Fact: Queen Elizabeth is a walking, talking rainbow.
Lime green? Electric pink? Turquoise? Queen E's worn them all—she's clearly not afraid to express her deep and irrepressible love of all things colorful and bright. Every once in awhile, a fellow royal will mimic her peacocking ways, but newbie royal Markle is the glaring exception. In fact, delving further into the Duchess of Sussex's royal fashion choices thus far, we've noticed some odd patterns.
The most surprising? She has exclusively worn either soft blush pink or white since marrying Prince Harry. No exceptions.
Markle kicked off royal life in a pink Goat dress at Prince Charles's 70th birthday bash, and the choice was innocuous enough. But when she followed the frock with a look by Carolina Herrera at the Trooping of the Colour ceremony, she raised eyebrows because it was so, well, the same.
By the time she hit the Queen's Young Leaders Awards on Tuesday in, you guessed it, blush pink, we could officially declare the color a pattern, with three of her five post-wedding looks (the other two being the color's close cousin, white) fitting the mold to a tee.
It's a surprising move, considering this pink wasn't ever a color she favored while engaged to Prince Harry—or before her engagement, for that matter. In fact, Markle seemed to favor deeper hues on the whole, like the sheer black Ralph & Russo gown for her engagement photos.
So what gives?
Well, it's a little hard to say definitively, but there are solid theories.
Theory 1: She just likes the colour, okay?
Harry: Life, Loss, and Love author Katie Nicholl tells InStyle, "I don’t think there’s any particular reason Meghan is wearing a lot of blush other than the simple fact that she likes it." She adds that "it’s quite instinctive for Meghan to opt for a nude palette," because "she’s quite classic in her taste."
"Her favorite colors are black and white, but she knows that as a royal she needs to become more colourful so it may be that blush is a nod to that."
Theory 2: Blush is totally her colour.
Says Nicholl, "She knows [blush] complements her skin tone and that it’s a youthful colour for her." We'd have to agree.
Theory 3: As long as she's in a neutral tone, she won't have to worry about clashing with Queen Rainbow Brite—er, Elizabeth.
Fashion commentator Lucas Armitage chalked the use of this specific pink up to respect. "Meghan has opted for a neutral color once again. I feel this is a clever styling tactic as it will always work with the queen's look," Armitage told Daily Mail days before Markle stepped out Tuesday.
"The use of neutral colour on Meghan part is also a show of respect to the queen so she never looks like she is trying to outshine her. I would be shocked if Meghan ever opted for a bold colour, although it’s interesting to note in her previous life she was a fan of bright hues," Armitage added. "I think the queen and Meghan's relationship at this point is one built on respect, and Meghan has shifted her own personal style to adopt a more demure regal look—something I think the Queen will be thankful for."
Theory 4: She's not trying to draw more attention than necessary while she's still getting the hang of this whole royal thing.
Markle is new to this whole "royals" thing, coming into the family not only as a non-royal, but as a non-British and already public figure. For these reasons, her every move is constantly picked apart, and it's undoubtedly got to be something she's aware of.
Of course, this is merely speculative analysis, but it's worth looking at the optics of royal dress under the microscope because fashion does tell us about the wearer, whether we like it or not.
As Markle gets her royal sea legs, we wouldn't be surprised if we keep seeing more of this pink from her in the future.
This article originally appeared on InStyle U.S.