MEGHAN MARKLE channelled Princess Diana with her latest dress choices as she showed the Royal Family what they will be missing.
The Duchess of Sussex stunned fans recently after being spotted wearing three stunning dresses at her last royal events in the UK. However, royal expert Michelle Ruiz wrote in Vanity Fair that Meghan’s choice of dress may not have been simply down to the impeccable design and elegant finish.
Ms Ruiz explained that “a dress is never just a dress when you’re a woman in the British royal family”.
She added that they are also “experts in the exquisite art of revenge dressing”.
She continued: “Revenge dressing hinges on looking so good, it hurts anyone who dared to doubt you.”
The royal watcher and contributor gave modern-day examples such as Brad Pitt stopping time when he arrived at the recent Golden Globes, and Bella Hadid wearing a stunning Alexander Wang catsuit to the Met Gala in 2017 after her split from The Weekend.
Ms Ruiz wrote: “But no one quite pulls off the practice like the royals, who seldom grant interviews or otherwise speak in public, and rely on their clothes to send secret, or not-so-secret messages.
“Over the past few days, Meghan’s spate of bright, body-hugging, almost-achingly glamorous looks during her and Harry’s proverbial “farewell tour” are a master class in revenge dressing—except instead of an ex-boyfriend, the entity that should be sad to lose her is the British monarchy.
“Not since Princess Diana emerged in an iconic black, off-the-shoulder Christina Stambolian cocktail dress and pearl choker on the very same day in June 1994 when her ex-husband, Prince Charles, admitted on national television he’d cheated on her, has a royal woman in transition sent such a potent message: you’re going to miss me when I’m gone.”
And Meghan saved the best dress for last when she wore the striking green Emilia Wickstead dress to Monday’s Commonwealth Day service.
The dress was worn to her last official engagement as a senior royal and reportedly elicited audible gasps.
The green dress was accompanied by a cape which was similar to the crimson dress red she wore the weekend before.
The red dress was designed by Safiyaa by Prince Harry’s side at the Mountbatten Festival of Music and matched the red carpet at Buckingham Palace.
On Thursday night, Meghan chose to wear a turquoise Victoria Beckham dress with a bold, cherry lipstick.
Ms Ruiz said: “I fancy this fashion hot streak a most gracious dig at the British tabloid press, which seemed to skewer Meghan for sport.
“The dazzling recent head-to-toe photos of her are the kind they would have loved to publish for years to come; perfect for garnering clicks and selling newspapers… if only they hadn’t lobbed so much abuse her way.”
Ms Ruiz also said that Meghan’s usual colour palette of black, navy, mauve and taupes was nowhere to be seen as the outfit colours turned “unapologetically bold”.
She added: “It can’t be a coincidence that Meghan opted for not one but two capes, whether for superheroine vibes (some credit her with rescuing Harry, after all) or to symbolise the couple’s flight.
“After being criticised for not wearing enough British designers, Markle notably took her bow wearing three (in Beckham, Safiyaa, and Wickstead).”
The royal expert concluded by saying that Meghan and Harry wore “beaming smiles” and that neither of them looked like they regretted their decision to step back as senior royals.
She also said that the couple kept up a united front.
“They projected a united front right down to their coordinating colors: Harry’s blue tie matched Meghan’s Wickstead dress on Thursday night; the red Safiyaa complemented his military dress on Saturday; eagle eyes pointed out that on Monday, the liner of Harry’s suit blazer was, like, Meghan’s Wickstead dress, a glorious green”, she said.
“They may no longer be senior royals as of later this month, but they still rule.”