Who gets the bills for Meghan Markle's royal wardrobe?

By Jessica Bateman

Meghan Markle has expertly mixed top designer and fast-fashion pieces while on official engagements with her fiance Prince Harry, showing off her impressive style credentials. Some of her high-end choices come with large price tags, like the white Amanda Wakeley coat she wore on Commonwealth Day, which is on sale for $1,650, and the navy Jason Wu dress she wore at the Royal Foundation Forum alongside her fiance and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, which rings in at about $2,520. But who is paying the bills for her royal wardrobe? Meghan, that's who! The bride-to-be is taking care of her own clothing, which has probably cost more than $36,740 so far.

Meghan Markle in a navy blue jacket with white trim lapel and a big flowing white collar.Meghan's chic wardrobe has been a hit with royal-watchers

According to People, none of the Royal Family are allowed to accept free clothing. While Kate will work with assistants such as Natasha Archer who call clothes in from designers, they send back those they don't keep and pay for the ones they do. "She doesn't take free clothes, and I've heard that from other people who sent her things," designer Katherine Hooker, whose designs the Duchess has worn, told Huffington Post in 2013.

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Meghan is reportedly worth around $7.35 million thanks to her acting career and paid endorsements, and was earning around $64,300 per episode of Suits. In comparison, Harry's fortune includes an estimated $18.37 million inherited from his mother Princess Diana and a further $36.74 million in assets. Harry, Prince William and Duchess Kate draw their business expenses from Prince Charles' Duchy of Cornwall fund, which covers staff salaries as well as wardrobe costs. However, as Meghan is not yet married into the family she does not have access to it.

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But the investment is clearly paying off because Meghan's style choices have proved a hit with both the public and other members of the royal family. On Friday, Princess Eugenie was spotted wearing the same nude Aquazzura Matilde Suede Stiletto Pumps that Meghan wore when she announced her engagement. And Welsh denim brand Hiut now has a three-month waiting list after the 36-year-old sported a pair of their jeans on a visit to Cardiff in January.

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