All the Style Tricks Meghan Markle May Have Used to Hide Her Baby News

Kensington Palace announced on Monday that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are expecting their first child. SO exciting, right??!!! Ah, congrats, you guys!

Meghan is reportedly only about 12 weeks along in her pregnancy journey, and honestly, most people don’t “show” a ton at this early of a stage.

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Nevertheless, eagle-eyed fans of the couple have spotted some diversion tactics she may have employed to throw us all off her tracks. Below, six tricks she may have used to keep the public off the scent:

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1. Coats. Lots and lots of coats.

Meghan wore this navy blue Givenchy coat on October 12. Getty ImagesGARETH FULLER

Look, it’s cold-ish outside in England right now, and it makes perfect sense that Meghan would be wearing coats a lot for this exact reason. BUT ALSO, jackets do a great job of hiding midsections and giving the illusion of a streamlined appearance—a.k.a. what bump?!

Meghan wore a neutral jacket over a hunter green outfit on October 3. Getty ImagesSamir Hussein

On September 20, Meghan wore this royal blue, slightly oversized coat. Getty ImagesWPA Pool

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2. Blazers. Also a ton of those.

Meghan wore this black suit on September 4. Getty ImagesMark Cuthbert

Blazers work in very much the same way as other jackets in terms of hiding a potential bump.

3. Peplum—a classic bump-hider.

Meghan wore this peplum Oscar de la Renta piece on September 24. Getty ImagesMark Cuthbert

Goes without saying that a peplum detail that cuts away from the stomach will hide any bump someone isn’t ready to share yet. Take the Oscar de la Renta one she wore on September 24, which featured voluminous frilling, for example.

4. Her…hair? Yeah.

Also on September 24, Meghan switched up her usually wavy hair or messy bun updo for straight tresses. Getty ImagesKarwai Tang

When Meghan showed up to this event with straight hair, fan theories abounded about pregnancy, and not just because she was wearing that peplum shirt. Because she wore her hair straight and it was the first time she’d done so since getting engaged to Prince Harry. Apparently, changing up your hair right before you announce a pregnancy is a sweet diversion tactic Kate Middleton has used in the past—and, hey, it could be true in Meghan’s case too!

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5. Various clutches positioned right in front of her stomach.

Meghan carried a contrasting clutch in front of her midsection on September 6. Getty ImagesKarwai Tang

Look, this is just a normal way to carry a clutch, but it’s also very good placement if you want to hide a certain something from the prying eyes of cameras, so…

On September 26, Meghan carried a coordinating black clutch with her fancy black Givenchy dress. Getty ImagesMax Mumby/Indigo

Meghan paired this black clutch with her matching suit on September 4. Getty ImagesKarwai Tang

6. Ruffles and pleats galore.

On September 6, Meghan’s royal blue dress featured three large ruffles cascading down the front. Getty ImagesMax Mumby/Indigo

Much like peplum, well-placed ruffles and pleats can do a good job distracting the eye.

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Meghan wore a pleated skirt on September 20. Getty ImagesWPA Pool

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