Meghan Markle's Maternity Wardrobe Cost More Than Half a Million Dollars

According to a report from Love the Sales, Meghan Markle has spent more than half a million dollars on her maternity wardrobe. By comparison, Kate Middleton reportedly spent just one-seventh as much on her pregnancy looks.

Meghan Markle's status (opens in new tab) a fashion icon was cemented when she joined the royal family last May and her pregnancy has done nothing but reinforce her unofficial title as Duchess of Style Inspo the world over.

According to research from Love the Sales (opens in new tab)Meghan's maternity wardrobe (opens in new tab) has cost over half a million dollars so far—which more than seven times the amount Meghan's sister-in-law, Kate Middleton (opens in new tab), spent on her maternity wardrobe. (opens in new tab)

"Meghan has a well established background before [marrying] Harry (opens in new tab) as a woman who enjoyed designer clothing," Love the Sales' fashion editor Liam Solomon explained to MarieClaire.com. "From walking red carpets to living a glamorous LA lifestyle, the former actress was already wearing brands like Dior and Givenchy. You could argue that her new found fame in the Royal family has only enhanced her style choices, which would obviously mean bigger budgets."

Kate, on the other hand, doesn't come from quite the same high-fashion background as Meghan, which Solomon says could explain why she's traditionally opted for more affordable maternity looks.

"Quite the opposite environment Kate has grown up in, has meant she has stuck with more understated brands," he says. "As Meghan was wearing Stella McCartney & Victoria Beckham during her pregnancy, Kate favored pregnancy brands like Seraphine, which were much more affordable."

Other interesting insights from Love the Sales' research into Meghan's maternity (opens in new tab) looks include:

Meghan's most "liked" (in a social media sense) maternity look has been her silk Givenchy gown, which has accumulate more than 356k likes on the old interwebz:

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Her least "liked" maternity look was from very early in her pregnancy—the Givenchy sweater and skirt combo she wore in October during her tour of Australia and New Zealand.

The outfit apparently garnered a mere 39,000 likes online. Oh, the horror.

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The Meghan Markle Effect has been in full swing during the duchess' pregnancy (opens in new tab), with searches for brands Karen Gee and Outland Denim skyrocketing by 5,800 percent and 3,900 percent, respectively, when Meghan stepped out in them.

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'Meghan in a simple white dress from Australian designer Karen Gee. '

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The Meghan Maternity Effect (opens in new tab) is real, guys.

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Kayleigh Roberts
Kayleigh Roberts

Kayleigh Roberts is a freelance writer and editor with more than 10 years of professional experience. Her byline has appeared in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, The Atlantic, Allure, Entertainment Weekly, MTV, Bustle, Refinery29, Girls’ Life Magazine, Just Jared, and Tiger Beat, among other publications. She's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.