Meghan Markle reveals her passion for vegan leather trousers... and roast chicken

Patrick Sawer
Meghan Markle gives an interesting interview in the magazine Good Housekeeping - Bryan Derballa

It seems curious for someone to declare their love of cruelty-free vegan "leather" trousers while in the same breath hailing the virtues of a good roast chicken.

But then, when you’re the world’s most Googled-actress, you can surely be forgiven the odd inconsistency.

One can only hope the chicken Prince Harry’s girlfriend Meghan Markle has in mind is free-range and organic.

The star of the legal drama Suits - who has been dating the Prince several months - brings up the subject of vegan leather in an interview for the latest edition of Good Housekeeping, in which she discusses how she likes to inject a bit of personality into her on-screen outfits.

Meghan Markel talks to Good Housekeeping magazine about roast chicken, vegan leather and hand-written notes Credit: Bryan Derballa/Good Housekeeping

Miss Markle says: “My wardrobe for my part in Suits isn’t like Working Girl – dressing for work doesn’t have to be so on-the-nose these days. The key is to have your own point of view attached to it. Personally, I love cropped pants in vegan leather, a great fitted blazer and a button-down [shirt].”

Vegan leather - also known as faux or synthetic leather - is a favourite of designer Stella McCartney, whose and handbag and shoe range have been worn by the likes of Hollywood stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Anne Hathaway and Salma Hayek.

But Miss Markle’s promotion of vegan trousers may yet land her in hot water.

Although touted by its fans as an ethical alternative to animal leather, there have been claims that the solvents used in producing some ranges of the polyurethane-based material are highly toxic when disposed of and released back into the environment.

Meghan Markle in Boston Credit: Bryan Derballa/Good Housekeeping

Miss Markle goes on to confess to a fondness for traditional roast chicken, saying it’s the perfect dish to bring to dinner parties - especially when you want to be a hit with your hosts.

The US-born actress, who is understood to have spent the Easter weekend with Prince Harry at her home in Toronto before returning to the set of Suits, says: “There is nothing as delicious (or as impressive) as a perfectly roasted chicken. It’s a game changer. I bring that to dinner parties and make a lot of friends.”

Given the current level of “will they, won’t they?” speculation prompted by any public remarks she makes, that is likely to be interpreted only one way. Hopefully she knows that Prince Charles’s Duchy Originals range does a nice organic bird, just in case the moment should arise.

In the interview, Miss Markle also gives an insight into how she used to make ends meet before getting her first serious TV and film roles.

“I used to be a calligrapher for weddings and events – that was my side job while I was auditioning,” she says. “I think handwritten notes are a lost art form. When I booked my first [TV] pilot, my dad wrote me a letter that I still have. The idea of someone taking the time to put pen to paper is really special.”

Miss Markle’s decision last month to close down her personal online blog The Tig - in which she shared lifestyle and fashion advice with her thousands of followers - prompted a frenzy of speculation that an announcement over her future was imminent.

Since she discontinued The Tig there have also been rumors that she is preparing to quit acting in order to concentrate on her relationship with Prince Harry and her charity work.

In the interview, which is accompanied by a new set of pictures of the 35-year-old, she says the blog gave her a welcome opportunity to communicate directly with her fans and share a more optimistic and hopeful view of the world.

“I see my website The Tig as a conversation between girlfriends. I love connecting with the fan base and sharing my experiences,” she says. “There’s so much snarky stuff on the Internet these days, so I’ve tried to create a space that’s really positive and hopefully inspires you to do something that’s uplifting and empowering.”

The full interview appears in the June issue of Good Housekeeping, on sale 3rd May.

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What is ‘vegan leather’?

Vegan leather is a leather substitute used to make clothing, shoes, accessories and upholstery.

It’s admirers says it is indistinguishable from the real thing and is cheaper to manufacture than leather.

While some vegan leathers are cork - or kelp-based, most faux leather is made from petroleum based materials such as polyvinyl chloride (PVC), polyurethane and textile-polymer composite microfibres.

Critics say the production process for both leather and vegan leather results in the release of  chemicals harmful to the environment.

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