She always looked good. She always looked stylish – and the media was quick to compliment her on her sartorial choices.
But something has changed.
It’s not her style – she’s still wearing the same classic silhouettes and muted shades she’s famous for. It’s not the brands she chooses to wear – she’s still a fan of Roland Mouret, Givenchy and Fendi.
It’s none of that.
It’s what we deem appropriate for her to wear now she’s a royal. Or more accurately, how much her clothes cost.
Headlines over the past few weeks – most recently while she and Price Harry are on their tour of Dublin – suddenly detail the exact cost of each item she’s wearing. Not surprisingly, there’s no mention of what labels The Duke of Sussex is wearing, nor their price tag.
We didn't dissect Meghan like this before. We didn't pull apart her choices and lay them bare for critique and judgement. We didn't care what her clothes cost. We didn't expect her to live by the invisible parameters the public deem acceptable.
But she's a Duchess now. And sure, with her marriage presumably comes access to Prince Charles' $28 million Duchy of Cornwall income (as is the case for Will and Kate), but we don't know that for sure.