Royal Taste: Meghan Markle’s Handbag Collection

By Chloë

Dear PurseBop Readers Around the World,

As your London correspondent, I consider it my personal duty to keep you abreast of British royal fashion. (Have you read my earlier article, Royal Handbag Analysis: What’s Your Bag Trick?) Now that we have a royal wedding on the horizon, following Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s December 2017 engagement, it only seems fair that Markle’s fashion be scrutinized alongside the other members of the monarchy.

The Suits star’s fashion, like Kate Middleton’s, is sure to change post-engagement—in fact, it’s already started to! So far, it looks like Markle is swapping out Céline and yoga pants for tailored coats and bags by smaller British brands. From her sunny hometown of LA to gray-hued Britain, Markle’s style is sure to go through some adjustments. Join us as we look in detail at a number of the bags she’s carried, split into pre- and post-engagement, to get a sense of her handbag taste and changing style. Will Markle be a bag icon for you…?

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Pre-Engagement Bags

Markle’s bag collection has always been eclectic, ranging from less exclusive brands like Kate Spade and Everlane to Chanel and Hermès. She has never, however, delved into the territory of the more coveted H bags. Many of these bags have been spotted on Markle’s shoulder as she’s traveled, gone out to dinner, and even speed-walked to yoga. Her bags, like her general style, embrace urban-chic, and they tend toward neutral hues rather than pops of color. Let’s explore her bag style in pictures!

*Click the photos of the individual bags for more information.

Chanel Gabrielle Bag

Markle in June 2017

Markle in June 2017

Click to read more about the Chanel Gabrielle bag on PurseBop

Click to read more about the Chanel Gabrielle bag on PurseBop

Saint Laurent Sac de Jour

Markle in November 2016

Markle in November 2016

Medium Sac de Jour via Nordstrom

Medium Sac de Jour via Nordstrom

Charlotte Olympia Pandora Clutch

Markle in November 2015

Markle in November 2015

Pandora clutch via Charlotte Olympia's website

Pandora clutch via Charlotte Olympia’s website

Céline Ring Bag

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Céline ring bag (discontinued)

Céline ring bag (discontinued)

Céline Trio Bag

Markle in December 2016

Markle in December 2016

Céline Trio bag via Celine's website

Céline Trio bag via Celine’s website

Burberry Bridle Bag

Markle in June 2017

Markle in June 2017

Burberry Baby Bridle Bag via Neiman Marcus

Burberry Baby Bridle Bag via Neiman Marcus

Hermès Double Sens Tote

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Double Sens 45 bag via Hermès' website

Double Sens 45 bag via Hermès’ website

Goyard Saint Louis PM Tote

Markle in December 2016

Markle in December 2016

Click to read more about the Goyard Saint Louis on PurseBop

Click to read more about the Goyard Saint Louis on PurseBop

Mulberry Zipped Bayswater

Markle in May 2017

Markle in May 2017

Mulberry Zipped Bayswater via Net-a-Porter

Mulberry Zipped Bayswater via Net-a-Porter

Post-Engagement Bags

Since Markle has only been engaged for a couple of months, there have only been a few occasions on which she’s been spotted in public with a handbag in tow. (So it’s difficult to fully compare her new style with her pre-engagement collection!) One interesting thing to notice is that she’s gravitating toward bags by smaller British heritage designers in what is definitely a nod to her adopted country! Yet her suede Chloé Pixie bag shows that she’s still willing to bring a bit of a funkier style to royal engagements.

Chloé Pixie Bag

Meghan Markle at the royal family's 2017 Christmas service

Meghan Markle at the royal family’s 2017 Christmas service

Chloé Pixie bag via Net-a-Porter

Chloé Pixie bag via Net-a-Porter

Strathberry Midi Tote

Markle in December 2017, in her first official appearance with Prince Harry since their engagement

Markle in December 2017, in her first official appearance with Prince Harry since their engagement

Similar Strathberry bag via Saks

Similar Strathberry bag via Saks

Demellier London ‘The Mini Venice’ Bag

Markle in Wales in January 2018

Markle in Wales in January 2018

Demellier London The Mini Venice bag via Demellier London's website

Demellier London The Mini Venice bag via Demellier London’s website

It’ll certainly be interesting to keep a close eye on Markle’s handbag choices over the next few months—and even years! How much will her style evolve? Are recent handbag decisions a glimpse into what’s to come? To what extent will her sunny LA style influence her royal wardrobe? Only time will tell.

For now, are you a fan of Markle’s handbag preferences, pre- and post-engagement? What do you think of her style more broadly: is it something you’d like to hear more of? Or are there other royals’ wardrobes you’d like to see analyzed? Let me know in the comments below!

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