Whether it’s for her chic style or her humanitarian work, Meghan Markle is a royal influence on the rise. So who are her influences and inspirations? We take a look:
Her Mother, Doria Ragland
The Duchess of Sussez, Meghan has credited her mother for her love of yoga. But more importantly, the act of giving back. Meghan said:-
“My mother’s a yoga instructor. But she does social work as well, and she works specifically with the geriatric community”, she wrote in an essay for Glamour magazine last year.
“For me to watch this level of life-long sensitivity to nurturing and care giving, but at the same time my mum has always been a free spirit. We can just have so much fun together, and yet, I’ll still find so much solace in her support”.
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Sharing a love of the chic French fashion house Givenchy, it’s clear to see that the new royal bride takes more than a little style inspiration from the late actress and philanthropist, Audrey Hepburn.
Meghan Markle’s white silk Givenchy wedding dress was similar in style to not one, but two dresses Hepburn wore during her career. The royal bride’s boat-neck silhouette echoed the dress Hepburn wore in the 1957 film Funny Face.
An almost identical dress was also worn by Hepburn during a photo shoot with Irving Penn in the year 1964. Both frocks were designed by the label’s founder, Hubert de Givenchy, who considered the Belgian-born actress his muse.
Opting for a natural makeup look both on her wedding day and in her day-to-day life, the Duchess of Sussex often favours a nude lip colour over a statement colour and likes to show off her freckles with sheer foundations.
Asked by Beauty Banter in the year 2016 which beauty icon she most admired, Meghan said: “Gwyneth Paltrow. I love how she has timeless style and looks chic and polished”.
“But she also embraces the effortless rolled out of bed look that all of us do on a daily basis. Her makeup and style are spot-on the direction that I really want to go in”.
Before becoming a member of the British royal family, we were most likely to see an off-duty Meghan Markle in ripped jeans and ballet pumps. Her more casual looks are inspired by another French fashion icon, Emmanuelle Alt, editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris.
In an interview with U.K’s Glamour magazine, the royal bride said her go-to date night outfit would simply be jeans, a nice top and a blazer.
“Basically, what Emmanuelle Alt would wear. She is my style spirit animal. Her and Geraldine Saglio. I have now started to do that thing where you tear out pictures for inspiration of how you are going to dress for the day”.
Rosie the Riveter
When it comes to campaigning for women’s rights, Meghan Markle started it young. She once wrote in the Glamour essay:-
“Growing up, I had a poster in my room of Rosie flexing her biceps. When I was in grade school, I saw this sexist commercial for dish soap.
“With Rosie’s ‘We can do it!’ mantra in mind, I wrote a letter to Procter & Gamble, Hillary Clinton and Nick News anchor Linda Ellerbee. They then sent a camera crew to meet me. Guess what? They changed the commercial”.