GIRL ABOUT TOWN: Meghan Markle quits her ambassador role at tight leather clothing company prompting speculation she is 'preparing for Prince Harry engagement'
Meghan Markle has abruptly quit her lucrative role as Reitmans brand ambassador
As the high-profile face of Canadian fashion store Reitmans, Meghan Markle has given her name to a range of sexy, skin-tight clothing she has modelled in a variety of sultry poses.
But now Ms Markle has abruptly quit her lucrative role as Reitmans brand ambassador, prompting more fevered speculation that she is realigning her public life in preparation for an engagement to Prince Harry.
Her decision even appears to have caught Reitmans on the hop. Sources say she was offered a large sum in December to renew her contract but surprised Reitmans by refusing to sign it.
The store continued to promote her involvement with the company but last month her team asked them to stop associating the brand with her.
As well as modelling for the company, Meghan, 35, has designed two eponymous collections, a Spring range released last April and a 'vegan leather' collection, only released in November and on sale until recently.
It included skin-tight leather trousers, a sexy faux-leather pencil skirt and a 'boyfriend shirt'. And although the company's vice-president of marketing, Monique Brosseau, said in January that another Meghan project was 'in the works', all imagery of her was suddenly removed from its website in early March and replaced with a banner which reads: 'This collection is no longer available.'
Her decision has prompted more fevered speculation that she is realigning her public life in preparation for an engagement to Prince Harry
A source close to Ms Markle said: 'The promotion in 2017 was done by Reitmans outside of the deal. Once they realised they did not have the right to use her in promotion and sale, they took it down.'
Royal watchers are now wondering if Meghan – who last week also gave up her lucrative lifestyle blog The Tig – has quit the project she once described as an 'honour' because it does not fit with the image she might want to project as a future member of the Royal Family.
The news has prompted more fevered speculation that she is realigning her public life in preparation for an engagement to Prince Harry (pictured)