She’s a celebrity. She’s a strong-willed woman. She’s a stunning example of a lady on a mission. There are many ways to compare Queen Elizabeth to Meghan Markle, even if these two royals have so many differences. And one recent announcement proves that they have even more in common than we originally thought.
Royal family members aren’t allowed to express public support of one political party over the other. But they can quietly support partisan causes that matter deeply to them, like Meghan Markle’s quest for women’s equality and climate change awareness. Markle is also an outspoken advocate against animal cruelty and explained how proud she was to adopt a rescue dog.
That’s what makes Queen Elizabeth’s latest move so interesting. It sounds like the Duchess of Sussex isn’t the only one who cares about our furry friends.
Queen Elizabeth is giving up wearing real fur
Though Her Majesty is best known for vibrant colored skirt suits with matching hats, she’s also likely to throw a fur accessory on top in colder weather. For centuries, fur has been a status symbol for the wealthy and elite. It’s a normal part of any reigning monarch’s wardrobe.
But despite the undeniable opulence of fur, most critics cringe at the horrific methods used to make fur coats and accessories. Animal rights organizations such as PETA have been standing up against animal cruelty and warning people that supporting the fur industry is inhumane.
That’s why Queen Elizabeth is making the shift to fake fur, according to the royal dresser Angela Kelly.
The queen is changing with the times
In her recent book The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, the Dresser and the Wardrobe, Queen Elizabeth’s close confidante and official dresser explained the shift. “If Her Majesty is due to attend an engagement in particularly cold weather, from 2019 onwards fake fur will be used to make sure she stays warm,” she said.
While Kelly didn’t explicitly state why the queen was making the switch, it’s logical to assume it has something to do with widespread criticism of wearing real fur.
You’ll still see Queen Elizabeth in real fur sometimes
One thing the queen doesn’t do is waste perfectly good outfits. That’s why you’re still likely to catch Her Majesty donning a fur outfit — it just won’t be something new.
“As new outfits are designed for The Queen, any fur used will be fake,” a palace spokesperson explained to ABC News. “We are not suggesting that all fur on existing outfits will be replaced, or that The Queen will never wear fur again. The Queen will continue to re-wear existing outfits in her wardrobe.”
The queen has so much support for her decision
As expected, animal rights organizations are thrilled by this announcement. And Queen Elizabeth’s granddaughter in law Meghan Markle is also likely a fan of the news. Back when she was an actress, Markle’s publicist confirmed that she refused to wear fur on ethical grounds.
“Queen Elizabeth’s decision to ‘go faux’ is the perfect reflection of the mood of the British public, the vast majority of whom detest cruel fur, and want nothing to do with it,” said Claire Bass, executive director of the Humane Society in the U.K.