British monarchy never held much of my attention, and I never understood the hoopla around royal diplomatic visits when I tuned into the news. That didn’t stop me from suddenly watching Suits though, which of course features Duchess Meghan Markle utilising her acting chops as Rachel Zane (season 8, here I come). It’s clear that in the deepest parts of my brain, I am indeed a sucker for all things royal. But I have I to say, I think this time it’s for a good reason. The first US celeb to marry into the official British family has some really down-to-earth bag choices, favours messy buns and has on occasion, worn her bags cross body style. Sounds to me like Meghan is relaxing royal protocols and is making being royal more relateable. Let’s take a look at her bag selections, because not are they relateable they are also pretty good.
Meghan wore a bag from what’s clearly one of her new favourite Scottish labels – Strathberry. The outfit is by Givenchy, who as you’d know, also designed her wedding gown.
Meghan is also a fan of this saddle bag, having worn a bigger version pre-wedding days. Why can’t royals wear a hat during sports events like the Wimbledon? There’s an obvious Meghan effect going on: this certain Altuzarra Ghianda bag is out of stock on most luxury retailers.
Meghan chose to turn up to the Queen’s birthday with a hard boxy clutch by Naeem Khan, with what looks like parts of a zodiac signing chart. The designer is an Indian American who has dressed the likes of another kind of royalty, Michelle Obama.
This cute little compact top handle is by a new British label, that prides itself in sourcing their leather locally. Meghan picked this bag while paying a visit to Belfast, Northern Ireland with Prince Harry.
At the Sentebale Polo Cup, Meghan decided on a no-fuss, wicker clutch by J Crew and paired it beautifully with a Carolina Herrera dress. Again, no hat.
I love this particular sighting of Meghan Markle because she chose a bag from an Australian brand; I still own an Oroton umbrella that never gets used because it looks way too pretty. If you haven’t heard of Oroton, they are an Australian brand that makes luxury, but none too exorbitant accessories like bags and wallets. Did I mention umbrellas?
In London, Meghan visited the Nelson Mendela exhibit with a simple, retro bag by Mulburry. That fabulous trench dress is by Nonie, a luxury Canadian house specialising in ready-to-wear clothing lines.
Lastly, Meghan is seen at the Invictus games in Australia. The Invictus games is a sporting event established by Prince Harry, with the aim of hosting participants who have a disability or injury. If the flap of the bag looks like paper being folded, that’s because its inspiration comes from the art of origami.