Spare, by Prince Harry, was officially released today, and I highly doubt you’ve been able to avoid news and opinion pieces on The Duke and Duchess of Sussex over the past few weeks. This memoir details Harry’s life from his perspective, including the issues leading him and his wife, Meghan Markle, to step down from royal duties and much of the scrutiny they have faced since that time.

But before she was the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle was an American-born actress, most notably known for her role on the TV drama Suits. Once news broke that she and Prince Harry were dating, the following of every aspect of their lives became a prominent feature across media outlets and gave us a look at the outfits and bags she wore.

When it comes to her bags, Meghan, like many other Royals, chose not to carry bags with logo prints. Her style shifted from when she was an actress running a lifestyle blog to a more curated wardrobe for engagements and events. For many of her Royal engagements, the bags she carried were small clutches, which we see other members of the Royal family favoring as well.

Meghan appreciates a great designer bag and has been seen carrying everything from independent labels to classics to British labels as well. After stepping down as an active working member of the British Royal Family, we’ve seen Meghan carrying bags that show a bit more of her personal style and liking, including more standout logo hardware.

Without further ado, let’s look at the many bags of Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex.

Small Brand and British Brand Love

When she was quickly thrust into the spotlight in Great Britain, Meghan opted to carry bags from British designers, which is a great way to use fashion to support local businesses. Strathberry and Demellier are two British brands she was seen carrying more than once, and other small brands were also supported.

Meghan Markle with Strathberry Midi Tote in Tan Bridle Leather
Strathberry Midi Bag
via Strathberry
Meghan Markle Mulberry Clifton Bag In Rosewater Meghan Markle with her Victoria Beckham Black Mini Vanity Bag

When a well-followed celebrity is spotted carrying a small label, it can be life-changing for that brand. Immediately after carrying this Australian-brand bag, it sold out.

Meghan Markle with her Oroton Avalon Zip Top Crossbody Bag
Oroton Bags
via Net-A-Porter
Meghan Markle with her Rejina Pyo Nane Weave Bag Meghan Markle with her Altuzarra Ghianda Mini Saddle Bag

Stand-Out Ensembles

The ins and outs of Royal dressing for various engagements are well-thought and planned in advance, including all members of the family set to attend the event. When a Royal opts for a bright and bold ensemble, it is to stand out amongst the crowd, and these are some of my favorite outfit and bag combos from Meghan.

Meghan Markle with her Manolo Blahnik Capri Jewel Buckle Clutch

My favorite looks from Duchess Meghan were when she was carrying these Gabriela Hearst Bags. The all-green look was engrained in my brain, and I also loved the red and purple combo as well. Plus, these bags, one a smaller version of the other, are under-the-radar luxury items.

Meghan Markle Gabriela Hearst Demi Emerald Green Satin Bag
Gabriela Hearst Demi Bag
via Gabriela Hearst
Meghan Markle Gabriela Hearst Nina Bag
Gabriela Hearst Nina Bag
via Gabriela Hearst

Not this exact photo, but from this evening, a photo that defined the couple was born – a picture of the Duke and Duchess in the rain with the light and water hitting just the right way. This clutch isn’t as extraordinary as the picture, it is just fine, but this had to be included!

Meghan Markle with her Stella McCartney Lucia Blue Marbled Plexi Clutch

Her Clutch Game

When attending Royal engagements, there are aides with each person, so it would seem that carrying a bag is unnecessary. However, according to royal insiders, the reason Royals carry a small bag is to have something to hold during awkward encounters when someone wants to shake their hands. This allows the hands to be taken in case the person decides not to shake hands. On top of this, how the Queen placed her bag offered different signals to her team.

Meghan Markle with her Givenchy Cross3 Leather Crossbody Bag Meghan Markle with her Victoria Beckham Black Powder Box Bag Meghan Markle J. Crew Bag Meghan Markle Dior D-Bee Clutch Meghan Markle Ralph Lauren Ricky Chain Wallet

Larger Bags and Recent Carries

After moving back to California, Meghan has been able to carry bags that most likely are more true to her personal style. We’ve seen a popular Celine bag in her rotation and larger bags, which means the functionality is back in play.

