When it comes to maternity style, Meghan Markle has it nailed, mixing monochrome with vibrant colors and classic, casual pieces with some seriously glamorous gowns. Your pregnancy photo album might not feature bespoke Dior or full-length sequins, but you can still take style inspiration from the duchess.
With her due date fast approaching, here’s a glance at some of Markle’s best maternity looks so far. Wondering what she may name her little one? We pulled together some predictions for what Markle and Prince Harry’s baby will be named when he or she arrives.
The mother-to-be and Prince Harry’s short tour of Morocco in February included a meeting in Rabat with Crown Prince Moulay Hassan. Markle wore a bespoke Maison Valentino dress for the occasion and its color was particularly significant in the host country. According to royal correspondent Omid Scobie, the red of Morocco’s national flag symbolizes bravery, hardiness, strength and valor.
Cowl Neck Dress
The royal couple attended a gala performance of “The Wider Earth” in support of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust and the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy at London’s Natural History Museum in February. The Duchess wore a cowl neck Calvin Klein dress and Amanda Wakeley coat and completed the look with an olive-green clutch and shoes.
For a Commonwealth Day youth event at London’s Canada House in March 2019, the Duchess of Sussex wore a green Erdem dress and coat. According to People, the black embellishments around the collar and on the sleeves of the coat are called “Doria beaded rose embroidery” — the same name as Markle’s mother. The event showcased and celebrated the diverse community of young Canadians living in the U.K.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the residence of King Mohammed VI of Morocco to conclude their official Moroccan visit. Markle’s custom periwinkle blue chiffon gown by Carolina Herrera had waterfall sleeves and a graduated hemline. She added a small, nude clutch and nude pumps for the royal couple’s audience with the king.
On day one of the pair’s tour of Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand, Harry and Markle attended an afternoon reception at Admiralty House, the official home of Australia’s governor-general and his wife, and the royal couple’s base during their time in Sydney. Markle wore a long olive-green dress with short sleeves and a pleated skirt designed by American designer Brandon Maxwell.
For a reception for This Girl Can (an organization that promotes everyday physical fitness among women) in Melbourne, Markle wore a mid-length, navy sailor dress with an asymmetrical hemline and wrapped bodice by Australian designer Dion Lee. The attention the dress received caused Lee’s website to crash and she later said, “It’s a whole other level [of attention]. I can’t say our website has ever crashed as a result of anyone wearing our clothes.”
Markle made a summer-y statement in wearing Figue’s Frederica printed ruffle dress to her final event in Fiji, a visit to the University of the South Pacific. She paired the red and blue dress, which has a pom-pom detail around the waist and an asymmetrical ruffle hem, with a pair of black ankle-tie espadrilles by Castañer and an oversized clutch made by local women. The Duchess finished off her look with a fun accessory by putting white flowers in her hair.
For a Buckingham Palace reception marking the 50th anniversary of the investiture of the Prince of Wales, Markle wore an embellished gold-and-silver shift dress and Amanda Wakeley’s Cream Sculpted Tailoring Crombie Coat, accessorizing the look with a silk clutch by Wilbur and Gussie and suede pumps by Paul Andrew. In addition to Markle and Harry, the reception was attended by Prince Charles and his wife, Duchess Camilla, Prince William and his wife, Duchess Kate Middleton, Queen Elizabeth and Princess Anne.
On the first day of their tour to Fiji, the duke and duchess of Sussex visited with President Jioji Konrote before attending an official welcome ceremony in Albert Park. Markle wore a custom long-sleeved Zimmermann dress (another Australian designer), Millie slingback pumps by Tabitha Simmons, a Stephen Jones fascinator, and carried a black straw Kayu clutch.
An Old Favorite
Eagle-eyed Markle fans will recognize the navy Antonio Berardi dress Markle wore to her last evening event of their royal tour of Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand, a reception at the Auckland War Memorial Museum. She was first snapped in it back in 2017, at her first ever event with Prince Harry: the Audi Polo Challenge. For the Auckland War Memorial Museum reception, Markle paired the dress with nude heels and a black clutch.
Bold And Bright
Markle loves neutrals, but she went for a bolder look for her visit to Birkenhead, a town outside Liverpool, England, with Harry for their first joint engagement of 2019. The duchess wore a long, red Sentaler coat with matching heels and a purple dress from Babaton by Aritzia for a full day of events, including the opening of Number 7, a Feeding Birkenhead citizens’ supermarket and community cafe, and seeing a new sculpture commemorating poet Wilfred Owen.
