In case you were wondering what it takes to dress like Meghan Markle, one royal expert has an answer: about $1 million. That's the total cost of the Duchess of Sussex's working wardrobe since the announcement of her engagement to Prince Harry, journalist Katie Nicholl told Entertainment Tonight on Thursday. And apparently, Prince Charles, Prince Harry's dad, is paying for all of it.
"It does fall now, that she is married into the royal family, to the Prince of Wales...to cover the cost of her working royal wardrobe," Nicholl told Entertainment Tonight.
The publication broke it down: There's the Givenchy wedding gown, which cost over $440,000, and the Stella McCartney reception gown, which cost $157,000. While Nicholl speculates that Markle might have chipped in for some of the cost for either or both of the wedding gowns, she says she believes the palace footed the bill. Then, after the wedding, there was the Givenchy cape dress Markle wore on her first solo appointment with the Queen, which cost $18,000; the Oscar de la Renta dress she wore to the wedding of Prince Harry's cousin, Celia McCorquodale, which cost almost $6,000; the light pink Carolina Herrera dress she wore to Trooping the Colour, which cost $4,000; and a $643 sheer dress by Goat for Prince Charles's birthday party.
That comes out to $625,643 so far, and that's without taking into account the Prada skirt suit she wore to the Young Leaders Awards Ceremony, the Givenchy dress and Philip Treacy hat she wore to her first Royal Ascot, or the numerous (mostly Aquazzura) heels, handbags, and pieces of jewelry she uses to top off her outfits.
Despite the huge price tag, Nicholl told Entertainment Tonight it's justified. "Meghan is now an ambassador for the royal family. Look at the publicity she has brought in the run-up to the wedding. I'd argue that it's worth every penny," she said.
Of course, it becomes even more worth it when you consider how often members of the royal family, like Kate Middleton, recycle their outfits. "I'm quite sure we will see Meghan step out in outfits that she has worn before," Nicholl told Entertainment Tonight. "When you are buying that sort of couture with those sorts of price tags it would be criminal not to re-wear them."