The subtle trick Meghan Markle used to disguise her baby bump has seen a sudden surge in in purple folder sales overnight.
The Duchess of Sussex sparked pregnancy speculation after she touched down in Sydney with her husband Prince Harry on Monday, clutching two strategically placed bright purple folders in front of her stomach.
Kensington Place announced later that day that the couple were indeed expecting their first child next year.
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There’s been a sudden surge in the sale of purple folders since Meghan Markle used them to hide her baby bump at Sydney Airport on Monday
The stationery item has been flying off the shelves since.
Office supplies store Officeworks has reported a 75 per cent increase in sales overnight and has sold out of the suddenly popular item.
‘Her unlikely accessory has sent stationery lovers into a frenzy, with the purple folder having almost sold out across Officeworks stores nationwide,’ a spokeswoman said.
‘Data from Officeworks shows that as of yesterday, sales of the general folder category have increased by 32 per cent and sales of the infamous Aqua Drops range have increased by 75 per cent.’
The folders were described in the release as ‘the latest must have accessory to conceal a baby (or food!) bump’.
‘We’ve been pleasantly surprised with our customer’s reaction to Meghan’s purple folders. The increase in our sales of this product demonstrates her influence on Australian pop culture,’ an Officeworks spokeswoman told Daily Mail Australia.
Officeworks has reported a 75 per cent surge in purple folder sales and tried to capitalise on the royal fever with this Facebook post
The company went as far as putting up a cheeky post on its Facebook page on Tuesday.
‘Every royal celebrity/style icon needs trusty document storage. Make like Meghan Markle by picking up one of our folders in a range of on-trend colours,’ it posted.
But not everyone took too kindly to the post.
‘Officeworks trying to fly on Meghans coat tails. Not a good look for them. How utterly ridiculous,’ a woman commented.
Another added: ‘You have got to be kidding!’
The Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry are in Dubbo on Wednesday.
‘Every royal celebrity/style icon needs trusty document storage,’ Officeworks posted on its Facebook page after Meghan Markle was spotted with purple folders as she touched down on Monday
Harry and Meghan’s whirlwind tour
Wednesday, October 17: Dubbo, Australia – The couple will fly to Dubbo, in the New South Wales central west. On arrival, the Duke and Duchess will visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service. They will also will see first-hand the hardships local drought affected farmers are facing by visiting a local property. The Duke and Duchess will then travel to Victoria Park to join people from Dubbo and surrounding areas at a picnic, followed by a visit to a local school
Thursday, October 18: Melbourne, Australia – Harry and Meghan will fly to Melbourne where the day will begin with a short walk to Government House, meeting members of the public along the way, before attending an official reception. The royal couple will later visit a social enterprise café. In the afternoon, the Duke and Duchess will visit a primary school to meet students who are involved in sustainability programmes. Upon departure from the school, The Duke and Duchess will travel on an iconic Melbourne tram to South Melbourne beach
Friday, October 19: Sydney, Australia – In the morning, Harry and Meghan will visit Bondi Beach. Before departing, the Duke and Duchess will have an opportunity to meet members of the public. Later that morning, the couple will take part in a youth advocate programme. Following this event, the Duke will climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge to officially raise the Invictus Flag, marking the arrival of the Invictus Games to Sydney. Their Royal Highnesses will conclude the day with calls on the Leader of the Opposition at Admiralty House, and the Prime Minister at Kirribilli House
Saturday, October 20: Sydney, Australia – The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will travel by boat to attend the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 Jaguar Land Rover Driving Challenge on Cockatoo Island. In the evening, Harry and Meghan will attend a reception at the Opera House, prior to attending the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 Opening Ceremony. Prince Harry will give a speech at this event
Sunday, October 21: Sydney, Australia – Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex will watch some Invictus Games events, including cycling and sailing. They will attend a lunchtime reception hosted by the Prime Minister with Invictus Games competitors