Meghan Markle Valentino One Stud Bag Meghan Markle Celine Triomphe Chain Shoulder Bag

It’s hard not to compare to Princess Diana and her affinity for the Lady Dior bag when you see Meghan carrying it. This was part of her post-Royal duty life and is a very luxurious bag that holds sentimental value because of her late Mother-in-Law.

Meghan Markle Lady Dior Bag Meghan Markle with her Fendi Peekaboo Meghan Markle with her Carolina Herrera Matryoshka Locked L Shoulder Bag
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Selene
Selene
25 days ago

Awful woman. Even the nice and clothes and bags cannot hide what she did. The way she and Harry portrayed the Royal family as racist and let an innocent non racist family get attacked for two years is beyond indecent. Their only excuse, we never said they were racist nor will we correct our reference( as they need to give us what we asked for). That said I always liked that Celine tweed jacket and bag combo though it screams Chanel.

Seun
Seun
14 days ago
Reply to  Selene

Well said.

Anonymous
Anonymous
17 days ago
Reply to  Selene

Well said

Tara
Tara
15 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous

no need to chime in.

Mick
Mick
19 days ago
Reply to  Selene

She is true evil 👿 No respect for others. Just selfish no class woman.

Shopgirl65
Shopgirl65
20 days ago
Reply to  Selene

The royal family is racist and I can’t stand some white person who doesn’t want to realize that the are. They are not innocent and the are for sure RACIST. Sound like you need a lesson in in but people like you don’t want to acknowledge history. Do me a favor learn something other than bags

Fab
Fab
14 days ago
Reply to  Shopgirl65

👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

Tara
Tara
15 days ago
Reply to  Shopgirl65

True; but this here is about handbags so all comments needs to stick to that, hand bags!!!!!!!!!!

Didi Bello
Didi Bello
23 days ago
Reply to  Selene

Selene, I have read your comment, and arrived at the conclusion that you are the only awful person I see.
Meghan is a loving, caring princess. PERIOD!

tara
tara
15 days ago
Reply to  Didi Bello

agree!

Meg
Meg
20 days ago
Reply to  Didi Bello

Bs.. Selene is 100% accurate and I could give a hoot about how many purses evil Meghan Markle has what a joke

tara
tara
15 days ago
Reply to  Meg

again, this is about hand bags ok……… how many nice designer handbags you own?

psny15
psny15
23 days ago
Reply to  Selene

Apparently the racists who are calling you out have forgotten you a right to share your opinions 🙏🏼

@hermeshermione
@hermeshermione
24 days ago
Reply to  Selene

There is only one awful woman on this thread and disappointing to see such a thread hijacked. Meghan’s bags were certainly interesting.

Jamie
Jamie
12 days ago

She really has a great bag collection. Really disappointed but this top-level comment.

tara
tara
15 days ago

all just very classy and pretty.

SnoreMore
SnoreMore
24 days ago
Reply to  Selene

You’re a disgusting person

Fabuleux
Fabuleux
24 days ago
Reply to  SnoreMore

Your comment is really inappropriate. You can disagree without calling people names.

tara
tara
15 days ago
Reply to  Fabuleux

exactly!

Angelique
Angelique
24 days ago
Reply to  Selene

Selena, I’m with you! All you said is true! I like Celine bags!

Michelle
Michelle
24 days ago
Reply to  Selene

an awful woman is usually one who comments such things about other people

Lisa
Lisa
24 days ago
Reply to  Selene

Wait….why is this being discussed on a handbag blog? So distasteful to hijack an article that someone took the time to research and write only to insert your opinion regarding a highly controversial subject. Shame on you for doing that, very selfish!

Tara
Tara
15 days ago
Reply to  Lisa

so agree,………

Sandra Hohn
Sandra Hohn
24 days ago
Reply to  Lisa

Agree,let us discuss handbags,please

Slim
Slim
24 days ago
Reply to  Selene

What did shoe do???

Vanessa
Vanessa
24 days ago
Reply to  Selene

It is apparent that Selene believes what she learns through the mainstream media. At no stage did Meghan or Harry state the royal family were racist during the Oprah interview.

