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How to Master Meghan Markle's Signature Messy Bun
How to Master Meghan Markle's Signature Messy Bun
How to Master Meghan Markle's Signature Messy Bun
 
     
 
The Romantic Dynasty of Up-do Chignon Hairstyle Layers flowing with Top-Knot Princess Players. © dmp 2018
 
When you think of "royal hair," Kate Middleton's bouncy curls or twisted chignons probably come to mind. Both styles are always perfectly executed with nary a hair out of place—even in high humidity. That's why the world became fascinated with Meghan Markle's now-signature loose, low bun that she often wears on official palace appearances with Prince Harry.
 
It's non-fussy, a style that a commoner could actually do themselves without the help of a palace-approved glam squad. However, there's a fine line between "effortless" and "bedhead," so we turned to celebrity hairstylist David Lopez for his tips on how to recreate the style so that it looks intentionally unpolished and not like the knot you twist your hair into before you do the dishes.
 
Along with some hair pins and an elastic, it turns out that the key to Markle's updo is the face-framing layers left out of the bun. Once you have those, spritz some hairspray all over your hair before tying it into a low ponytail (this will keep the bun from slipping) and then run some hair taffy throughout the tail. We recommend TRESemmé's Compressed Texture Hairspray Hold Level 1 ($5; Target.com) because it adds grit and texture to hair without any crunchiness or stickiness, or Kenra Professional Platinum Texturizing Taffy 13 ($22; Ulta.com).
 
Once your hair is prepped and in a ponytail, twist it into a bun, pin it, and gently pull at it to get Markle's signature loose finish. Sounds unbelievably easy, right?
 
Read more at: How to Master Meghan Markle's Signature Messy Bun
 
 
Chignon is a popular type of hairstyle
The Romantic Dynasty of Up-do Chignon Hairstyle Layers flowing with Top-Knot Princess Players. © dmp 2018
 
Chignon is a popular type of hairstyle. The word “chignon” comes from the French phrase “chignon du cou”. Nape of the neck. Chignons are achieved by pinning the hair into a knot at the nape of the neck or at the back of the head.
 
The new Duchess of Sussex has famously made the romantic Up-Do her hairstyle of choice for many of her public appearances since getting engaged to Prince Harry in November, and for her wedding day the bride chose an intricate take on the Chignon, styled by hairdresser Serge Normant.
 
Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex has determined to make the messy bun her very own, sporting a variety of different variations on the easy Up-Do during her early public appearances alongside husband Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex.
 
We first caught sight of the messy bun back in January, when Markle visited Reprezent radio station in Brixton. Like anyone on a cold day in South London she wore a warm coat (sold out almost immediately, of course) a snug scarf and the sort of bun you’d twist your hair into at the gym, or before washing your face. No kirby grips, no hair net (the Duchess is rarely seen without one when she wears an up-do) and a few loose strands around the face. She’s since worn similar styles in Cardiff, in Northern Ireland and in a neater, sleeker iteration at a Women's Empowerment reception at the Royal Aeronautical Society in London (there might have been a kirby grip or two in use on this occasion).
 
Read more at: Will Meghan Markle Wear A Messy Bun On Her Wedding Day?
 
 
How Meghan Markle Gets Her Signature Blowout in 5 Easy Steps
How Meghan Markle Gets Her Signature Blowout in 5 Easy Steps
How Meghan Markle Gets Her Signature Blowout in 5 Easy Steps
 
The world has been obsessed with Meghan Markle's hair since her first appearance with Prince Harry.
 
As a soon-to-be royal, Markle has already mastered the weather-proof blowout. Her now signature style—a center part with lots of body and a slight bend at the end—always looks polished and frizz-free, no matter how overcast the weather. It's the look that most of us try to nail every time we pick up a blow dryer and round brush, but can never get quite right. 
 
That's why we turned to celebrity hairstylist Frank Rizzieri for tips on how to recreate Markle's blowout at home. And trust, we're not lying when we say it's an almost effortless look to style, no matter your skill level with a blow dryer.
 
Read more at: How Meghan Markle Gets Her Signature Blowout in 5 Easy Steps
 
 
Meghan Markle Grins as Little Boy Strokes Her Hair During Ireland Visit
Meghan Markle Grins as Little Boy Strokes Her Hair During Ireland Visit
Meghan Markle Grins as Little Boy Strokes Her Hair During Ireland Visit
 
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex had some sweet interactions with youngsters, with one little boy, 3-year-old Walter Cullen, reaching for Meghan’s hair and even her face. The 36-year-old newlywed played along, making silly faces at the boy, while another little boy tugged on Harry’s beard.
 
After starting off the day in a gray Roland Mouret dress with her signature boat-neck style to meet the president of Ireland, Michael Higgins, the Duchess of Sussex slipped into a more casual ensemble for her second event of the day.
 
In less than no time, Meghan had transformed, pulling her hair down from her earlier bun into loose waves and changing into a black pants suit with a white shirt underneath.
 
Read more at: Meghan Markle Grins as Little Boy Strokes Her Hair During Ireland Visit
 
 
Meghan Markle's Simple LBD
Meghan Markle's Simple LBD Is Actually a Message to the Designer Who Slammed Her Wedding Dress
Meghan Markle's Simple LBD Is Actually a Message to the Designer Who Slammed Her Wedding Dress
 
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Meghan Markle Asked Daniel Martin to Do Her Royal Wedding Makeup
Meghan Markle Asked Daniel Martin to Do Her Royal Wedding Makeup  
Meghan Markle Asked Daniel Martin to Do Her Royal Wedding Makeup in the Best Way  
   
Our favorite new royal, Meghan Markle, may have married a prince and had a wedding seen by millions around the world. But that doesn’t mean she isn’t just like us—texts and all. In fact, makeup artist Daniel Martin made an appearance on Good Morning America on Tuesday, July 3rd, and opened up about the royal wedding and his close friendship with the Duchess of Sussex—and specifically the chill way she asked him to do her makeup for the big day.
 
