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Meghan Markle is a couple of days in to her first overseas royal tour with husband Prince Harry – and her fashion choices are under a microscope.
On Monday she stepped out wearing Princess Diana’ s earrings and bracelet, and it didn’t take long for eagle-eyed royal fans to notice.
The Duchess has been donning Australian brands in a nod to the great fashion designers residing in the country.
But the jeans she chose to wear on her trip to Dubbo have an even more special meaning – as they are made by women who have been victims of exploitative situations such as trafficking.
The black jeans are from Outland Denim – said to be ‘the world’s most humanitarian denim brand’ – which began in 2011 by offering formerly enslaved or exploited young women training and employment pathways.
Cambodian women are given in-house training to become skilled cutters, seamstresses and pattern makers and are able to earn living wages, giving them social mobility and allowing them to contribute to their families and communities.
The company has since evolved to help women in positions of varying vulnerability, including helping women to leave factories where they are being exploited.
Meghan’s black ‘Harriet’ jeans cost £100 and Outland has launched shipping to the UK for the first time, anticipating high demand for the outfit.
A spokesperson for the brand said: "Outland Denim is honoured to have been chosen as part of the wardrobe of the Duchess of Sussex for her October tour of Australia, with the Harriet in Black worn on her trip to Dubbo."
Founder James Bartle, who is currently in Cambodia, said: “ I cannot think of a more suitable person to carry the Outland Denim brand.
"The Duchess’ advocacy for issues of social justice and women’s rights completely aligns with the work that we do. We are absolutely thrilled that she chose to wear Outland Denim on this tour."
Meghan also represented strong females in other ways, wearing a jacket from her friend Serena Williams’ fashion collection.
The Duchess wore the outfit to accompany husband Prince Harry to Dubbo, a rural area with a large farming community which has been hit by severe droughts this year.
After visiting the Royal Flying Doctor Service, the couple brought the rains with them while attending a community picnic and Harry brought farmers in the crowd to tears when he praised their resilience.
The Duke and Duchess then visited a local school and Meghan was hailed a ‘role model’ by the Aboriginal schoolgirls she met.
The couple will travel to Melbourne tomorrow before returning to Sydney for the Invictus Games, which Harry founded.
Meghan and Harry’s Royal Tour
Later they will visit New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga as part of a packed schedule with a total of 76 official engagements.
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