Meg
Meg
20 days ago
Reply to  Vanessa

Your commentary is absolutely false. They intentionally floated racism in the Oprah interview. Oprah was more than delighted to assist. They left it out there for two years now they’re begging to get back into the royal family. I don’t think so.

Anonymous
Anonymous
20 days ago
Reply to  Meg

Meg, get your head out of your arse

Chris1011
Chris1011
24 days ago
Reply to  Vanessa

Guess Harry noting that someone in The Firm wondered what color the kid’s skin would be isn’t intended to claim racism. Otherwise, why be upset about that comment and bother to bring it up during the CBS television Oprah interview? You know, that alternative media outlet called CBS but certainly NOT that CBS mainstream media outlet. “It is apparent that Vanessa believes what she learns through the mainstream media.” Hilarious hypocrisy!! Thanks for the laughs.

Meg
Meg
20 days ago
Reply to  Chris1011

U r spot on. Bravo

7thgenerationtexasgrrrl
7thgenerationtexasgrrrl
24 days ago
Reply to  Selene

and here I am, thinking we were discussing bags.

Meg
Meg
20 days ago

I could be really crass gross and say who the bag is but I’ll leave that for your imagination

Slim
Slim
24 days ago

Thank you!!!

Olivia
Olivia
25 days ago
Reply to  Selene

You really need to read about world history if you believe the British Royal family are innocent. They are beneficiaries of wealth and privilege gained during an era of colonial domination.
The fact they still head of state in UK and other Commonwealth nations is truly bizarre.

Selene
Selene
25 days ago
Reply to  Olivia

No one said they were innocent or their ancestors were innocent for something non related to the discussion. Infact the same abuse is going today and “legitimized” in the middle east as can be seen by a fake war and mass destruction for resources and control. However no one deserves to be falsely accused or framed. To say a family deserve to be falsely accused of a lie because of another crime by their ancestor makes no sense. A royals role in the UK is ceremonial. You obviously do not just need to read about history but current events too.

Meg
Meg
20 days ago
Reply to  Selene

Love your enthusiasm and I support you 100%

psny15
psny15
23 days ago
Reply to  Selene

❤️ well said

Kech
Kech
23 days ago
Reply to  Selene

Can you just shut up please.

Ella
Ella
25 days ago
Reply to  Selene

Do you know her personally to call her an awful woman? I don’t think it would be easy for someone like her to join the royal family which is entirely white and privileged so no doubt she perceived some experiences/questions as racist. As did the lady who had the unfortunate experience of talking to Prince William’s godmother.

Selene
Selene
25 days ago
Reply to  Ella

I think Harry and Meghan accepting a phony reward for exposing racism in the Royal family and then denying they made the reference should be enough for anyone to call out their toxicity and duplicity.
In addition to Harry’s God mother he has defended his God mother and inferred the situation as a misunderstanding. So there you go. I believe the woman who had the unfortunate experience however and nothing from these two awful people. I feel so bad for the Queen to have to put up with these lies the last few months of her life. I am glad they have been exposed now and from the horses own mouth.

Meg
Meg
20 days ago
Reply to  Selene

I love your strength and your knowledge I’m in full agreement with you. I find both of them to be evil and dangerous and horrific role models for our world today.

psny15
psny15
23 days ago
Reply to  Selene

They both are scam artists in my opinion

Angelique
Angelique
24 days ago
Reply to  Selene

Selene, you are so right!!!

Shelala
Shelala
25 days ago
Reply to  Selene

The Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights website says nothing of them receiving their award “exposing racism in the Royal Family”.

https://rfkhumanrights.org/press/robert-f-kennedy-human-rights-announces-the-duke-and-duchess-of-sussex-as-recipients-of-the-2022-ripple-of-hope-award

Now now
Now now
23 days ago
Reply to  Shelala

What did they receive it for?

Ella
Ella
25 days ago
Reply to  Selene

Maybe we are all reading different things but I feel compassion for Harry. I think he comes across as a good person who is actually showing courage for exposing the toxic way the media works with the RF. If my brother sat silently on the side because it suited his position I would feel betrayed too. And as for Meghan, what did she do? refuse to have her mental health damaged for someone else’s entertainment. People are way too brainwashed IMO – Jeremy Clarkson’s deranged comments show how far this has gone and how right they are were to go. Hating on people we don’t know at all is energy better spent elsewhere.

