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This is why Meghan Markle wears neutral colours around the Queen

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WIDNESS, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Queen Elizabeth II open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018 in Widness, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)

There’s a reason the Duchess of Sussex has been embracing pale pinks, creams and nudes, apparently…

Meghan Markle has become something of a fashion icon of late, with her sellout status prompting Lyst to slot her into fourth place as one of the most influential style stars of 2017. 

And, while the newly-titled Duchess of Sussex has shown no signs of giving up her reign over the fashion world, people have noticed that the newest member of the royal family has seemingly turned her back on the black, emerald and navy hues she wore before her star-studded wedding to Prince Harry.

Instead, Markle has been stepping out in nothing but neutrals: think the custom-made, off-the-shoulder blush Carolina Herrera dress she wore to Trooping the Colour. The pink Goat dress she donned for Prince Charles’ 70th birthday bash. And let’s not forget the cream midi Givenchy dress she chose for her recent trip to Chester with Queen Elizabeth II.

While you might be tempted to dismiss the muted colour palette as a coincidence (“it’s summer,” you’re thinking, as you frown over your computer screen. “EVERYBODY is in neutrals!”), experts have claimed that Markle has been choosing these pale shades for a reason.

And that reason, apparently, is a very public (and stylish) show of  “respect” to her new grandmother-in-law.

“This is a clever styling tactic as it will always work with the Queen’s look… she is known and applauded for her use of bright fun colours,” fashion consultant Lucas Armitage explained to the Daily Mail.

Reminding us that the queen has to wear bright colours to ensure her well-wishers can spot her from yards away, Armitage continued: “The use of neutral colour on Meghan’s part is also a show of respect to the Queen so she never looks like she is trying to outshine her.

“I would be shocked if Meghan ever opted for a bold colour, although it’s interesting to note in her previous life she was a fan of bright hues.”

Armitage added: “I think the Queen and Meghan’s relationship at this point is one built on respect, and Meghan has shifted her own personal style to adopt a more demure regal look – something I think the Queen will be thankful for.”

It is also worth noting that Markle and the queen wore their own, very regal version of friendship bracelets during their recent trip together.

Eagle-eyed fans will have no doubt noticed that the Duchess of Sussex was wearing a pair of pearl-and-diamond earrings that perfectly matched her grandmother-in-law’s.

And no wonder: according to The Sun, Markle’s studs were a gift from the Queen herself. Howeverm whether the earrings are new or from the 92-year-old royal’s personal collection remains unknown.

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Kayleigh Dray

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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