London native and style expert Louise Roe shares her thoughts on the impending royal arrival - and her must-haves for any new mom (even the Duchess of Sussex)

By Alex Apatoff
March 29, 2019 02:14 PM
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Meghan Markle‘s due date is rapidly approaching, which means she’s settling into her new home, Frogmore Cottage, winding down her royal engagements and – likely – filling the drawers in the baby-to-be’s nursery with gifts from her shower. And since the former actress and California native has put her own spin on her life as the Duchess of Sussex throughout her pregnancy, from wearing comfy leggings to attending a baby shower in her honor, it’s fair to expect her approach to royal baby dressing will be classic with a twist, as well.

Are we likely to see Baby Sussex sporting the same short pants and knee socks as Prince George, or sweet cardigans and smocked dresses as Princess Charlotte? “Probably, but I think that she will do her own thing, as they so far have shown,” said stylist, mom and London-to-L.A. transplant Louise Roe, speaking at a Boden event celebrating the brand’s latest British Baby Classics. “They’ve put their own sprinkle on everything from her fashion to the wedding, so I’m sure they’ll be the same with the baby.”

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Aside from the “very posh” look of traditional British baby style, is there any other culture shock that Meghan, an L.A.-to-London transplant, may go through – seeing as she made the reverse trip from Roe? “It’s probably less going to England, and rather going into a royal family – that’s probably the biggest change,” Roe says, laughing. Even the traditionally American practice of throwing a baby shower is more widespread now than it once was. “It’s becoming a bit more of a thing in the U.K,” Roe says. “I feel like a lot of trends cross the Atlantic now; British things end up here and vice versa. I wasn’t surprised [that she had a shower] because I think she’s doing a really good job of maintaining some parts of her old life and her friends on both sides of the pond.”

Prince George and Princess Charlotte in traditional clothes with their father, Prince William, at brother Louis’ christening
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One thing that is universal: Obsession with the youngest royals’ style. To what does Roe attribute the enthusiasm? “I think Prince George has set the bar pretty high in the style stakes. He’s our little style icon,” she says. “And so is Charlotte. I bought one of the same little coats as Charlotte [for my daughter] because I saw her in that. I don’t know – it’s just they’re like miniature cute cuties.”

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So as the parent of a one-year-old, what care package would Roe send to help Markle get through her first year as a new mom? “I would do a really easy cozy onesie, and really cute bonnet because they cover their ears and they’re old school and I love them and it’s chilly in England,” she says. “And then I would probably do a very natural massage oil, like Kayo. ‘Cause massaging a baby, just gently, has been proven to have amazing effects on health and well-being and sleep and all that stuff – and then mom can have the leftover!”

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