Meghan copies friend Jessica Mulroney’s signature ponytail and blazer

The Jessica Mulroney effect! How Meghan has been influenced by her best friend and unofficial stylist’s love of blazers, sleek ponytails and stripes

  • Duchess of Sussex, 37, has shown off Jessica’s signature looks during royal tour
  • She wore £429 maroon blazer by Theodore Scanlan in Sydney on Sunday 
  • The look was similar to an outfit worn by Jessica, 38, at Invictus Games last year
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She’s her best friend and unofficial stylist, and Jessica Mulroney seems to be having a clear influence over Meghan’s look.

The Duchess of Sussex, 37, has adopted Jessica’s signature sleek ponytail and oversized blazer look during the royal tour over the past two weeks while visiting Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand.

Meghan wore a £429 maroon blazer by US brand Theodore Scanlan and her Outland Denim jeans to an Invictus Games event in Sydney on Saturday, which was similar to an outfit worn by Jessica at the closing ceremony of last year’s competition Toronto.

Meanwhile, the pregnant royal also wore a striped dress by Martin Grant during a visit to Bondi Beach in Sydney earlier on in the tour – which was similar to a striped jumpsuit by Caroline Constas worn by Jessica that featured a more daring neckline.

It comes after Jessica, 38, and her TV presenter husband Ben, 42, flew into Australia to join Harry and Meghan at the start of their tour in an ‘unofficial’ capacity – meaning they covered their own expenses from the trip. 

Meghan wore a £429 maroon blazer by US brand Theodore Scanlan and jeans to an Invictus Games event in Sydney on Saturday, which was similar to an outfit worn by best friend Jessica Mulroney at last year’s Invictus Games 

Jessica Mulroney, 38, wore a maroon blazer and jeans when she joined Meghan and her mother Doria Ragland (left) at the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games in Toronto last year (above)

Celebrity stylist Rochelle White noted that the Duchess’ style seems to have been strongly influenced by Jessica’s personal look.

‘With Meghan being friends with Jessica Mulroney who is also a stylist, it wouldn’t surprise me if she gets inspiration from her,’ she told FEMAIL.

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‘I feel that Meghan knows the styles that would suit her and recreates them to fit her and her royal engagements.’

Rochelle continued: ‘Jessica has a trendy, modern stylish look that is a good mix of casual and smart for everyday. 

The Duchess of Sussex, 37, wore a striped dress by Australian designer Martin Grant during a visit to Bondi Beach, Sydney, during the first week of the royal tour 

Meghan’s striped dress was similar to a jumpsuit worn by Caroline Constas in May this year, in an Instagram snap with daughter Ivy. The all-in-one piece feature a more daring neckline than the Duchess’ dress 

The Duchess of Sussex has worn blazer and jeans combinations a number of times on the royal tour, including in Sydney, left, as she attended an Invictus Games event. Jessica, right in 2015, has been a big fan of white blazers for a number of years 

‘A lot of the styles that are consistent are their shared love of oversized blazers and stripes. 

‘Meghan has adapted these looks to fit her and her style. With higher neck lines, different cuts and different patterns, she has made these and styles her own.’

The Duchess has worn four different blazers during the royal tour so far, including a white double-breasted blazer by Californian brand L’Agence, priced at £510. 

She also wore a £110 checked ‘Boss’ blazer by another close friend, Serena Williams, while in Dubbo, New South Wales, during the first week of her royal tour, while wearing her brunette locks pulled back in a sleek ponytail.  

Meghan wore a £110 checked ‘Boss’ blazer by another close friend, Serena Williams, while in Dubbo, New South Wales, (left) during the first week of her royal tour. Jessica showed off a similar look while shopping in Kensington shortly before the royal wedding in May (right) 

The Duchess of Sussex wore a navy dress by Roksanda during a visit to Macarthur Girls High School in Sydney during the first week of the royal tour (above), which was similar to a number previously worn by friend Jessica 

Jessica previously wore a similar midi dress in 2015 (above), which featured a bolder print than the frock worn by Meghan 

In fact, Meghan has worn her hair pulled back in a ponytail on a number of occasions during the royal tour so far, in a series of sleek looks created by hair stylist George Northwood, who has joined her 

Jessica regularly shares photographs of herself wearing her signature blazers on Instagram, while sporting a high ponytail.

