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Meghan's Scottish handbag sells out after royal engagement

  • Meghan and Harry had their first public engagement in Nottingham in Friday
  • The couple appeared to have coordinated their outfits wearing navy and sand 
  • Meghan opted for a Canadian brand for the second time since their engagement

By Sophie Inge and Stewart Paterson For Mailonline

Published: 06:08 EST, 2 December 2017 | Updated: 11:02 EST, 2 December 2017

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Her white 'engagement' coat sold out just minutes after she was photographed wearing the £450 garment on Monday. 

And it appears the Meghan Markle effect is well and truly in full swing, with admirers scrambling to emulate the future royal's latest style.

A handbag, made by a small Scottish label, has now sold out after Prince Harry's future wife chose to carry the fashion item on her first royal engagement. 

Meghan was carrying a £455 handbag by Scottish brand Strathberry in burgundy as she met with well-wishers 
Meghan was carrying a £455 handbag by Scottish brand Strathberry in burgundy as she met with well-wishers 

Meghan was carrying a £455 handbag by Scottish brand Strathberry in burgundy as she met with well-wishers 

Meghan carried a £455 Strathberry tri-colour leather midi tote with dual top handles during the couple's visit to Nottingham on Friday.

Strathberry is based in Edinburgh and was founded just four years ago by husband and wife team Guy and Leeanne Hundleby.  

The pair left their jobs to create the company after noticing Scotland was lacking a standout international, luxury leather goods brand. 

Neither had a background in fashion - Mrs Hundleby worker in the financial sector and her husband ran a production company - but they were keen to build their own brand together.

After spending months travelling around Spain with their children when they were younger, they encountered families who had worked with leather over generations and whose skill was 'unparalleled'. 

Having chosen to work with the families, the Hundlebys also worked closely with fashion bloggers and built up an online following. 

They decided to expand the brand in 2015 and turned to Kickstarter - an online crowd funding platform.

Strathberry would turn out to be one of the top three most funded UK fashion projects on the site, with more than 500 backers in all pledging in excess of £120,000.   

A Strathberry spokeswoman said: 'We are thrilled and honoured to see Meghan Markle carrying our Strathberry midi tote in tri-colour burgundy/navy/vanilla.

Meghan, who has moved from Toronto to be with her future husband in London, chose Canadian brand Mackage for their first official engagement together 
Meghan, who has moved from Toronto to be with her future husband in London, chose Canadian brand Mackage for their first official engagement together 

Meghan, who has moved from Toronto to be with her future husband in London, chose Canadian brand Mackage for their first official engagement together 

Happy couple: But the future royal's boots - believed to be from Kurt Geiger - were a nod to the British high street
Happy couple: But the future royal's boots - believed to be from Kurt Geiger - were a nod to the British high street

Happy couple: But the future royal's boots - believed to be from Kurt Geiger - were a nod to the British high street

The Meghan effect! The bride-to-be's navy coat has already sold out on a number of websites 
The Meghan effect! The bride-to-be's navy coat has already sold out on a number of websites 

The Meghan effect! The bride-to-be's navy coat has already sold out on a number of websites 

'We are delighted at the news of her and Prince Harry's engagement, and wish them all the best for this exciting period. 

'It was a fantastic surprise to see that Meghan selected one of our core Strathberry styles to carry on her first royal engagement.

'The Strathberry midi tote tri-colour is now sold out and will be restocking soon. People can sign up for notifications on our website.'  

She was seen carrying her handbag with her while meeting the crowds - something that Kate rarely does - while her engagement ring was on full display.  

However, the Queen is rarely seen without her signature Launer handbag, which suggests Meghan might be taking a leaf out of her book. 

Meghan also flew the flag for Canada, where she had lived until recently, in a navy, military-inspired number by Mackage that has previously been seen on the wife of Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Sophie.  

It's the second time she has worn a Canadian brand since her engagement. On Monday, Meghan opted for a white wool coat - which instantly sold out - was from Canadian brand Line The Label.  

Embracing her new base, the skirt is from British brand Joseph coming in at £595, while her suede boots are from that staple of the British high street, Kurt Geiger. 

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry appeared to be in perfect sync as they arrived in Nottingham for their first royal engagement on Friday
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry appeared to be in perfect sync as they arrived in Nottingham for their first royal engagement on Friday

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry appeared to be in perfect sync as they arrived in Nottingham for their first royal engagement on Friday

Meghan flew the flag for Canada, where she had lived until recently, in a navy double breasted coat from the Canadian brand Mackage
Meghan flew the flag for Canada, where she had lived until recently, in a navy double breasted coat from the Canadian brand Mackage
She opted to wear no gloves in order to show off her engagement ring
She opted to wear no gloves in order to show off her engagement ring

Meghan flew the flag for Canada, where she had lived until recently, in a navy double breasted coat from the Canadian brand Mackage 

The actress finished her ensemble with a pair of elegant black suede heeled boots by Kurt Geiger, a change from the court shoes royal fans are used to seeing on the Duchess of Cambridge.

Wearing her brunette locks down in loose waves, she showed off her natural, glowing complexion as she arrived in the city.

It seems that Meghan may have also had an input when it came to Harry's wardrobe who stepped out in a tonally similar ensemble. 

The prince, 33, was also seen in a navy blue wool coat and his suede desert boots complimented the colour of Meghan's coat.

