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Kate Middleton & Meghan Markle: Hidden meanings behind perfume choices


According to What Kate Wore founder Susan Kelley, one of Kate Middleton’s all-time favourite scents is Jo Malone Orange Blossom, a firm favourite among floral fragrance fans. Its scent features clementine flowers, white lilac, water lily, and orris wood all combined, making Jo Malone Orange Blossom an elegant and classy choice for Kate Middleton. The unisex scent was created by Jean Claude Delville in 2003.

The unisex scent was created by Jean Claude Delville in 2003.

“I’ve seen people on social media who have bumped into Kate when she’s out shopping and have said she smells amazing, like raspberry and fruit—very clean, crisp smells,” Susan Kelley said.

She continued: “I believe that fragrance is probably important to Kate as somebody who clearly pays attention to details, based off of photos from inside Kensington Palace and Anmer Hall.

“These are very lovely homes and settings, and fragrance is part of the setting for many people.

“She’s certainly demonstrated that she does pay attention to all sorts of details, so fragrance may well be part of the package.”

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For Kate’s wedding day, however, the Duchess opted for something a little different with Illuminum’s White Gardenia Petals, a delicate floral fragrance with notes of bergamot, lily, and ylang-ylang.

This was confirmed by Clarence House at the time.

Not surprisingly, the scent became a bestseller for the small niche brand.

The light floral scent had a hint of coconut, ylang-ylang, jasmine, and lily of the valley, laid on the base of amber wood.

Sadly, although the £125 fragrance is still listed on the brand’s website, it is no longer produced.

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In a nod to Jo Malone Orange Blossom, Kate’s favourite daytime scent, Westminster Abbey was decked out with Orange Blossom candles for her wedding day.

British Vogue reported Jo Malone London had been asked to scent the wedding with “a selection of candles, hand washes and lotions”.

Royal fans love the uplifting scent with Mia Evans saying: “I light it almost every day. It smells amazing.”

Myka Meier is the founder of Beaumont Etiquette, who was even trained by a former member of the Queen’s household staff and is the author of Modern Etiquette Made Easy.

According to Myka, both the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Sussex are at liberty to wear whatever fragrance they would like on their own time.

But while representing the Crown, Myka told Harper’s Bazaar: “It is uncommon for royals to wear any fragrance whatsoever.

“Fragrance is a very personal preference, and while one might enjoy their own personal perfume, the person they are meeting with may not.

“Therefore, in professional situations, it’s unlikely any fragrance, including both perfume or scented body creams, would be used.”

But when Kate and Meghan are not performing royal duties, they both enjoy wearing fragrance, according to royal experts.

Meghan Markle married Prince Harry on May 19, 2018 wearing a custom-made perfume by Queen Elizabeth’s perfumers Floris London, according to Susan Courter, founder of What Meghan Wore.

This scent was made with sea breeze, sunshine, and water in mind and was inspired by the brand’s Beramotto di Positano perfume, which has notes of bergamot, orange blossom ginger, and green tea. “It’s crisp, clean, and airy,” Courter said.

As with some other royal fragrances, this scent was created specifically for Meghan and her body chemistry.

This was not the first time Floris London created a royal wedding scent, as the perfumer also created a scent for Kate’s wedding named Wedding Bouquet to honour the occasion.

Additionally, Meghan used Diptyque candles to scent St. George’s Chapel on her wedding day, according to Courter.

It is a brand she continues to love: “We’ve seen Diptyque candles in recent video conferences she’s had, or fresh cut bouquets of flowers in the background of her home.

“I’m sure it smells amazing when you walk into their house,” Courter said.



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