The All-Brown Royal Family Outfits: Are They Sending Us A Message?

Jamie Feldman

We’re not sure if you’ve heard, but the British royal family is really going through it at the moment. After the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, AKA Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, announced they would be “stepping down” as senior royals on Jan. 8, the family moved swiftly to put forth a united front, culminating most recently with a statement of support and solidarity from Queen Elizabeth II

But in a family that is often seen and rarely heard, the real show of unity comes sartorially. Because what silently screams solidarity better than coordinating outfits? That’s the logic many royal enthusiasts are attributing to the influx of all-brown outfits we’ve seen worn by royal women over the past few days.

First it was Meghan, who departed Canada House with Prince Harry on Jan. 7, one day before the couple’s historic announcement.

All neutral everything on the Duchess of Sussex, pictured here with Prince Harry leaving Canada House in London on Jan. 7.  (Samir Hussein via Getty Images)

Just days later, amid talks between the family about Meghan and Harry’s future, the queen was seen leaving church in her version of basically the same outfit. 

Queen Elizabeth II seen wearing a matching hue to Meghan leaving church in King's Lynn, England, on Jan. 12, days later. (Max Mumby/Indigo via Getty Images)

But wait! There’s more. A Kate Middleton fan Instagram account, Catherine of Cambridge, shared a photo of the duchess driving on Monday in ― you guessed it ― a brown turtleneck and coat. 

What does it all mean? Well, maybe nothing. But maybe not nothing! And if anyone has the insight, it’s reporter and royals enthusiast Elizabeth Holmes. She is quite literally writing the book on the topic — “HRH: So Many Thoughts on Royal Style” — and is a must-follow for fans of the family and its fashion. 

“No one can possibly know what the thought is behind their choices, because the royal mantra is ‘never complain, never explain,’” Holmes told HuffPost over the phone on Monday. “I know from researching not just Meghan and Kate but the queen and Diana that a tremendous amount of effort goes into planning...

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