As Martin told the hosts, “She [texted and] was, like, ‘Hey, what are you doing May 19?’ And then she sent me two emojis of the bride and groom.”
 
Yes, Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, asked her friend to do her makeup via text with a super modest question and a couple of emojis. Martin further explained: "Meghan and I communicate a lot through text because I travel for work and because of the time difference between the both of us, it’s hard to get on the phone. So she sent me a text asking what I was doing the weekend of May 19th. I was like, ‘I may be in Cannes for the film festival but what’s up…’ and she sent me the bride and groom emoji right back and I literally dropped my phone! Then she sent me the shhhh emoji back so I couldn't let anyone know.”
 
Read more at: Meghan Markle Asked Daniel Martin to Do Her Royal Wedding Makeup in the Best Way
 
   
   
Will Meghan Markle Wear A Messy Bun On Her Wedding Day?
Will Meghan Markle Wear A Messy Bun On Her Wedding Day?  
Will Meghan Markle Wear A Messy Bun On Her Wedding Day?
   
The Duchess of Cambridge has made her famously bouncy, glossy blow-dry something of a style signature, sporting those flawless just-so waves everywhere from her engagement photoshoot back in 2010 to international tours and her three appearances cradling a newborn royal on the steps of the Lindo Wing, never a hair out of place. But as for Meghan Markle, the royalists’ new beacon of personal style and the princess-to-be that’s “just like us”? Markle has determined to make the messy bun her very own, sporting a variety of different variations on the easy up-do during her early public appearances alongside husband-to-be Prince Harry.
 
The appeal, of course, is in the simplicity. Having hair like the Duchess of Cambridge requires block-booking blow-dry appointments. Copying Markle’s messy bun requires any old hair elastic and a spritz of hairspray at best. Because she’s just like us - or at least that’s the message that she and Prince Harry are so determined to maintain. Just as they’re “breaking tradition” with a lemon and elderflower cake rather than a classic fruit cake at their upcoming wedding, or talking over each other in their first joint interview just like any other loved-up couple would whilst telling their roast-chicken-engagement story in public, this royal duo seems set on remaining relatable and relevant.
Read more at: Will Meghan Markle Wear A Messy Bun On Her Wedding Day?
 
 
   
Serge Normant On Making Meghan Markle's Messy Bun Wedding-Perfect
For her wedding day Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex chose an intricate take on the #chignon styled by Serge Normant  
meghan markle duchess of Sussex chose an intricate take on the chignon
   
Yes, Meghan Markle’s messy bun made it to the Royal Wedding, with the new Duchess of Sussex sticking to her signature style on Saturday and calling upon hairstylist Serge Normant to give it a regal twist suitable for the grand surrounds of Windsor’s St George’s Chapel.
 
“It's a messy bun, we call it. Messy in a controlled way,” Normant revealed after the ceremony. “Making sure it doesn't become a whole mess after a few hours! I don't overload the hair with products in general and certainly not on this day.”
 
Many brides-to-be set aside hours ahead of their wedding for beauty prep, but according to Normant the process was fairly simple, with a little forward planning and a laid-back approach on the day itself.
 
“We had to blow dry it from wet, I would say 45 minutes to an hour. Then they did the make-up and then you fiddle around with it a little bit. But it's not that long,” he said, according to the Daily Mail. “She had a pretty good input. We came around with boards and tried to figure out what would be the easiest thing to do.”
 
Of course Normant also had the opportunity to work with the beautiful diamond bandeau tiara, which was lent to the Duchess by the Queen for the day. An exciting job, certainly, but also one that proved somewhat nerve-racking.
 
“I didn't know at first what would be on her head but I knew that it would be a tiara,” he revealed. “You just have to kind of separate the two things because otherwise I would shake. I didn't want to shake with the history in that tiara. The thing is working with Meghan, she makes everything so light and easy that you don't think about these things in that dramatic way.”
Long live the messy bun.
 
Read more at: Serge Normant On Making Meghan Markle's Messy Bun Wedding-Perfect
 
 
   
Glowing Bridal Beauty At Its Best For The New Duchess Of Sussex
Glowing Bridal Beauty At Its Best For The New Duchess Of Sussex  
Make-up was simple and natural-looking with glowing skin and eyes framed with long, fluttering lashes
 
The new Duchess of Sussex has famously made the romantic up-do her hairstyle of choice for many of her public appearances since getting engaged to Prince Harry in November, and for her wedding day the bride chose an intricate take on the chignon, styled by hairdresser Serge Normant.
 
Make-up was simple and natural-looking with glowing skin and eyes framed with long, fluttering lashes - a refreshing and modern choice for a royal wedding. With skin as flawless as that, why cover it with heavy foundation? (Although the temptation, with that many cameras trained upon your face, must have been great). The Duchess of Sussex chose friend and long-time collaborator Daniel Martin - a Dior make-up ambassador - as her make-up artist, and he did a masterful job of creating a truly radiant look that felt in keeping with the bride's usual style.
 
Normant, who has previously worked with the likes of Julia Roberts, Julianne Moore and Sarah Jessica Parker, styled Meghan’s hair with a centre parting, with the chignon fastened at the nape of her neck. Loose strands around her face referenced the messy bun she has made her signature, lending a relaxed air to the look. The Duchess also wore Queen Mary's diamond bandeau tiara, lent to her by The Queen, Cartier earrings and a veil by Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy.
 
