After a previously unseen portrait of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry was spotted in a recent snap of the Queen in Buckingham Palace, fans are scrambling to find out what dress she’s wearing. The striking robin’s egg blue threads jump out of the frame, making one eagle-eyed Instagram user suspect that it is, in fact, designed by one of the Duchess of Sussex’s favourite fashion creatives, Roland Mouret.
It’s suspected that the beautiful mystery is Roland’s ‘Royston Dress,’ which, according to his luxury brand’s website, boasts a “silhouette reminiscent of Roland Mouret’s signature Galaxy Dress in eau de nil double wool crepe.” Case nearly closed! The only part amiss are the sleeves, which feature a stunning handkerchief hem, though this doesn’t rule it out completely – the dress could very well have been customized to Meghan’s liking.
An Instagram fan account called harry_meghan_updates shared a side-by-side of the original image and a photo of the pale blue dress, writing: “The guess of the day: Meghan’s dress in the new portrait seen in the Queen’s Audience Room of Buckingham Palace is by Roland Mouret for 888 USD.” One admiring fan wrote, “Love that someone identified the dress!” Can the “Meghan Effect” be expected to take hold of yet another fashion item?
This guess is no stretch of the imagination. Meghan and Roland have been friends for years since they first met in an elevator in Istanbul. From then on, the two have been spotted on numerous occasions, from the designer’s private dinner at Toronto’s Corkin Gallery in April 2016 to photos of the pair hanging out on her now-deleted Instagram account. Roland, given his love for “unapologetic” women , became fast friends with the fierce activist and she’s been stunning in his designs ever since.
The newlywed most recently wore a dress by the 56-year-old designer for her arrival to Cliveden House with her mom, Doria Ragland, the day before her royal wedding. It was a chic, simple and very Meghan navy blue dress called the ‘Barwick’ – perfectly tailored for her slender frame with a ruffled flourish down the front of the skirt and pretty cap sleeves.