Meghan Markle takes thrift crown from Kate with seven savvy tips including £2 travel secret

Kate Middleton may be known for her thrifty nature – recycling clothes and shopping on the high street – but it seems that sister-in-law Meghan Markle is here to take her crown.

Despite living in a mansion and being married to royalty, Meghan has revealed that she never buys anything without a promo code.

Speaking at the NYTDealbook Online Summit yesterday, the Duchess mentioned that checking for discounts is something that has become second nature for her and is something she has done since she was a child.

“I will never buy anything online without finding an online promo code first,” she said.

But besides her love for coupons, here are some more of her thrifty tips.

Meghan Markle revealed that she always uses promo codes
Meghan Markle revealed that she always uses promo codes

Don’t be afraid of drugstore makeup

Known for her dewy skin and low-key makeup looks, Meghan’s beauty bag combines luxury brands like Charlotte Tilbury and Laura Mercier with more affordable options.

Speaking to Hello!, Meghan’s former makeup artist on Suits, Lydia Sellers, revealed that the Duchess had introduced her to Maybelline’s Lash Sensational Luscious Mascara.

For less than £5, Lydia admitted that she can’t go anywhere without it.

“Meghan actually introduced me to a drugstore mascara, Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Mascara. I keep it stocked in my kit now at all times thanks to her!,” she said.

“It’s great for full volume and lengthening, the formula is super hydrating.”

Choose outfits from the high street

Meghan's M&S jumper began flying off the shelves after her visit to Brixton
Meghan’s M&S jumper began flying off the shelves after her visit to Brixton

When attending royal engagements, has regularly been seen championing high street brands.

After announcing her engagement to Prince Harry, during a visit to Brixton, the Meghan effect came into full force when a chic black Marks and Spencer jumper she was pictured wearing immediately began flying off the shelves.

Months later, the former actress was seen wearing a fascinator from the same brand, with The Sun revealing that she was a fan of the store’s body shaping tights while pregnant.

Other brands favoured by the 40 year old include Banana Republic, & Other Stories and H&M.

Opt for affordable accessories

While attending glitzy events, Meghan isn’t afraid of pairing her outfits with more affordable accessories.

From covering her face when leaving her extravagant baby show to keeping her looking stylish at the polo, Meghan’s beloved black sunglasses from French designer Les Specs have proved invaluable.

Meghan loves her Les Specs sunglasses
Meghan loves her Les Specs sunglasses

And costing just £45, we could all be like Meghan.

The Duchess is also known for her love of stacked jewellery, wearing a myriad of rings from affordable brands including Missoma, Catbird and Pippa Small.

Her £2 travel secret

Having spent the beginning of her relationship with Prince Harry jetting between Toronto and London, Meghan knows a thing or two when it comes to travelling.

Sharing her secrets to her lifestyle blog The Tig, she shared how they key to packing was putting tumble dryer sheets between her clothing.

She said that it makes “your clothes will smell fresh when you arrive — and especially when you return home” in addition to preventing a build-up of static.

The Duchess' packing hack keeps clothes smelling fresh
The Duchess’ packing hack keeps clothes smelling fresh

Buy multipurpose essential oils

Another one of Meghan’s travel hacks that is said to have impressed the Duke of Sussex is her love of tea tree oil.

Before embarking on a trip, she took to The Tig to talk about how she’d pack a container of tea tree oil, using it as a “cure-all” for various ailments.

“It’s not the most glamorous thing, but if you get a cut, a mosquito bite, a small breakout, no matter what it is, it’s my little cure-all.

“It’s inexpensive, it’s small enough to carry on, and I bring it with me all the time,” she said.

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Do Christmas on a budget

The former Suits star is known for her love of hosting but that doesn’t mean that she spends a fortune on entertaining her loved ones.

In a blog post on her old website, Meghan revealed how she enjoyed celebrating the festive season while also keeping costs low, encouraging friends to bring their own food or to cook together to create a cheaper meal.

The former actress is known to be a fan of hosting loved ones
The former actress is known to be a fan of hosting loved ones

When it comes to decorating, she also suggested looking for inexpensive trinkets: “Purchase silver serving trays, platters and nut bowls from flea markets or Etsy to add formality to hors d’ouevres passing,” she said.

More recently, her and Harry were spotted in Pines and Needles in Battersea picking their own Christmas tree for a less formal affair.

Date nights don’t have to cost a fortune

Meghan and Harry are reportedly big fans of going on discreet dates in the countryside.

According to The Sun, the couple and their son Archie were spotted at The Rose and Crown in Winkfield village.

Tucking into a £15 Sunday Roast, Harry was reportedly seen drinking a couple of pints whereas Meghan stuck to water with the meal.

If it works for them, it has to work for us!