It’s believed the stylist helped arrange potential outfits for Meghan to choose from ahead of her royal tour this month.  

Australian designer Karen Gee, who is behind the figure-hugging ‘Blessed’ white dress Meghan stepped out in for her first official engagement in Sydney on Tuesday, has revealed she was asked to submit sample outfits prior to the tour. 

Meghan has been sporting sleek ponytails during the royal tour, which is one of Jessica’s signature looks. She is pictured above in Tonga last week 

Stylist Jessica – who regularly shares her outfits on Instagram (above) – is known to favour sleek ponytails and oversized blazers

Despite Jessica not being on the official payroll, her influence has prompted Meghan to favour a number of little-known Canadian labels since marrying Harry in May.

Royal correspondent Omid Scobie reported that Jessica quietly flew into London to help the Duchess assemble a selection of outfits prior to her two-day visit to Dublin in July.

Jessica and Meghan met while the former actress was filming Suits in Toronto, with the pair quickly developing a close friendship. 

The stylist, whose husband Ben is the son of former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, was considered by many as the Duchess’ unofficial maid-of-honour in May, with her three children all given roles at the wedding.

Jessica, 38, and her TV presenter husband Ben (above) were pictured arriving in Australia to join Harry and Meghan on their royal tour earlier this month 

Jessica and Meghan (pictured together in an Instagram snap) met while the former actress was filming Suits in Toronto, with the pair quickly developing a close friendship 

How much has the Duchess of Sussex’s royal tour wardrobe cost so far?

By Unity Blott 

Total to date: £102,848.85

Day one: Monday 15th October

Sydney: Walking in the gardens of Admiralty House

Just hours after announcing their baby news on Monday 15th October, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were spotted walking in the gardens of Sydney’s Admiralty House

. Misha Nonoo black pleated Saturday skirt: £192.49 

. Sarah Flint Jay pumps: £478

. Wolford Portland Turtleneck: £160 


Day two: Tuesday 16th October 

Sydney: Taronga Zoo and Sydney Opera House

The couple kicked off their long list of engagements with a visit to Taronga Zoo before visiting Sydney Opera House. Tuesday also saw Meghan pay tribute to her late mother-in-law by wearing a pair of her butterfly earrings as well as one of her gold bangles

. Karen Gee ‘Blessed’ dress: £972 

. Stuart Weitzman Legend High Heel Pumps: £360 

. Martin Grant trench coat: £1,287

. Krewe ‘Gravier’ shades: £384.86 

. Diana’s butterfly earrings and bangles: N/A 

OUTFIT TOTAL: £3,003.86

Sydney: Afternoon reception at Admiralty House

Meghan flawlessly pulled off a costume change as she returned to Admiralty House for a reception hosted by the Governor-General, swapping her white shift dress for a khaki green pleated button-up shirt dress, her most expensive piece of the tour so far

. Brandon Maxwell dress: £1,728 

. Dior Essence pumps in nude: £490

. Princess Diana’s butterfly earrings and gold bracelet: N/A


Day three: Wednesday 17th October 

New South Wales: Dubbo community BBQ, Victoria Park

The Duchess of Sussex paid homage to Australian fashion in a pair high rise jeans by local brand Outland as she arrived in Dubbo on Wednesday. Meghan, 37, covered the first hints of her baby bump in an oversized white shirt by Maison Kitsune, teamed with an oversized grey check blazer from her friend Serena William’s fashion range

