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And yet princesses seem to do it so infrequently. You might have expected princesses to be nonexistent in 2018; instead, we have plenty of them, and their fashion habits can seem as retrograde as the institution of royalty itself. The female royals of Sweden, Spain, Norway, and other countries that still indulge their nobility are typically seen in dresses and skirts. Most notably, the Duchess of Cambridge almost always wears dresses for public engagements, choosing pants only if the activity is specifically athletic (and even then, she’s been known to play field hockey in a dress) or that one time she went “camping.”
Then, in sweeps Meghan Markle. Sure, she’s not the only princess to ever wear pants. But the incoming British royal has been wearing pants for almost all of her public engagements thus far, despite her soon-to-be family’s commitment to old-school dress codes. And more importantly, she is really good at it.
Because, yes, anyone can put on jeans. But to wear pants in a way that makes them an enviable fashion statement, the true star of the outfit show, is a real skill. And Meghan is very, very skilled at pants.
Here are her latest pants:
Which were preceded by these high-waisted wonders.
Here she does it again, this time showing her ankles — as if she were wearing a skirt! And yet, they’re pants.
Here she is in “skinny” pants, which look like they’re directly attached to her shoes, which is maybe part of the genius (?).
And here, common jeans wearers, are the true pánts de résistance.
Long live Meghan — our messy-bunned monarch, the countess of the cross-body bag, and truly princess of the pants.