The CEO of Bottega Veneta has accused Meghan Markle of selling counterfeit earrings, saying it resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages to the company. Meghan Markle made an appearance at the 2023 Invictus Games in Dusseldorf on day six, wearing an ecru Zara belted short jumpsuit, layered with a cream blazer.
She paired the ensemble with black glossy leather mules from Saint Laurent and accessorized with Bottega Veneta chain earrings and a Leo zodiac diamond pendant from Brilliant Earth. Her husband, Prince Harry, accompanied her, dressed in a semi-formal look.
However, after Meghan’s appearance, these brands did not achieve good sales and positive feedback from customers. Retailers did not anticipate the negative impact it would have on their products. Additionally, various fraudulent activities affecting these brands were revealed following the event.
The Bottega Veneta earrings worn by Meghan at the Invictus Games have become particularly controversial. They were featured on Meghan’s Mirror, a website that many have identified as a scam due to its counterfeit products.
The images depicted low-quality objects, labeled types 1, 2 and 3, closely resembling genuine objects. Questions have been raised about the authenticity of the website and the people behind it. It has been suggested that Meghan could be linked to these scam websites and potentially profit personally from them.
Overall, Meghan’s fashion choices at the Invictus Games combined mainstream and high-end looks, resulting in almost £300,000 worth of clothes and jewelry. She showcased both affordable pieces from retailers like Zara, Banana Republic and J.Crew, as well as mid-range designers like Ralph Lauren and Totême.
However, the majority of the spending was attributed to her jewelry, including Princess Diana’s £17,800 Cartier watch, a £50,000 Lorraine Schwartz pinky ring adorned with diamonds donated by the Middle East, and a ring to 1972 pinky tennis finger £2,260 from Tiffany & Co.
Critics argued that Meghan’s presence shifted the focus from athletes to herself and raised concerns about her association with fraudulent websites. Some have also questioned its role in promoting brands and its intentions.