LINE’s John Muscat on how Meghan Markle’s style has changed since crossing the pond

When Meghan Markle stepped out arm-in-arm with Prince Harry at the couple’s engagement photocall in 2017, it wasn’t just the stuff of fairytales, but also an incredible fashion moment. The royal-bride-to-be memorably wore a striking white coat by Toronto-based label LINE, which momentarily broke the Internet.

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Now, five months later, John Muscat, the fashion designer behind the beautiful coat, reflects on the big moment and how the relationship came to be. “We just started with her. She was in Toronto, and she felt kind of like a Toronto girl,” he told Hello! while in the Canadian city with the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, which is celebrating the royal wedding with a month of festivities. “That’s how the whole thing started."

Meghan and Harry announced their engagement in November 2017. Photo: © Getty Images

And as the actress’s profile continued to grow, John kept their affiliation under wraps. “I appreciated the fact that she liked our stuff and I didn’t want to overplay images, so we kept it on the down low,” he explained. But secrets have a way of spreading – especially when you become engaged to one of Britain’s princes! So LINE put together a small wardrobe for Meghan’s visit to London and the rest is Canadian fashion history. “We had no idea it was going to be the coat that she wore [for her engagement],” John said of the $799 topper that was the cherry on top of one of 2017’s biggest moments.

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Since joining the Royal Family, Meghan’s style has barely changed from what it was long before she started dating Harry. “She went to London and she stayed true to herself,” John said. “She is a very chic woman and it’s her look, and she wanted to support the Canadians. She did a huge thing for Canada by doing that.”

Meghan Markle wearing a trench coat at the Invictus Games in 2017
Meghan also wore a trench coat by the designer at the Invictus Games last year. Photo: © Getty Images

And it seems like the 36-year-old has an eye not just for style, but for authenticity in the brands she wears – John never wanted to exploit the iconic moment. “People were ordering it like crazy and retailers were ordering, like, fifty. I was giving one to two per retailer, just to say, ‘everyone can be a part of this, but we are not looking to cash in on this moment.’ I felt very protective of the whole situation.”

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Naturally, entering the royal fold means making some style tweaks, but not at the expense of her overall taste. “Before when she was dating [Harry], she could be a little more casual, and I think that she is probably a little bit more dressed up now,” he explained. “She is very effortless. [This is why] people find her so relatable, because she doesn’t look like she is putting it on. There are some women who look at her and go, ‘I could be that princess,’ right? She’s got that effect on people.”

It’s no wonder Meghan has been compared to Harry’s beloved mom, the “People’s Princess” Diana, as she’s definitely bringing her own brand of genuine to the British Royal Family. We can’t wait to see how it continues to play out not only in her work with the public but also in her wardrobe!

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