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Meghan shuns British design again As she shows off her legs in a £4K ensemble for her first visit to

Meghan is known for championing Canadian labels on her royal engagements, but yesterday the Duchess of Sussex missed the chance to showcase British design on her first official visit to the county that inspired her royal title.

Harry and Meghan arrived on the south coast Wednesday morning for a whistle-stop tour of Sussex, with the former Suits star opting for a cream coat from Italian design house Armani, believed to have cost around £2,000, and a £369 leather skirt by German brand Hugo Boss, Daily Mail reported.

She teamed the ensemble with a £69 shirt from & Other Stories, which is part of the Swedish H&M group and carried a £1,685 handbag from trendy New York designer Gabriela Hearst.

Along with £160 of accessories from Missoma, her entire ensemble cost £4,383.

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Celebrity stylist and designer Lucas Armitage told Femail: For Meghan’s inagural visits to the county her title hails from, I would have expected to see her pay homage to the county and country with her choice of outfit.

'The Duchess of Cambridge is often spotted in designer that are local to the places she is visiting so it is expected of royals to sartorially select home grown talent from where ever they may visit.

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'Meghan's mix of international designers and brands is a chic and appropriate look, but it would have been great to see her in something more fitting of her Sussex link.'

The Duchess also carried on her habit of using her handbag to champion an ethical message.

New York designer Gabriela Hearst is known for her ethical and sustainable manufacturing standards and the Patsy bag which Meghan carried yesterday was a runaway success.

The widely-sought after bag was a sell out in several colours, showing the brand clearly doesn't need a boost to its fortunes, whereas Meghan could have used the opportunity to champion a British label.

Meghan's preference for North American brands has been evident since her wedding to Harry in May 2018.

Last month it was reported that out of the 22 outfits she has appeared in since she joined the Royal Family, only two have been by British labels.

She’s mostly to be seen clad in North American designs - usually blue-chip brands including Ralph Lauren, Carolina Herrera and Oscar de la Renta.

She has also favoured legendary European fashion houses such as Prada, Dior and Givenchy.

It's believed that the influence of her best friend Jessica Mulroney may be the reason for Meghan's loyalty to little-known Canadian labels such as House of Nonie and Judith & Charles, which are closely associated with the Canadian stylist.

These brands that were hitherto unknown to the British public are naturally thrilled by the publicity boost.

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My view: Meghan is not spending her hard-earned money, she's spending the salary she gets from the Royal family (Prince Charles) and maybe some money from her millionaire husband as well. If you compare her fashion style before and after her lavish royal wedding, the difference is quite clear. Meghan is now into very expensive designer outfits. She's allowed to wear whatever brand she wants, but she has to use her judgement when choosing a particular designer. I like the & Other Stories silk shirt she wore.

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