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ‘Burned by Fame’ Says ‘Time’ as it Names Them in 100 Most Influential

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been named among Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people on their annual list. Time does not rank entrants on the list, but the couple was photographed for one of seven alternate covers of the magazine. The other cover stars are gymnast Simone Biles, actor Kate Winslet, singer-songwriter Billie Eillish, director-general of the World Trade Organization Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, CEO of technology company NVIDIA Jensen Huang and the poet, writer, and professor Cathy Park Hong. The new cover marks the first time that the couple have posed together for a magazine shoot. The new list also includes climate and social justice campaigners, scientists and health-care leaders, along with writers, artists and politicians. In a profile of Harry and Meghan, their friend José Andrés, founder of World Central Kitchen, says they have been “burned by fame” but nevertheless “run toward the struggle.” Harry and Meghan, meanwhile, write in praise of Okonjo-Iweala, saying: “Okonjo-Iweala has shown us that to end the pandemic, we must work together to equip every nation with equitable vaccine access. Our conversations with her have been as informative as they are energizing.”

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Did Meghan Markle tip off paparazzi? Photographer’s remark piques curiosity: ‘She has media on speed dial’

All hell broke loose after Meghan Markle and Harry’s no-holds-barred Oprah Winfrey interview aired on March 7. The fierce claims made on the chat show sparked outrage among staunch palace loyalists and royal experts, who dissected every statement and every word spoken by the Duchess of Sussex.

Recently, photographer Jesal Parshotam piqued curiosity when he mildly suggested that the royal couple tip off the paparazzi and leak stories. During the ‘Hollywood Raw Podcast’, Jesal sat on the fence when asked if there were any truth to rumors about Meghan tipping off photographers. “I’m going to have to say no comment. You boys interpret that as you wish, but I can’t say it’s a categorical no and I can’t say it’s a categorical yes.”


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Jesal’s statement was quite shocking given Meghan’s previous claims where she had said how her “portrayal” in the British media drove her to suicide. However, the photographer was quick to do some damage control later on. “When Meghan talked about the press and Harry talks about the press, in my personal experience, it wasn’t like that. Every time I have photographed Meghan, she has laughed, she has said hello, she has smiled,” he said and continued how she would often pose with the paparazzi.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the annual Endeavour Fund Awards at Mansion House on March 5, 2020 in London, England (Getty Images)


Harry, Meghan and those ‘leaked’ stories

This is an odd piece of information given the couple’s running battle with the press. Previously, they have sued tabloids over images taken sneakily. According to reports, Meghan and Harry had pushed a paparazzi agency to file Chapter 11 bankruptcy over photos taken of Archie in Canada in early 2020. The said pictures were published by the Daily Mail. It wouldn’t be outlandish to assume that their relationship with the press has been strained at best. 

MEAWW previously reported how the two were indirectly accused of leaking news. “For a couple that left for privacy, there is an extraordinary amount of stories surrounding their lives that do get leaked out,” Russell Myers, Royal Editor for the Daily Mirror, said during a conversation with talkRADIO. “These find their way into the British press. We understand that they’ve got a few friendly journalists that they deal with. They’ve cut out some of the press that they said they weren’t happy with their coverage.”

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and their baby son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor. (Getty Images)

What is the real truth?

According to OK! Magazine, Meghan and Harry’s publicist allegedly told a royal journalist about drones flying over their home in California. Later, a story was published in the Daily Beast titled “Fearful Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Report Multiple Drone Flybys to LAPD, Will Now Pay for Own Security.” In the article, the alleged “source” said, “They see these drones coming in at them, and they guess that they are being operated by photographers, but they can’t just assume that. Meghan received racist death threats at the time of her wedding, so the terror threat is very real for them.” 

Contradictorily, the couple found themselves worried when a picture of Archie was being sold and distributed among media outlets. In fact, the two even filed a lawsuit.

“This action arises out of the relentless and quite frankly shocking efforts of the tabloid media to profit from serial intrusions of the privacy of a 14-month-old child in his own home,” AP quoted lines from the suit and added: “and the desire and responsibility of any parent to do what is necessary to protect their children from this manufactured feeding frenzy.”

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrives to attend the Mountbatten Music Festival at Royal Albert Hall on March 7, 2020 in London, England.

‘Meghan has the media on speed dial’

Meanwhile, the internet has interesting thoughts on whether Meghan was capable of pulling stunts like these. “Starlets and celebrities do that. it’s called advertising. they pay people to make people buy what they have to offer -a product, a film/show they’re on, services offered, etc. the question is: did the money and effort spent on advertising her brand yield the same profit?” one user tweeted, another pointed out: “Wow how can that even be a question. Of course she does under the guise of a ‘friend’.”



