Meghan Markle wears head-to-toe Victoria Beckham outfit worth £5k for Christmas Day
MEGAHN MARKLE attended her first Christmas Day church service as an official member of the royal family today and revealing a glimpse of her baby bump to onlookers, she also dispelled rumours of a “rift” with Kate Middleton.
Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, 37, has enjoyed an exciting year marrying Prince Harry, 34, and announcing the pair are expecting a baby together. While Meghan spent Christmas by husband’s side last year, this year marks the first time the Duchess has celebrated the festivities has fully-fledged member of the royal family. Over the past few weeks, reports have suggested Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, 36, and Meghan have had a “rift”. But the pair dispelled the rumours this morning as they arrived for the Christmas Day service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate.
As the pair arrived with Prince Harry and Prince William, 36, they shared a smile and appeared to be chuckling at something one or the other had said.
Meghan’s bump has been more on show in previous weeks, but today, especially in the cold weather, Meghan only revealed a glimpse of her expectant baby.
She wore a navy, military-style coat from Victoria Beckham’s collection, priced at £2,250, featuring horn-coloured buttons.
The Duchess then teamed this with a matching colour dress and a feathered fascinator, which tilted to the left on her head.
A pair of knee high black boots, again by Victoria Beckham, priced at £1,350, helped keep the cold out for the pregnant royal, but she still decided to leave her coat unbuttoned so onlookers could catch a glimpse of her baby bump.
She carried a pair of black leather gloves in her right hand, while she linked arms with her husband with her left arm, and also clung to a small black leather bag, again by Victoria Beckham, which featured a gold clasp and is currently retailing at £1,550.
She finished off the look with some delicate jewellery – a small, thin chain necklace with three stones, which was just about visible in close-up photographs, a pair of very small silver hoop earrings, and a low chignon hairstyle.
Kate on the other hand opted for some more colour – instead a festive dark red.
She wore a fastened up, skirted coat, with a velvet collar, buttons and sleeve cuffs along with burgundy gloves, a burgundy hat and a pair of burgundy, pointed-toe heels.
The loose curls in her hair tumbled down her back, and a silver flower brooch worn on her left breast and some thick silver hoop earrings finished off the look.
Other members of the royal family pictured arriving for the church service in Sandringham today included Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, Princess Beatrice and Autumn Phillips, Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank, Prince Edward, Early of Wessex and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex.
According to reports, the Queen’s husband, Prince Phillip, will not be present at the church this year, but according to a Reuters source he is in “perfectly good health”.
After the royal family attend the church service they will no doubt then return to enjoy some Christmas dinner together.
Shortly after, the Queen’s Christmas Day speech will be broadcast on TV.
This year Her Majesty will use her Christmas Day broadcast to say the Christian message of “peace on Earth and goodwill to all” is needed “as much as ever”.
An image of the Queen was released prior to the speech which revealed a rare glimpse of a family portrait.