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Since moving to the States, Markle has slowly dropped the British labels she once donned at royal functions in previous years, instead imbuing her wardrobe with a more international appeal. During her landmark interview with Oprah Winfrey in March 2021, the duchess opted for Armani with a floral belted dress that many likened to a certain similar number worn by the late Wallis Simpson, and her Time Magazine cover shoot saw her lose the cape dresses and fascinators for sleek lines and an LA laidback-luxe vibe. Since then, a continuation of this girl-about-town sensibility has been on the rise, hitting it out of the park on her home turf in high-end denim and fashion-forward tailoring.

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Next, she debuted a series of new street style hits during her trip to New York last September. Firstly, a MaxMara camel coat (collar popped up for extra style points), oversized Valentino shades and Italian cult label, Valextra, bag; a staple silhouette of business-chic. Next up, a boxy burgundy flared suit from Loro Piana accessorised with stacked Manolo Blahnik pumps and shades to visit Harlem to treat Harry to his first ever serving of ‘chicken and waffles’ at the famous Melba’s restaurant. Her final stop was at the Global Citizen Live event. Resplendent in a white Valentino minidress, Markle waved goodbye to royal protocol hem lengths with a sunny disposition, and one big grin. 

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For 2022, the duchess’s most glorious exhibit of downtown-chic came during the Invictus Games. Alongside Harry, the duchess cheered on the players in an array of high-low curated concoctions. Highlights of this refined capsule came in the form of a Celine tweed jacket, rolled-up Moussy Vintage jeans and Chanel ballet flats; washed denim slim fit jeans, a Brandon Maxwell ivory belted jacket and nude Manolos; a white Khaite bodysuit tucked into wide leg trousers; and a bold white Valentino power suit accessorised with dainty gold jewellery. This was certainly her style retribution tour, and she did not come to play.

Markle’s break-up with the constraints of traditional sovereign fashion is clear: she’s flying the flag for a new All American look now.