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Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan Markle curtsy while Prince William and Prince Harry bow to Queen Elizabeth II at Sandringham on Christmas Day, 2017 (Photo by James Whatling)

Designer Bojana Sentaler was one of the last people to find out that Meghan Markle wore a Sentaler coat on Christmas Day. “I am traveling with my family,” explains Sentaler, founder of the eponymous Toronto-based luxury outerwear brand. “When I woke up this morning I found out Meghan Markle was wearing a Sentaler coat via a Twitter post!” she explained in an email on Boxing Day, “I was thrilled to see her in my coat, I have had a permanent smile on my face ever since that moment. It is the best Christmas gift!”

Meghan markle Sentaler alpaca coat Christmas Sandringham QueenThe camel-coloured wrap coat, now called the “Meghan,” costs CAD$1695.00 and is available for pre-orders, which, the website explains, should ship in March 2018. The long coat, which has Sentaler’s distinctive, signature ribbed detail at the cuffs, features wide lapels, a belted waist and square pockets.

It was only a matter of time before Meghan Markle wore Sentaler in Britain. During the actress’s years in Toronto filming Suits, she bought a lot of Canadian fashions, especially outerwear, which the cold nation excels in designing. For her engagement announcement, she wore a white coat by Line, and for her first public outing with Prince Harry, she was bundled up in a Mackage coat.

Now, at Queen Elizabeth II’s Sandringham Estate, it was the turn of Sentaler, as Markle, fiancé Prince Harry and much of the royal family went to church on Christmas morning. “Meghan Markle has been a fan of the brand for a few years and we are lucky she has many Sentaler coats in her closet,” says Bojana Sentaler. “I was hoping she would wear a Sentaler now that she lives in the United Kingdom and am so thrilled to see it was on her first official outing with the British royal family…As a designer, it is personally rewarding and a true honour for Meghan Markle to wear Sentaler on such a significant day.”

SHARING MEGHAN MARKLE’S STYLE

Meghan Markle’s fondness of Sentaler is shared by her future sister-in-law, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, who wore a similar style in light blue  during her royal tour of Canada in 2016.

Both royal coats are made from alpaca, another one of the brand’s signatures. As its website explains, “The fibre is obtained by shearing alpaca animals, which thrive in the high altitude of the Peruvian Andes. Their hair has developed microscopic air pockets that provide superior thermal insulation, which make Sentaler outerwear warm, lightweight and soft to the touch.”

The impact of Meghan Markle and the former Kate Middleton wearing a designer’s outfits can be huge. The “Kate effect” has boosted sales of high-street retailers such as L.K. Bennett and Hobbs as well as higher-end, more exclusive designers, like Bojana Sentaler, who explains, “The brand has seen such significant growth around the world from both of these wonderful ladies.” By wearing their fashions, the two women showcase designers that buyers may not be familiar with.

WHY MEGHAN MARKLE’S COAT LOOKS SO FAMILIAR

And for those having a nagging feeling that they’ve seen Meghan Markle’s camel-coloured coat before, it’s because it has already had its royal debut: it’s the same coat that Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau wore when she met the Queen with husband, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, at Buckingham Palace in 2015. 

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Meghan Markle curtsies while Prince Harry bows to the Queen at Sandringham, Christmas Day 2017 (Photo by James Whatling)