Meghan Markle’s £30 fascinator is proof high-street hats can be chic

The Duchess of Sussex has well and truly embraced British life, wearing what might be her first piece from Marks & Spencer.

Accompanying Prince Harry to the Lincolnshire wedding of Princess Diana’s niece Celia McCorquodale, Meghan accessorised her flowing Oscar de la Renta wrap dress with a £29.50 M&S fascinator, which will undoubtedly cause a spike in sales as we approach peak wedding season and the start of Royal Ascot.

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The Pillbox Bow Fascinator comes in navy as well as the cream shade that Meghan wore – and it’s miraculously still available to buy online. Made of straw, you’ll need to whip this one off quick if it starts raining.

While the fascinator fell out of fashion for a few years, now that Meghan Markle has demonstrated just how chic it can look, it’s safe to say they are officially back. A fan of sleeker, simpler styles, she may have single-handedly save the fascinator’s reputation.


And thank goodness for that. An instant formal flourish for smart events, it’s less commitment than a hat – and there’s no blow-dry ruining, ‘helmet hair’ issues to contend with. Depending on how flamboyant you want to be, you can keep it small and subtle, or go big and bonkers.

Whether you’re planning a day at the races, or you’ve got another wedding ahead, here’s our edit of the best fascinators available online and on the high street. And just like Meghan’s they’re all £30 or less, so you can save your splurging for the rest of your outfit.

7 High-Street Fascinators For Summer

Flower cluster pillbox, £29, Jacques Vert

Large crinkle effect fascinator, £19.60, Wallis

Green feather fascinator, £29.50, M&S

Cecile fascinator in navy, £25, Coast

Pastel flower pillbox with satin twill, £29, Jacques Vert

Debut red feather organza fascinator, £11.20, Debenhams

Polka dot mesh bow fascinator, £10, ASOS