The Hidden Meaning Behind Meghan Markle’s International Women’s Day Clutch

ICYMI: Meghan Markle celebrated International Women’s Day in a major way. She was named vice president of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, she delivered an empowering speech, and she even rocked a psychedelic print. But that’s not all.

The 37-year-old Duchess of Sussex arrived at King’s College in London today carrying a certain accessory that gave fellow feminist Stella McCartney a shout-out.

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Markle complemented her Reiss “Azzura” mock-neck shift dress ($345) with her favorite Alexander McQueen “Grain de poudre” wool blazer (now sold out), suede pointed-toe Manolo Blahnik 105 BB pumps ($625) and—last but not least—McCartney’s “Shaggy Deer” faux leather crossbody ($875) as a clutch.

The groovy print of her Reiss dress was a surprising choice for the duchess, but her support of McCartney on International Women’s Day wasn’t. McCartney famously designed Markle’s sleek wedding reception gown and the duchess has worn many of her designs during her time as a royal.

In August of last year, McCartney spoke candidly about her friendship/working relationship with Markle and said their shared experience as women in power helped bond them.

“I think Meghan chose me for reasons other than just a beautiful dress. Plenty of people can do that. She is not a difficult client to make look beautiful,” McCartney told British Elle of designing Markle’s gown. “I think, obviously I am a British designer, but I think being a woman and being a women’s woman played a part.”

McCartney wasn’t the only feminist who received a duchess shout-out during the panel. When senior editor of The Economist and panel moderator, Ann McElvoy, asked about Markle’s little bump, she responded, “I feel the embryonic kicking of feminism…so boy or girl, whatever it is, we hope that’s the case with our little bump.”

As far as we can tell, all signs point to Baby Sussex taking after mom and dad.


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