In “Harry & Meghan” Fashion, Meghan Markle’s “Power Casual” Style

when Meghan Markle first rose to minor celebrity on the show “Suits,” she was wearing the buttoned-up wardrobe of a young lawyer: pencil skirts, strict button-ups and yes, suits. When she then reached unimaginable heights of global fame as Prince Harry‘s girlfriend and then wife, she dressed impeccably for the endless public appearances in coat dresses, high-heeled pumps and even fascinators. With her upright daughter-of-a-yoga-teacher posture and seemingly endless supply of camel wrap coats, she has, until recently, dressed for a relentlessly public life.

But in the six-part series “Harry & Meghan,” currently the number-two show on Netflix in the US, the duchess of Sussex presents a cozier, quieter, more intimate style. In the confessional-style portions of the series, Ms. Markle is a Nancy Meyers character come to life, wearing layers of haute-hygge knits, silks and discreet gold jewelry, with her hair styled in soft waves around her face. In the context of a docu-style show whose overriding theme is the desire for more privacy, these are private clothes that still convey a message to the public.

Ms. Markle’s message appears to be: I am grounded, sincere, and down-to-earth, but refined. I have chickens, but I also have a gold Cartier watch.

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