How royals choose their clothes is a fascinating subject. They have so many functions to attend, not to mention many etiquette rules they have to follow, that you would assume they have stylists to do the hard work for them.
However, while the Queen and the Duchess of Cambridge both have assistants, seamstresses and stylists, the Duchess of Sussex apparently does not.
That's perhaps no as surprising as you'd think, given that Meghan has walked many red carpets during her time as an actress in Hollywood, so has got her style down to a T.
Her friend and make-up artist Dianel Martin told CBS, '‘She doesn't have a stylist. Everything she wears she picks herself. It’s pretty incredible that she can manage all of this.’
In fact, it seems like she does pretty much everything herself, according to a confidante.
A source told People, 'There’s a false assumption that she lives in some gilded palace with staff and ladies-in-waiting and all these royal perks. It’s simply not true.'
She added that she was at Frogmore Cottage a few months ago, while Meghan and Harry were getting ready for an event.
'I was with her last month, and she was going on a public engagement. Harry and I were sitting with the dogs, and we were all chatty, and she’s painting her nails. Except for her wedding, she does all her own makeup. Dresses herself, styles herself.'
She added, 'I said, "People think when you come out of the car that you went through some metaphorical reverse car wash. Bibbidi-bobbidi-boo, and everyone’s doing all this stuff to you." They’re not picturing you sitting by the space heater doing your own hair and nails. She’s very self-service.'
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Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.
Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).
Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at MoneySavingExpert.com, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.
However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.
Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.
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