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Meghan Markle’s Paul Andrew Pumps from Queen Elizabeth II’s Funeral Have Gone Viral — And May Prompt A Relaunch

Meghan Markle has created yet another viral fashion moment — this time, for Paul Andrew, whose pumps she wore to Queen Elizabeth II‘s funeral.

The Duchess of Sussex wore the New York-based designer’s archival Pump-It Up style during the Lying-In State part of the occasion on Wednesday. Her pair — one of several that she owns, though the black set was confirmed to be a one-of-one colorway — featured suede uppers with pointed toes and thin heels. The versatile style was worn with a black cape-style dress and gloves, as well as a wide-brimmed hat, Loewe’s leather “Postal” top-handle bag, and a pair of pearl and diamond stud earrings — which Markle wore to her first joint event with the Queen in 2018, marking a new Cheshire bridge.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 14: Prince William, Prince of Wales, Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Peter Phillips follow the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II into Westminster Hall on September 14, 2022 in London, United Kingdom. Queen Elizabeth II's coffin is taken in procession on a Gun Carriage of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall where she will lay in state until the early morning of her funeral. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III. (Photo by Darren Fletcher - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Harry, and Meghan Markle seen inside the Palace of Westminster during the Lying-in State of Queen Elizabeth II on Sept. 14, 2022 in London.
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Andrew’s footwear — relaunched this February, following a brief hiatus during his tenure as creative director of Ferragamo — gained high interest when viewers spotted Markle’s soles sporting his overlapping “PA” logo. Though some speculated it was a traditional symbol of some kind, it was ultimately deduced that the monogram simply marked the shoes as Andrew’s design, according to Birmingham Live.

“We did not know in advance that Meghan had chosen to wear Paul’s shoes for this momentous yet sorrowful occasion,” a representative for the brand exclusively told FN. “Meghan owns that pump in a couple of different materials and colors, but we believe this is the first time she has worn the style in black suede.”

As for Andrew himself, the designer is humbled that Markle wore his footwear during this historic moment.

“It’s an honour that the Duchess of Sussex chose my shoes for such a momentous occasion,” Andrew exclusively told FN.

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Markle’s Paul Andrew pumps, as seen at Queen Elizabeth II’s Lying-In State.
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LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 14: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend as the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is escorted into Westminster Hall for the Lying-in State on September 14, 2022 in London, England. Queen Elizabeth II's coffin is taken in procession on a Gun Carriage of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall where she will lay in state until the early morning of her funeral. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III. (Photo by Peter Tarry - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
A closer look at Markle’s Paul Andrew pumps.
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Now, the “Bench” author’s exclusive black suede set could become a revived hit for the brand, which — according to the representative — was specifically crafted for Markle. In fact, the same representative confirmed Andrew is already considering bringing back the Pump-It Up style to his repertoire in the Spring 2023 season, due to the international interest and desire for the shoe.

“It was an exclusive sku made especially for her,” the representative said, “but with the incredible global response to her wearing the pump this week we are considering to relaunch the shoe next season.”

Stay tuned for more updates as this story progresses.

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