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Why Meghan Markle is planning on gifting her baby this iconic fashion piece

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RABAT, MOROCCO - FEBRUARY 25: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits King Mohammed VI of Morocco, during an audience at his residence on February 25, 2019 in Rabat, Morocco. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)

“I plan to give it to my daughter,” the Duchess of Sussex said of the $7,000 piece.

Meghan Markle, as we’ve noted time and time again, is an undeniable fashion icon. So it makes sense that the Duchess of Sussex plans on celebrating the birth of her and Prince Harry’s royal baby in style (literally).

Back in 2015, long before she became a member of the royal family, Meghan bought herself a gift: a Cartier Tank Franchise watch, which would have set her back around $7000.

And, when she spoke about the purchase at the time, the now-duchess explained that she had very special plans for the iconic fashion accessory.

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“I’ve always coveted the Cartier French Tank watch. When I found out Suits had been picked up for our third season – which, at the time, felt like such a milestone – I totally splurged and bought the two-tone version,” said Meghan at the time

“I had it engraved on the back, ‘To M.M. From M.M.’ and I plan to give it to my daughter one day. 

“That’s what makes pieces special, the connection you have to them.”

Of course, Meghan’s plans could have changed now that she’s married to Harry. However, many fans of the royal family have taken this as a hint that the couple will be choosing an #M’ name for their baby girl or boy. Indeed, both Mary and Margaret are high on the bookies list, both fit the desire for an M initial, and both have special ties to the royal family.

Margaret would honour the Queen’s late sister, Princess Margaret, who she was very close to. Mary, on the other hand, isn’t just one of the Queen’s middle names: it’s also a combination of Meghan and Harry – no small thing, when you consider that the power couple blended their initials to come up with their royal coat-of-arms.

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Appearing at a panel event for International Women’s Day earlier this year, Meghan said that she and Prince Harry hoped that their “little bump” – whether boy or girl – would be already picking up on their feminist vibes.

“I’ve seen this documentary on Netflix on feminism and one of the things they said during pregnancy was, ‘I feel the embryonic kicking of feminism,’” she told the audience.

“I love that. So boy or girl or whatever it is, we hope that that’s the case, our little bump.”

One thing remains certain: whatever happens next, Meghan will not be posing on the steps of the hospital with her newborn, something which sister-in-law Kate Middleton has done with fresh-faced stoicism after every birth (resulting in an outpouring of sympathy from mothers and non-mothers alike, all of whom deemed it unfair the duchess had to pull on a pair of tights, apply make-up and be presentable in front of the entire world hours just after pushing a tiny human out of your body).

“[Meghan and Harry] have taken a personal decision to keep the plans around the arrival of their baby private,” reads a statement on Meghan and Harry’s official Instagram account.

“The Duke and Duchess look forward to sharing the exciting news with everyone once they have had an opportunity to celebrate privately as a new family.”

It is thought that when the time comes they will share any pictures that they see fit on the Duke and Duchess’s new Instagram account @sussexroyal – another first for a royal couple.

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Kayleigh Dray is editor of Stylist.co.uk, where she chases after rogue apostrophes and specialises in films, comic books, feminism and television. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends. 

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