Read more at: Glowing Bridal Beauty At Its Best For The New Duchess Of Sussex
 
   
   
Prince Harry the Duke of Sussex
How to get groomed for a royal wedding  
How to get groomed for a royal wedding
   
The expert guide to getting your face, body and soul in shape for your big day. Take note your Royal Highness
 
Time was, it was only the bride who would spend the months, weeks and days before her wedding preening, plumping and sweating her way to the perfect wedding body, face and hair style (phew)
 
These days, however, the tables have turned (a bit) with grooms and groomsmen becoming increasingly concerned about the way they’re going to look on the big day. And why not? Men feature in the photos too.
 
Here, in honour of Prince Harry’s forthcoming nuptials, and in anticipation of the impending summer wedding season, is the expert’s guide to pre-wedding grooming for, well, grooms.
 
Read more at: How to get groomed for a royal wedding
 
   
   
Meghan Markle Makes Her Royal Ascot Debut in Style
Meghan Markle Makes Her Royal Ascot Debut in Style  
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For Royal Ascot, Meghan Markle wore her hair in a sleek chignon topped with a dramatic hat by Philip Treacy
 
Exactly one month after the world watched the royal wedding, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry made a surprise appearance in England Tuesday for the Royal Ascot opener.
 
It's the first time Meghan has attended the annual event, which began in 1768. She wore a Givenchy dress—the same label she wore for her wedding day—and a Philip Treacy fascinator. She likely impressed Queen Elizabeth II, who signs off on every detail, including the dress code.
 
Meghan Markle wore her hair in a sleek chignon
 
Read more at: Meghan Markle Makes Her Royal Ascot Debut in Style
 
   
   
Meghan Markle fashion
Meghan Markle fashion  
The Meaning Of Meghan
   
The Meghan Markle fairy tale involves a humble background, a handsome prince and a wardrobe so relatable it could add £1 billion to the British fashion economy. Claudia Croft reports on the woman who’s dressed her way into our hearts, then Afua Hirsch discusses her cultural significance.
 
It was a bright December morning in Edinburgh and Leeanne Hundleby was enjoying a day off from Strathberry, the small Scottish bag brand she runs with her husband, Guy. Then the phone rang. “You’d better come in,” said Guy, calling from the office. “We think Meghan’s wearing one of our bags.” The style in question was their £495 midi-tote tricolour in green, and Meghan was, of course, the newly engaged royal-to-be out on her first public engagement with Prince Harry.
 
What followed was a fashion frenzy. The brand, which sells direct to customers on its website, experienced a 5,000 per cent sales bump. Eleven minutes after Markle stepped out with the bag, it had sold out. “It was the craziest day we’ve ever had,” says Hundleby. Each time stocks were replenished, the bags were snapped up, often shipping to territories such as Japan and Germany where the brand had made little impact before. “People bought all the colourways and then moved on to the smaller size. By Christmas we had virtually nothing to offer. Everything was sold out.”
 
World, meet Meghan Markle: the oxytocin of fashion. She has dressed her way into our hearts with a wardrobe so feelgood and infused with realness that resistance is futile. On the day her engagement to Prince Harry was publicly announced, Megan stood in the sunken garden at Kensington Palace, petite, despite her nude Aquazzura heels, the wide belt on her white coat accentuating her tiny waist as she flashed her dazzling engagement ring and uttered the words, “So happy!” to the world’s press. Indeed, it was a joyous moment. Not only did she seem intent on rewriting the princess dress code (what, no tights?), but the way she presented herself chimed with modern womanhood. From the self-assured sway of her hips as she strode out to have her picture taken, to her blowdry, which was as buoyant as the mood of the nation that day, it was clear that the actress and women’s rights activist was bringing something 21st century to the role of royal bride.
 
“She’s a woman of the times,” says her friend the designer Roland Mouret, who Markle has relied upon for sleek cocktail looks and lean tailoring. Not just an actress, he says, “she’s a business woman, and she’s very straightforward”. Antonio Berardi is impressed too, recalling the day she visited his studio in the January of 2017, 10 months before her engagement announcement. “She was incredibly respectful, kind and human. Afterwards she sent me a handwritten note thanking me for making her a cup of tea.”
 
Diane von Furstenberg isn’t in the least surprised by Markle’s mass appeal. “What impresses me about Meghan Markle is her enormous natural confidence,” says the designer and philanthropist. “She is strong, assertive, intelligent and compassionate. I love her personality and openness. I love the fact she can wear her favourite dress many times as she feels great in it… especially when it’s DVF!”
 
Her ability to cause items to sell out is repeated with almost any brand she’s seen in.
 
Her ability to cause items to sell out is repeated with almost any brand she’s seen in. The Meghan effect works across all price points. The £45 Marks & Spencer jumper she wore to visit a Brixton radio station sold out within hours, while Net-a-Porter saw a 600 per cent increase in sales for Jason Wu after she wore his £1,415 navy dress in February. Impacting on fashion sales, of course, is not new to the Royal family. In 2012, Newsweek estimated that the Duchess of Cambridge’s ability to move product was worth £1 billion to the British fashion industry. Yet Meghan Markle could top that. Brand Finance, a business valuation and strategy consultancy, estimates that Markle’s marriage into royalty will add about £500 million to the UK fashion economy this year, but could go on to top £1 billion because of her huge appeal in America.
 
Markle’s marriage into royalty will add about £500 million to the UK fashion economy this year, but could go on to top £1 billion because of her huge appeal in America.
 
Read more at: Meghan Markle Fashion
 
   
   
Meghan Markle wore her Hair in a sleek Chignon, Royal Ascot
Meghan Markle Shared Sweet Moments with the Queen and More In-Laws at the Royal Ascot  
Meghan Markle Shared Sweet Moments with the Queen and More In-Laws at the Royal Ascot  
   
Meghan Markle made her first appearance at the famed Ascot horse track to celebrate the beginning of a week's worth of races, which are held every year in June and attended by the Queen. The Duchess of Sussex made a gracious entrance to the event, which she attended with her husband, Prince Harry. Though the two remained close for the duration of the festivities, Markle was also seen bonding with her in-laws at the event.
 
