Doing it the Markle way! Meghan channels casual chic as she opts for a relaxed updo and a £45 M&S jumper (under a £600 coat) for her first engagement of 2018
- Former Suits star, 36, joined Harry at Reprezent 107.3 FM in Brixton
- Wore her hair pulled back in a bun with loose tendrils falling around her face
- Stray locks around the front ended up blowing across her face as she arrived
- Gave a nod to the British high street in a Jigsaw scarf and M&S jumper
For her visit to the studios of Reprezent 107.3 FM in Brixton, south London, a 24-hour underground music station presented by people under 25, the former Suits star wore her hair tied back in a neat bun with a few tendrils left loose around the front.
According to celebrity hairstylist Jay Birmingham, Meghan's choice of hairdo today was a sign that she's keen to eschew royal formality for a more relaxed look.
'I love this effortlessly chic look – you can’t beat a good bun,' he told Femail. 'Meghan’s low loose bun is perfect for both day and night and gives a sense of "undone glamour".
'By having a few loose strands around the front of her hairline also gives a more natural finish. It’s also a failsafe look favoured by celebrities looking for a low-key and low maintenance hairstyle and works really well with her outfit of choice.'
Meghan's relaxed look proved that she's determined to forge her own style identity rather than becoming a clone of the Duchess of Cambridge, 36, who is known for being the picture of sleek perfection, with not a hair out of place, at all times.
The former Suits actress covered up in a £600 coat by Smythe, but also scored points today by championing British brands on the visit including high street stalwart M&S.
Harry's fiancée chose a black wool blend round neck bell sleeve jumper, costing just £45 from Marks and Spencer for the visit, and added another high street piece - a grey scarf from Jigsaw.
For her visit to the studios of Reprezent 107.3 FM in Brixton, south London Meghan Markle wore her hair tied back in a neat bun with a few tendrils left loose around the front
The royal bride-to-be was looking a little windswept as she arrived for her first official engagement of 2018
The Duchess of Cambridge always ensures her locks are impeccably styled, whether worn up or down
There is even a family connection to the brand as Kate briefly worked for the retailer as a part-time accessories buyer before she married Prince William.
Meghan teamed her ensemble with a pair of wide legged trousers from Burberry, another stalwart of the British fashion industry.
However, she didn't completely abandon her loyalty to Canadian brands, as she covered up in a grey wool coat by Toronto-based brand Smythe.
Her decision to wear trousers for her first royal engagement of 2018, showed that Meghan is determined to do things her own way.
Her future sister-in-law Kate is synonymous with figure hugging shift dresses, teamed with nude court shoes and the Duchess is only very occasionally seen in trousers.
Meghan wore a grey coat by Canadian brand Smythe, continuing to showcase her loyalty to brands from her former adoptive hometown of Toronto
Layer up like Meghan in a coat by Smythe
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry arrived today at Reprezentz Radio in Brixton and the couple were looking seriously smart ready to greet fans outside the studio.
Meghan is just getting into her royal stride, so it's no surprise she played it safe, choosing sophisticated Burberry trousers, pointed courts and a sweater from Marks & Spencer, topping the look off with a Jigsaw scarf and a long coat by Smythe.
This coat has been spotted on Meghan before and she's also got the grey version. She must be a big fan of its tailored tweed design, padded shoulders and notched lapels to purchase it in a second colourway.
Although we’re loving this light tan hue number with contrasting black buttons, sadly, it is now sold out. Meghan fever strikes again! But if you want to shop more by the brand, click (right) now.
Hoping to shop a similar version? Head to the carousel where you'll find alternatives by Joseph, Asos, Reiss and more. While you’re browsing, you can snap up her exact jumper by Marks and Spencer too to complete the royally stylish look.
Harry's future wife championed British brands on today's visit, wearing a £45 jumper from M&S and high waisted black trousers by Burberry
The former Suits star wore her dark hair swept back in a low bun, with tendrils falling loosely at the side
Meghan gave another nod to the British high street by teaming her coat with a grey scarf by Jigsaw
But Meghan's smart casual look is more in keeping with the classic style she's been channeling long before meeting Princes Harry.
The bride-to-be squealed and said she was ‘so excited’ about her forthcoming wedding to Prince Harry as they undertook their second public engagement today.
The visit to urban radio station Reprezent in Brixton, south London, saw the couple don headphones in the studio and and chat to dozens of young DJs - with Harry even carrying off a complicated ‘fist bump’ with one.
The prince also demonstrated that his wife to wear the trousers in their relationship during a discussion about gender equality.
It seems that Meghan's hairdo did not quite turn out to be as sleek as she'd hoped for
Station manager Adrian Newman told him that they had a question for him to which Harry pointed at Meghan and swiftly replied: ‘She answers the questions!’
‘Yes talking of gender equality!’ Meghan quickly snapped back, with a smile on her face.
The couple enjoyed a tumultuous welcome to Pop Brixton , where the station, which has been running for 15 years, is based.
Meghan and Harry smiled broadly as people cheered and shouted - and in response to Harry’s gesticulating to the crowds and comment ‘this is so loud, you have to’, Meghan turned and blew a kiss, which had everyone screaming even louder.
According to Shane Carey, CEO and Founder, it was Harry and Meghan who approached him three days before Christmas asking if they could come and see the station for themselves.
How Meghan went from curly haired to glossy, straight locks
Teenage pictures of Meghan show a young girl with tight natural curls, which have since been relaxed.
However, more recently her locks have been looking even more glossy and sleek than usual.
Afro Hair Stylist Randolph Grey at Neville Salon who has has styled Beyonce, Gabrielle and Naomi Campbell told Femail: 'The look is highly polished and can only be have done in a professional salon not at home.
'It is a Brazilian Blow Out otherwise more commonly known as Keratin Treatment. Hair is far easier to maintain after one of these treatments.
'Keratin treatment takes about two or three hours depending on hair length and thickness.
'When you have this level of high gloss shine and super sleek hair that behaves, it can only be a Keratin Treatment.
'Relaxer followed up with treatment and Olaplaex would be the only other option.
'To soften her tight curls she has had a Relaxer Process. This can be done in an hour-and-a-half to two hours.
'The Relax Process reduces her natural curl and is then backed up with moisture and protein lotion and finishing products like flat ironing.'
'They were very clear they didn't want to be on the radio but one thing they were very, very strong on, which I quite liked actually, is that they wanted to talk to young people as much as possible,' Mr Carey said.
'The station will be running while they are there, we will have young people doing social media, editing etc, so they will be seeing it as it happens. It's less about them and more about hearing the stories of those here.
'The amount of planning that has gone into this in such a short space of time has been huge. But this is brilliant for us. We have been slogging at it for 15 years and to actually have the spotlight shone on us in this way is remarkable.
'From Harry's point of view it's a fact finding thing and he genuinely wants to see it in action. You can see these things on paper but that doesn't really convey what we do.
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