Monday October 22: Fraser Island, Australia – Their Royal Highnesses will travel to Queensland’s Fraser Island or K’gari as it is known by the Traditional Owners the Butchulla people, as part of the dedication of the site to the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy (QCC). The couple will then meet with local elders and national park rangers to learn about the Island. From here, Their Royal Highnesses will travel to the beach to learn about the history in the Island’s logging trade, as well as its use as a training base for the Australian Z Special Unit during the Second World War. Their Royal Highnesses will then travel to Kingfisher Bay by boat
Tuesday, October 23: Suva, Fiji – Their Royal Highnesses will be greeted by a Guard of Honour at Suva airport, before calling on His Excellency The President of Fiji at Borron House. The Duke and Duchess will then attend an official welcome ceremony in the city centre’s Albert Park. From there, The Duke and Duchess will leave Albert Park for the Grand Pacific Hotel to attend a Reception and a State Dinner hosted by The President of Fiji, at which The Duke will speak
Wednesday, October 24: Suva, Fiji – His Royal Highness will lay a wreath at the Fiji War Memorial, and meet a number of Fijian war veterans, some of whom served with the British Armed Forces. Their Royal Highnesses will then visit the University of the South Pacific campus in Suva. From here, Their Royal Highnesses’ programme will split. The Duke will travel to Colo-i-Suva Forest Park, and The Duchess to the British High Commissioner’s Residence. The Duchess will then travel to Suva Market
Thursday, October 25: Nadi, Fiji and Nuku’alofa, Tonga – The Duke and Duchess will travel to the city of Nadi in Western Fiji, where they will attend a special event at Nadi Airport. After an official welcome ceremony, The Duke and Duchess will unveil a new statue commemorating Sergeant Talaiasi Labalaba. From Nadi Airport, Their Royal Highnesses will take a chartered flight to Tonga
Friday, October 26: Nuku’alofa, Tonga and Sydney, Australia – The Duke and Duchess will visit the St George Building for a call on the Prime Minister S Akilisi Pohiva and members of the cabinet. From there, Their Royal Highnesses will attend an exhibition with The Princess Angelika at the Faonelua Centre. The Duke and Duchess will then travel to Tupou College. The Duke and Duchess will travel to The Royal Palace for an official farewell with The King before departing for Sydney, where they will attend the the Australian Geographic Society Awards
Saturday, October 27: Sydney, Australia – Their Royal Highnesses will spend the afternoon at the wheelchair basketball finals of the Invictus Games at the Quay Centre, before attending the Closing Ceremony that evening at Qudos Bank Arena
Sunday, October 28: Wellington, New Zealand – The pair will attend the traditional welcome ceremony on the lawns of Government House. Their Royal Highnesses will be invited to hongi with the Governor-General’s Kuia and Kaumātua (Māori elders), before the pōwhiri, which includes a haka performed by members of the New Zealand Defence Force. Their Royal Highnesses will then travel to the Pukeahu National War Memorial Park. That evening, the Duke and Duchess will receive official calls from the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition at Government House
Monday, October 29: Wellington and Abel Tasman, New Zealand – The Duke and Duchess will meet young people from a number of mental health projects operating in New Zealand. From Wellington, The Duke and Duchess will travel to Abel Tasman National Park. That evening back in Wellington, Their Royal Highnesses will visit Courtenay Creative for an event celebrating the city’s thriving creative arts scene
Tuesday, October 30: Auckland, New Zealand – Their Royal Highnesses will travel to Auckland, where they will firstly visit the North Shore to dedicate a 20 hectare area of native bush to The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy. They will then join the Prime Minister to visit Pillars, a charity operating across New Zealand. Later that afternoon, The Duke and Duchess will have the opportunity to meet the people of Auckland on the Viaduct Harbour, before attending a Reception hosted by the Prime Minister at the Auckland War Memorial Museum
Wednesday, October 31: Rotorua, New Zealand – The final day of their Royal Highnesses’ tour will take place in Rotorua. Next, The Duke and Duchess will head to Rainbow Springs to learn more about the centre’s kiwi breeding programme. Later that afternoon, the Duke and Duchess will head into the city for the chance to meet members of the public gathered there
Thursday, November 1: Their Royal Highnesses will return to Auckland that evening, before departing for London the following day
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