There’s not a day that goes by that Meghan Markle, aka the Duchess of Sussex does not made news headlines, often for the wrong reasons
Sometimes it’s warranted, other times it’s just a petty attack on the pregnant royal.
This time, Meghan, who just returned from her Moroccan royal tour, has faced backlash over her pricey pregnancy wardrobe.
Just last week, the duchess faced criticism over her extravagant New York baby shower (we’ll get to that in a bit)
In the wake of the baby-shower-gate scandal, Meghan has faced even more scrutiny over her massive spending habits
With a new baby due any day now, many would believe the expectant mother to be a little more frugal with money, spend a little less of material things like clothes and invest any extra cash into a savings policy or education trust for her unborn babe.
Not Meghan! Often decked in custom Dior, Gucci or Givenchy pieces, Meghan – a proud feminist who often undertakes campaigns for disadvantage women – has angered British taxpayers and royal commentators with her overspending.
Many want to know – who exactly is paying for Meghan’s designer shopping sprees?
For everyone screaming that #meghanmarkle is disliked due to her heritage and feminist views, bore off. There are many many reasons why she is disliked, mainly dishonesty and extreme spending from clothes to renovations. No other Royal couple have caused so much outrage. #megxit pic.twitter.com/XwdKI7hT2a
— Taz81 (@superscuba83) February 1, 2019
According to reports, last year alone Meghan spent $508,258 (R7 million) on her royal wardrobe – excluding her R3 million Givenchy wedding dress (a gift from the Queen) and R2 million Stella McCartney wedding reception dress.
She’s expected to surpass that figure this year.
FYI – Duchess Kate spent $85,097,(R1 million- still a whopping amount, but nevertheless, still a fraction compared to her sister-in-law)
During her Moroccan trip, Meghan was pictured wearing several designer dresses including bespoke Dior, Carolina Herrera and Valentino gowns, several pairs of Manolo Blahniks and accessories that would break the bank!
Speaking on a panel discussion on Australian breakfast show Sunrise, royal commentators claimed the price-tag of Meghan’s fancy fashion was “extraordinary”.
— AfricaZine (@ZineAfrica) February 25, 2019
One claimed: “At this point in your pregnancy, she is about seven months. You are really just wearing a sack, aren’t you?
“She goes and gets a Valentino dress. Also, the clutch that she was wearing, was more than $2,000 (R28 000).”
— Dedsingpem Padchaploy (@Dedsingpem4444) February 25, 2019
Another added; “She is very high-end compared to Kate, and not to compare. She is high-end”.
Princess Diana’s former butler Paul Burrell was amoungst one of many infuriated British citizens who lamented the royal for her luxurious lifestyle
Meghan faced criticism last week when when it was revealed that her baby shower cost a staggering $430,000 (R6 million), including the $75,000-a-night (R1 million) venue and the $125K (almost R2 million) private jet she took each way
The former royal employee gave Meghan a tongue-lashing when he claimed that Meghan ‘didn’t know the difference between being a celebrity and a royal’.
“The lines are getting blurred between celebrity and royal. There is a clear line between the two, and Meghan doesn’t know the difference,” Paul wrote in a column for The Sun.
Meghan Markle’s been accused of being a hypocrite for flying by private jet to New York for a couple of days for her baby shower. The Duchess of Sussex’s flight had a hefty carbon footprint, when she and Harry campaign for environmental issues. Thoughts? #jeremyvine pic.twitter.com/mWn0ZwdS5Q
— Jeremy Vine On 5 (@JeremyVineOn5) February 22, 2019
Paul also claimed that Meghan’s spending would certainly anger William & Kate, who are not only more responsible, but attract less scandal
He added; “I think Prince William will be angered by all of Meghan’s lavish extravagance this week and the fact her baby shower looked so ‘celebrity’ rather than ‘royal’.
“He has spent years working with the press to give them what they want but also gets what he wants in return – privacy.
“Meghan is doing exactly what he doesn’t – courting attention all for her and her baby
Strange thing to post as Meghan Markle enjoys a £££££ orgy of opulent extravagance for her baby shower…. https://t.co/0L8j78pCcO
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) February 21, 2019
“I think William as well as the Duchess of Cambridge will be totally bewildered by why Meghan is doing all this, as there’s no excuse for over-indulgence or excess and that’s what it seems to me.
What do you think of Meghan’s mega-spending?
Should she continue to flash the cash? Or should she be given a reasonable budget?