She was seen chatting with Prince Harry's stepmom Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, on the field. The two seemed to be having an engaging conversation; Meghan's face lit up while speaking to her fellow Duchess.
 
The bonding moment was even more proof that Meghan and Camilla are getting along. Last month, they were seen chatting and holding hands at one point at the Buckingham Palace garden party honoring Prince Charles.
 
The Prince of Wales also joined in on the conversation, smiling. The tableau was reminiscent of the gigglefest the trio shared at last month's garden party.
 
The Duchess of Sussex also had some one-on-one time with the Queen, after having her first solo outing with her last week. Her Majesty gave her an endearing look on the field.
 
Markle also got to know Prince Edward (Harry's uncle) and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex, better as she and the Duke of Sussex shared a carriage with them on the way in. The Countess appeared to be giving the new royal a few tips on the ride.
 
Unfortunately we didn't get to see in-law bonding moments between Meghan and Kate Middleton and Prince William, who were absent due to maternity leave and a royal engagement at Business Fest, respectively. But we're sure we'll have plenty more chances to see that in the future.
 
Read more at: Meghan Markle Shared Sweet Moments with the Queen and More In-Laws at the Royal Ascot
 
   
   
meghan markle's ombre hair color
Ombre Technique by Clairol Professional Online Education  
Hollywood's Favorite Hair Highlighting Trends
Ombré, Sombre, Balayage or Flamboyage?
   
You've done it. You've made up your mind. You're ready to highlight your hair.
 
But with so many techniques and trends out there—many of which are costly and time-consuming, which style do you opt for and what's the difference between them?
 
To give you a better idea of what might work best, we tapped celeb colorist Jennifer J to help us define four major hair highlighting trends right now. Because "you should always have a clear plan as to what color you are going to get, how it will affect your hair and the maintenance," she said.
 
Ombré
Timing: Up to 3-4 hours Great for: Someone looking for contrast, but bleaching hair ends may cause damage
 
"Ombré means [going] darker at the root and gradually getting lighter at the ends of your hair," Jennifer noted. "The beauty of ombré is that it can work for any hair type or color. If the hair is highlighted already, I just paint on a ‘fake' root and make it look like the color has grown out for a few months."
 
Sombre
Timing: Up to 3-4 Great for: The lazy set (though it's a celeb fave!)
 
"Sombre is a more subtle version of ombré. Even though it is more subtle, it takes the same amount of time as ombré," said Jennifer. The color transition is also much more gradual (read: no lines of demarcation, which means less touch-ups), making it a lower maintenance, less expensive alternative to its more obvious counterpart.
 
Balayage
Timing: 30-90 minutes Great for: Those looking for a natural-looking contrast
 
"Balayage is a French word for sweep," said the colorist. "Technically, it means that you area-painting highlights on the hair in a sweeping motion." Highlights will be in chunkier sections, making it seem like the sun naturally lightened the hair. Because no foils or meche is used to apply product, sections are less saturated than typical highlights and regrowth lines are less noticeable. Your hair will look just as good whether it's one week or one month from your initial salon appointment.
 
Flamboyage
Timing: 30-90 minutes Great for: Those looking for super-subtle highlights
 
"Flamboyage is basically the same [as balayage], but the ends may be lightened a little more," said Jennifer. A new alternative to traditional highlights, this process incorporates elements of both balayage and ombré techniques to give the hair more depth and a natural-yet-polished result—even after your hair has grown out.
 
Read more at: Hollywood's Favorite Hair Highlighting Trends
 
   
   
How Meghan Markle Helped Prince Harry Quit Smoking and Get Fit
How Meghan Markle Helped Prince Harry Quit Smoking and Get Fit  
"She’s a beautiful influence"
   
On his May 19 wedding day, Prince Harry was in possibly the best shape of his life—and he has his new wife, Meghan Markle, to thank for the inspiration. (Related: Meghan Markle's Go-To Workout Is Really Intense)
 
"Meghan is a beautiful influence on Harry," an insider tells People. "They both worked hard to be the healthiest they could be before they got married." (Related: Here's How Meghan Markle Worked Out to Prepare for the Royal Wedding)
 
According to the source, the couple teamed with Gabriela Peacock, a nutritional advisor to the royal family and founder of GP Nutrition. Harry, 33, is a fan of her Clean Me supplements for immune system support and healthier skin and nails.
 
"Meghan encouraged Harry to get rid of any remnants of his party lifestyle," says the insider of the former Suits star, 36, a yoga devotee who follows a semi-vegan diet. "She wanted him to get in shape and be healthy." (Related: Meghan Markle Wrote a Powerful Essay About the Exact Moment She Learned She Was 'Enough')
 
And her efforts worked. "Harry has lost weight, started a healthier diet and even gave up smoking cigarettes," a source says. "They both felt amazing leading up to the wedding. And he couldn't have done it without her support."
 
Read more at: How Meghan Markle Helped Prince Harry Quit Smoking and Get Fit
 
   
   
Here's Everything We Know About Meghan Markle's Daily Diet
Here's Everything We Know About Meghan Markle's Daily Diet  
Cast-Iron Roast Chicken with Crispy Potatoes
   
Size matters. This isn't the time for a mammoth Oven Stuffer, nor do we want some petite poussin—a 3½–4-lb. bird has the proportions we're after. When the breasts are roasted to perfection, all that dark meat is on-the-nose-done too.
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Here's Everything We Know About Meghan Markle's Daily Diet
A month has already passed since Meghan Markle and Prince Harry walked down the aisle, an event that had more than 29 million people across the world watching to see the exact moment when an ex-American television star and all-around lifestyle icon became the Duchess of Sussex.
 
