Meghan Markle and the Modern Royal Mini Dress

Since marrying Prince Harry in 2018, Meghan Markle has carefully curated her own style with a sense of aesthetic independence not usually associated with members of the royal family.

Fiercely proud of the fact that she doesn't use the services of a stylist, Meghan has moved away from many established royal conventions both in her wardrobe choices and her working practices.

From commissioning a French fashion brand to make her wedding dress to stepping out at royal functions in bold and exciting colors, Meghan has a strong connection with how she dresses.

One fashion staple in the duchess' wardrobe that she is particularly fond of is the mini-dress. This 1960s invention has been reinterpreted over subsequent decades into a chic wardrobe essential. For the royals though, the mini dress or skirt is a rarely worn item.

Meghan Markle Modern Royal Mini Dresses
Over the course of her marriage, Meghan has adopted a favorite fashion failsafe - the mini dress. Photographed (L) October 29, 2018. (C) September 25, 2021. And (R) August 29, 2018. Samir Hussein/WireImage/Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Global Citizen/ Dan Charity/WPA Pool/Getty Images

In the 1960s, the two leading royal followers of fashion did adopt the miniskirt, Princess Anne and Princess Margaret. Others, including the queen, have never tried the style.

According to royal author Ingrid Seward, per the Daily Mail, Anne caused a stir when she first wore a miniskirt in front of her grandmother, The Queen Mother who objected on the basis that she found knees to be "ugly."

This is not the case for Meghan though, who has worn an array of stylish mini-dresses throughout her married life.

Here, Newsweek looks at a collection of her most notable mini-dress moments.

'Hamilton', August 29, 2018

Meghan's first notable appearance in a mini dress after marrying Harry was at a special performance of Lin Manuel Miranda's hit musical, Hamilton, in London's West End.

The elegant tuxedo style dress was made by the Canadian-based design duo Judith & Charles. With double-breasted button details and statement lapels.

Meghan paired her look with black closed pumps by designer Paul Andrew and a glitter box clutch bag.

Meghan Markle "Hamilton" Mini Dress
Meghan Markle wore a tuxedo-inspired mini dress by Canadian design house Judith & Charles for a special performance of "Hamilton", August 29, 2018. Dan Charity/WPA Pool/Getty Images

New Zealand, October 29, 2018

Meghan wore another notable mini-dress during her tour of the South Pacific with Prince Harry after their marriage in 2018.

Meghan debuted many looks during the 17-day tour, which saw the royal couple visit Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. On the second day of her tour of New Zealand, Meghan wore another tuxedo-inspired mini dress in white by designer Maggie Marilyn.

Meghan's dress was custom made and the double-breasted buttoned detail accentuated the flare of the skirt which created an hourglass silhouette.

Designer Maggie Hewitt told Vogue of the duchess choosing to wear a piece from her collection that:

"Meghan Markle's team reached out with selections of a few pieces she was interested in, I almost fell off my chair! I was so excited. In particular, they wanted our Leap of Faith blazer dress to be made without the sleeves. So, of course, we dropped everything to make this happen!"

She then added: "I am just so honored she chose to wear one of my designs!"

Meghan Markle New Zealand Mini Dress 2018
Meghan Markle wore a white mini-dress by Maggie Marilyn during a visit to New Zealand as part of her South Pacific tour with Prince Harry. October 29, 2018. Samir Hussein/WireImage

International Women's Day, March 8, 2019

To attend an International Women's Day event in London in 2019, Meghan wore a bold mini-dress with a large monochromatic print from the British high street label Reiss.

At the time of the event, Meghan was pregnant with her first child, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, and the shorter mini-dress look moved away from the more conventional maternity wear favored by other members of the royal family.

With the dress, Meghan paired a tailored black blazer which she left open to reveal the print beneath. The royal also wore a pair of black suede high heels from the designer Manolo Blahnik and carried a black clutch bag with gold chain detailing from Stella McCartney.

Meghan Markle International Women's Day Mini Dress
Meghan Markle wore a Reiss monochrome printed mini dress to an event on International Women's Day, March 8, 2019. Karwai Tang/WireImage/DANIEL LEAL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Global Citizen Live, September 25, 2021

Meghan looked to the world of high fashion for her next statement mini-dress. For her appearance alongside Harry on stage at the Global Citizen Live vaccine equality event in 2021, the duchess wore an elevated white shift dress by Valentino.

The mini-dress featured floral appliques with beadwork embellishment around the neckline, sleeves and hem.

Meghan opted for a pair of black satin pumps and was seen carrying a black "Lady Dior" handbag from French fashion house Christian Dior, touchingly named after her mother-in-law Princess Diana. Meghan's bag had been personalized with the initials "DSSOS" reported representing her title as Duchess of Sussex.

Meghan Markle Global Citizen Live Mini Dress
Meghan Markle wore a Valentino floral embellished mini dress to appear at the Global Citizen Live event in New York with Prince Harry. September 25, 2021. Gotham/WireImage/NDZ/Star Max/GC Images

Invictus Games, April 17, 2022

Meghan's most recent mini-dress fashion moment came during the 2022 Invictus Games hosted at The Hague in The Netherlands.

For a special reception in honor of the Invictus Games Foundation Meghan again turned to Valentino for a statement mini-dress made in ivory crepe with laser cutouts.

Meghan wore the short shift style dress with brown silk high heels, diamond rings and her hair styled to fall across one shoulder.

Meghan Markle Invictus Games 2022 Mini Dress
Meghan Markle wore a Valentino mini-dress to an Invictus Games Foundation reception at the 2022 Invictus Games in The Netherlands. April 17, 2022. Chris Jackson/Getty Images for the Invictus Games Foundation
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