During their fall tour of Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex visited an exhibition of Tongan handicrafts, mats and tapa cloths at the Fa’onelua Convention Centre in Nuku’alofa, Tonga. The Duchess wore a green striped cotton dress by Australian designer Martin Grant (her fourth by the designer on the tour) with green heels, a Prada bag and Maison Birk diamond earrings.
High Street Finds
In January, Markle visited the Mayhew, an animal-welfare charity in London — her first official visit to the charity in her new role as patron. She mixed high street, a British term for commonly found clothing, with designer looks for the occasion, pairing a $35 H&M knitted maternity dress with an Armani coat, beige Paul Andrew heels and a Stella McCartney Falabella tote bag. As well as the Mayhew, Markle is a patron of three other charities: the National Theatre, the Association of Commonwealth Universities and Smart Works.
To help raise awareness and funds for Sentebale’s work with children and young people affected by HIV in southern Africa, Harry and Markle attended the premiere of Cirque du Soleil’s “Totem” at London’s Royal Albert Hall in January. Markle dressed for the occasion in a sequin Roland Mouret dress with a leg split, accessorizing with a Givenchy clutch and a gold bracelet that previously belonged to her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana.
Another Red Dress
Another red maternity outfit worn by the duchess was an embroidered Self-Portrait maxi dress, which she chose for her arrival in Tonga, to complement the nation’s red-and-white flag. However, it wasn’t just the beautiful dress — which Markle had altered to make it mid-length and teamed with a pair of navy blue suede Manolo Blahnik BB pumps — that had people talking. Some photographers noticed a price tag hanging down below the hemline.
Earlier on the tour, the duchess wore a Jason Wu forest crepe shift dress with $3,790 Peepal Leaf earrings from British jewelry brand Pippa Small.
“The designs of the jewelry the duchess has worn are very feminine, simple and elegant,” Small told Harper’s Bazaar. “They are also organic in shape, natural and pure, which seems to suit the duchess’s style very well.”
One of Markle’s most glamorous maternity looks during the Australia tour was chosen for her attendance at the Australian Geographic Society Awards, which honors the highest achievements in conservation and adventure. Markle wore a tulle dress from Oscar de la Renta, which was reportedly embellished by designer Sarah Esmoingt with intricate laser-cut birds, for the event at the Grand Ballroom, Shangri-La Hotel in Sydney. The duchess, who presented an award, also wore black Aquazzura Deneuve pumps, TBC earrings and a stackable rose gold ring by Birks.
Vibrant Cape Dress
For the Fiji state dinner at the Grand Pacific Hotel, the duchess paid tribute to her host country in a vibrant, blue Ginkgo cape dress by London-based label Safiyaa — that color is featured on the Fijian national flag. The floor-length cape gown was accessorized with a pair of earrings believed to have been lent to Markle by the queen, who visited the same hotel on the royal tour in 1953.
Borrowing From Prince Harry
Royal engagements aren’t all glitz and glamor. For the last royal tour event in New Zealand, a visit to Redwoods Tree Walk in Rotorua, dressing down was in order. For the casual occasion, Markle turned to her husband’s wardrobe. She borrowed Prince Harry’s Norrøna Oslo jacket, — which he’d worn just a couple of days earlier when they visited Abel Tasman National Park in Wellington — and teamed it with Mother denim jeans and Birdies flats.
A Sixties Vibe
Markle took part in a panel discussion in London convened by the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust to mark International Women’s Day on March 8, 2019. She channeled the ’60s in a black-and-white swirl print Azzura shift dress from British high street brand Reiss under a black blazer, which had a Queen’s Commonwealth Trust brooch pinned on the lapel. The duchess completed the look with black pumps and a black Stella McCartney clutch.
The duke and duchess of Sussex met with members of OneWave, a local surfing community group raising awareness for mental health and wellbeing, on Sydney’s Bondi Beach during their royal tour of Australia. Markle wore a striped Martin Grant dress and black wedge Castañer espadrilles, which she later kicked off to walk on the sand.
In December 2018, Markle visited the Royal Variety Charity’s residential nursing and care home at Brinsworth House in Twickenham, England. She wore a floral-printed Brock Collection dress with a square neck, ruched cap sleeves and a pencil-skirt style. which she later paired with a grey, wool Soia & Kyo Adelaida maxi coat. Other celebrity fans of the New York-based label Brock Collection include Kate Bosworth, Margot Robbie and Lily Aldridge.
Collared Coat And Dress
To visit the Hubb Community Kitchen in West London, Markle wrapped up in a Club Monaco Daylina coat and a matching collared dress from the same brand. Thanks to the charity cookbook, “Together: Our Community Cookbook,” the Duchess contributed to, enough funds have been raised to redesign the space and keep the kitchen open seven days a week. It was a secret solo visit not announced by the palace until it took place.