But before she became royalty, Markle had a passion for cooking and writing recipes on her now closed lifestyle website, The Tig, and could be found frequently sharing her tips for sticking to healthy diets.
 
According to the source, the couple teamed with Gabriela Peacock, a nutritional advisor to the royal family and founder of GP Nutrition. Harry, 33, is a fan of her Clean Me supplements for immune system support and healthier skin and nails.
 
"It's natural to wonder which advice Markle actually took for herself: What exactly does Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, eat every day? Which foods are Markle's favorites—and why? Are there any tips and tricks we could learn from Meghan Markle?
 
We dug deep into Markle's past appearances and interviews—including Cooking Light's own archive—to find which foods, snacks, and meals the duchess regularly eats throughout her day. There are lots of references to fresh, simple staples like rich smoothies and sushi bowls, as well as the fact that she reportedly followed a vegan diet during weekday shoots for her hit television show Suits. And we're not too surprised that she has a few indulgent favorites of her own, like a hearty pasta "carbonara" and a side of salty french fries. (Related: Meghan Markle Shared Her Favorite Recipe—and She Wrote It Herself)
 
Here are Meghan Markle's favorite foods and go-to meals that comprise this royal's diet:
 
Read more at: Here's Everything We Know About Meghan Markle's Daily Diet
 
   
   
The Genius Reason Why Meghan Markle Wears Her Shoes Too Big
The Genius Reason Why Meghan Markle Wears Her Shoes Too Big  
the Meghan Markle Effect is in full force  
   
Meghan Markle, a.k.a. the Duchess of Sussex, is quickly following in Kate Middleton's footsteps to become a style icon of her own—whether she's following the royal dress code or breaking it. Either way, it's safe to say that the Meghan Markle Effect is in full force.
 
But there’s one particular thing she does that's been making royal-waters scratch their heads time and time again: She consistently wears shoes that are way too big for her feet. She wore the wrong shoe size as recently as June 19 when she was in Berkshire for the Royal Ascot.
 
If you peek at photos of Meghan over the past few months, it's evident this isn't a one-time mistake by her stylist. After all, everyone has their shoe size memorized. As it turns out, there's a very good, extremely practical reason for it.
 
According to The Sun, wearing her shoes too big is a conscious sartorial decision by Meghan Markle. “Celebs often go a size up, or even two, in the shoe department when they're at an event or on the red carpet, and it's for one reason we can all relate to—to avoid blisters,” fashion expert Harriet Davey told the online newspaper.
 
“The swelling can cause blisters and in the long run bunions," she told The Sun.
 
You’d think walking in shoes that are way too large would be a difficult task, but as Davey told the Sun, “a trick of the trade is to stuff the toe with padding like tissue or cotton wool, and this can be taken out once they feel like they need a bit more room in their shoes."
 
If it means we'll never get blisters ever again, this might be one royal habit we can get behind.
 
Read more at: The Genius Reason Why Meghan Markle Wears Her Shoes Too Big
 
   
   
Meghan Markle mirrors the Queen as she perfects royal posture  
Meghan Markle mirrors the Queen as she perfects royal posture  
Meghan Markle mirrors the Queen as she perfects royal posture
   
Meghan Markle has been learning from the best! The Duchess of Sussex mirrored the Queen perfectly as she sat in the front row proudly watching her new husband make a speech on Tuesday night, while attending the Queen's Young Leaders Awards Ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Royal fans, who have enjoyed watching Meghan's speedy progression into the heart of the royal family, were delighted to see that she has clearly been paying close attention to the monarch, and has perfected her formal stance.
 
In one of the first photographs to emerge from the evening, Meghan and Prince Harry's grandmother are in perfect sync, sitting formally upright in the front row, both with the hands elegantly clasped in their lap. Meghan was wearing a stunning blush pink Prada outfit with matching Prada clutch bag while Her Majesty opted for a slightly more colourful green and yellow floral dress.
 
Meghan has been learning from Her Majesty.
 
The pair were in perfect sync.
 
Meghan and the Queen had become closely acquainted on a one-on-one basis in mid-June after travelling overnight on the royal train to Cheshire together. In Meghan's first ever royal engagement without her new husband, Prince Harry, in attendance, the stunning new royal looked very comfortable in the presence of the Queen.
 
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Meghan Markle and The Queen Appear to be Besties
Meghan Markle and The Queen Appear to be Besties  
Meghan Markle and The Queen Appear to be Besties
   
   
Could Meghan Markle Earn an Emmy Nomination for Her Final Season of 'Suits'?
Could Meghan Markle Earn an Emmy Nomination for Her Final Season of 'Suits'?  
Could Meghan Markle continue her fairy-tale year with an Emmy nomination?  
   
The Duchess of Sussex has been submitted for Emmy consideration in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category by USA Network for her role Rachel Zane on Suits, a network rep confirmed to ET on Tuesday. It is not unusual for USA to submit the main cast for Emmy voting.
 
Markle's category is highly competitive, with standout stars like Chrissy Metz from This Is Us; Thandie Newton from Westworld; The Handmaid's Tale actresses Ann Dowd, who won the award last year, and Alexis Bledel; Millie Bobby Brown from Stranger Things; the ladies from Orange Is the New Black; and Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams from Game of Thrones among the actresses vying for a nomination. The likelihood of Markle -- who has never earned a major award nomination for Suits -- slipping in for a surprise nomination for her final season is slim.
 
Patrick J. Adams, who portrayed Markle's onscreen husband, Mike Ross, was also submitted for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, along with Gabriel Macht (Harvey Specter). The other main Suits cast submitted for consideration include Rick Hoffman (Louis Litt) for Supporting Actor, Sarah Rafferty (Donna Paulsen) for Supporting Actress and Gina Torres (Jessica Pearson) for Guest Actress.
 
Despite Markle's new royal status, the 36-year-old newly retired actress being in the mix for an Emmy is not out of the ordinary. USA Network has always submitted the main cast every year, but none have received an Emmy nomination for the first six seasons. Could this finally be the year someone from the cast gets recognized at the Emmys? It's highly unlikely, as Adams -- who received a surprise Screen Actors Guild Award nomination in 2012 -- is the only actor who has received any type of awards recognition in the past.
 
Read more at: Could Meghan Markle continue her fairy-tale year with an Emmy nomination?
 
   
   
Inside the Suits' Fashion Closet with Meghan Marklel  
Inside the Suits' Fashion Closet with Meghan Marklel  
Inside the Suits' Fashion Closet with Meghan Marklel  
   
   
Solving The Duchess Of Sussex's Bridal Manicure Mystery
Solving The Duchess Of Sussex's Bridal Manicure Mystery  
Solving The Duchess Of Sussex's Bridal Manicure Mystery  
   
When Meghan Markle arrived at St George’s Chapel, all eyes were on her dress, hair and make-up. But for one nail-obsessed Vogue editor, it was all about the bridal manicure. Lauren Murdoch-Smith turns detective.
 
We both discussed how it couldn’t possibly be Essie’s Ballet Slippers, regardless of how many layers people were suggesting could have been applied. The fact is, Ballet Slippers is just too sheer and that’s why brides love it. It also happens to be the Queen’s favourite, so already has a Royal seal of approval. However, it just didn’t look like it. Meghan’s manicure shade was more solid and opaque.
 
The milky, nude shade the Duchess wore was causing much back-and-forth nail chat between myself and Sarah, my LA Instagram friend who also happens to own LA’s Olive and June nail salon. I paused the ceremony when there were close-ups to analyse the shade. It looked like it had a hint of lavender in it. The gloss and finish looked too perfect to be anything other than a gel polish of some sort.
 
My gut told me it was CND’s Shellac in Cake Pop, a shade I favour myself and know well.
 
My gut told me it was CND’s Shellac in Cake Pop, a shade I favour myself and know well. Replying to my Instagram Stories for shade suggestions, Sarah said: “I think it’s Don’t Bossa Nova Me Around”, talking about an OPI colour. “It’s not straight pink, I see lavender! Someone claimed they confirmed Ballet Slippers. That’s NOT Ballet Slippers!”.
 
“I think it’s Don’t Bossa Nova Me Around”
 
I started to do some digging. I just had a feeling that it was a CND Shellac colour. Knowing from my every-two-weeks Shellac habit, it had to be. What bride wouldn’t opt for a chip-free nail option; especially when two billion are watching? It’s been documented in the past that Meghan has been a client of Nails and Brows in Mayfair. Although they didn’t confirm that they did her nails for the big day, they did tell me that the Duchess likes her nails to be “short, square but slightly rounded on the sides” and chooses “nudes, creams and delicate pinks for a clean, groomed look.”
 
I got on the phone to Samantha Sweet, co-founder of Sweet Squared who distribute CND Shellac and who was also adamant it was Shellac. “We ‘think’ but can’t confirm that it looks totally like Cake Pop (but it could be Naked Naivete which is what Victoria (Beckham) was wearing)," she said. "But we think Cake Pop!”
 
I felt like my nail-dar had excelled itself. Could it be that I had solved The Duchess of Sussex’s manicure mystery? Nothing is confirmed, but I know what shade I’ll be asking for at my next nail appointment.
 
Read more at: Solving The Duchess Of Sussex's Bridal Manicure Mystery
 
   
   
The Vogue 25: Meet The Women Shaping 2018
The Vogue 25: Meet The Women Shaping 2018  
The Vogue 25: Meet The Women Shaping 2018. Duchess of Sussex
   
What does power look like now? As we assembled Vogue’s inaugural list of the most influential women working in Britain for the July issue, it became clear that this question is more complicated than ever to answer. How telling, for example, that while there have never been more women in cabinet, 2018 did not feel like a year to shine a light on the ever-shifting sands of power in the old establishment. It is no longer enough simply to hold a great office of state, it seems. Power and influence now take many forms. It does, however, still require an eye-watering level of achievement, regardless of age (the oldest entry, Baroness Hale, is 73; the youngest, Dua Lipa, is 22). It also demands the ability to inspire, and the clout to change the conversation. Drawing from the worlds of politics, fashion, the arts, media and sport, we have had to make notable omissions. For some, authority remains too precarious (Theresa May), for others it is eternal (the Queen). So these are the women of this year: the Vogue 25, an extraordinary cast of leaders defining – and redefining – the way we live now.
 
Read more at: The Vogue 25: Meet The Women Shaping 2018. Duchess of Sussex
 
   
   
Meghan Markle Reveals What It's Like to Be a Biracial Woman in Hollywood
Meghan Markle Reveals What It's Like to Be a Biracial Woman in Hollywood  
Meghan Markle Reveals What It's Like to Be a Biracial Woman in Hollywood
   
After penning a moving letter on the racism she and her family have experienced throughout their lives, Suits star Meghan Markle is speaking out on the topic even further. In the April issue of Allure, which features stories about diversity, inclusion, and the politics of skin color in beauty from 41 women of color, Markle opened up about the assumptions and inequality she’s faced in Hollywood based on the color of her skin. For the actress, whose mother is African-American and whose father is Caucasian, this ranges from being mistakenly categorized during castings to having her freckled skin airbrushed and whitewashed in shoots.
 
“I have the most vivid memories of being seven years old and my mom picking me up from my grandmother’s house,” she tells Allure. “There were the three of us, a family tree in an ombré of mocha next to the caramel complexion of my mom and light-skinned, freckled me. I remember the sense of belonging, having nothing to do with the color of my skin."
 
It was when Markle left her home, however, that these familiar comforts were challenged. "I took an African-American studies class at Northwestern where we explored colorism; it was the first time I could put a name to feeling too light in the black community, too mixed in the white community. For castings, I was labeled ‘ethnically ambiguous.’ Was I Latina? Sephardic? ‘Exotic Caucasian’?”
 
It's not just the preconceived notions about her skin color that have led Meghan Markle to speak out against colorism; her freckles, too, have literally been erased from portraits of the actress. “Add the freckles to the mix and it created quite the conundrum," she tells Allure. “To this day, my pet peeve is when my skin tone is changed and my freckles are airbrushed out of a photo shoot."
 
What she has to say about them, though, is encouraging for anyone who’s struggled to embrace and love their own beautiful spots: "For all my freckle-faced friends out there, I will share with you something my dad told me when I was younger: ‘A face without freckles is a night without stars.’”
 
Read more at: Meghan Markle Reveals What It's Like to Be a Biracial Woman in Hollywood
 
   
   
How To Make The Most Of Your Freckles  
How To Make The Most Of Your Freckles  
How To Make The Most Of Your Freckles  
   
As the veil was lifted from the face of a beaming Meghan Markle on her wedding day in May, the first thing that everyone noticed was that unabashed, happy smile. The second? Those freckles. Markle’s make-up artist Daniel Martin did a stellar job of perfecting and enhancing her skin, whilst still letting that smattering of freckles shine through. (Put it this way, Google searches for “Meghan Markle freckles” have risen by 100 per cent in the past month).
 
“Revealing freckles is all about easing up on the all-over foundation coverage,” Barber says. “Opt for a sheer tint and just conceal in the areas you need or alternatively put your foundation on and then remove it from the bridge of the nose and centre of your cheeks where you want that smattering of freckles to come through.”
 
And if you don’t have freckles, but wish you did? Well, fake it. Topshop used to sell a freckle pencil but has since discontinued it (although perhaps now might be a good time for a relaunch?) and failing that, a brow pencil or two does the job just fine. Use a few in different shades for a more realistic effect. “Concentrate them mainly on and around the nose with a lighter sprinkle out onto the cheeks and forehead,” adds Barber. “Use varying pressure on the pencil so that you get different sizes and a more random dispersion. If they look too regular it all gets a bit panto.”
 
Read more at: How To Make The Most Of Your Freckles
 
   
   
Meghan Markle is no Modern-Day Cinderella. She's Better.  
Meghan Markle is no Modern-Day Cinderella. She's Better.  
Meghan Markle is no Modern-Day Cinderella. She's Better.  
   
The real Cinderella story featured an outcast, unnamed daughter of a marriage torn asunder, bequeathed to a stepmother and two insufferably spoiled old sisters, who drew her name from the black soot that soiled her skin doing household chores. In a stunning turn of events, she was able to crash a private party designed to find the prince a wife, wearing a borrowed gown and scrubbed free of the substance that darkened her skin, and charmed him to the dismay of others.
 
It's a tale we've told children for nearly half a millennia, that love prevails over class, social status — and, perhaps in the 21st century, ethnicity. But, at it's core, it's also about a woman stained dark so as to render her obviously undesirable until, scrubbed into whiteness, she is able to attract the favor of a prince.
 
So maybe it's not fair to call Meghan Markle's engagement to Prince Harry a "Cinderella" story, even if you're referring to the far-superior 1997 movie version starring Brandy and Whitney Houston, leading an all-black cast, and even if she is descended from one-time British royalty on her father's side… and an enslaved American on her mother's.
 
Markle is a biracial woman who affirms her black American heritage, the child of an African American mother and a Caucasian father who split when Markle was two but raised their child into a grounded woman who was aware of the dichotomies imposed upon her because Americans’ thick lines of racial caste, and wholly aware of the inequities in society growing up on Los Angeles. She had a pretty American upper middle class existence, including a private elementary and secondary school education and an undergraduate degree from an elite American university. After that, she pursued an acting career while working a series of odd jobs until she landed the role of Rachel Zane in "Suits," in part, she 's written, because the producers weren't seeking to cast the part for a particular kind of "look."
 
 No one, not even Markle, could have ever imagined that someone like her would ever be permitted to marry a prince. And yet, the British aristocrat will marry an American paradox, and it all feels very right and true — except to those people to whom it is unfathomable not so much that a prince might marry a "commoner" or an American or a divorcée (as that's already happened), but that he might marry one who isn't white.
 
Read more at: Meghan Markle is no modern-day Cinderella. She's better.
 
   
   
Meghan Markle Weds In A Givenchy Wedding Dress By Clare Waight Keller
Meghan Markle Weds In A Givenchy Wedding Dress By Clare Waight Keller  
Meghan Markle Weds In A Givenchy Wedding Dress By Clare Waight Keller  
   
Meghan Markle’s wedding dress is arguably the biggest fashion commission and best kept secret of 2018. Now, on May 19, the rumour mill has come to a halt, the bets are off, and Markle has married Prince Harry, and become the Duchess of Sussex, wearing Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy.
 
The gown - which, Kensington Palace said, epitomises "a timeless minimal elegance referencing the codes of the iconic house" - marks a collaboration between a modern princess and a designer who is emblematic of the new royal era she is leading. British couturier Ralph and Russo and London Fashion Week star Erdem might have been the favourites, but Markle’s ability to keep us guessing is indicative of the fact she is making her own rules. Markle walked herself part of the way down the aisle, she did not promise to “obey” Harry in the service, which was defined by contemporary twists including a gospel choir, and she has previously pledged her commitment to empower women during her time on the world's stage. Waight Keller became the first female artistic director of the historic French fashion house last year, further indicating that this was a moment of quietly confident girl power.
 
