Meghan Markle’s £250,000 Shopping Spree in Nigeria Analysis: A Royal Indulgence or a Diplomatic Duty? These are all the Analysis 👇

Meghan Markle

 

The Duchess of Sussex mixed sentimental throwback garments with high-end looks during her three-day tour of Nigeria – but still wore nearly £120,000 of jewellery and new clothes.

 

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

Meghan Markle, 42, has quickly established herself as a fashion inspiration to thousands of fans, known for her love of quiet luxury layered with glittering jewels worth thousands of pounds.

While opting for some high-end brands on her whistle-stop tour of Nigeria, such as Carolina Herrera, Altuzarra, and Johanna Ortiz, Meghan also showcased designs from local designers.

In representing Nigeria, which she now refers to as ‘my country’, Meghan looked to Lagos-based womenswear brand Oríré, and for her native California, the Duchess supported Santa Barbra designer Heidi Merrick.

However, racking up the pounds on Meghan’s bill were her jewels, including Princess Diana’s £17,800 Cartier watch, a £15,011.84 ‘Against Evil Eye’ bracelet from Lorraine Schwartz, and a pair of hammered disc earrings from Jennifer Meyer for a cool £2,605.

While a working member of the royal family, the cost of Meghan’s clothes for work engagements was covered by then-Prince Charles through the budget he gave the couple from the Duchy of Cornwall.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

But after the couple said they wanted to be financially independent, it is not clear who is picking up the bill for Meghan’s clothes, or whether the Duchess always pays full price for her clothing, or receives discounts from designers.

Here, FEMAIL calculates the value of Meghan’s wardrobe for her 72-hour tour of Nigeria, only taking into account the cost of items once and not counting recycled pieces.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

£450 peach dress from Heidi Merrick
Vintage gold earrings from Lanvin
£1,453.20 collar necklace from AURate
£50,000 pinky ring from Lorraine Schwartz
£4,391.86 diamond hex tennis bracelet from Ariel Gordon
£20,824.70 Cartier yellow gold Tank Francaise watch
OUTFIT TOTAL: £77,119.76

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

£1,273.54 ‘Acacia’ White Blazer from Altuzarra (worn before)
£460 ‘Serge’ trousers from Altuzarra
£595 ‘BB pumps’ in ‘Luggage Suede’ from Manolo Blahnik
£219.60 ‘Royal Signet’ studs from Ariel Gordon
Collar necklace from AURate (previously worn)
OUTFIT TOTAL: £1,274.60

FRIDAY TOTAL: £78,394.36

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Saturday 11 May

£2,275.35 Tropicana Nights Wool-silk’ midi dress from Johanna Ortiz
£359.27 ‘Cecilia black leather sandals from Emme Parsons
£2,594.96 yellow gold ‘Large Hammered Disc’ earrings from Jennifer Meyer
£179.65 ‘Ex-pat’ black sunglasses from Heidi Merrick
‘Against Evil Eye’ bracelet from Lorraine Schwartz (worn before)
Yellow Gold ‘Love’ bangle from Cartier (worn before)
Diamond hex tennis bracelet from Ariel Gordon (worn before)
Diamond trilogy wedding stack (worn before)
£335 strapless ‘Column’ maxi dress from St Agni Studio
£520 ‘So Nude 105’ sandals from Aquazzura
Vintage gold knotted statement earrings from Dior
Princess Diana’s gold and diamonds cross pedant necklace
£7050 ‘Love’ bangle from Cartier
£50,000 pinky ring from Lorraine Schwartz (previously worn)
£4,391.86 diamond hex tennis bracelet from Ariel Gordon (previously worn)
£20,824.70 Cartier yellow gold Tank Francaise watch (previously worn)
OUTFIT TOTAL: £7,905

Meghan Markle
£265 ‘Dire’ dress from Oríré
£12,500 ‘Baby Reverse’ diamond tennis necklace from Logan Hollowell
£695 Yellow gold and diamond semi hoop earrings from Kimai
£520 ‘So Nude 105’ sandals from Aquazzura (previously worn)
OUTFIT TOTAL: £13,460

SATURDAY TOTAL: £26,771.23

SUNDAY 12 MAY

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

£265 button down shirt from Carolina Herrera
£2,039.50 ‘Imperial Disc pendant necklace engraved with Archie and Lilibet’s name from Ariel Gordon (worn before)
Traditional Aso-Oke blue striped skirt – gifted by the Nigerian Diaspora Commission
Burberry Prorsum ‘Berkeley’ sandals from Burberry (previously worn)
£50,000 pinky ring from Lorraine Schwartz (previously worn)
£4,391.86 diamond hex tennis bracelet from Ariel Gordon (previously worn)
£20,824.70 Cartier yellow gold Tank Francaise watch (previously worn)
OUTFIT TOTAL: £2,304.5

Meghan Markle

£2,605 ‘Large Gold Hammered Disc Earrings’ from Jennifer Meyer
Yellow ‘Silk Overlay Column Gown’ dress from Caroline Herrera (previously worn)
£50,000 pinky ring from Lorraine Schwartz (previously worn)
£4,391.86 diamond hex tennis bracelet from Ariel Gordon (previously worn)
£20,824.70 Cartier yellow gold Tank Francaise watch (previously worn)
OUTFIT TOTAL: £2,605

£1,692.40 ‘Summer Counts Wool and Wilk’ maxi dress from Johanna Ortiz
£171.58 black ‘Santa Barbara’ Heidi Merrick sunglasses
Gifted traditional Nigerian coral drop earrings
£5,268.19 Diamond ‘Snowflake’ stackable ring from Birks
Snakeskin rose gold ‘Berkeley’ Prorsum sandals from Burberry (previously worn)
OUTFIT TOTAL: £7,132.17

SUNDAY TOTAL: £12,041.67

TOTAL: £117,207.26