Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's epic two-week trip to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga is officially underway, and with the news of Meghan's pregnancy announced today, it's set to be an eventful one. The purpose of their first official royal tour as husband and wife is to focus on youth leadership, environmental and conservation efforts, and the recovery and rehabilitation of servicemen and women through the Invictus Games (held on October 20 in Sydney).
With a jam-packed schedule, we're expecting endless outfit inspiration to come our way, courtesy of the Duchess (particularly now we know that she'll be navigating a growing baby bump) and if Princess Diana's 1983 Australian tour outfits are anything to go by, Meghan's outfits are destined to leave a lasting impression.
It’s no secret that Meghan has a knack for introducing the world to more under-the-radar brands. Before deleting her Instagram account earlier this year, she often posted her love for then under-the-radar Australian jewellery brand Natalie Marie—so we’re expecting some more unexpected designers to pop up in her suitcase.
Scroll down to see the obvious and unexpected designers we hope Meghan will step out in.
CAMILLA AND MARC
Meghan has stepped out in Camilla and Marc in the past, which puts it right at the top of our list of likely contenders. Her last Camilla and Marc choice was decidedly safe, so we'd love to see her in something a little more unexpected from the brand.
For her travels to Dubbo and Fraser Island, we can picture Meghan in something a little more relaxed, like Lee Mathews. And beyond the label's use of natural fibers and feminine designs, it focuses on regular support for not-for-profit organisations aiming to improve social welfare. Bang on brand for a Princess.
Dion Lee is one of Australia's most critically acclaimed designers. We'd love to see Meghan wear one of his sculptural yet fluid pieces, in a striking colour.
Albus Lumen, created by fashion stylist Marina Afonina, draws strength from its detailed minimalism. Going by what we've seen Meghan step out in in the past, we have a feeling she'd love the subtle details of Albus Lumen—contrast stitching, tortoiseshell buttons and luxurious fabrics.
From its humble beginnings at Sydney's Paddington Markets over 30 years ago, Dinosaur Designs has gone on to be worn by the likes of Elle Macpherson and Chloë Sevigny. Dinosaur Designs is an iconic Australian brand with deep history. We'd love to see Meghan wear these earrings with a sleek pony.