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Meghan Markle attended Royal Ascot 2018 and fans held their breath to see what the new Duchess of Sussex would wear.

The former-actress stunned in a white Givenchy gown, made by the same fashion house as her wedding dress.

Yesterday Meghan Markle at Ascot wore a monochrome look, adding a black and white Philip Treacey hat.

Hats are often on the sartorial menu for royal women as many traditional British events call for them, including weddings and the races.

What do Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle’s hats say about them?

And, how can you channel their regal style?

Surrey-based milliner Beverley Edmondson told exclusively: “Meghan’s hat yesterday was very stylish and elegant. It’s always lovely to see the classic monochrome look for Ascot – think My Fair Lady.

“The hat had a little more detail – without being fussy – than we have seen in previous hats that she has worn, which softened the look on her and shows that there is a balance in the designs which can be reached between minimalistic and fussy.”

Kate Middleton, who is still technically on maternity leave, did not attend Ascot yesterday.

However, when comparing the two duchesses’ styles Beverley said: “Meghan hasn’t quite managed to nail down a style yet, she is not as confident in hats as Kate and has so far gone for simpler hats than Kate would go for.”

However, stylish Meghan is finding her feet when it comes to hats, the expert said.

She added: “I think she is trying to carve out a sleek minimal look but I think this still needs finessing, she hasn’t yet developed the sleek sophisticated and timeless yet feminine look that Kate has.

“I am looking forward to seeing her hats at Royal Ascot should Meghan be attending, it will be a really opportunity to cement her style and test the waters of designs.”

Royal Ascot this year has been a show of stunning fashion, as it is every year.

Royals often inspire trends at the race meet, Beverley said.

“Pastel colours will be key this year with Ascot inspiration coming from what the royals wear to the upcoming royal wedding,” Beverley said.

“Small but unusual shapes will be popular as well as shallow crowns and wide brims.

“The royals are hugely influential so I always watch what colours and shapes are being worn as I know my clients take their ideas from the royals.

“The royals always wear classic colours and styles but with a modern twist to keep it up to date and relevant.”

Princess Eugenie also looked stunning at Ascot as the princess gets ready for her wedding in a £2,052 Osman dress. 

She may have been inspired by Meghan, as the Duchess of Sussex has been pictured in pale shades ever since her 19 May wedding to Prince Harry, 33.


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