Why Meghan Markle's Dad's Wedding Suit Was Re-Worn by a Random Dude

...at an event Meghan attended.

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Back in May, in the days leading up to Meghan Markle’s wedding (opens in new tab) to Prince Harry, there were a few bumps in the road with her family (opens in new tab). Her father, Thomas Markle, ultimately did not attend the ceremony because of his health conditions (opens in new tab). But, unbeknownst to many of us, his royal suit—the one he would have worn to walk Meghan down the aisle in (opens in new tab)—was left at the tailor’s with no one to claim it.

Fast forward a month later, sports PR Johnno Spence needed a snazzy suit for the Royal Ascot (where the Duchess of Sussex was in attendance (opens in new tab)) and ended up purchasing Markle's wedding suit (!) as well as a few of his other custom pieces.

"I went into my tailors because I needed a new morning suit," Spence said to The Sunday Telegraph (opens in new tab). "His face lit up and he said 'Well, actually I’ve got the perfect thing for you, a tail suit, a summer suit and three shirts we made for Mr. Markle, but unfortunately he couldn’t take them.' It was a shame Mr. Markle couldn’t attend his daughter's wedding, but you could say his misfortune was my good luck."

So in conclusion: Meghan was at the race, Spence was at the race, and Spence wore Meghan's dad's wedding suit. What a strange twist of events.

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Marina Liao is the former fashion news editor at MarieClaire.com, where she covered celebrity style (from Meghan Markle to Katie Holmes), fashion trends, and shopping advice, plus conducted original interviews with industry insiders. She's also had many opportunities to write content in other areas such as beauty, food, tech, and even home. Her previous fashion stints include POPSUGAR and Cosmopolitan.