September 24, 2019 | News | No Comments
Meghan Markle, Prince Harry and Archie’s royal tour of Southern Africa has officially started. The family of three plus their entourage which reportedly includes Archie’s nanny and Markle’s hairdresser (both of whom the royal couple are paying for privately) arrived in their first stop on the royal tour, Cape Town, on Monday September 23.
38-year-old Markle and four-month-old Archie will reportedly spend much of the tour in Cape Town, while Prince Harry is slated to visit Botswana, Angola and Malawi. The tour will reportedly conclude in Johannesburg on October 2.
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According to an Instagram post on the Sussexes’s official Instagram account, @sussexroyal, the tour will focus on “community, grassroots leadership, women’s and girls’ rights, mental health, HIV/AIDS and the environment,” and both Prince Harry and Meghan Markle reportedly have a packed schedule of engagements around these causes. Hopefully Archie will also accompany the couple to one or two engagements during the tour.
Of course, attending many engagements requires multiple outfit changes, which translates to an extensive tour wardrobe for Meghan Markle. And, following the show-stopping looks the duchess wore during her first royal tour to Australia, New Zealand, Tonga and Fiji in 2018, expectations for standout sartorial selections on this year’s royal tour are high.
Since she first officially stepped out with Prince Harry at the Invictus Games in 2017, Markle has risen to the status of royal style icon. As soon as the duchess steps out in any look, the brands she is wearing immediately feel the sales impact; brand websites crash and items sell out. And it appears the duchess is well aware of the so-called “Meghan Markle effect”, making very considered decisions regarding what she wears, knowing the impact her choices will have.
Case in point: during the 2018 royal tour the duchess’s wardrobe was a carefully curated and considered set of looks that championed local designers from the countries on the tour, wearing a relatively unknown Australian designer, Karen Gee, for her very first engagement on day one of the royal tour in Sydney, as well as a number of pieces from sustainable brands in line with the environmental focus of the 2018 tour.
For the 2019 Southern Africa tour, we’re expecting to see pieces from local designers mixed with the designers she calls on frequently including Givenchy, Brandon Maxwell, Stella McCartney, and Dior.
Scroll on to see every single look Meghan Markle has worn on the 2019 royal tour of Southern Africa.
On day one of the tour, Meghan Markle wore a black and white print wrap dress from ethical Malawi-made fashion label, Mayamiko paired with Castañer espadrille wedges. In a classic example of the “Meghan Markle effect” in action, the dress has already sold out on the website. Notably, Markle was spotted wearing a bracelet spelling out “justice” for this engagement, which was to the Justice Desk Project.
For the second part of day one of the tour, for a visit to the District Six Museum, the duchess changed into a sky blue Veronica Beard shirt dress. This is a dress the duchess has worn before, stepping out in the piece during the 2018 royal tour for an official engagement in Tonga.