Pat
Pat
22 days ago
Reply to  Ella

Thank you. She hasn’t done anything to warrant the magnitude of hatred leveled against her. It’s inhumane.

Zoe
Zoe
24 days ago
Reply to  Ella

Well said!!

Olivia Penzey
Olivia Penzey
24 days ago
Reply to  Ella

People are absolutely deranged by Megan for some reason. To paraphrase T. Swift, they need to calm down, lol.

Sandie
Sandie
24 days ago
Reply to  Ella

ABSOLUTELY.

Ella
Ella
25 days ago

Love Meg’s style and most of her bags especially the Valentino and Celine!

AshleyGJ
AshleyGJ
25 days ago

Loved Meghan ever since Suits and love her style. I wish that she’d had the fairytale princess experience that many of us hoped it would be but I do wish her the best and I hope her and Harry have or find peace.

Sam
Sam
25 days ago

Sometimes I hate reading PB for the fact that people get off topic and discuss issues not even remotely related to bags. Leave this divisiveness off of this platform.

7thgenerationtexasgrrrl
7thgenerationtexasgrrrl
24 days ago
Reply to  Sam

You beat me to this comment. Thank you.

Fabuleux
Fabuleux
24 days ago
Reply to  Sam

Handbags don’t exist in a vacuum. They are part of a larger political, social, and cultural landscape. They are a means of communication and self-expression. It’s only natural for discussion to encompass more than the object itself.

Sam
Sam
24 days ago
Reply to  Fabuleux

If this discussion needs to happen this isn’t the platform.

Brazen Hussy
Brazen Hussy
24 days ago
Reply to  Sam

Wait ’til we tell you about the thriving, rabid anti-Meghan thread that’s alive and well in The Purse Forum, which is an appendage of this blog.

Fabuleux
Fabuleux
24 days ago
Reply to  Sam

On the contrary, this is the perfect place. Power to the people!

Sam
Sam
24 days ago
Reply to  Fabuleux

No, this is still not the place. Despite that you want “Power to the people” which is again out of context for this platform. (That is a 60’s slogan for the Vietnam War). Anyway, I’m done here. I’ve made my point.

Fabuleux
Fabuleux
24 days ago
Reply to  Sam

Bye! 😋

Jakob
Jakob
25 days ago

You all have allowed a multi-thousand page thread to slag this woman every day with every insult under the sun then publish this?

Pat
Pat
22 days ago
Reply to  Jakob

Purseforum fell off big time. These people are obsessed with this woman.

Brazen Hussy
Brazen Hussy
24 days ago
Reply to  Jakob

THAT PART. It’s a large part of why I left tPF because that thread became a cesspool, similar to Lipstick Alley and Mumsnet.
Nobody needs to “like” or “love” someone, but the kinds of things people say about this woman, it’s like mass hysteria.

ladyet
ladyet
24 days ago
Reply to  Jakob

Thank you, Jakob. PB has zero boundaries/sense of decorum when it comes to ppl of the Black African diaspora. Telfar and Meghan are fantastic examples. They do this to run up site traffic, I’m convinced.

Jean
Jean
24 days ago
Reply to  ladyet

Just because someone is BIPOC doesn’t mean they are a good person. Just because a brand is own by BIPOC owners doesn’t require people to refrain from criticizing it. SJWs like yourself should probably approach these issues with more nuance. And I say this as a proud Black woman.

ladyet
ladyet
24 days ago
Reply to  Jean

“I say this as a proud Black woman.” Sure, Jean. What an embarrassment.

joanNYC
joanNYC
24 days ago
Reply to  ladyet

Yeah. You sure are an embarrassment. You won’t make anyone more interested in Black culture by constantly posting aggressive, harassing, and judgmental comments on PB every time someone says “I don’t care for Telfar.” Geez.

psny15
psny15
23 days ago
Reply to  joanNYC

Some people are while – I just ignore them and block them example …,

ladyet
ladyet
24 days ago
Reply to  joanNYC

Oh, please don’t mistake me — I’m not begging you or anyone to be interested in Black culture. Feel free to leave us alone, frankly. But I will not tolerate the disrespect of Black culture. And every time I see differential criticism of Telfar (compared to other brands), I’m going to say something about it. Some of y’all get giddy coming for Telfar and it’s WEIRDO BEHAVIOR. Same with Meghan Markle. Mind your business!

