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Eye-watering cost of Meghan’s royal wardrobe

DRESSING like a duchess doesn’t come cheap.

Since her engagement to Prince Harry last November, Meghan Markle has stepped out in approximately $AU1.36 million worth of (often bespoke) clothing and accessories, royal expert Katie Nicholl told Entertainment Tonight.

Meghan’s duo of wedding dresses make up most of that sum, with her custom Givenchy ceremony gown by Clare Waight Keller clocking in at over $599,000 and her Stella McCartney reception look worth more than $213,700.

This Stella McCartney number was not cheap. Credit: AFP Photo/Steve Parsons

This Stella McCartney number was not cheap. Credit: AFP Photo/Steve ParsonsSource:AFP

But the other designer ensembles 36-year-old Meghan has worn for public appearances still pack a punch price-wise: The cream-coloured Givenchy cape dress she chose for her first solo outing with the Queen cost around $24,500, her pink Carolina Herrera off-the-shoulder top and skirt for the Trooping the Colour ceremony totalled approximately $5400 and the printed Oscar de la Renta dress she wore to Prince Harry’s cousin’s wedding retails for almost $8100.

This Givenchy cape dress cost $24,500. Credit: MEGA

This Givenchy cape dress cost $24,500. Credit: MEGASource:Mega

Meghan's flowy Oscar de la Renta dress may been pricey, but people weren't loving it. Picture: Geoff Robinson Photography/Splash News

Meghan’s flowy Oscar de la Renta dress may been pricey, but people weren’t loving it. Picture: Geoff Robinson Photography/Splash NewsSource:australscope

Comparatively speaking, the $875 sheer-panelled Goat dress Meghan wore to Prince Charles’ garden party almost seems like a bargain.

$875? Practically a steal. Credit: AFP Photo/Pool/Dominic Lipinski

$875? Practically a steal. Credit: AFP Photo/Pool/Dominic LipinskiSource:AFP

And while Meghan may have chipped in to help with the cost of her wedding looks, according to Nicholl it’s Prince Charles who’s been picking up the tab for her “working royal wardrobe” post-nuptials. “Look at the publicity she has brought in run up to the wedding. I’d argue that’s worth every penny,” she told ET.

Just don’t be surprised to see Meghan recycling some of those royal looks in the months to come, Kate Middleton-style. “When you are buying that sort of couture with those sorts of price tags it would be criminal not to re-wear them,” Nicholl said.

This story originally appeared in the New York Post and has been republished here with permission.

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