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'Meghan effect' sees price tag jacked up on coat Duchess wore to Belfast

By Staff Reporter

The stunning coat worn by Meghan Markle when she visited Belfast back in March with husband-to-be Prince Harry has become so popular among fans of the royals that the Canadian fashion house which makes the elegant garment has jacked up the price to a whopping £450.

What's being called the 'Meghan effect' has been shifting stock in stores all over the world.

From handbags to knitwear, shoes to skirts, everyone wants a little bit of the Meghan Markle magic.

And now Canadian couturiers Mackage, who designed the soft, unstructured coat that wowed the Belfast public are keen to get a piece of the action for themselves.

Available in black, gold, grey and beige, and featuring a softly-contoured 'waterfall' collar, the stylish 'Mai' coat was on sale for $750 Canadian dollars (£427), but has now been marked up to $790 (£450) according to the Daily Mail.

But the increased price has been no deterrent to fashion-forward fans of the Duchess - the coat was an instant sell-out after bride-to-be Meghan wore it during a walkabout in Belfast city centre just weeks before her wedding to her fairytale prince.

The future Duchess of Sussex - who is also known now as Baroness Kilkeel while in Northern Ireland - teamed the elegant Canadian coat with a bottle-green fluted skirt by another Canadian designer, Greta Constantine.

She completed the outfit with cream cashmere knitwear by Victoria Beckham (£690), burnt orange velvet Romy pumps by celebrity shoemaker Jimmy Choo (£595), and a beautiful brown leather handbag by British designer Charlotte Elizabeth, who is supported by Prince Charles' charity (around £200).

The glamorous royals lunched in the city's iconic Crown Bar on Great Victoria Street, Belfast before delighting the crowds as they continued their first visit to Northern Ireland as a couple.

Admiring the National Trust-run Victorian gin palace, Prince Harry said "It's amazing, it really is."

The couple visited both Lisburn and Belfast, stopping off at the Maze for a peacebuilding event, the Eikon Centre, and the Titanic Belfast Maritime museum.

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