Meghan Markle laughs off 'fat lady' comment in $40 maternity dress

The Duchess of Sussex. Image via Getty Images.

Meghan Markle’s may be a Duchess, but she’s the queen when it comes to mixing high-fashion items with affordable clothing.

The expectant royal showcased her growing baby bump in a $40 fine-knit dress dress from H&M for a visit to one of her patronages, The Mayhew. Markle visited the animal welfare charity to learn more about their ongoing projects.

Meghan Markle with Minnie. Image via Getty Images.

During her visit, the animal lover met with volunteers to learn more about the charity’s animal therapy initiative. While chatting with one the senior women who benefits from the program, the woman admired her pregnant belly and said, “You’re a fat lady.”

Cameras caught the Duchess take the exchange in stride by happily replying, “I’ll take it!”

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The Duchess took time to cuddle some of the animals up for adoption, including one-year-old Minnie, a Jack Russell Terrier who is part of the Mayhew’s rehoming process. Markle reportedly told staff she couldn’t take another dog home before the baby arrives as “our hands are too hands full.”

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Like a true animal lover, the royal didn’t shy away from getting dog hair on her Emporio Armani Cream Cashmere Coat ($2,896) and completed the look with a faux-leather Stella McCartney Falabella tote in beige ($1,605).

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Check out some of our favourite Markle-inspired maternity looks below!

H&M MAMA Fine-knit Dress 

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Get the Duchess’s latest look from H&M while you can! The cream colour Meghan wore is unfortunately sold out already, but we’re certain the soft grey variety is just as fit for a royal bump.

SHOP IT: H&M, $40

Old Navy  Maternity Sweater-Knit Bodycon Midi Dress

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The Duchess of Sussex loves an LBD and we think she’d approve of this fitted and incredibly affordable look from Old Navy. Throw on some animal print shoes and you’ll be twinning with Meghan in no time.

SHOP IT: Old Navy, $19

Ingrid & Isabel – Asymmetrical Maternity Dress  

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Markle isn’t afraid to combine bold colours, like purple and red. Dare to try the fashion forward look in this super-soft plum midi dress!

SHOP IT: Nordstrom, $44

ASOS – Maternity Wiggle Midi Dress

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After announcing her pregnancy, the Duchess of Sussex sported this black midi dress during her visit to New Zealand. The look has quickly become a best seller, but is back in stock online!

SHOP IT: ASOS, $80

Bluebelle  Maternity nursing wrap front bodycon midi dress

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This midi dress in a Meghan Markle’s go-to colour is the perfect look for spring. Designed with nursing in mind, this is a great transitional item for new moms!

SHOP IT: ASOS, $29 

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