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Cathy Martin: Why keeping things simple proves key to US star Meghan Markle's dazzling global appeal

By Cathy Martin

Meghan Markle looked every inch the princess-to-be when she arrived in Northern Ireland.

She chose a very safe bet with her simple tobacco-coloured court shoes by Jimmy Choo and woollen wrap coat by Mackage, but she didn't follow usual princess fare in being overly matchy-matchy.

In fact, she was very much queen of the separates with her green skirt, cream top, tobacco shoes, tan Charlotte Elizabeth bag, and her light beige coat.

I was glad to see her supporting British designers, including my personal favourite, Victoria Beckham, with her cream top.

And I imagine she may have chosen her green skirt by Greta Constantine as a nod to the emerald isle, but whatever the reason, the peplum ruffle bottom was certainly very feminine and flattering.

Mixing up separates is a modern way of dressing and is very in-keeping with the style of Meghan that we have seen on her official outings.

She is a very typical millennial and has a global, classy appeal.

While having to work within royal protocol, she is wearing what suits her and keeps things simple.

Meghan's look is very feminine and she still looks modern and fresh - and the key thing is that she is not matching every item.

I'm sure she's surrounded by people advising her on her look but I think she's the type of person that would be very independent in the final decision.

Meghan's hair and make-up are always kept simple but are perfect for her because she is naturally beautiful.

She has a gleaming smile and her eyes really do sparkle.

The bride-to-be looked very radiant and at ease as she chatted to the crowds.

I'm sure everything she has worn on her visit will have sold-out already and that trend will continue.

If she is not a style icon now - she certainly will be soon.

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