How Meghan Markle dressed blooming bump in flowing designer gowns from favourite American brands

The Duchess of Sussex has been flying the flag for American brands by opting for

The Duchess of Sussex has been flying the flag for American brands by opting for local designers and glittering Hollywood jewels during her second pregnancy. 

Meghan Markle, 39, who has announced the birth of her daughter Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, has dressed her blossoming bump in flowing designer gowns from some of her favourite American brands and added glamour with sparkling jewels worth thousands.

The couple announced their daughter’s birth at 5pm today, after she was born on Friday, through their Archewell website, rather than through Buckingham Palace, like they did for their son, Archie.

The statement from the couple – who have stepped back from royal duties since the birth of their firstborn – also used american spellings such as ‘honor’ when revealing the news. 

Meghan, who is currently living in her $14 million Montecito mansion having stepped back from duty, has only been seen a handful of times since falling pregnant at the end of last year. 

Her wardrobe total has still reached a staggering £67,582, a far and above figure that many women could only dream of.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have welcomed their second child, Lilibet Diana Mountbatten Windsor, weighing 7lbs 11oz

Meghan Markle, 39, has showcased her love for the Californian lifestyle throughout her maternity wardrobe

Meghan Markle, 39, has showcased her love for the Californian lifestyle throughout her maternity wardrobe

The calculations include estimates for some of the bespoke creations she has worn over recent months but not all, meaning the actual value could be much higher.

And as Meghan is a fan of re-wearing jewellery, each piece has only been added to the overall total once, although they might contribute to the value of several outfits. 

However it is a far cry from the lavish total £514,000 ($675,000) the Duchess splashed out on during her first pregnancy. 

During her time as a senior royal, the mother-of-one wore a parade of designer outfits from brands such as Dior, Prada and Chanel and an array of expensive accessories.

She was believed to be in the early stages of pregnancy when she visited Los Angeles cemetery for Remembrance Day in November.

She was believed to be in the early stages of pregnancy when she visited Los Angeles cemetery for Remembrance Day in November.

She rarely wore the same outfits twice, selecting new outfits from favourite designers such as Givenchy and Victoria Beckham on almost every appearance. 

And she has continued that trend during this pregnancy, opting to dress her bump in flowing gowns and pretty wrap dresses from the most expensive designers in the world.   

She was believed to be in the early stages of pregnancy when she visited Los Angeles cemetery for Remembrance Day in November.

During the visit she opted for a silk-organza coat from New York based designer Brandon Maxwell, which she paired with a belt from the brand.

In February, Meghan shared a photograph as she snuggled up with Harry and Archie, showing off her bump in an off-shoulder tropical printed floor length gown by American brand La Ligne

In February, Meghan shared a photograph as she snuggled up with Harry and Archie, showing off her bump in an off-shoulder tropical printed floor length gown by American brand La Ligne

It would be months before she announced her pregnancy, but she only made two appearances between November and February.

On both occasions, the royal opted for a more causal ensemble, but kept her preference for glitzy jewellery at the forefront of her outfit. 

During an appearance at the CNN Heroes event, Meghan wore a pair of £102 Catherine Zoraida Swallow Stud Earrings.

And in January, while attending a virtual poetry class, she wore the £350 Adina Reyter, Solid Pavé Teardrop Necklace. 

She showed her love for American designers once again as she donned a gown by Oscar de la Renta during an advert for Spotify

She showed her love for American designers once again as she donned a gown by Oscar de la Renta during an advert for Spotify

To make her pregnancy announcement on February 14, Meghan returned to one of her favourite American designers, Carolina Herrera.

The designer label was one of her favourites during her time in the royal family, with the Duchess regularly stepping out in flowing gowns from the brand.

Weeks later, she showed her love for American designers once again as she donned a gown by Oscar de la Renta during an advert for Spotify.

In the clip, the expectant mother looked glamorous in a £2,600 soft blue  60s-inspired cocktail dress embroidered with lemons, with a dramatic flounced hem and citrus fruit detailing across the bodice and skirt. 

For her bombshell interview with Oprah, the most high profile appearance during her pregnancy, the Duchess wore a glamorous outfit worth thousands

For her bombshell interview with Oprah, the most high profile appearance during her pregnancy, the Duchess wore a glamorous outfit worth thousands

Meanwhile she accessorised with a stack of gold bracelets and jewels, including a dazzling £862 ring created using recycled gold and ethically-sourced diamonds from Canadian brand Ecksand.  

For her bombshell interview with Oprah, the most high profile appearance during her pregnancy, the Duchess wore a glamorous outfit worth thousands.

Meghan showed off her growing stomach in a Georgio Armani gown costing £3,300, which was belted above her stomach and featured floral embroidery over one shoulder. 

She has long spoken of her love for stacking jewellery, pairing Princess Diana’s £17,000 tennis bracelet with a collection of her own favourite pieces. 

She also donned a £1,800 Aquamarine Collette Pendant Cord Necklace from sustainable designer Pippa Small and Birks Bee earrings costing £460. 

In another segment on the programme, she showcased her own take on ‘back to basics’ style by donning a pair of £2,950 earrings and £415 necklace with a wax jacket and a pair of wellies.

The day after it aired, she shared a photograph as she snuggled up with Harry and Archie, showing off her bump in an off-shoulder tropical printed floor length gown by American brand La Ligne.  

And during her most recent pregnancy appearance at the Vaxlive concert, the royal wore a red £1,200 Carolina Herrera shirt dress emblazoned with poppies.

