It’s the conundrum known to any woman who was once a mum-to-be: what to wear when your bump gets too big for regular tailored clothes. How much more of a challenge, then, when you know the world’s media is focused on you, critics ready to pounce!?

The Duchess of Sussex, or celebrity formerly known as Meghan Markle, is a style maven after our own hearts given GRAZIA’s fashion MO is to promote the fusion of high street and high luxury buys.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visiting Smart Works in London. (Credit: Getty Images)

The chic midi-dress in thick stretch viscose that she wore to yesterday’s meeting with Smart Works is by US maternity brand Hatch and retails for a mere $218.

In stark contrast, the long Oscar de la Renta camel coat was about as luxe as a minimalist-look cotton cover-up could be thanks to its prestige name and $4400+ pricetag.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visiting Smart Works in London. (Credit: Getty Images)

To finish the look, cow print shoes by the brand she treats as a go-to (in rotation with her wedding cobbler Altuzurra), Gianvito Rossi, artisanal gold cuff earrings by ethical fine jewellery brand Kimai and a chic low bun.

The $3785 box bag she carried has sold out today (as will the rest of her outfit, doubtless) but maybe she landed mates rates from its maker, close friend Victoria Beckham.

Smart Works is several organisations the Duchess now supports as royal patron. (Credit: Getty Images)

This was the Duchess’s first official outing after being announced royal patron of the charity, which helps unemployed and vulnerable women back into the workplace, making her all-access maternity dress all-the-more appropriate. Touché madam.

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Oscar De La Renta, Cotton-Twill Coat, $4414.
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Hatch, The Eliza Dress, $218.
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Gianvito Rossi, Plexi 85 leopard-print calf hair and PVC pumps, now $669 (from $1115).
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Kimai, felicity earrings, $558.
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thoughts?