Meghan Markle’s Wimbledon outfit this year is going to look quite different

By Meaghan Wray

With becoming the Duchess of Sussex comes many royal rules to follow, from a set of style guidelines to unwritten culinary rules (garlic is a no-no!). And while members of the Royal Family enjoy a bit more leniency where the dress code for Wimbledon is concerned, Meghan Markle’s outfits are going to look quite different from her 2016 ensembles if she attends this year.

The Suits alum enjoyed her first trip to London’s famous tennis championship two years ago, where she debuted two separate looks in the stands on June 28 and July 4. Meghan’s first outfit was a classic button-up shirt and a pair of white jeans, which she paired with a cream purse, a Panama hat and large sunnies. For her second time out, she fancied it up a bit, donning a chic black wrap dress with a high slit and letting her wavy brunette hair hang loose.

Meghan wore two very different outfits for Wimbledon in 2016. Photo: © Getty Images

But this year, things will look quite a bit different – starting with that high slit, which we certainly won’t see courtside on the royal. Meghan has been favouring shirt dresses lately, hinting that she could go for a similar style for her potential Wimbledon debut as a duchess. While Kate prefers to cover her arms, the former actress doesn’t mind going sleeveless, like she did at a recent polo match where her husband was playing. Or maybe she’ll get some sun on her shoulders with a Bardot neckline, like she wore for Trooping the Colour!

As for footwear, we’re betting that the 36-year-old will stick to her tried and true pumps, as she’s never been one for wedges like her sister-in-law Kate, and she could very well pull the whole look together with her favourite sunglasses (think last year’s Invictus games). As for a topper, it could go either way as some royals choose to cover up while others leave their tresses free, but Meghan did rock a white panama hat recently and we could see her slipping it on in the stands a la Pippa Middleton.

MORE: Serena Williams says there’s one thing that could bring Meghan Markle to Wimbledon

What she hasn’t left behind is her strong friendship with Serena Williams. Just a few days ago, the two were spotted watching Prince Harry ride in a polo match at the Ascot, proving again that their busy schedules don’t get between their everlasting friendship. And while the tennis champ, who’s currently competing at Wimbledon, wouldn’t reveal whether Meghan will be watching her from the stands, she did give fans a little hint while at a press conference on Monday (July 2): “I don’t know, we’ll see. If I keep winning!”

The Duchess showed off her casual style during her and Prince Harry's first public appearance together in Toronto last year. Photo: © Getty Images

It’s no secret that Meghan’s style has changedsince entering the royal fold. She’s traded in her messy bun for loose, soft curls, and her dark, sophisticated pantsuits have been hung up in exchange for blush pink and cream dresses. While she used to have a penchant for stylishly ripped jeans and boyfriend button-ups, these have definitely been left in the past. Nevertheless, the Los Angeles native always maintains a touch of her personal flair.

HELLO! Canada magazine is available for your tablet and smartphone. Get HELLO! Canada, PEOPLE, Vanity Fair and over 100 more of the world’s best magazines for one low monthly price at Texture by Next Issue. CLICK HERE to sign up for a free trial.