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Meghan Markle’s secret fashion weapon who helped plan farewell outfits is Prada’s former PR manager Maria Means Cote

MEGHAN Markle raised her fashion game when it came to her final wardrobe looks as a senior royal on her “farewell tour” of Britain. 

The Duchess of Sussex’s show-stopping looks were down to the planning of her “secret weapon” - ex-Prada PR manager Maria Means Cote.

The Mail on Sunday revealed that an insider said: “Maria was Meghan's stylist and assistant – she called in all her clothes and planned all her outfits. 

“She really refined her look and the two women got on really well.

“After Meghan and Harry agreed with the Royal Family that they would leave, they planned to return to the UK for one last time before they finished their royal duties.

"Meghan was determined to show everyone what they were losing and wanted to look as good as possible.”

The impeccably groomed Maria, 36, counts a number of high-end designers as good friends, and like Meghan is an American married to a Brit. 

Maria lives in Kensington, just a stone’s throw away from Kensington Palace, and was a perfect appointment for Meghan, who wanted to make an impact for her final engagements. 

In January, Meghan and Harry announced they wanted to step back as senior royals and earn their own money. 

After the “Sandringham Summit”, the Queen, William and Charles agreed to the decision and the Sussexes planned to return to the UK for a final time in March before moving to the US. 

Meghan stunned fans when she stepped out in a chic turquoise Victoria Beckham dress at the Endeavour Fund awards on March 5.

The Sussexes were pictured smiling at each other in the rain as they walked under an umbrella - and the image became instantly iconic. 

Meghan’s best friend Canadian stylist Jessica Mulroney initially helped Meghan with her wardrobe behind-the-scenes from Toronto. 

However, mum-of-three Maria, who once worked as a buyer at New York department store Saks Fifth Avenue, was hired by Buckingham Palace as a formal appointment. 

Maria aided Meghan with her Africa tour outfits, making sure they were regal yet appropriate. 

The fashion guru was able to call in top-end clothes, and the two women also ended up swapping clothes.

Before departing the UK for America, Meghan is said to have thanked and hugged Maria for her hard work. 

Now the Sussexes are living in a £11million mansion in Santa Barbara, California, and have just signed an £112million deal with Netflix.

We shared how Prince William and Kate Middleton ‘missed’ Harry and Meghan’s ‘awkward’ birthday Zoom call with Queen.

And Prince Harry must have been deeply hurt by Meghan being left out of birthday messages, writer claims.

Prince Harry has ‘put aside duty in exchange for cash’ - and Meghan ISN’T to blame, says Dan Wootton

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