Why Meghan Markle Is Vegan-Fashion Royalty

Published by Katherine Sullivan.

Ever since news broke in November that Meghan Markle is engaged, folks everywhere want to know how they can get that “Markle sparkle.” And while we agree that the former actor is as stylish and beautiful as they come, we think she radiates much more than physical beauty—she shines bright with compassion.

Markle and Prince Harry will exchange vows on Saturday, May 19, at Windsor Castle in England. After she officially becomes a princess, Markle will likely gain even more fame—if you can imagine that—and to be honest, we’re here for it. The Los Angeles native has often used her influence to inspire kindness, including toward animals.

Markle Gives Fur a Thumbs Down

According to Markle’s former agent, Gina Nelthorpe-Cowne, the former Suits star refuses to wear fur on ethical grounds. She certainly isn’t alone. Last year, the White House announced that first lady of the United States Melania Trump would also not wear fur, after she received a faux-fur gift from PETA and Honorary Director Pamela Anderson.

John Galliano, Versace, Michael Kors, Gucci, and more join Markle in opposing fur. These influencers’ and designers’ refusal to align themselves with the cruel fur industry is a sign that times are changing.

What About Leather? Fauxget About It

Markle also reportedly loves vegan leather. While discussing her personal style last year, she admitted, “Personally, I love cropped pants in vegan leather.” Markle’s fondness for cruelty-free pants even caused online searches for “vegan leather trousers” to increase by 67 percent. Now that’s something we bow down to.

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By choosing to oppose fur and leather, Markle is actively helping to stop the global skins trade. Whether it came from an animal on a fur farm or one who was trapped in the wild, every fur coat, trinket, and bit of trim caused an animal tremendous suffering—and took away a life.

Likewise, leather items sentence countless animals—including cows, pigs, goats, sheep, alligators, ostriches, kangaroos, dogs, and cats—to a lifetime of suffering.

Learn how to dress fashionably and compassionately!

Sparkle With Compassion, Just Like Markle

PETA congratulates Markle—not just on her upcoming nuptials but also for being such an inspiring, compassionate role model to so many. Click the buttons below to find out just how easy it is to make kind choices like hers.

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“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind