We've now begun Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's epic two-week trip to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and Tonga. The purpose of their first official royal tour as husband and wife is to focus on youth leadership, environmental and conservation efforts, and the recovery and rehabilitation of servicemen and women through the Invictus Games (held on October 20 in Sydney).
With their jam-packed schedule, we're expecting endless outfit inspiration to come our way, courtesy of the duchess, and if Princess Diana's 1983 Australian tour outfits are anything to go by, Markle's outfits are destined to leave a lasting impression.
It's no secret that Markle has a knack for introducing the world to more under-the-radar brands. Before deleting her Instagram account earlier this year, she often posted her love for then little-known Australian jewelry brand Natalie Marie—so we're expecting some more unexpected designers to pop up in her suitcase.
When royals travel, we often see them adopt the style of the country they're visiting, as a sign of respect and support for the local industry. Scroll down to see the obvious and unexpected designers we hope the Duchess of Sussex will step out in.
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For her travels to Dubbo and Fraser Island, we can picture Markle in something a little more relaxed, like Lee Mathews. And beyond the label's use of natural fibers and feminine designs, it focuses on regular support for not-for-profit organizations aiming to improve social welfare.
Dion Lee is one of Australia's most critically acclaimed designers. We'd love to see Markle wear one of his sculptural yet fluid pieces, in a striking color.
Albus Lumen, created by fashion stylist Marina Afonina, draws strength from its detailed minimalism. Going by what we've seen Markle step out in in the past, we have a feeling she'd love the subtle details of Albus Lumen—contrast stitching, tortoiseshell buttons, and luxurious fabrics.
From its humble beginnings at Sydney's Paddington Markets over 30 years ago, Dinosaur Designs has gone on to be worn by the likes of Elle Macpherson and Chloë Sevigny. Dinosaur Designs is an iconic Australian brand with deep history. We'd love to see Markle wear these earrings with a sleek pony.