Duchess in monochrome: We draw style inspo from Meghan Markle’s past looks

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex launches the Smart Works capsule collection on September 12, 2019 in London, England. Created in September 2013 Smart Works exists to help unemployed women regain the confidence they need to succeed at job interviews and return to employment. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex launches the Smart Works capsule collection on September 12, 2019 in London, England. Created in September 2013 Smart Works exists to help unemployed women regain the confidence they need to succeed at job interviews and return to employment. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, recently celebrated her 40th birthday, the second since she and her husband, Prince Harry, stepped back from their royal duties.

However, despite her strained relationship with the royal family, Kate Middleton and Prince William, Prince Charles, and Queen Elizabeth wished Meghan a Happy 40th Birthday on social media.

The mom of two spent her milestone birthday privately with her husband and their children. 

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Since her exit from royal duties, the Duchess has gone back to showbiz, moved back to the US, and gave birth to daughter Lilibet Diana Mountbatten Windsor, who is named after Queen Elizabeth II and her late grandmother Princess Diana.

The couple has been spending some time on family leave following Lilibet's birth.

Together with her husband, Meghan has also signed a production deal with Netflix to create documentaries and TV shows under their new production company. Meghan will be embarking on an animated children's series soon.

READ MORE: Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle grateful to Oprah Winfrey for befriending her mom

She's also released her first children's book titled: The Bench.

Meghan revealed that she gifted her husband a bench on his first Father's Day three years ago, inscribed with a poem that inspired the book.

In the book, there are several clear nods to Prince Harry and their son, Archie. For instance, there are watercolour illustrations of a father with ginger hair and the colours of the dog sitting next to the bench also closely resemble Meghan's beagle, Guy. 

We've put together 17 of our favourite pics of the Duchess in monochrome outfits.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 05: (EMBARGOED FOR

Meghan attends The Endeavour Fund Awards at Mansion House on March 5, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 05: Meghan, Duchess of Sus


LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 09: Meghan, Duchess of Su

The Duchess attends the Commonwealth Day Service 2020 on March 09, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage/ Getty Images)


LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 07: Meghan, Duchess of Su

Accompanied by Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan attends the Mountbatten Festival of Music at Royal Albert Hall on March 07, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage/Getty Images)


LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 07: Meghan, Duchess of S

She arrives at Canada House on January 07, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage/Getty Images)


Meghan Markle

Meghan attends a roundtable discussion on gender equality with The Queens Commonwealth Trust (QCT) and One Young World at Windsor Castle on October 25, 2019 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Jeremy Selwyn - WPA Pool/Getty Images)


LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 22: Meghan, Duchess of S

Attending the One Young World Summit Opening Ceremony at Royal Albert Hall on October 22, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)


CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 25: Meghan, Du

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits the British High Commissioner's residence to attend an afternoon reception to celebrate the UK and South Africa’s important business and investment relationship, looking ahead to the Africa Investment Summit the UK will host in 2020. This is part of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's royal tour to South Africa on October 02, 2019. She later visited University of Johannesburg in a similar dress of a shorter length as seen below. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage/ Getty Images)

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 01: (UK OUT

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 25: Meghan, Du

The Duchess of Sussex visits the African not-for-profit organisation 'mothers2mothers' during day three of the royal tour of South Africa on September 25, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage/Getty Images)


RABAT, MOROCCO - FEBRUARY 24: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS

She attends a reception hosted by the British Ambassador to Morocco at the British Residence during the second day of her tour of Morocco on February 24, 2019 in Rabat, Morocco. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage/Getty Images)


LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 30: Meghan, Duchess of

Visiting The National Theatre on January 30, 2019 in London, England. It was announced earlier this month that The Duchess would become Patron of The National Theatre, one of two patronages passed on by Queen Elizabeth II. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)


ROTORUA, ROTORUA - OCTOBER 31: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAY

Meghan takes part in a walkabout on October 31, 2018 in Rotorua, New Zealand. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on their official 16-day Autumn tour visiting cities in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage/Getty Images)


BOGNOR REGIS, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 03: (EMBARG

She visits the University of Chichester's Engineering and Technology Park on October 3, 2018 in Bognor Regis, England. The Duke and Duchess married on May 19th 2018 in Windsor and were conferred The Duke & Duchess of Sussex by The Queen. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)


LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 25: (EMBARGOED

Meghan arrives to open 'Oceania' at the Royal Academy of Arts on September 25, 2018 in London, England. 'Oceania' is the first-ever major survey of Oceanic art to be held in the United Kingdom. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)


TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 23: Meghan Markle attends

Attending the Opening Ceremony of the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 at the Air Canada Arena on September 23, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. The Games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for the Armed Forces. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage/Getty Images)


NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 24: Meghan Markle attends the

Meghan attends the NBC's 2015 New York Summer Press Day at Four Seasons Hotel New York on June 24, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)


NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: Actress Meghan Markle a

She attends American Ballet Theatre 2013 Opening Night Fall Gala at David Koch Theatre at Lincoln Center on October 30, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage/Getty Images)


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