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Harry and Meghan visit Dublin: Duchess not afraid to shake off protocol

By Caitlin McBride

Meghan Markle has proven herself to be a style icon in the making during her whirlwind tour of Dublin. Prince Harry might be the royal-by-birth, but all eyes were on Ms Markle - and her wardrobe.

Yesterday, she opted for two different looks at four events, starting with a stone-coloured Roland Mouret dress for a meeting with Irish president Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina.

An hour later, there was a quick change into a black Givenchy suit, white T-shirt and patent leather heels. This look carried her through the day to three different events - for a crash course in Gaelic games at Croke Park, followed by a brief tour of the Book of Kells and a visit to the Famine Memorial. Her wardrobe sent a message of empowerment - notably, that she continues to prominently wear labels run by women. But also that when she isn't under the watchful eye of the palace, she isn't afraid to shake off protocol - in other words out go the clutches and out come the oversized handle bags. However, one obvious missing link in an otherwise flawless tour de couture was the glaring lack of Irish designers incorporated anywhere into her wardrobe.

Wearing forest green for your first engagements just won't suffice as flying the Irish fashion flag when you've displayed outfits worth over £10,000 over the course of 36 hours. She did, however, speak of her appreciation for Galway milliner Philip Treacy.

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