Meghan Markle given £6,000 gift from Victoria Beckham, but ‘financial benefit was nil’

Victoria Beckham, the renowned fashion designer, generously gifted Meghan Markle a wardrobe worth £6,000. The gesture was aimed at supporting her friend and gaining publicity for Beckham’s fashion line.

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However, despite Meghan wearing these outfits during significant public appearances—such as Christmas Day at Sandringham and a service at Westminster Abbey—the anticipated financial benefits for the Beckham brand were minimal.

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Royal author Tom Bower wrote in his new book House of Beckham: “Victoria agreed to provide a coat, dress, boots and a handbag worth £6,000 to Meghan for the Royal Family’s traditional Christmas Day parade in Sandringham.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex

“Later, Meghan wore a Beckham custom-made pregnancy outfit and a white coat and dress for a service in Westminster Abbey.” He continued: “The financial benefit was nil.”

Only a £1,400 handbag worn by Meghan gained notable attention.

The relationship between the Sussexes (Meghan and Harry) and the Beckhams became increasingly strained over time. Meghan, upon discovering the Beckhams’ greater wealth, felt irritated.

This tension was evident when the Beckhams were invited to Meghan and Harry’s wedding in 2018 but not to the more intimate wedding dinner, subtly signaling a shift in their high-profile friendship.

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Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, once had aspirations to emulate the posh style of Victoria Beckham, the former Spice Girl turned fashion designer. However, their relationship took a frosty turn when Markle allegedly sought free clothes and handbags from Beckham during her engagement to Prince Harry.

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According to celebrity biographer Tom Bower, Markle’s request was promptly vetoed by Buckingham Palace, citing rules against such privileges. This incident marked a turning point in their association.

Markle had initially been close to the Beckhams, even staying at their Beverly Hills home during a trip to Los Angeles. A member of Victoria’s staff had offered beauty advice to Markle, recommending the best facials and hairdressers in London. But trust eroded when Markle suspected that Victoria had leaked a story to the press. The Sun’s report on makeup advice from Beckham further strained their relationship.

The tension escalated when Markle allegedly snubbed the Beckhams at her wedding to Prince Harry in 2018. Victoria Beckham felt insulted that she and David weren’t invited to a dinner attended by celebrities like George Clooney. The envy over the Beckhams’ wealth and access to luxuries like private jets and yachts added to the strain.

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Despite the fallout, Markle continued to support Victoria professionally, wearing pieces from her collection on various occasions. However, their once-promising friendship had soured, leaving a royal rift in its wake.

Back in May, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle did not go empty-handed when leaving Nigeria. During their brief trip, the Sussexes were showered with an array of gifts, ranging from artwork and clothing, to jewelry and literature.

However, since stepping down as working members of the monarchy in 2020, Meghan and Harry are no longer bound by such restrictions. Their trip to Nigeria was not an official royal tour, freeing them from the need to adhere to royal protocol regarding gift acceptance.

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, receiving gifts at a charity event in Abuja, Nigeria

The official policy states that gifts should be refused “where there are concerns about the propriety or motives of the donor or the gift itself”.

It adds regarding gifts on international engagements: “In all cases, and particularly on official overseas trips, organisations and individuals should be discouraged from offering extravagant gifts, i.e. gifts of high monetary value.

“Whilst always remaining sensitive to local custom, Households should explore alternative gestures of goodwill during preliminary discussions about engagements.”


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