It doesn’t seem as if Prince Harry is emailing Meghan Markle gigabytes of pictures of tiny sunglasses, à la Kanye or Kim. Nor does it seem that he’s locking himself away in a room, furiously sketching dress ideas for his new wife and then sewing secret messages into the lining like Daniel Day-Lewis in Phantom Thread. But it appears that the most recently married royal has taken a particular interest in his wife’s wardrobe, so much so that The Daily Mail is reporting that Harry has become her “secret stylist.”
This does make some sense. Though it’s usually the man whose style undergoes a change upon entering an adult relationship, Harry’s style has remained pretty consistent since meeting Markle. While he’s not exactly a hype beast, Prince Harry has always been one of the better dressed men amongst the British royals (not that there’s that much competition). Markle’s style, however, has undergone more of a dramatic shift befitting someone transitioning from cable legal drama to duchess. Her professional stylist/best friend Jessica Mulroney has reportedly helped, but the Mail insists Harry is lending his own helping hand and sitting in on her fittings.
“Meghan is always asking Harry’s opinion. She really wants his views,” says their source.
“He gives his views on what he thinks looks best, rather than helping her follow royal protocol on hemlines or anything like that. The joke is that Harry is Meghan’s surprise stylist.”
This tracks with previous reports we’ve heard about Harry taken an active role in ensuring that his wife adopts to her new life. Soon after their engagement, reports surfaced that it was Harry himself who was instructing her on the intricate code of behavior expected among his family. “He knows how daunting this will be for Meghan, and he’s keen for her to be relaxed in the company of senior royals,” one source told The New York Post at the time. “Harry will have made sure Meghan knew how to address the Queen and how to behave in her presence.” While Markle reportedly now undergoes six months of one-on-one training with one of the queen’s own personal assistants, Harry still seems to be guiding her.
Just this weekend, Markle made her debut alongside the rest of the royal family at Trooping the Colours, a British military ceremony that coincides with the formal observance of the Queen’s birthday (the Queen’s actual birthday was in April, but the family like to celebrate in the summer when there’s better weather). Eagle-eyed viewers spotted Markle apparently asking the prince when it was the appropriate time to curtsey.
The British tabloid also adds that Markle will continue her newfound relationship with Stella McCartney, who designed her wedding reception dress, and already has a few more frocks in the works. Harry was apparently with Meghan during appointments with the designer.
It only makes sense that the best source of how to act like and dress like royalty would be an actual British royal, and aside from the fact that the young couple do just genuinely seem to love spending time together, where else would Markle go to for help? Duchess Kate literally just gave birth a few months back and has her hands full raising three young children. Was Markle supposed to ask Camilla Parker Bowles instead? You could do worse than the son of one of the most stylish royal women of all time.
Just as long as Harry doesn’t start to email her folders full of images of dowdy black handbags with the message “These seem to be all the rage amongst my grandmumum right now,” this is probably the best arrangement.
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during an official photocall to announce the engagement of Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle at The Sunken Gardens at Kensington Palace on November 27, 2017 in London, England. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been a couple officially since November 2016 and are due to marry in Spring 2018.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle took their first public pictures as a couple at Invictus Games Toronto.
Actress Meghan Markle leaves the “Today Show” taping at NBC Rockefeller Center on July 14.
Actress Meghan Markle enters the “Today Show” taping at NBC Rockefeller Center Studios on July 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/GC Images)
Actress Meghan Markle attends the Instagram Dinner held at the MARS Discovery District on May 31, 2016 in Toronto, Canada.
Meghan Markle attends Glamour and L’Oreal Paris Celebrate 2016 College Women Of The Year at NoMad Hotel Rooftop on April 27, 2016 in New York City.
Meghan Markle attends P.S. Arts’ The pARTy at NeueHouse Hollywood on May 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.
Actress Meghan Markle attends AOL Build Presents “Suits” at AOL Studios In New York on March 17, 2016 in New York City.
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA – JANUARY 20: Actress Meghan Markle attends ELLE’s 6th Annual Women In Television Dinner at Sunset Tower Hotel on January 20, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for ELLE)
Meghan Markle attends the 12th annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards at Spring Studios on November 2, 2015 in New York City.
Meghan Markle attends the Prada presents The Iconoclasts with Michael Wilkinson and Tim Martin event during the 2015 New York fashion week. Photo by BFAnyc.com.
Meghan Markle attends the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s 13th Annual An Enduring Vision Benefit at Cipriani Wall Street on October 28, 2014 in New York City.
Meghan Markle attends Wes Gordon runway show during MADE Fashion Week Fall 2015 at Milk Studios on February 13, 2015 in New York City.
Meghan Markle attends the UK Premiere of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” at Odeon Leicester Square on November 11, 2013 in London, England.
NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 08: Model Meghan Markle poses backstage at the Herve Leger By Max Azria fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2014 at The Theatre at Lincoln Center on February 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week)
Meghan Markle attends the London Global Gift Gala at ME Hotel on November 19, 2013 in London, England.
Meghan Markle attends the Tory Burch fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring at David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center on September 10, 2013 in New York City.
Meghan Markle attends the Novak Djokovic Foundation New York dinner at Capitale on September 10, 2013 in New York City.
Meghan Markle attends the Gala Tribute To Cate Blanchett during the 51st New York Film Festival at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center on October 2, 2013 in New York City.
Megan Markle arrives on the red carpet at the 2013 MuchMusic Video Awards at Bell Media Headquarters on June 16, 2013 in Toronto, Canada.
Meghan Markle attends USA Network 2013 Upfront Event at Pier 36 on May 16, 2013 in New York City.
Meghan Markle attends the ELLE’s Women in Television Celebration at Soho House on January 24, 2013 in West Hollywood, California.
Meghan Markle arrives at NBC Universal’s 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards after party held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 13, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California.
Meghan Markle attends The Paley Center for Media’s presentation of An Evening With “Suits” at The Paley Center for Media on January 14, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California.
Meghan Markle arrives at the GQ Men of the Year Party at Chateau Marmont on November 13, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.
Meghan Markle attends TV Guide Magazine’s 2012 Hot List Party at SkyBar at the Mondrian Los Angeles on November 12, 2012 in West Hollywood, California.
Meghan Markle attends the HBO Luxury Lounge Featuring L’Oreal Paris And New Era Cap – Day 1 at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles on January 14, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California.
Meghan Markle arrives at the 13th Annual InStyle And The Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Toronto International Film Festival Party at the Windsor Arms Hotel on September 11, 2012 in Toronto, Canada.
Meghan Markle attends the USA Network’s and The Moth’s Storytelling Tour “A More Perfect Union: Stories of Prejudice and Power” at the Pacific Design Center on February 15, 2012 in West Hollywood, California.