It may not be Armani, but we've found Meghan Markle's R70 000 dress at a fraction of the price

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In this handout image provided by Harpo Productions and released on March 5, 2021, Oprah Winfrey interviews Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on A CBS Primetime Special premiering on CBS on March 7, 2021. (Photo by Harpo Productions/Joe Pugliese via Getty Images)
In this handout image provided by Harpo Productions and released on March 5, 2021, Oprah Winfrey interviews Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on A CBS Primetime Special premiering on CBS on March 7, 2021. (Photo by Harpo Productions/Joe Pugliese via Getty Images)
  • Meghan Markle has mastered the art of sending messages with her style, and the outfit she chose for her and Prince Harry's bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey didn't disappoint.
  • In case you missed it last week, PageSix Style Editor, Elana Fisherman, and Director of Audience Engagement, Kristin McNamara, weighed in on the symbolism behind the look.
  • And now, we've found a very similar dress - in both cut and print - that you can shop for just R700. 

There was no shortage of symbolism in Meghan’s look. 

But what dropped many jaws last week was the fact that it was revealed that the black Armani dress the duchess wore is worth $4700 (about R70 000). According to a spokesperson for the duchess, the lotus flower design was specifically chosen for its meaning of revival and resilience.

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On social media, there were a lot of comparisons made between Meghan Markle’s Armani look and a portrait of fellow American (former) royal, Wallis Simpson.

In the portrait - taken a week before her husband, King Edward, abdicated - Wallis also sports a central-parted chignon with her silk dress look with a very similar floral print to the Armani frock. Elana, however, says the Twitter speculation was a "bit of a stretch."

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American socialite Wallis Simpson (nee Bessie Wallis Warfield) (1896 - 1986) a week before King Edward VIII abdicated. She became Duchess of Windsor in June 1937 after her marriage to Edward VIII, Duke of Windsor. (Photo by Fayer/Getty Images) 

And since only the top one percent of the population can just saunter into Hyde Park in search of the duchess' dress, we figured; why not shop it at one percent of the price, rather? 

That's right.

The Paloma floral dress - similar to both Meghan and Wallis' dresses - has now been marked down to R699 (was R999) at the much-loved local store, Poetry. 

Made locally, the Paloma dress is described as an "easy-wearing piece featuring a v-neckline with long elasticated sleeves and a flowy three-tiered design."

The dress comes with a sheer outer piece and an inner lining dress. 

Get yours while sale stock lasts, R699 at Poetry 

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meghan markle armani dress

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Plus, more sentimental details you might have missed about Meghan and Harry's outfits for their Oprah Winfrey special:

Meghan’s jewellery

In addition to pieces from Canadian brand, Maison Birks, she wore British designer Kevin Small - subtle nods to the two places she’s called home.

The duchess also wore Princess Diana’s diamond tennis bracelet. She’s worn this bracelet a few times before and is notably the piece Harry used to make her 3-stone engagement ring in 2017. At the time, Prince Harry said he chose it so that his late mother could be with them on their journey. 

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Diana, Princess Of Wales At The Christie's Pre-auction Party For The Launch Of The Auction Of Dresses. She Is Wearing A Dress By Fashion Designer Catherine Walker. (Photo by Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images) 

Prince Harry wore his favourite light grey J. Crew suit worth $650 (about R9 700), which seems to have a sweet connection to his son Archie. The Duke wore this suit for both Archie’s first public debut and his christening. 

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