“Aggressive, harassing, judgmental.” LOL. Nice, Karen.

joanNYC
joanNYC
24 days ago
Reply to  ladyet

Unfortunately, the record is clear because your posts are consistent in their nastiness. Look in a mirror and you’ll see the queen of Karens. Telfar receives no more hate and no more love than any other brands from comments on PB. For some reason, you are triggered by the opinion of random people looking at purses. I suggest you seek medical care for this disorder. You can call SAMHSA for free here: 1-800-662-HELP (4357) Best of luck.

psny15
psny15
22 days ago
Reply to  joanNYC

She bullies everyone all the time

Steph
Steph
23 days ago
Reply to  joanNYC

Joking about substance abuse and mental health. Well, my, how classy.

joanNYC
joanNYC
23 days ago
Reply to  Steph

That’s not a joke. This person is clearly in need of urgent mental health counseling.

ladyet
ladyet
22 days ago
Reply to  joanNYC

Do you know the degree of cognitive dissonance you have to be practicing to be defending people denigrating Meghan Markle while simultaneously calling the a person refusing to tolerate such toxicity a “bully” and “in need of urgent mental health counseling”? What kind of mental gymnastics are going on in your heads?

It’s funny bc I’m clearly not alone in my analysis of tPB & tPF, and yet here you both are, simultaneously defending nasty behavior and playing the victim.

My very first comment was just me agreeing with Jakob. Joan and psny15, you two in particular made the active uninfluenced decision to insert yourself where I am. In fact, *I asked Joan* to disengage with me, and yet they remain, still talking about me.

So who is “harassing” whom? Who is “bullying” whom? If you insist on taking it to that level, who is it that’s actually “clearly in need of urgent mental health counseling”? The person who simply agreed with someone else or the person who continues to engage with a so-called “bullied” despite being asked by said “bully” to leave them alone?

Go back to that weirdo thread attacking Meghan Markle because you clearly cannot handle operating outside of it.

ladyet
ladyet
24 days ago
Reply to  joanNYC

Worms for brains, low vibrational analysis.

🎶 Why you so obsessed with me? 🎶 Please make my life easier and block me. Thanks.

Emily
Emily
24 days ago
Reply to  Jakob

There is also Appreciation thread if you cared to notice

Sylvia
Sylvia
25 days ago
Reply to  Jakob

Clicks = ad revenue.

Gia
Gia
25 days ago

Ugh I m so sick of these two. No one cares about your pretend struggles. At the end of the day, you live a life of extreme privilege while the rest of us barely survive.

psny15
psny15
23 days ago
Reply to  Gia

Totally agree

Michelle
Michelle
24 days ago
Reply to  Gia

“extreme privilege” says the person commenting on a PURSE blog highlighting >$400 USD handbags. The unchecked privilege is hilarious.

Jojo
Jojo
24 days ago
Reply to  Michelle

Are you referring to yourself? Lol

Vanessa
Vanessa
24 days ago
Reply to  Gia

Any opinion on the handbags? Your comments on “these two” are not welcome.

Gogo
Gogo
24 days ago
Reply to  Vanessa

Judging from this thread, the comments are more than welcome and the opinion is widely shared. Stay in your lane.

Tam
Tam
24 days ago
Reply to  Gia

Agree. Take your money and go away.

Roxana
Roxana
25 days ago

Aww poor Meg. Living in a mcmansion inspired by Oprah. Never liked her style except the green ensemble and the Wimbledon look. Even her wedding dress was Ill fitting. In the words of Tyra banks “I was rooting for you. We were all rooting for you”. They are both playing the victim when i. Fact they are the villain.

psny15
psny15
23 days ago
Reply to  Roxana

Hahaha well said

Brazen Hussy
Brazen Hussy
24 days ago
Reply to  Roxana

you know what the good news is? Her dress was pleasing to HER. Her style is pleasing to HER.
I’d like to see you put up with even a quarter of the abuse heaped on those two for half a day. You’d be screaming about how terrible you have it in no time.

