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Meghan Markle wore nearly £120,000 of new clothing and jewellery in 72 hours on her ‘quasi-royal tour’ of Nigeria with Prince Harry

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Meghan Markle wore a mix of vintage items and high-end looks during her three days in 'the homeland', but still wore almost £120,000 worth of clothes and jewelery.

The Duchess of Sussex mixed sentimental pieces with high-end looks during her three-day tour of Nigeria, but still wore almost £120,000 worth of jewelery and new clothes.

Meghan Markle, 42, has quickly established herself as a fashion inspiration for thousands of fans, known for her love of quiet luxury adorned with sparkling jewelery worth thousands of pounds.

While opting for some high-end brands on her tour of Nigeria, such as Carolina Herrera, Altuzarra and Johanna Ortiz, Meghan also showcased designs from local designers.

To represent Nigeria, which she now refers to as “my country,” Meghan turned to Lagos-based womenswear brand Oríré, and for her native California, the duchess endorsed Santa Barbara designer Heidi Merrick.

However, what added to the pounds on Meghan’s bill were her jewellery, including Princess Diana’s £17,800 Cartier watch, a £15,011.84 ‘Against the Evil Eye’ bracelet from Lorraine Schwartz and a pair of earrings from Jennifer Meyer’s Hammered Disc for £2,605.

Meghan Markle wore a mix of vintage items and high-end looks during her three days in ‘the homeland’, but still wore almost £120,000 worth of clothes and jewelery.

Thanks to her love of quiet luxury, the duchess, 42, has quickly established herself as a fashion inspiration for many.

Thanks to her love of quiet luxury, the duchess, 42, has quickly established herself as a fashion inspiration for many.

For her final outfit of the tour, Meghan donned an elegant long dress by Johanna Ortiz.

For her final outfit of the tour, Meghan donned an elegant long dress by Johanna Ortiz.

While she was a working member of the royal family, the cost of Meghan’s clothing for work engagements was covered by then-Prince Charles through the budget he gave the couple from the Duchy of Cornwall.

But after the couple said they wanted to be financially independent, it is unclear who foots the bill for Meghan’s clothes, or whether the duchess always pays full price for her clothes or receives discounts from designers.

Here, FEMAIL calculates the value of Meghan’s wardrobe for her 72-hour tour of Nigeria, taking into account only the cost of items once and not counting recycled pieces.

Meghan Markle’s 2024 Nigeria Tour Costume Cost

Friday 10th May

The royal mother of two kicked off the tour in a peach Heidi Merrick dress, dubbed the 'Windsor dress.'

The royal mother of two kicked off the tour in a peach Heidi Merrick dress, dubbed the ‘Windsor dress.’

  • Heidi Merrick’s £450 Peach Dress
  • Lanvin vintage gold earrings
  • €1,453.20 necklace necklace from AURate
  • Lorraine Schwartz’s £50,000 pinky ring
  • €4,391.86 Ariel Gordon Hex Diamond Tennis Bracelet
  • €21,824.70 Cartier Tank Francaise yellow gold watch

TEAM TOTAL: £77,119.76

Later that day, Meghan donned an Altuzarra suit to visit army wives at Defense Headquarters in Abuja.

Later that day, Meghan donned an Altuzarra suit to visit army wives at Defense Headquarters in Abuja.

  • €1,273.54 White ‘Acacia’ blazer by Altuzarra (worn before)
  • £460 Altuzarra ‘Serge’ Trousers
  • £595 ‘BB Pumps’ in ‘Luggage Suede’ by Manolo Blahnik
  • “Royal Signet” earrings by Ariel Gordon for €219.60
  • AURate Necklace (previously worn)

TEAM TOTAL: £1,274.60

FRIDAY TOTAL: £78,394.36

Saturday May 11

The Duchess opted for a printed Johanna Ortiz cutout number to watch a volleyball match

The Duchess opted for a printed Johanna Ortiz cutout number to watch a volleyball match

  • €2,275.35 Tropicana Nights midi dress in wool and silk by Johanna Ortiz
  • €359.27 ‘Cecilia black leather sandals by Emme Parsons
  • “Large Hammered Disc” earrings in yellow gold €2,594.96 by Jennifer Meyer
  • €179.65 Black “Expat” sunglasses by Heidi Merrick
  • Lorraine Schwartz ‘Against Evil Eye’ Bracelet (worn before)
  • Cartier Yellow Gold ‘Love’ Bracelet (worn before)
  • Ariel Gordon Hexagon Diamond Tennis Bracelet (Previously Worn)
  • Diamond Trilogy Wedding Stack (used before)

TEAM TOTAL: £5,406.23

Meghan looked elegant in a long white dress from St Agni Studio at a lunch with the Minister of Defence.