. Outland Denim Harriet jean in Black: £140

. Maison Kitsune white button-down collar shirt: £40

. J. Crew Sadie ankle boots in suede: £178

. Boss oversized blazer by Serena Williams: £109.95

. Natalie Marie Precious Initial necklace: £272

. Pascale Monvoisin Cauri Nº2 necklace: £295

OUTFIT TOTAL: £1,034.95

Day four: Thursday 18th October

Melbourne: Government House

After an early start, Meghan started off the day at Melbourne’s Government House wearing an elegant ‘folded sail’ dress from Australian label Dion Lee. She teamed the navy number with a Martin Grant trench coat, which she later removed (pictured)

. Dion Lee Folded Sail dress: £703.23 

. Gucci Sylvie chain bag: £1,510

. Manolo Blahnik BB navy stilettos: £556  

. Shaun Leane gold diamond cuff bangle: £995 

. Martin Grant trench coat: As above 

OUTFIT TOTAL: £3,764.23

Melbourne: South Melbourne Beach 

After starting the day in a bussinesslike navy ensemble, Meghan later changed into flats to take a stroll along South Melbourne Beach. The shoes, from eco-friendly label Rothy’s, are made from recycled bottles once destined for landfill and cost £110

. Club Monaco dress: £325.26 

. Rothy’s pumps: £110

. Martin Grant trench coat: As above 

. Shaun Leane gold diamond cuff bangle: As above 


Day five: Friday 19th October

Sydney: Bondi Beach

Despite the damp and dreary conditions, Meghan looked radiant in a khaki maxi-dress from Melbourne-born designer Martin Grant’s 2019 Resort collection – teamed with Castaner espadrilles – as she touched down at Bondi Beach with Prince Harry

. Martin Grant pleated stripe long dress: £1,080 

. Castaner canvas wedge espadrilles: £80  

. Adina Reyter teardrop pendant: £228 


Sydney: Macarthur Girls High School 

The royal couple visited Macarthur Girls High School on the fourth day of their whistle-stop tour of Australia. She wore a blue colour block midi dress from British label Roksanda’s pre-AW18 collection, teamed with her trusty Stuart Weitzman pumps and a white gold bracelet from her favourite jewellery designer, Maison Birks

. Roksanda ‘Athena’ dress: £1,850

. Stuart Weitzman nude pumps: As above 

. Maison Birks 18ct white gold flex wrap bracelet: £2,538

. Maison Birks topaz earrings: £498 


Day six: Saturday 20th October

Sydney: Opening the ANZAC War Memorial, Hyde Park

Harry and Meghan were greeted by adoring fans as they opened a new extension of the war memorial at Sydney’s Hyde Park in a surprise appearance. The couple arrived at Hyde Park with NSW Governor David Hurley, a former chief of the defence force

. Emilia Wickstead ‘Camilla’ wool crepe dress: About £1,595

. Philip Treacy OC 471 hat: Approx £780 

. Tabitha Simmons ‘Millie’ shoes: £566.09  


Sydney: Invictus Games Driving Challenge

Harry and Meghan traded their formal attire for casual looks as they took a boat across Sydney Harbour to Cockatoo Island for a special Invictus Games car challenge. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex took the private vessel from Admiralty House in Kirribilli where they were staying a guest of Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove

. Altazzura ‘Acacia’ blazer in white: £1,180

. Mother ‘Looker’ skinny jeans in black: £159

. Tabitha Simmons ‘Millie’ shoes: As above  

. Illesteva ‘Palm Beach’ sunglasses: £182

. Invictus Games branded black shirt: Approx £21.89

OUTFIT TOTAL: £1,542.98

Sydney: Invictus Games Opening Ceremony 

In a rare move, Meghan recycled a previously worn item when she joined Harry for the Invictus Games opening ceremony on Saturday night. She dug out a navy Stella McCartney cape dress first wore during the Queen’s birthday celebrations