Leaving the National War Memorial in Wellington, New Zealand with Harry, Markle covered up a $56 Asos dress with a belted Karen Walker plaid coat. The Duchess accessorized her look with her favorite Sarah Flint tortoiseshell pumps, which she’s worn on several occasions throughout the royal tour, and a pair of Maison Birks Muse earrings.
In February, Markle attended the Royal Foundation’s Endeavour Fund Awards, which celebrate the achievements of wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women who have taken part in sporting and adventure challenges over the last year. Markle presented the Celebrating Excellence Award to Nathan Forster, a former soldier of the Army’s Parachute Regiment, at the Endeavour Fund awards at London’s Drapers’ Hall. She wore a Givenchy skirt/shirt outfit with black-and-gold Aquazzura mules.
On Oct. 12, 2018, the world didn’t yet know that Markle and Harry were parents-to-be, but the Twitter rumor mill went into overdrive when Markle — then at the start of her second trimester — was pictured wearing a loose-fitting Givenchy dress coat to Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s wedding at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. A feather-topped navy hat by British milliner Noel Stewart and navy stiletto heeled shoes by Manolo Blahnik completed Markle’s elegant look.
Markle’s normally seen in heels, but a more relaxed look was required to travel back to the U.K. from her New York baby shower in February, Markle opted for comfort in Adidas Ultraboost sneakers, leggings, a zip-up top and a Rectify baseball cap, and carried a giant tote bag. If you’ve ever wondered what a duchess wears to travel on a private jet supplied by Amal Clooney, this is it.
The annual Royal Variety Performance, in aid of the Royal Variety Charity, is a special occasion on the royal calendar, and in November 2018 Markle accompanied Harry to the London Palladium to watch a night of comedy, music and theater, including a performance by the cast of “Hamilton.” For the big event, the mom-to-be wore a black-and-white sequined top by designer Safiyaa with a floor-length black mermaid skirt.
Dec. 25, 2018 was Markle’s first Christmas Day as a duchess. She joined several members of the royal family, including her husband Prince Harry, Prince Charles, Prince William and Duchess Kate Middleton to attend a church service at Church of St. Mary Magdalene on the Queen’s Sandringham estate. Markle wore head-to-toe navy for the occasion: a Victoria Beckham ensemble with a matching Philip Treacy hat and Stuart Weitzman boots.
During a walkabout in Rotorua Government Gardens — the last stop on the royal couple’s tour of New Zealand — the duchess of Sussex was photographed in a bold cobalt Givenchy sweater-skirt combo, paired with her trusty Manolo Blahnik BB pumps. Much was made of the fact that the skirt became completely transparent in bright light, but Markle still pulled off the look with her usual style.
It’s custom for royals to modify their outfits to make them more appropriate for certain occasions, and Markle did just that for her trip to Tonga with Prince Harry. Her Veronica Beard Cary shirtdress originally featured thigh-high slits, but she had it altered to a more modest cut to visit Tupou College and Toloa rainforest. The blue dress, which has a cinched waist and pockets, was perfectly paired with Banana Republic shoes (which promptly sold out).
For a visit to Kingfisher Bay Resort on Australia’s Fraser Island, Markle wore the striped linen Pineapple dress from eco-friendly brand Reformation and strappy brown leather sandals by Sarah Flint. This time, Markle didn’t alter the slits on this dress, but it was still perfectly acceptable for a casual outing — no breach of royal protocol here.
On the second day of their tour of Morocco, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended a red carpet reception hosted by the British Ambassador to Morocco at the British Residence in Rabat. Markle went for all-out maternity glamour in a bespoke caped kaftan gown by Dior, a matching gold clutch and pumps from the same designer, and the Maison Birks diamond earrings she’s often spotted wearing.
For Markle’s NYC baby shower in February 2019, she stayed at the five-star Mark Hotel on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The mom-to-be was photographed leaving the hotel with her friend and former “Suits” co-star Abigail Spencer in a chic, monochrome ensemble: a William Vintage Courrèges Haute Couture black trapeze coat, black skinny jeans by Hatch, nude pumps, a neutral tote bag by CH Carolina Herrera and oversized sunglasses by Le Specs.
Another of Markle’s more casual maternity looks consisted of three classic pieces: a white shirt, black skinny jeans and a check blazer. During the royal couple’s tour of Australia, the duchess wore a white shirt from Maison Kitsune, Outland Denim jeans and black J. Crew ankle boots, and showed her support for her good friend, Serena Williams, by wearing the Boss oversized blazer from the tennis superstar’s eponymous line.