Meghan looked elegant in a long white dress from St Agni Studio at a lunch with the Minister of Defence.

  • £335 Strapless ‘Column’ Maxi Dress from St Agni Studio
  • Aquazzura ‘So Nude 105’ sandals for €520
  • Dior Vintage Gold Knotted Statement Earrings
  • Princess Diana’s Pedant Gold and Diamond Cross Necklace
  • £7050 Cartier ‘Love’ Bracelet
  • Lorraine Schwartz’s £50,000 pinky ring (previously worn)
  • Ariel Gordon £4,391.86 Hexagon Diamond Tennis Bracelet (Previously Worn)
  • €20,824.70 Cartier Tank Francaise yellow gold watch (previously worn)

TEAM TOTAL: £7,905

Meghan's final outfit on the second day of the tour included a £265 'Dire' dress from Oríré.

Meghan’s final outfit on the second day of the tour included a £265 ‘Dire’ dress from Oríré.

  • £265 Oríré ‘Dire’ Dress
  • Logan Hollowell’s £12,500 ‘Baby Reverse’ Diamond Tennis Necklace
  • €695 Semi-hoop earrings in yellow gold and diamonds from Kimai
  • £520 Aquazzura ‘So Nude 105’ Sandals (previously worn)

TEAM TOTAL: £13,460

TOTAL FOR SATURDAY: £26,771.23

SUNDAY, MAY 12

Meghan appeared to be wearing a suit made from Aso Oke, a handwoven fabric from southwestern Nigeria, which she had been given as a gift at the beginning of the trip.

Meghan appeared to be wearing a suit made from Aso Oke, a handwoven fabric from southwestern Nigeria, which she had been given as a gift at the beginning of the trip.

  • Carolina Herrera £265 Button Down Shirt
  • £2,039.50 ‘Archie and Lilibet’s Name Engraved Imperial Disc Pendant Necklace by Ariel Gordon (Previously Worn)
  • Traditional blue striped Aso-Oke skirt, gifted by the Nigerian Diaspora Commission
  • Burberry Prorsum ‘Berkeley’ Sandals by Burberry (previously worn)
  • Lorraine Schwartz’s £50,000 pinky ring (previously worn)
  • Ariel Gordon £4,391.86 Hexagon Diamond Tennis Bracelet (Previously Worn)
  • €20,824.70 Cartier Tank Francaise yellow gold watch (previously worn)

TEAM TOTAL: £2,304.5

Meghan donned a yellow Caroline Herrera dress on Sunday, which she previously wore to Archie's first birthday.

Meghan wore a yellow Caroline Herrera dress on Sunday, which she previously wore to Archie’s first birthday.

  • €2,905 ‘Large gold hammered disc earrings’ by Jennifer Meyer
  • Yellow ‘Silk Overlay Column Gown’ Dress by Caroline Herrera (previously worn)
  • Lorraine Schwartz’s £50,000 pinky ring (previously worn)
  • £4,391.86 Ariel Gordon Hex Diamond Tennis Bracelet (Previously Worn)
  • €20,824.70 Cartier Tank Francaise yellow gold watch (previously worn)

EQUIPMENT TOTAL: £2,605

Meghan did not disappoint with her final look of the 72-hour tour and wore a spectacular Johanna Ortiz dress.

Meghan did not disappoint with her final look of the 72-hour tour and wore a spectacular Johanna Ortiz dress.

  • €1,692.40 ‘Summer Counts Wool and Wilk’ long dress by Johanna Ortiz
  • €199.58 black ‘Santa Barbara’ sunglasses by Heidi Merrick
  • Gifted Traditional Nigerian Coral Dangle Earrings
  • Birks ‘Snowflake’ Diamond Stackable Ring
  • Prorsum ‘Berkeley’ Rose Gold Snakeskin Sandals by Burberry (previously worn)

TEAM TOTAL: £7,132.17

SUNDAY TOTAL: £12,041.67

TOTAL: £117,207.26

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