Since Meghan and Harry got engaged, the royal clothing budget has gone up by £1.5m

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Dressing when you're a member of the Royal family is no joke, as you not only have to look on point all the time, but you have to abide to countless style rules too, like not wearing wedges or having to wear tights.

So it comes as no surprise that the Royal family clothing bill comes in quite hefty. Last year, according to The Telegraph, Prince Charles reportedly spent £4.96m, compared to £2.52 the year before - that's a £1.43m increase.

This coincided with the first four months of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle being engaged in November last year, and will have included the high number of appearances they both made around the big news.

However, despite appearances, the jump in budget has got nothing to do with Meghan. In fact, before she joined the Royal family, she spent her own money on outfits for Royal engagements.

Instead, it has everything to do with the Queen. Quite simply, since she has cut back on royal duties, the rest of the family, including Kate and William, and Harry and Meghan, have had to step up and attend more events, therefore needing more clothes.

And fun fact for you: Prince Charles is actually the one who forks the bill for the his sons and their wives' clothing, from the income he receives from the Duchy of Cornwall.

However, travel is paid for by the Queen and comes from the Sovereign Fund, which is essentially taxpayer money.

Penny Goldstone

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, 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.