Shunning the traditional suit which is normally favoured by male members of the royal family for public engagements, Harry instead opted for a simple open collared white shirt.

She and Harry opted for complementary colours in the form of navy coats with sand-coloured accents 
She and Harry opted for complementary colours in the form of navy coats with sand-coloured accents 

She and Harry opted for complementary colours in the form of navy coats with sand-coloured accents 

Meghan later took off her navy coat to reveal a black polo neck top underneath
Meghan later took off her navy coat to reveal a black polo neck top underneath

Meghan later took off her navy coat to reveal a black polo neck top underneath

He also appeared to accent the colour of Meghan's skirt wearing a scarf in a shade of sand that almost perfectly matched the 36-year-old's outfit. 

As the couple arrived, they walked towards a group of dignitaries with one arm around each other's backs.

The couple appeared in perfect sync as they  moved along the seemingly endless line of well-wishers.

Members of the crowd called out Harry's name, while others held up camera phones to capture the moment, or stretched out their hands for the prince and his fiancee to shake. 

The visit aims to raise awareness of HIV/Aids and efforts to tackle youth crime but it also gave the prince the opportunity to showcase his partner to the nation.

Harry chose Nottingham, a city he knows well, for their first walkabout, a mainstay of royal engagements.

The couple, who arrived by train, began their tour with a civic welcome at the National Justice Museum in Nottingham's historic Lace Market district.

Ahead of their arrival, hundreds of curious and excited onlookers had packed the streets, including avid fan Irene Hardman.

The 81-year-old is well-known for handing bags of Haribo sweets to Harry, and first presented his father, the Prince of Wales, with two bags - the other for brother William - 20 years ago. 

Meghan also showed off her camel skirt by British brand Joseph
Meghan also showed off her camel skirt by British brand Joseph
She accessorised the skirt with a simple black belt
She accessorised the skirt with a simple black belt

She showed off her camel skirt by Joseph, which she accessorised with a black belt

Meghan was seen braving the winter chill as she left Nottingham Academy without her coat, while Harry swapped his coat for a navy jacket
Meghan was seen braving the winter chill as she left Nottingham Academy without her coat, while Harry swapped his coat for a navy jacket

Meghan was seen braving the winter chill as she left Nottingham Academy without her coat, while Harry swapped his coat for a navy jacket

Meghan wore her brunette tresses in loose waves for her initial engagement, and opted for a soft beauty look with a slick of berry lipstick
Meghan wore her brunette tresses in loose waves for her initial engagement, and opted for a soft beauty look with a slick of berry lipstick

Meghan wore her brunette tresses in loose waves for her initial engagement, and opted for a soft beauty look with a slick of berry lipstick

The couple appeared in perfect sync as they moved along the seemingly endless line of well-wishers
The couple appeared in perfect sync as they moved along the seemingly endless line of well-wishers

The couple appeared in perfect sync as they moved along the seemingly endless line of well-wishers

Canadian coat also worn by Justin Trudeau's wife 

The navy coat worn by Meghan today was previously worn by Justin Trudeau's wife.

The double-breasted number by Canadian brand Mackage was donned by Sophie Trudeau, 42, during a Remembrance Day service in Ottawa last month.

She teamed the navy coat with a matching trilby hat and black polo neck underneath.

The Canadian prime minister's wife also added a black belt over the coat to cinch in her waist. 

Meghan, who lived in Toronto while filming Suits, seems to have a penchant for championing Canadian brands, having worn a white coat by Line The Label on Monday. 

She was also seen wearing the same Mackage coat as she wore today last December. 

Justin Trudeau's wife Sophie wore the same navy coat as Meghan during an engagement in Ottawa last month 
Justin Trudeau's wife Sophie wore the same navy coat as Meghan during an engagement in Ottawa last month 

Justin Trudeau's wife Sophie wore the same navy coat as Meghan during an engagement in Ottawa last month 

Meghan displayed her glowing complexion with a natural make-up look on Friday
Meghan displayed her glowing complexion with a natural make-up look on Friday
She added a pop of colour to her ensemble with a berry lipstick
She added a pop of colour to her ensemble with a berry lipstick

Meghan displayed her glowing complexion with a natural make-up look on Friday 

The Suits star showed off her slender waist during her first official engagement with Harry
The Suits star showed off her slender waist during her first official engagement with Harry

The Suits star showed off her slender waist during her first official engagement with Harry

The stylish full-length skirt flared out at the bottom
The stylish full-length skirt flared out at the bottom

She gave a nod to her new home with her skirt, which was by British brand Joseph

Harry and Meghan posed for a group shot with the cast of a hip hop opera during their visit 
Harry and Meghan posed for a group shot with the cast of a hip hop opera during their visit 

Harry and Meghan posed for a group shot with the cast of a hip hop opera during their visit 

She said: 'It is absolutely wonderful and fantastic, and we're privileged they've chosen Nottingham to be their first official engagement.'

The city and its people are close to Harry's heart, with the visit his third public trip there since October last year.

It is the first official engagement by the couple in what will be a six-month tour of the UK, allowing the American former actress to get to know her new home.

Holly Burdett, who is originally from West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire, but now lives in Sydney, Australia, flew back to the UK earlier this month on a 'gamble' that the couple would announce their engagement.

She said: 'It paid off - I knew they'd be in London, doing something, and it's been about a year since they started properly dating.'

She joked: 'I always thought I'd marry Harry but you can't win them all. As long as they're happy, that's all that matters.' 

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