06/07/2018 13:47 SAST | Updated 06/07/2018 13:47 SAST

Meghan Markle Can't Stop Wearing The Same Style Of Dress

Her reported $1 million wardrobe often features this elegant trend.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped out for the Commonwealth Youth Forum in London on Thursday, and it's clear the former actress' affinity for boat neck necklines (also sometimes called bateau necklines) isn't going away anytime soon.

At the event, Prince Harry wore a navy suit with an olive tie. Meghan Markle wowed in a yellow, sleeveless boat-neck sheath dress by United States designer Brandon Maxwell, as pointed out by royal correspondent Richard Palmer of the U.K.'s Daily Express.

She paired the summery dress with $625 suede nude heels from Manolo Blahnik, $498 diamond earrings from Adina Reyter, and a sleek, low bun.

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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive to attend a reception in London on Thursday.
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The Duchess of Sussex in a dress fit for summer (and Britain's current heatwave).

The Duchess of Sussex's Givenchy wedding dress ― designed by Clare Waight Keller ― had a boat neck neckline, which has surely inspired a lot of bridal copycats.

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Meghan Markle on her wedding day in St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle.

She's also worn the style to a lot of royal events over the past few months.

The 36-year-old wore a blush pink, double-breasted Prada dress with a boat neck to the Queen's Young Leader awards reception on June 26:

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Markle meeting a group of the Queen's Young Leaders on June 26.

And the same neckline on January 18 at an appearance in Cardiff, Wales:

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Markle chats with people in Cardiff Castle on Jan. 18.

Since Markle became an official part of the royal family two months ago, royal expert Katie Nicholl estimated in a Vanity Fair report last week that the cost of Duchess of Sussex's royal wardrobe totals about $1-million. That includes all of her clothes, coats, shoes and accessories ― and that's just since she married Harry on May 19.

Two major purchases no doubt constitute a major portion of the clothes budget: her custom Givenchy wedding dress and her custom reception gown.

As a member of the royal family, she and Harry receive income that flows through her father-in-law, Prince Charles, to foot the bill for her wardrobe.

As Nicholls points out, all the money might be worth it, given Markle's ability to generate positive press for the royal family (her drama with her own father notwithstanding).

"Meghan is now an ambassador for the royal family," Nicholls said. "Look at the publicity she has brought in the run-up to the wedding. I'd argue that's worth every penny."

William Hanson, a British etiquette expert, shared similar sentiments with HuffPost.

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Markle in an off-the-shoulder Carolina Herrera dress at the Trooping the Colour. It's still a similar style to the boat neck neckline she favors.

"The now Duchess of Sussex does usually look very chic and has so far been a credit to the British royal family," he said. "It is hard to put a price on impeccable style and while many women manage to look just as flawless for less, I would say that if that [wardrobe] figure really is accurate, it has been worth every dime."

Hanson said she may start switching up some of the materials she wears to certain engagements.

"So far, Meghan is getting everything spot on," he said. "Her public engagement outfits have all looked great and have been tailored well ― some of the materials have creased quite easily... and she will soon learn from experience what materials and cuts of outfits work best for preserving the pristine look for longer."

Like her sister-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge, Hanson assumes that we'll see many of Markle's outfits over the years:

"All members of the royal family realise they have to recycle and reuse outfits, especially when it comes to things like drinks receptions and less showy functions, and I think The Duchess of Sussex will soon find it is sometimes easier to go for an old favourite rather than reinvent the wheel," he said.

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