THE Duchess of Sussex has abandoned her relentless support of Australian designers, straying across the ditch for today’s wardrobe choice.
But we’re not mad — this time it’s for a good reason.
Meghan arrived at Sydney’s Hyde Park to open the redesigned ANZAC Memorial dressed head to toe in sophisticated black.
She whipped out the first piece of headwear for the tour, a fascinator by famed London milliner Philip Treacy, and patent black slingback heels.
As the fashion-minded, royal-watching community scrambled to find out which Aussie designer made Meghan’s full-skirted, short-sleeved black dress with white button detail, we were all surprised by the answer.
The Duchess had instead opted for a New Zealand designer, Emilia Wickstead.
While a cynic could see the choice as a snub, there’s actually a very touching reason Meghan may have made the careful outfit choice.
Choosing a New Zealand designer was perhaps a subtle nod to the military partnership between Australian and New Zealand to which the couple were paying their respects at the ANZAC Memorial ceremony.
This morning’s event was also the first time Harry threatened to upstage his wife in the fashion stakes.
The Prince was in full military uniform, sporting the British Army’s Blues and Royals tropical dress.
Harry’s dashing white dress suit was accessorised with his many military medals, including one signifying his role as a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order.
It just about went unnoticed, but Meghan also wore a New Zealand designer yesterday during the couple’s trip to Bondi Beach.
While much was made of the Duchess’s Martin Grant dress — an Aussie designer she has favoured throughout the trip — most of us didn’t pick up on her accessories.
Meghan wore a pair of earrings by NZ favourite Karen Walker. The “temptation studs” feature a pair of dyed freshwater pearls and retail for $369.
Over the past four days, the Duchess has worn nearly $30,000 worth of designer outfits.
The pregnant royal’s cashed-up wardrobe has included a Martin Grant trench coat ($2262), Dion Lee dress ($1282), Stuart Weitzman heels ($656) and a Gucci mini Sylvie bag ($2650).
The couple has three more official engagements in Sydney today, and we’re expecting two more costume changes.
They’re due to attend the first medal event for the Invictus Games on Cockatoo Island — a more casual affair — and are expected to glam up for an evening reception at the Sydney Opera House ahead of tonight’s official opening ceremony.
Originally published as Secret message in Meghan’s dress