A third posted: “Of cause she does…she has the media on speed dial.” “Lol. And you’re delusional if you think the Royal Family is “unpopular”& meghan markle of suits the social climber is “adorable.” The social climber should be grateful the royal family gave her fame & attention & paparazzi & tabloids she loves but never had as a z list actress,” another pointed out.

“They are not only leaking stories, but also lies and staged paparazzi photos. Deluded and vapid disgraced ex-royals,” a user wrote.




Harry went back to the UK for his grandfather Prince Philip’s funeral while Meghan — who is pregnant with a baby girl — stayed back in the US on doctor’s advice. A source said that Meghan made “every effort” to travel but didn’t receive medical clearance from her physician. 

Back in January 2020, they announced their decision to “step back as senior members” of the royal family. Meghan and Harry are yet to comment on Jesal’s big reveal. 

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The Best Detail in ‘Finding Freedom’ Is Meghan Markle’s Secret Packing Hack

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Meghan Markle’s Genius Packing Tip from Finding Freedom

Finding Freedom, the new biography of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, out now from reporters Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, offers insight into the royal couple’s life and work, including their unprecedented decision to step away from their senior positions within the family.

There are plenty of surprising details in the book, but perhaps the most practical revelation is Meghan’s genius packing tip.

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When Harry and Meghan traveled to Botswana early on in their relationship, Meghan only brought one backpack.

“Extremely organized, Meghan immediately impressed Harry with her packing skills. She has always taken pride in being a great packer,” write the authors, “going as far as layering dryer sheets in between her clothes to keep them smelling fresh and no matter her destination always bringing tea-tree oil for bites, cuts, and pimples.”

This isn’t the first time Meghan’s sensible travel tips have been shared publicly. Back in her pre-royal days, Meghan posted a few additional travel tips on her now shuttered lifestyle site, The Tig.

When it comes to travel, “the foremost issue is self-care,” she wrote in a 2016 post. “It’s easy to run yourself ragged, hopping from one locale to another, sometimes feeling homesick, and other times just feeling plain-old sick (tummy, head cold, you name it.)”

To combat those issues, Meghan said she always brings a curated collection of in-flight essentials, one of which is hand sanitizer.

“I’m no germophobe, but when I get on a plane I always use some quick hand wipes or a travel sanitizer spray to wipe it all down,” she wrote. “That includes the little TV, the service tray, and all the buttons around your seat.”

Meghan also revealed how she combats jet lag: with a strategy from one of her closest friends, Misha Nonoo.

“My gal pal and designer extraordinaire, Misha Nonoo, once told me that if you eat on the schedule of wherever you’ve landed, you won’t feel jet lagged,” Meghan shared. “By simply eating a meal at the time the locals are when you land, you trick your brain a bit and stay much more on track, and much less cranky.”

Finding Freedom is out now, and available for purchase wherever books are sold.

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The Royal Family are known for travelling around the globe to perform their royal duties. Some of their royal tours can even last weeks as they make their way across whole continents. So, it’s no surprise that members of the Royal Family have picked up some handy packing tips along their way.

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A new unofficial biography called Finding Freedom by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand has revealed one of Meghan’s favourite packing tips.

An excerpt from the book which was posted online by the Daily Mail after the book was published reveals the Duchess of Sussex’s handy hack which she used when packing before her first trip to Africa with Prince Harry.

The excerpt reads: “Extremely organized, Meghan immediately impressed Harry with her packing skills.

“She has always taken pride in being a great packer – going as far as layering dryer sheets in between her clothes to keep them smelling fresh and no matter her destination always bringing tea-tree oil for bites, cuts, and pimples – and her skills were appreciated by the prince.”

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“It’s inexpensive, it’s small enough to carry on, and I bring it with me all the time.”

As a famous actress, Meghan was not a stranger to travel before she became a member of the Royal Family.

In fact, Meghan was known to discuss her travel tips on her old blog The Tig.

One of the tips Meghan discussed related to travel sickness on planes – common occurrence among frequent flyers.

Meghan offered up some valuable advice that she received from a friend.

She wrote: “A dear friend of mine once told me that Leonardo DiCaprio gave her an excellent travel tip.”

She added: “I know – I could have written an entire post on this conversation alone.

“What is it, you ask?

“Evidently, he said that to avoid getting sick on planes, he puts a little Neosporin on a cotton swab and coats the inside of his nostrils.”

Neosporin is an antibiotic ointment which reduces the risk of infections after eye minor skin injuries and superficial bacterial eye infections.

A spokeswoman for Meghan and Harry has said the couple have not had any involvement in the book Finding Freedom.

Following the book’s publication earlier this month a spokeswoman for the couple said: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were not interviewed and did not contribute to Finding Freedom.

“This book is based on the authors’ own experiences as members of the royal press corps and their own independent reporting.”

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