Markle met Waight Keller in early 2018 and "chose to work with her for her timeless and elegant aesthetic, impeccable tailoring, and relaxed demeanour," the statement from the palace continued. "Ms Markle also wanted to highlight the success of a leading British talent who has now served as the creative head of three globally influential fashion houses – Pringle of Scotland, Chloé, and now Givenchy."
 
"Clare Waight Keller is one of the most talented British designers," commented Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful. "The dress is beautiful and this is a brilliant moment in Clare Waight Keller’s tenure as the first female artistic director at the storied house of Givenchy."
 
The veil, meanwhile, was designed to represent the distinctive flora of each Commonwealth country united in one spectacular composition. Made from five metre-long silk tulle with a trim of hand-embroidered flowers in silk threads and organza, it was held in place by Queen Mary's diamond bandeau tiara, lent to Markle by the Queen. The bandeau, made of diamonds and platinum, was complemented by Cartier earrings and a bracelet by the French jeweller. 
 
“It is truly an honour to have been given the opportunity to closely collaborate with Meghan Markle on such a remarkable occasion,” Waight Keller said. "We wanted to create a timeless piece that would emphasise the iconic codes of Givenchy throughout its history, as well as convey modernity through sleek lines and sharp cuts. In contrast, the delicate floral beauty of the veil was a vision Meghan and I shared, a special gesture embracing the commonwealth flora, ascending the circumference of the silk tulle.”
 
Read more at: Meghan Markle Weds In A Givenchy Wedding Dress By Clare Waight Keller
 
   
   
Meghan Markle Wears Stella McCartney for Her Wedding Reception Dress  
Meghan Markle Wears Stella McCartney for Her Wedding Reception Dress  
Meghan Markle Wears Stella McCartney for Her Wedding Reception Dress  
   
Meghan’s decision to wear McCartney for her big day was one that brought joy to fashion enthusiasts everywhere; McCartney is known for a sustainable and eco-friendly approach to fashion, which is in line with Meghan’s activism.
 
Meghan changed into a Stella McCartney dress for her wedding reception at Frogmore House. Meghan’s McCartney wedding dress in a high-neck style bespoke lily white wedding dress made of silk crepe, according to a Royal Family release.
 
Meghan’s decision to wear McCartney for her big day was one that brought joy to fashion enthusiasts everywhere; McCartney is known for a sustainable and eco-friendly approach to fashion, which is in line with Meghan’s activism.
 
Read more at: Meghan Markle Wears Stella McCartney for Her Wedding Reception Dress
 
   
   
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding cake is making history  
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding cake is making history  
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding cake is making history  
   
The sixth in line to the throne and his American bride threw out the traditional fruitcake for a lemon and elderflower sponge. In her first interview since receiving the royal commission, Claire Ptak tells Vogue about baking at Buckingham Palace.
 
IIn many ways, the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will go down in history for its momentous break from royal tradition—even down to the choice of wedding cake. For centuries, royal weddings have featured traditional tiered fruitcakes, loved for their alcohol-soaked dried fruits and moist texture. In fact, fruit cakes can be preserved for months and often the royal wedding cake isn’t eaten at the wedding at all, but given to guests to take home in a commemorative cake tin.
 
So, it came as a big surprise when Kensington Palace announced that the royal wedding cake would be a non-tiered elderflower and lemon sponge with butterscotch icing and ornamental fresh peonies and roses, designed to be eaten then and there. The woman responsible for creating it is an equally unconventional choice: Claire Ptak, whose under-the-radar Violet bakery is tucked away on a leafy street in east London’s Hackney, more known for its creative community and urbane grittiness than the royal stamp of approval.
 
“I’m really pleased that they chose an independent business and I really like what they stand for,” Ptak tells Vogue over lunch in central London, a week ahead of the wedding. It all began when Markle discovered Ptak’s The Violet Bakery Cookbook, published in 2015. Markle got in touch with the baker to do an interview with her for her lifestyle blog, The Tig, which closed following the news of the royal engagement. Three years passed and then, out of the blue, Ptak gets a call from Markle for a very special occasion.
 
“She asked me to come to Kensington Palace and give her and Harry some options for the cake,” Ptak recalls. “I tried to think about the time of year that the wedding is and spring flowers, and also my favourite flavours.”
 
The first option she presented was an immediate winner—a sponge cake made from lemons from the Amalfi coast and elderflower syrup. “I feel really happy that we share a similar ethos about provenance and sustainability,” says Ptak. “Prince Harry really cares and his father is a big supporter of organic farming, which is also very dear to my heart.” For the big day, Ptak sourced as much as possible from the Sandringham Estate, the private Norfolk home of Her Majesty The Queen. (Unfortunately for us, the cake is a bespoke creation and won’t be sold at Violet after Saturday.)
 
Read more at: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding cake is making history
 
   
   
Royal Wedding In Pictures  
Royal Wedding In Pictures  
Royal Wedding In Pictures  
   
The day of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's nuptials dawned bright and sunny as the world turned its attention to Windsor and awaited a first glimpse of the bride departing from the nearby Cliveden House Hotel. Markle and her mother, Doria Ragland, travelled the nine miles to Windsor Castle - where the prince and his best man, the Duke of Cambridge, waited with the 600 guests in St George's Chapel. From the royal arrivals to the much-anticipated reveal of Markle's dress and the couple's first kiss, see all of the Royal Wedding pictures below.
 
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