Just days ahead of her 37th birthday on August 4, Meghan Markle has already received her first birthday gift as royal. PETA sent the Duchess of Sussex a vegan leather handbag from Alexandra K, according to Elle.
“This bag suits Meghan Markle's fashion sensibility and animal-friendly attitudes to a T,” PETA Director Elisa Allen said in a press release. “PETA hopes the gift will encourage the royal family and its fans alike to embrace compassionate brands like Alexandra K and to steer clear of cruelly obtained animal skins.”
The vegan fashion brand focuses on animal and environmentally friendly designs, a perfect fit for Markle, a dog lover who previously stated she follows a mostly vegan diet. "I try to eat vegan during the week and then have a little bit more flexibility with what I dig into on the weekends," the duchess said in an interview in the May 2016 issue of Best Health. "But at the same time, it’s all about balance. Because I work out the way I do, I don’t ever want to feel deprived. I feel that the second you do that is when you start to binge on things. It’s not a diet; it’s lifestyle eating.”
In the same interview, she revealed which celebrity helped her decide to adopt one of her previous puppy pals—it was none other than Ellen DeGeneres! The former Suits star ran into DeGeneres and her wife, Portia de Rossi, at an animal shelter where she insisted Markle take a pup home. "I said, 'Well, I'm deciding,' and she's like, 'Rescue the dog!'" Markle recalled. "It’s sort of like if Oprah tells you to do something. I’m sitting there holding him [...] and she’s like ‘You’re taking the dog home.’ And she walks outside to get into her car, but instead of getting in, she turns around and comes and taps on the window glass and she yells, ‘Take the dog!’ And so I brought him home because Ellen told me to.”
This is also not the first time the new royal is trying out vegan fashion. Her reception dress for the royal wedding was by Stella McCartney, whose sustainable brand focuses on eco-friendly fashion and vegan leathers. And luckily, Markle already has some plans for a birthday outing where she can rock her new vegan accessory. She and Prince Harry are attending the wedding of his childhood friend, where Harry will be the best man.
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