on-one conversation about ‘creating humane tec

Jennifer Fisher Small Family Gothic Lock pendant necklace – £1,488 

Jennifer Meyer Turquoise Bar Studs- worn before 

WNU blue and white stripe shirt – £85 

Total = £1573 

October 1: Call to end racism 

Prince Harry and wife Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex chat to the Evening Standard about Black History Month and the Next Gen Trailblazers project

Glemaud ‘Slash’ Long Sleeve Top – £280

Stella McCartney ‘Hayley’ Camel Trousers- £692

Total = £972 

 October 11: World Mental Health Day 

Meghan Markle, 39, paid tribute to late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg by wearing a statement t-shirt and mask honouring the feminist icon during a podcast recording this week

Manolo Blahnik ‘BB’ Pumps – worn before 

Monica Vinader Linear Chain Bracelet and Cartier Love Bracelet- worn before 

‘R.B.G’ Ruth Bader Ginsberg T-Shirt- £16

J.Crew V-Neck Striped Cardigan-£110

Frame ‘Le Garcon’ Jeans- £177

 ‘When there are nine’ Mask – £12

Total = £315 

October 12 – Call with Malala

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry say they feel ‘fortunate’ to have watched son Archie’s ‘first steps, first run and first fall’ during Covid-19 crisis as they join Malala Yousafzai for virtual chat

Tuxe Turtleneck Sleeveless Bodysuit – worn before 

Bracelets – worn before

Reiss ‘Edie’ tailored slim-leg trousers – £125 

Total = £125

October 14 – Fortune Most Powerful Women event 

Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex took part in Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Next Gen Summit this week, where she discussed a wide range of important topics, including how raising a son has altered her perspective on leadership

Cuyana ‘Luna’ Jacket Earrings – worn before 

 Tracy Reese’s sustainable label Hope for Flowers – worn before 

October 20: Time 100 event 

Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Host Engineering A Better World TIME100 Talks

Alexander McQueen Grain De Poudre Wool Blazer – worn before  

November 8 – Remembrance Sunday

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex during a private visit to the Los Angeles National Cemetery on Remembrance Sunday

Black Brandon Maxwell Silk-Organza Coat  – £3,335

Jennifer Chamandi ‘Lorenzo’ Heels – £550

Brandon Maxwell Cotton And Silk-Blend Waist Belt – £220

Total = £4.105 

December 13 – CNN Heroes event 

Meghan Markle appears on CNN to pay tribute to ‘quiet heroes’ of the coronavirus pandemic and the ‘power of the human spirit’ in first appearance since revealing miscarriage in New York Times

Catherine Zoraida ‘Gold Swallow’ earrings – worn before

Cartier ‘Love’ Bangle – worn before    

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