If there’s something specific about Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, it’s their incredible fashion sense and style. Millions of women across the world can only dream about these two royals’ millionaire wardrobe. But who among them spends the most in fashion. Perhaps, you’ll be utterly astonished by the answer!
How Much does Kate Spend on Her Wardrobe?
Though Kate is known for recycling her wardrobe by reusing her outfits whenever she gets the chance and shopping from Zara or H&M occasionally, the truth is that most of her collections are significantly expensive. According to the website UFO No More, the Duchess of Cambridge spent around $85,097 on new clothes in 2018.
Though it’s comparatively a lot more than a normal woman’s wardrobe expenditure, this number is actually lower than the $130,000 Kate spent in 2017, but this can be explained by the fact that she was on maternity break for most of the year. Perhaps she didn’t shop as many new clothes as she normally does!
How much does Meghan Markle Spend on Her Wardrobe?
Meghan Markle is known for her expensive taste, and the fact makes an impeccable match in her wardrobe costs for 2018. Spending around $509,278, Meghan had Kate looking like the most prudent shopper ever. She peaked the ranking for the royals with the most expensive wardrobe, with Crown Princess Mary of Denmark taking her follow-up at number 2 with a wardrobe tagged at $144,349.
A closer look at the collections in the closet paves an easier way to understand the costly price tags! Meghan’s wedding Cartier jewelry costs $233,000. Moreover, this was her first year as a member of the royal family, and her entire wardrobe collection had to be upgraded without question.
So, Who Spends the Most on Royal Clothes?
Although Kate and Meghan fill their closet with designer clothes, Kate makes a better fan of Alexander McQueen and Chanel while Meghan has a thing for Carolina Herrara and Givenchy. All of this hint to one thing —Kate’s wardrobe is comparatively more expensive than Meghan’s.
While Kate’s average designer clothes cost around $33,590, Meghan’s costs around $29,635, almost $4,000 lesser than her sister-in-law. Despite the comparison, both the royal ladies make it up for owning their respective wardrobe collections that are collectively jaw-dropping!
Kate’s Most Iconic Outfits—Green Alexander McQueen Coat – $3,950
Kate donned her royal look in this custom made emerald green Alexander McQueen coat on her visit to the 1st Battalion Irish Guards at Cavalry Barracks, Hounslow, on St. Patrick’s Day in 2019. She paired the look with a gold shamrock brooch from the royal family’s private jewelry collection, which, as a custom, is usually loaned to royal members during official events.
Kate completed the chic look with a pair of Gianvito Rossi heels priced at $676, and dazzling Kiki McDonough’s Green Tourmaline and Green Amethyst Oval Drop earrings. Coming to the question of whether this was the first time Kate was spotted wearing a long green coat, then perhaps not! Her choice of a long green coat seems to be a choice of tradition in other St. Patrick’s Days from previous years.
Dolce & Gabanna White Lace Dress – $5,995
The Duchess of Cambridge wore a Dolce & Gabanna white lace dress to the second day that marked the Royal Ascot in 2016. The pearl-white dress was an impeccable fit to her figure, and it was so flowy that it seemed to glide as Kate walked. To complete the look, she added a pair of Gianvito Rossi suede heels and an LK Bennett Natalie clutch.
Perhaps, it wasn’t the first time the Duchess wore the $5,995 dress, though! This white lace dress also revealed to be a perfect fit for the Queen’s 90th birthday Gala. Back then, Kate topped the look with a red Zara blazer. A view from all these hints that Kate is a fan of lace dresses as she has been spotted wearing different collections for several occasions.
Chanel Tweed Dress – $10,000
The Duchess went for a classic Chanel tweed dress during her official visit to Paris with her husband, Prince William. When she was in France, Kate preferred to go French! So the wisely chosen brand from the French label couldn’t be more perfect. Reportedly custom made and based on a 2017 pre-spring collection, Kate never failed to make an impression wearing it!
She finished the look with a Chanel belt that was engraved with the label’s iconic brand logo on it and coupled the finish with a small lady bag in Burgundy, also from Chanel. Overall, the entire collection cost around $10,000. Though expensive, the wardrobe is justified by the fact that it was a formal royal tour, and Kate couldn’t have settled for a better brand than Chanel to honor the host nation.
Alexander McQueen Pink Dress – $14,000
A closer look at Kate’s collections makes it easier to see that Alexander McQueen is undoubtedly one of her favorite designer labels as she often chooses it for official royal engagements. In 2017, she opted for a blush pink Alexander McQueen dress at her sister Pippa Middleton’s wedding to James Matthews. This dress cannot be lifted down from any store as it is a bespoke piece!
The Duchess complemented the look with a pair of Gianvito Rossi heels in Pralines suede, which she’s often spotted wearing. The collection is undoubtedly a favorite of hers, and Kate owns pairs in different colors like red, black, and burgundy. The pin hat she crowned her look with was by Jane Taylor and appears to have been made exclusively for the royal. The entire collection cost around $14,000.