How Kate Middleton’s new handbag was a sweet nod to Meghan Markle

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  • The Kate effect strikes again. The Duchess of Cambridge carried on her royal tour of the UK with a visit to Edinburgh yesterday, and the handbag she wore sold out immediately, despite having only launched yesterday.

    Don’t worry though, it’s coming back in stock soon, and you can add your email address below to be notified as soon as it’s available again.

    As with her first outfit of the tour, Kate carried on supporting local labels and designers, this time carrying a clutch bag by Scottish brand Strathberry.

    MULTREES CHAIN WALLETEMBOSSED CROC BLACK, £255 at Strathberry (re-stocking soon)

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    Available in four colourways, the style launched yesterday, and while the embossed croc has now sold out, it is now available for pre-order, delivering for Christmas/end of December.

    You may have heard of the brand previously, as Kate isn’t the only royal fan. Meghan Markle actually owns several Strathberry bags herself, so may have given her sister-in-law the recommendation. She has reportedly been a fan of the brand ever since her first official outings with Prince Harry in 2017.

    Shop Meghan’s Strathberry exact handbags

    EAST/WEST MINI in bottle green, £425 at Strathberry
    Meghan wore this cute little bag on her visit to Edinburgh in 2018.

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    The Duchess wore this tote during her visit to Ireland in July of 2019. We know she is a fan of sustainable labels which might explain her love of the brand.

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    This bag sold out within 11 minutes of Meghan wearing it in Nottingham in 2017.

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    The Duchess of Sussex even wore one of them on a visit to Edinburgh herself, a further little nod Kate may have thought of.

    The sustainable and independent brand was founded in 2013 and also counts Lady Gaga amongst its customers.

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    Shop more of Kate’s royal tour wardrobe here.

    VALENTINO Double-breasted virgin wool-blend coat, £3,200 at Net-A-Porter

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    HARRIS WHARF LONDON Volcano pressed-wool coat, £535 at MatchesFashion
    As previously mentioned, Kate has had her green Alexander McQueen coat for quite a while, so you sadly can’t buy it anymore. However this one is very similar and just as chic.

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    Kate’s been spotted wearing this bag for several recent engagements so it looks like it’s her current favourite and for good reason: it goes with everything.

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    Leanne Hundleby, Strathberry owner and co-founder says, ‘It’s so thrilling to see Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge disembarking in our hometown with one of our brand new Strathberry designs. We’re completely overjoyed and honoured that she chose to support a small, independent Scottish brand during her visit to Scotland. Her endorsement means the world to us, and she looks incredibly beautiful and sophisticated, as always.’

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