Vanessa
Vanessa
24 days ago
Reply to  Roxana

Roxana, perhaps you may care to post a photo of yourself, so we may compare you to Meghan? Please direct us where we can comment on your style.

psny15
psny15
22 days ago
Reply to  Vanessa

Hahahahaha – you think she has style worthy of comment? 😇😇

Raven Espinosa
Raven Espinosa
24 days ago
Reply to  Vanessa

Meghan chose to be in the public eye and she loves the attention. I am so glad their victim act has backfired on both her and her hubby. It’s so obvious they are both so jealous of Kate & William.

psny15
psny15
23 days ago
Reply to  Raven Espinosa

Couldn’t agree more – they are scam artists

The Shavings From William's Beard
The Shavings From William's Beard
24 days ago
Reply to  Raven Espinosa

NO, REALLY? Award winning podcast, successful books, and the joy of healthy happy children that the UK doesn’t have to pay for?
Also, Harry’s book is the fastest selling non-fiction book since Michelle Obama and Barack Obama’s books, but go on and tell us how things have “backfired” for them.

Hervé
Hervé
24 days ago
Reply to  Raven Espinosa

I tend to agree with you.

Tam
Tam
24 days ago
Reply to  Raven Espinosa

Agreed

PinkSky999
PinkSky999
24 days ago
Reply to  Raven Espinosa

Jealous of rage beast William and waity Katie? Hahaha! Dream on.

lulilu
lulilu
24 days ago
Reply to  Vanessa

What an inventive thought. Gee.

Tam
Tam
24 days ago
Reply to  Roxana

Agree! Megan is Toxic and Prince Harry is blinded by “Love for Megan”…Like they say “Love Is Blind”. She is such an Opportunist

psny15
psny15
22 days ago
Reply to  Tam

She found the perfect stupid dummy who is now her puppet

A Girl Named Rose
A Girl Named Rose
24 days ago
Reply to  Tam

…this article is about handbags, but go off about Meghan.

Tam
Tam
24 days ago

Hi AGNRose, the article is about the purses and I was responding to all the other comments about Megan.

Vanessa
Vanessa
24 days ago
Reply to  Tam

I disagree! Remember, Meghan was successful way before she met Harry!

Tam
Tam
24 days ago
Reply to  Vanessa

No. Not really….She had a few appearance on TV sitcoms and a Game Show. Suits was what made her known. I don’t even watch Suits so I still don’t know who she was before she married Price Harry…So marrying UP got her attention….I mean it comes with the territory.

Vanessa
Vanessa
24 days ago
Reply to  Tam

Marrying UP to a RF member does not make you successful, but gives you public exposure and attention. I recommend that you look into Meghan Markle’s commitment to championing women’s rights.

As a humanitarian, Markle has made a name for herself in the activism world by getting involved in a number of philanthropic projects. Hence she was bestowed with the title of global ambassador for World Vision, advocate for UN Women, and counsellor for One Young World, a U.K.-based charity.

While Meghan Markle has been seen as a key figure in raising global attention to gender equality as of late, she herself claims her activist nature dates back to before she was a teenager.

Fact check…!!

Tam
Tam
23 days ago
Reply to  Vanessa

Ummm..Okay…So has other people, celebrities and non celebrities alike.

Sophia
Sophia
24 days ago

Love her bag collection and her, she always looks fabulous and stylish, and really elegant

ladyet
ladyet
24 days ago

I knew these comments were going to be a mess, and of course the first one I see is calling her an “awful woman.” I’m not even going to start with you zealots. All of you need to touch grass.

Gwen
Gwen
24 days ago
Reply to  ladyet

But touching grass isn’t as fun as reading the Daily Fail and stewing in their own vitriol.

C L
C L
25 days ago

Second to last photo with the greige dress and black Fendi Peekaboo has lived rent free in my head since Meghan wore it IRL. She carried the bag SO well and it jump started my obsession with the Peekaboo Essential line.

Antonia
Antonia
23 days ago
Reply to  C L

Yes, I love this whole look!! I want to know who makes the dress, it’s fabulous!

GG Pastel