Meghan's pregnant with her first child: 5 maternity fashion lessons she can learn from other royals

15th Oct 18 | Fashion

Well, it's official, and we're going to be seeing a lot more of Meghan's baby bump in the coming months, say Katie Wright and Sam Wylie-Harris.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting their first child in spring next year, to the delight of the couple, the royal family – and fashion watchers everywhere.

We can’t wait to see how Meghan does pregnancy style, while we suspect many maternity brands and designer labels will also be eagerly hoping to grab the headlines when she makes her baby bump public.

The pressing questions we have include: Will it be bespoke Givenchy for every occasion? Will she wear heels? Will she work the messy bun look?

And – most importantly of all – with all eyes peeled for even the tiniest hint of a bump, will the duchess break the royal mould and step out in denim, or embrace the current trend for leather dresses?

Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex arrive in Sydney
Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex arrive in Sydney (Australian Pool via AP/PA)

Focus on Meghan’s fashion has been fevered ever since she and Harry – who married in May and have just arrived in Sydney, Australia to begin their first overseas tour – started dating. Now it’s sure to ramp up.

The Duchess of Cambridge was named the biggest royal style influencer earlier this year by eBay, in large part down to what she wore while pregnant with Prince Louis, so 2019 could be the year Meghan takes over.

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The Duchess of Sussex arrives ahead of the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle (Gareth Fuller/PA)

Now a mother of three, Kate has mastered maternity dressing, and she’s not the only member of the Royal family who could teach Meghan a thing or two about staying stylish over the next nine months.

Here, we look at five maternity fashion lessons Meghan can learn from other glamorous royals…

1. It’s all about coats

With three children all born in spring or summer, Kate’s always been pregnant during winter and now Meghan will be as well, so she’d do well to stock up on Kate’s maternity must-have: Coats.

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The Duchess of Cambridge wearing a Seraphine coat at the Rugby Portobello Trust community centre in North Kensington, London (Victoria Jones/PA)

Knee-length wool or tweed coats with an empire waist are Kate’s favourites, and as well designer styles from the likes of Catherine Walker and Dolce and Gabbana, she has also been pictured wearing high street brands like Boden and Seraphine.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend the Commonwealth Observance at Westminster Abbey, London (John Stillwell/PA)

Going back to the Eighties, Princess Anne knew the power of a fabulous overcoat too, choosing cape and swing styles while she was heavily pregnant with daughter Zara Tindall.

Princess Anne, pregnant her second child in 1981
Princess Anne, pregnant her second child in 1981 (PA)

2. Don’t be afraid to go glam

One of the Duchess of Cambridge’s best ever evening looks came earlier this year when she was seven months pregnant with Prince Louis. She wore a stunning blush pink custom made Alexander McQueen gown with cape overlay at a state dinner in Norway in February.

Royal visit to Scandinavia – Day Three
The Duchess of Cambridge is escorted into dinner by King Harald V of Norway at the Royal Palace, Oslo, Norway at the end of the third day of her tour of Scandinavia (Chris Jackson/PA)

Rather than tone down her red carpet style while pregnant, Kate continues to go uber-glam, showcasing British designers and truly glowing in gorgeous gowns.

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The Duchess of Cambridge attending the EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Albert Hall in Kensington, London (Chris Jackson/PA)

3. Embrace bright colours

We know Meghan loves neutral colours – bottle green and burgundy are about as bright as it gets for the mum-to-be.

But wouldn’t it be wonderful if she followed in the footsteps of Kate, Zara and even her late mother-in-law Princess Diana, with an array of colourful ensembles during her pregnancy?

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The Duchess of Cambridge visits the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm (Arthur Edwards/PA)
Zara Tindall during Ladies Day of the 2018 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse.
Zara Tindall during Ladies Day of the 2018 Cheltenham Festival (Steve Paston/PA)
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Princess Diana meets staff at Sony’s new factory at Bridgend, Wales, 1982 (Ron Bell/PA)

4. Keep it classic for the big reveal

For each of the appearances on the steps of the Lindo Wing to introduce her latest bundle of joy to the world, the Duchess of Cambridge has chosen a simple bespoke frock by Jenny Packham in a primary colour.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the newborn Princess Charlotte as they leave the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in London
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the newborn Princess Charlotte as they leave the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in London (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Kate knows that photos from the day will go far and wide, so she has a fail-safe formula and sticks to it. Meghan could benefit from doing the same – we predict she’ll choose Givenchy, her go-to designer for high profile occasions, for her own big reveal.

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The Duchess of Cambridge and newborn Prince Louis outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

5. Heels are a must

Many mums-to-be would (quite rightly) use the excuse of carrying a child to forgo high heels for as long as possible, or at least scale down to a kitten heel.

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The Duchess of Cambridge at Ocean Terminal in Southampton (Chris Jackson/PA)

Not the royals. For public appearances throughout her three pregnancies, Kate has worn her signature nude heels, occasionally swapping for wedges in summer, while Zara strode into Meghan and Harry’s wedding in May all smiles in a pair of impressively high stilettos.

MIke Tindall and Zara Tindall arrive at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle for the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
MIke Tindall and Zara Tindall arrive at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle for the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry (Gareth Fuller/PA)

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