This Is Why Duchess Meghan Rarely Wore Color as a Working Royal in the United Kingdom

This Is Why Duchess Meghan Rarely Wore Color as a Working Royal in the United Kingdom

In episode 3 of Harry & Meghan, Meghan Markle details the intention behind some of her style choices during her tenure as a senior royal in the U.K.

The Duchess of Sussex explains how her personal style changed from her time working alongside the royal family to now, living independently with Prince Harry and their two young children in California.

According to Meghan, she chose to wear few bright colors when she was a working royal because of the constant pressure she felt to not overshadow the late Queen Elizabeth II or other senior royals such as Catherine, the now Princess of Wales.

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Duchess Meghan with the late Queen in 2018. Max Mumby/Indigo - Getty Images
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Meghan at the Salute to Freedom Gala alongside Prince Harry in 2021.Theo Wargo - Getty Images

"Most of the time that I was in the U.K. I rarely wore color—there was thought in that," she says. "To my understanding, you could never wear the same color as Her Majesty if there's a group event, but then you also shouldn't be wearing the same color as one of the other more senior members of the family. So I was like, 'Well, what's a color that they'll probably never wear?' Camel, beige, white... so I wore a lot of muted tones, but it was also so I could just blend in. I'm not trying to stand out here. There was no version of me joining this family and me not doing everything I could to fit in."

While in the U.K., Duchess Meghan became known for her sleek and sophisticated looks that included plenty of luxe outerwear and classic dresses—though we did not know the true reason behind those style choices. But since relocating to California, Meghan's fashion sense has undoubtedly shifted. For some recent appearances with Prince Harry here in the United States, she has opted for brighter gowns courtesy of the likes of Christopher John Rogers and Wes Gordon for Carolina Herrera, representing a more carefree but still curated approach to her style.

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