While she wore her usual stack of gold jewels, she also added a new piece to her collection – a £102 necklace featuring a ‘woman’s power’ charm. 

Meghan Markle’s maternity wardrobe 2.0 

Remembrance Sunday – November 8 

Prince Harry and Meghan lay a wreath at Los Angeles National Cemetery on Remembrance Sunday on November 8, 2020

Prince Harry and Meghan lay a wreath at Los Angeles National Cemetery on Remembrance Sunday on November 8, 2020

  • Brandon Maxwell Silk-Organza Coat – £2,330 
  • Jennifer Chamandi ‘Lorenzo’ Heels – £550
  • Cartier ‘Love’ Bracelet – £5,031
  • Cartier Tank Francaise Watch – £17,800
  • Brandon Maxwell Belt – £208

Total = £25,919   

CNN Heroes – 14 December

Meghan Markle appears on CNN to pay tribute to 'quiet heroes' of the coronavirus pandemic and the 'power of the human spirit' in first appearance since revealing miscarriage

Meghan Markle appears on CNN to pay tribute to ‘quiet heroes’ of the coronavirus pandemic and the ‘power of the human spirit’ in first appearance since revealing miscarriage

  • Catherine Zoraida Swallow Stud Earrings – £120
  • Cartier ‘Love’ Yellow Gold Bracelet – worn before

Total = £120  

Virtual poetry class – 8 February 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex surprised a virtual poetry class Get Lit on Zoom

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex surprised a virtual poetry class Get Lit on Zoom 

  •  Adina Reyter, Solid Pavé Teardrop Necklace – £350 

Total = £350  

 Pregnancy announcement – 14 February

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced they are expecting their second child with a photograph shared online

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced they are expecting their second child with a photograph shared online

  •  Carolina Herrera dress – bespoke

Spotify advert – 23 February

Duke & Duchess dropped in for a surprise appearance at the #SpotifyStreamOn event in February

Duke & Duchess dropped in for a surprise appearance at the #SpotifyStreamOn event in February

  • Oscar de la Renta ‘Primavera’ Lemon Dress – £2,600 
  • Monica Vinader friendship bracelet – worn before 
  • Cartier ‘Love’ bangle – worn before 
  • Cartier ‘Tank’ watch – worn before
  • Ecksand Pink Sapphire Cocktail Ring –  £862 

Total = £3,462

James Corden appearance – 25 February

The Duchess made a brief appearance during a segment with Prince Harry on The Late Late Show with James Corden

The Duchess made a brief appearance during a segment with Prince Harry on The Late Late Show with James Corden 

  • Kendra Scott ‘Kacey’ pendant necklace- £54 
  • Velvet Torch dress – £30

Total =  £84

Oprah interview – 7 March

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex during their interview with Oprah Winfrey, which was broadcast on 7 March

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex during their interview with Oprah Winfrey, which was broadcast on 7 March 

  • Giorgio Armani long triple silk georgette dress – £3,300 
  • Birks Bee Chic Blue Topaz Silver Earrings – £460
  • Cartier ‘Love’ Bracelet – worn before
  • Princess Diana’s Diamond Tennis Bracelet – £17,000
  • Bentley & Skinner A Diamond Line Bracelet – price unknown
  • Pippa Small Aquamarine Collette Pendant Cord Necklace – £1,400
  • Aquazzura ‘Simply Irresistible’ Black Suede 105 Pumps – £565 

Total =  £22,725

Beach on Oprah 

During the programme, the royal was seen wearing several outfits, including a hoodie from an LA based brand

During the programme, the royal was seen wearing several outfits, including a hoodie from an LA based brand 

  • Heidi Merrick SRF LA Unisex Hoodie in Black on Black – £95
  • Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 37 running shoes – £80 

Total =  £175

Archie’s Chick Inn segment  

In another segment on the programme, she showcased her own take on 'back to basics' style by donning a pair of £2,950 earrings and £415 necklace with a wax jacket and a pair of wellies

In another segment on the programme, she showcased her own take on ‘back to basics’ style by donning a pair of £2,950 earrings and £415 necklace with a wax jacket and a pair of wellies

  • Jessica McCormack Signature GYPSET Hoop Earrings 0.20ct – £2950 
  • J.Crew Perfect Lightweight Jacket in Dark Moss – £90 
  • Wilfred Free ‘Ocala’ shirt in white – £62
  • Hunter Original Tall Rain Boots – £100 
  • Verse Gold ‘Love Letters’ Collection A Initial Pendant Necklace – £415  

 Total = £3,617

Baby girl announcement – 8 March

The day after the Oprah interview aired, she shared a photograph as she snuggled up with Harry and Archie, showing off her bump in an off-shoulder tropical printed floor length gown by American brand La Ligne

The day after the Oprah interview aired, she shared a photograph as she snuggled up with Harry and Archie, showing off her bump in an off-shoulder tropical printed floor length gown by American brand La Ligne

 Pyper’ dress by La Ligne – £280 

Total = £280 

The Duchess of Sussex on The Global Citizen VAX Live: The Concert to Reunite the World! special

The Duchess of Sussex on The Global Citizen VAX Live: The Concert to Reunite the World! special

Carolina Herrera shirt dress – £1,200

Awe Inspired necklace – £102

Cartier ‘Love’ Bracelet – worn before 

Princess Diana’s watch – worn before

Jennifer Meyer bracelet – worn before

Total = £1,300