. Stella McCartney cape-back ‘Cady’ sheath dress: £1,526.17

. Dior navy satin clutch: Approx £1,412.92

. Gillian Anderson x Winser London swing coat: £395 

. Stuart Weitzman Legend High Heel Pumps: As above 

. Birks cushion cut sapphire and diamond earrings: £12,021.53

OUTFIT TOTAL: £15,355.62

Day seven: Sunday 21st October 

Sydney: Lunch reception, The Pavilion Restaurant

Meghan opted for head-to-toe monochrome when she joined Prince Harry for an Invictus Games lunch with the Australian Prime Minister in Sydney. After skipping an earlier engagement due to exhaustion, she arrived by car to join her husband for a lunch hosted by the Australian Prime Minister at the city’s trendy Pavilion Restaurant

. L’Agence ‘Brea’ pinstriped linen and cotton-blend blazer: £510  

. Aquazzura Deneuve Bow Pumps in black: £490 

. Orton ‘Avalon’ zip top crossbody bag: £171

. Outland Denim Harriet jean in Black: As above

. Wolford Portland Turtleneck: As above  


Sydney: Elliott 7 Team racing

Following lunch on Sunday, the couple, who are expecting their first child together in Spring 2019, wrapped up in Invictus Games branded waterproof jackets as they headed out into Sydney Harbour to take in the action at a sailing event

. Veja perforated toe sneakers: £115 

. Black jeans: As above

. Krewe ‘Gravier’ shades: As above 

. Wolford Portland Turtleneck: As above  

. Invictus Games branded waterproof: Approx £87.45

OUTFIT TOTAL: £202.45 

Day eight: Monday 22nd October

Queensland: Arriving at Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island 

The Duchess channelled Pretty Woman in a casual polka dot dress from & Other Stories when she touched down on Fraser Island. The Duchess remained at the luxury resort where she and Harry were staying on the island for a much-needed rest

. & Other Stories Waist Knit Midi Dress: £89

. Sarah Flint ‘Grear’ sandals: £277

. Karen Walker ‘Northern Lights’ sunglasses: £221


Queensland: Exploring Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island 

The Duchess of Sussex stepped out in one of her most daring ensembles yet when she sported a thigh-flashing dress on Fraser Island on Monday. Meghan, 37, wore the Reformation ‘Pineapple’ dress to explore the Australian tourist spot – where temperatures hit a balmy 24°C on Monday – with Prince Harry

. Reformation ‘Pineapple’ dress: £166.56 

. Sarah Flint ‘Grear’ sandals: As above 

. Karen Walker ‘Northern Lights’ sunglasses: As above 


Sydney: Garden party at Government House

. Jason Wu ruched-trim sleeveless crepe sheath day dress : £1,536

. Jimmy Choo black ‘J Box’ clutch: £750

. Aquazzura Deneuve Bow Pumps in powder pink: As above 


Day nine: Tuesday 23rd October

Queensland: Leaving Hervey Bay Airport

The duchess, who is pregnant with her first child, boarded a Qantas jet on 23 October in an old linen shirt from J.Crew teamed with skinny jeans (pictured), before emerging on the other side in an elegant white dress from Australian label Zimmermann

. J. Crew linen shirt: £77.47

. Outland skinny jeans: As above

. Karen Walker sunglasses: As above 

. Aquazzura DJ mules: £490 

. Adina Reyter Pavé Teardrop Necklace: As above 

. Pascale Monvoisin Cauri Nº2 Necklace: As above

OUTFIT TOTAL:  £567.47 

Fiji: Arriving at at Nausori Airport 

While on board the plane to Fiji, Meghan changed into an unusually demure white dress by Australian label Zimmermann (pictured), a label generally known for its statement prints and fabrics. She emerged at Nausori Airport looking glowing and refreshed

. Custom Zimmermann dress: Approx £600

. Stephen Jones hat: Approx £2,000

. Earrings: A gift from the Queen (N/A)

. Bracelet: A gift from the Prince of Wales (N/A) 

. Tabitha Simmons ‘Millie’ shoes: As above 

. Kayu Anna clutch bag: £173.52

OUTFIT TOTAL: £2,773.52

Fiji: Black tie reception at Grand Pacific Hotel

The Duchess of Sussex showed off her growing baby bump as she attended a lavish black tie reception with Prince Harry on the first day of their royal visit to Fiji on Tuesday 23 October. She wore a Ginkgo cape dress from SAFiYAA in ‘Fijian blue’ (pictured)

