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While her wedding dress designer remains a closely guarded secret, Meghan Markle has turned to her new pal Victoria Beckham for style advice, Royal Watch can report. Markle, who has carried out a handful of public engagements and will travel to Edinburgh, Scotland, next week for another official outing with Prince Harry, is compiling a working wardrobe and has tapped the designer for sartorial advice.
The actress, who stepped out in a daring Alexander McQueen tuxedo-style suit for her last engagement has had at least one meeting with the former pop star to discuss frocks. According to a friend of Beckham’s: “They get along well and have been in touch recently. Meghan really likes Victoria’s style and was keen to pick her brains about pulling together a working wardrobe. She loves Victoria’s elegant but smart dresses, so expect her to wear one very soon.”
The two women struck up a friendship when Markle moved to the U.K. at the end of last year. Beckham is said to have reached out to Meghan to offer beauty advice and apparently recommended her facialist Sarah Chapman, who Meghan visited just days before the engagement announcement. Harry knows David Beckham and the celebrity couple are expected to be guests at the royal wedding in May.
“Victoria’s quite proud of the fact that she and Meghan have become chummy and seems to want people to know they are friends,” said the friend. “Of course, if Meghan wears one of her outfits it will be great for business.”
Meghan and Victoria share a similar sense of style, a passion for beauty products and treatments, and messy buns. Victoria ensured that Meghan was seen by Chapman, who reportedly has a six-month waiting list within days of arriving in London last year, and apparently also recommended her hairdresser at Hershesons in Knightsbridge. She is also said to have introduced Meghan to a number of friends in London.
Meghan returned the favor by wearing a Victoria Beckham sweater for one of her official engagement pictures which promptly sold out. While Meghan’s style is casual (she wore ripped jeans for her first outing with Harry at the Invictus Games), she has needed to sharpen up her act on engagements. A fan of black, she is said to like Victoria’s figure-hugging trademark zip-up dresses and her fitted trousers. Following reports that her fashion empire is struggling—losses almost doubled in 2016 from £4.8million to nearly £8.5 million, according to Business Insider—Victoria will no doubt be thrilled to have a soon-to-be royal wearing her designs.
The Beckhams, who attended William and Kate’s wedding at Westminster Abbey in 2011, must also be pleased at the prospect of being seated on a prize pew at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle in May. While Markle won’t be walking up the aisle in a V.B. creation (with a few notable exceptions, like Eva Longoria‘s wedding dress, Victoria doesn’t design bridal gowns), might she be planning to wear a Beckham-designed frock for her going-away outfit? A spokesman for Victoria Beckham declined to comment.