Before meeting Prince Harry actress Meghan Markle had many strings to her bow including her own fashion collection, and although she’s now left it behind it seems the Duchess still takes inspiration from her past designs.
While starring in Suits, Meghan signed as the face of high-profile face Canadian fashion store Reitmans in August 2015, modelling a range of sexy, skin-tight clothing in a variety of sultry poses and designing to eponymous collections.
The range featured ‘vegan leather’ including a pencil skirt she modelled with a floaty blouse – an outfit just like the one she sported yesterday on her first official visit to Sussex.
The range also included a tight-fitting bodysuit similar to the kind she currently pairs with suits and skirts for royal engagements.
Meghan’s first collection of dresses for Reitmans virtually sold out within a day, and her second range hit stores in November 2016, days after her romance with Prince Harry was first revealed in the press.
The collection, full of black, white and charcoal grey pieces, was surprisingly affordable, with everything costing under $100 (£80).
‘These girls go in to the store with their hard-earned money. And I care about that,’ she told the Toronto Star.
‘I was not a girl who grew up buying $100 candles. I was the girl who ran out of gas on her way to an audition.
‘I’m deeply and passionately involved in the design process. I’m a brash American and if my name is going to be on something, I’m going to have my say’.
She said the designs were intended to give Suits fans a way to access the designer pieces by Tom Ford and Rachel Comey pieces sported by her character Rachel Zane.
‘I want to help them find something like it they can afford,’ she explained.
In March 2017, her team contacted Reitmans to ask the store to stop using her name.
All imagery of her was suddenly removed from its website and replaced with a banner which read: ‘This collection is no longer available.’