. SAFiYAA ‘Ginkgo’ cape dress: £1,095 

. Diamond drop earrings: N/A (on loan)

. Manolo Blahnik BB navy stilettos: As above


Day 10: Wednesday 24 October

Fiji: University of the South Pacific; local market in Suva

Meghan beamed in a vibrant red gown on Wednesday morning as she walked hand-in-hand with Prince Harry to the University of the South Pacific in Suva (pictured), before visiting a local market. She paired the red number with Castaner espadrilles

. Figue Frederica dress: £1,250

. Castaner canvas wedge espadrilles: As above    

. Shaun Leane ‘Serpent’ trace slim bracelet: £593

. Karen Walker ‘Temptation’ stud earrings: £175.08

. Hand woven cloth bag: Approx £20

OUTFIT TOTAL: £2,038.08 

Day 11: Thursday 25th October

Fiji: Departing Nadi Airport 

The Duchess of Sussex started the day in a forest green Jason Wu design as she waved of her hosts at Nadi Airport in Fiji (pictured), before going on to change her outfit twice after touching down in Tonga. She teamed the dress with her Manolo Blahnik heels

. Jason Wu Collection fitted mid-length dress: Approx £2,229  

. Pippa Small Peepal leaf earrings: £3,175

. Pippa Small ‘Oshna’ bangle: £115

. Pippa Small ‘Omeen’ bangle: £160

. Dior navy satin clutch: As above 

. Manolo Blahnik BB navy stilettos: As above 


Tonga: Arriving at Fua’amotu Airport, Nuku’alofa 

Meghan, 37, battled the elements as she and Harry disembarked the private jet at Fua’amotu Airport on Thursday in a £380 Self Portrait dress, teamed with Manolo Blahnik pumps. There was further embarrassment for the duchess as eagle-eyed royal watchers noticed the price tag was still hanging off her designer frock

. Self Portrait customised pleated floral gown: Approx £380 

. Dior navy satin clutch: As above 

. Manolo Blahnik BB navy stilettos: As above 


Tonga: Evening reception at the Royal Palace, Nuku’alofa

Meghan and Harry met the King of Tonga on Thursday evening for a glittering reception and dinner, formally kicking off the Fiji leg of the royal tour. The duchess stunned in a dress by Theia Couture, described as a ‘cap sleeve beaded silk satin column gown’

. Theia Couture column gown: Approx £1,000

. Givenchy satin clutch with jewellery clasp: £1,390  

. Birks ‘Snowflake Snowstorm’ diamond earrings in white gold: £7,137.36  

. Aquazzura Deneuve Bow Pumps in black: As above 

. Princess Diana’s Aquamarine Ring: N/A 

OUTFIT TOTAL: £9,327.36

Day 12: Friday 26th October

Tonga: Meeting with the Prime Minister, Nuku’alofa

The Duchess met with the Prime Minister of Tonga, S. Akilisi Pohiva, with Harry in Nuku’alofa on Friday morning. Meghan wore a striped dress by Australian designer Martin Grant and the Manolo Blahnik BB heels she wore at Prince Louis’ christening

  • Martin Grant Striped Cotton Dress: £1,062  
  • Prada Bibliothèque Bag: £1,280 
  • Manolo Blahnik BB pumps in Olive: £495
  • Birks ‘Bee Chic’ white quartz earrings: £205   


Tonga: Tupou College, Tongatapu

Meghan changed into an all-blue ensemble as she and Harry attended the unveiling of The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy at Tupou College on Friday. The pregnant Duchess looked stylish in a Veronica Beard shirt dress and pale blue heels

  • Veronica Beard Cary Dress: £464
  • Madison 12-Hour Side Cut-Out Pump: £95
  • Adina Reyter 14k Gold Three Diamond Amigos Curve Posts: £388.54 
  • Pippa Small Aquamarine Double Colette Pendant: £1,400  

