Club Monaco's head designer talks dressing Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and the wardrobe staples every royal needs

By Meaghan Wray and Sarah Walker

Since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement in November of 2017, interest in the couple has reached a fever pitch - especially where their style is concerned. Royal fans and fashion enthusiasts alike have kept a close eye on the former Suits star's ensembles at photo calls and on official engagements, but as excitement builds in the walkup to their royal wedding on May 19, Meghan's handsome groom is also becoming a sartorial icon in his own right.

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The 36-year-old actress's enviable sense of style is certainly rubbing off on her husband-to-be. Since meeting Meghan, Prince Harry has quietly begun to evolve his wardrobe to include more impeccably tailored and on-trend pieces. He's also added Canadian designers and labels like Club Monaco to his sartorial rotation, and the brand's head of design, Steven Cateron, revealed his excitement exclusively to HELLO!.


Harry wears Club Monaco's Twill Topcoat in grey

“Meghan has been a longtime friend of the brand and we’re honoured each time she chooses to wear [Club Monaco],” Steven tells HELLO! He added that seeing his designs on members of the Royal Family is especially exciting because of the element of surprise that comes with the final reveal. “I love seeing them in the pieces they’re most drawn to and how they incorporate [the brand] into their own personal style.”

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Steven also suggests that Club Monaco has been hit by the “Meghan and Harry effect” in a number of ways, including spikes in online sales and people hunting down items they've worn on social media sites like Instagram. Part of the reason, he believes, is because fans and the 33-year-old prince himself are drawn to the line's classic tailoring.

Harry wears Club Monaco's Twill Topcoat in olive

“Our menswear is comprised of foundation pieces, updated with purposeful design details and nuances in fabrication that make them more interesting,” he notes. “It’s clean, focused and straightforward, but always versatile and design driven, allowing the pieces to work for a variety of different occasions.”

Steven adds the team has worked hard to create pieces that mimic royal sensibilities, and calls Meghan's style “effortless, honest and real.” He also listed the must-haves for any regal wardrobe: "Great trousers, a tailored blazer, a few cashmere pieces and structured coats."

So what does he hope to see Prince Harry wearing next? “I enjoy the surprise that comes along with not knowing,” he says.

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