This is going to be Meghan Markle's biggest royal test yet
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are certainly living a charmed life. Since they tied the knot in a beautiful ceremony held at St. George's Chapel back in May, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been keeping themselves preoccupied by attending royal engagement after royal engagement. Meghan accompanied the Queen on her first solo outing in June, made appearances at Trooping the Colour and Royal Ascot, and she's even been on the royal train - something that is unprecedented for such a new member of Kensington Palace.
Now, it's been revealed that Meghan is preparing to set off for her first string of solo engagements. Yes, while she would previously be accompanied by a seasoned member of the royal family, it appears that the erstwhile actress has been doing so well at her duchess "training" that she's now ready to strike out on her own.
Meghan kicked off her duties by hosting an event at Kensington Palace to celebrate the launch of the cookbook, Together, which was created by a group of women who were affected by the Grenfell tragedy in an effort to unite their community.
Just days later, the Duchess of Sussex will be heading to Loughborough University for the Coach Core Awards, and on her return to London, she will also be making a solo appearance at the Oceania exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London.
Looks like Meghan's really acing being a duchess!
And you can bet that Meghan will be making all sorts of fashion statements while she's attending her upcoming engagements.
The Telegraph reports that Prince Charles pays for William, Kate, Harry and Meghan's sartorial expenses from the income he receives from the Duchy of Cornwall. However, he doesn't have to bankroll anything related to his family actually performing their royal duties - travel costs are paid for by the Queen's Sovereign Fund - which means it's actually funded by taxpayers.
But while Meghan might have access to some of the world's best designers, and not have to pay a penny for any of it, there are certain rules that she has to follow. As you may have picked up on, when out on joint engagements, Meghan errs towards a muted palette of neutral toned clothing, while the Queen opts for her signature brights.
Certainly, at the monarch's 92nd birthday celebrations, Her Majesty wore a bright blue ensemble at Trooping the Colour, while Meghan chose a subtle blush pink Carolina Herrera dress. And at their solo outing to Chester, the Queen wore a lime green outfit, whereas Megan wore a nude Givenchy dress.
You guessed it - it's all to ensure that monarch takes centre stage at public outings - a fact corroborated by fashion commentator Lucas Armitage. Speaking to the Daily Mail, he said "I feel this is a clever styling tactic as it will always work with the Queen's look; she is known and applauded for her use of bright fun colours."