Since the day she went public with Prince Harry, Meghan Markle's style has been a source of fascination for royal reporters and fans alike. What she wore or didn't wear immediately makes headlines—remember the whole tights controversy?—and plenty of brands have benefited from the "Meghan Markle Effect." The Duchess of Sussex even chose to create a fashion capsule collection reminiscent of her go-to pieces to benefit a nonprofit.
Basically, people care deeply about what she wears. Ever since Meghan and Prince Harry stepped back as senior members of the Royal Family, she's kept a relatively low profile by working behind the scenes rather than taking on as many front-facing opportunities like attending events. (Plus, there's a pandemic going on, so Meghan's public engagements in the States are limited.) Still, fans are eager to see what she's wearing on virtual calls and how she's styling her new home with Prince Harry and Archie. (Yes, she likes Diptyque candles!)
As we wait for Meghan's next public appearance, let's reminisce over her previous outfits. The star, in addition to having quite the shoe collection, has an ever-growing coat collection. She has every royal-approved style, from the timeless trench to a more casual "blanket" coat, which maybe she will wear more of now that she lives a more independent life on the West Coast. I've analyzed the six types of coats Meghan wears on repeat, below.
A Beige Coat
Repeatedly popping up in Meghan's wardrobe are neutrals like beige and nude. Reasons for why the Duchess of Sussex originally adopted this as her shade of choice range from, "it's a way for her to not overshadow the Queen and more senior family members" to "it's simply a color palette she feels most comfortable in." Meghan has a specific preference for beige outerwear, having debuted several coats in this shade in public. For example, at an appearance at Canada House, she wore a tailored nude Reiss coat.
A Wrap Coat
A wrap coat is timeless, which is why Meghan has them in multiple colors. She wore a gray Soia & Kyo wrap coat over her pregnant belly back in 2018 and showed off her fun side in a red Sentaler outerwear a year later. The belted style is flattering on the Duchess of Sussex's figure, whether she's expecting or not, and suited Meghan's preference for coats that didn't distract you from recognizing her royal duties.
A Double-Breasted Coat
Meghan knew she might not be able to rock a PVC coat or casual puffer without raising some eyebrows back in London, so the royal chose classic outerwear pieces that contained subtle designs. When it came to tiny details like a built-in belt or buttons on the coat, these mattered to Meghan. One of her favorite styles was the double-breasted look, as evidenced in the photos above.
Our favorite was the tartan one she wore while visiting Scotland back in 2018. The print, which Kate Middleton also wears frequently, looked great on Meghan and it stood out from her usual solid-colored hue coats.
A Trench Coat
A trench coat is an essential part of anyone's closet, so of course Meghan owned a few in this style. (The outerwear also works very well for the kind of weather she experiences in Los Angeles.) In line with her taste for neutrals, Meghan has mostly worn versatile olive and beige trenches. (She debuted two light-colored options when she embarked on the 16-day royal tour in 2018 with Prince Harry.) They're definitely the perfect piece to layer on top of her designer dresses or even jeans, when she's going the more casual route.
A Tailored Coat
Meghan never met a tailored wool coat she hasn't liked. The outerwear in this category differs slightly from her double-breasted style in that there are less buttons and feature v-neck lapels, though her maroon Club Monaco coat had a sharp collar. The overall fit is slim, clinging close to her silhouette. She owns a tailored wool coat in various colors, as seen above, which kind of makes me question if I should invest in a cobalt blue jacket as well.
A Blanket-Like Coat
One of Meghan's least fussy coats is what I'd like to call her blanket or shawl coat. The oversize style drapes over her body and has a wide, folded lapel. This design is the least polished and tailored of all her outerwear, which was refreshing to see because it proved she didn't completely abandon her tastes pre-royal life. (She can wear all the "blanket coats" she wants now!) The colors she chose for the outerwear were in muted tones, which made styling them for public events easier. Meghan's all about looking cozy and comfy 24/7 with this number.