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Dressing like a duchess doesn’t come cheap.
Researchers at Love the Sales tallied the retail prices of the 75 maternity outfits Meghan Markle has worn in public and found her mom-to-be wardrobe has cost more than $840,000 so far.
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But, according to royal expert Victoria Arbiter, Markle pays nothing — the Royal Family foots the bill. More specifically, the cost falls to Markle’s father-in-law, Prince Charles.
“Prince Charles pays for the wardrobe of he and Camila, as well as William, Kate, Harry and Meghan,” Arbiter told Global News.
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The official household budget, part of which is used to pay for clothing, comes from the Duchy of Cornwall estate, said Arbiter. The estate is a private fund from which “Prince Charles takes an official household budget that is [for] the running of the offices of the Cambridges, Sussexes, and indeed, his and Camila’s office.”
According to the Royal Family, Edward III created the estate in 1337 with the goal of securing income for his son and heir, as well as future heirs to the throne. The estate is the responsibility of Prince Charles, and one day, the Duchy of Cornwall will pass to William, said Arbiter.
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“[Markle] needs an official work wardrobe, and dressing for the part comes with the job,” Arbiter told Global News. “That’s a household expenditure. Clothes that she wears in her private time, she’ll be paying for herself.”
If Prince Charles believes there has been overspending, he’ll ask the Sussexes to make some cuts. However, the price tag on Markle’s maternity wear is nothing compared to the Royal Family of years past.
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“[Lady] Diana wore pretty much nothing but designer wardrobe for official functions,” said Arbiter. “We do see Kate [Middleton] and Meghan incorporate high street brands in their outfits. Kate loves Zara; Meghan has worn Marks & Spencer. They’ve both worn other high street...
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