That doesn’t even include the duchess’ custom Givenchy wedding dress which she wore to her May nuptials, which is reported to have set the royal family back another $180k.
Royal fashion experts UFO No More undertook research to uncover the cost of her extravagant outfits, and revealed that Meghan’s wardrobe cost almost six times more than her sister-in-law Kate’s.
It’s understood that Prince Charles provides Meghan, Prince Harry, Prince William and Kate with a budget to cover the cost of outfits worn to official royal engagements out of his $6.7 million Duchy of Cornwall income.
All designer clothing worn by the royals is paid for out of their own pockets, because law prohibits them from accepting free clothing.
From her $109k Ralph and Russo engagement portrait dress to the $7600 blue and white floral Oscar de la Renta maxi she wore to the wedding of Princess Diana’s niece Celia, the duchess turns heads wherever she goes – and always has a fresh outfit to debut. With her stylish pieces selling out within minutes, the press dubbed this “The Meghan Effect”.
The phenomenon was responsible for crashing Australian designer Dion Lee’s website, after the pregnant duchess stepped out in Melbourne in a navy dress with a waterfall hem by the label during her recent trip Down Under.
However, Queen Elizabeth’s wardrobe has stood the test of time, proving that some accessories are worth investing in.
One handbag has been in the royal’s wardrobe rotation for nearly half a century.
In contrast to Meghan’s “fast fashion” style, the Queen is known to repair her clothing items rather than throw them away, which has no doubt saved her a pretty penny over the years.