OUTFIT TOTAL: £2,347.54 

Sydney: Australian Geographic Society Awards 

Just hours after touching down in Australia on Friday, Meghan had changed into a stunning Oscar de la Renta designer gown – teamed with her BB pumps – to attend the Australian Geographic Society Gala Awards at the Shanghai-La hotel

. Custom Oscar de la Renta gown: Approx £10,000

. Aquazzura Deneuve Bow Pumps in black: As above 

Day 13: Saturday 27th October  

Sydney: Invictus Games wheelchair basketball final

The Duchess of Sussex wore a £429 Theodore Scanlan crepe knit jacket for the Invictus Games wheelchair basketball final at the Quay centre 

. Theodore Scanlan crepe knit jacket: £429

. Outland ‘Harriet’ jeans: as above

. Sarah Flint ‘Jay’ pumps: £481


Sydney: Invictus Games closing ceremony

For the Invictus Games closing ceremony, Meghan wore an Antonio Berardi tuxedo dress which is believed to cost around £1,500

 . Antonio Berardi tuxedo dress: around £1,500

. Aquazzura ‘Casablanca’ pumps: £505

. Pippa Small ‘Omeen’ bangle: £160

. Pippa Small ‘Oshna’ bangle: £140

. Natalie Marie dotted ‘Mana’ studs: £293.55

OUTFIT TOTAL: £2598.55

Day 14: Sunday 28th October

Sydney: Boarding a Royal New Zealand Air Force aircraft

The Duchess of Sussex bid farewell to Australia in a showstopping burgundy dress by Hugo Boss

. Burgundy Hugo Boss dress: £249 

. Aquazzura peach suede pumps: as above

.  Cuyana mini chain saddle bag: £175


Wellington: Touching down in New Zealand

The Duchess of Sussex matched her trademark taste for high fashion with a budget black dress as she and Prince Harry touched down for the final leg of their tour

. Karen Walker trench coat: £540

.  ASOS maternity dress: £35

.  Suede Sarah Flint heels: £207 

. Birks Muse citrine and diamond drop earrings: £1,728.89  

OUTFIT TOTAL: £2,510.89

Wellington: Speech at Government House

For her speech at Government House, Meghan wore a navy cocktail dress by New York-based Gabriela Hearst, modified to include delicate cap sleeves

. Gabriela Hearst navy cocktail dress: At least £1,944.20

. Dior ‘Bee’ navy leather pouch: £782.84  

. Jessica McCormack tattoo diamond pendant: £8,800

. Birks snowflake large round jacket earrings: £5,250 

OUTFIT TOTAL: £16,777.04

Day 15: Monday 30th October 

Wellington: Visit to Maranui Surf Life Saving Club

The Duchess of Sussex wore a Club Monaco trench coat over a Jac and Jack jumper and Outland Denim jeans to visit the cafe in Wellington, New Zealand 

.  Club Monaco trench coat: £232

.  Jac + Jack jumper: £276 approx 

.  Outland ‘Harriet’ jeans: as above

.  Stuart Weitzman ‘Veruka’ boots: £545

Outfit total: £1,053

Wellington: Walking in Abel Tasman National Park

The royal couple strolled hand in hand in the drizzle at Abel Tasman National Park on Monday October 29th in Wellington, New Zealand 

. Seasalt raincoat: £165 approx

. Outland ‘Harriet’ jeans: as above

. Stella McCartney x Stan Smith trainers: £235

. Loro Piana scarf: £194

Outfit total: £594

Harry and Meghan chatted to actors in costume at Courtenay Creative in Wellington. The Duchess wore a white tuxedo dress by Maggie Marilyn, a Kiwi designer 

. Maggie Marilyn ‘Leap of Faith’ dress: £520

. Manolo Blahnik BB navy stilettos : as above 

Outfit total: £520  

TOTAL TO DATE: £105,015.85

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