This affordable rain boot brand is a longtime royal favourite

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meghan markle, prince charles, and princess diana wearing hunter rain boots
For more than 30 years, Hunter has been a favourite brand of the Royal Family (Photos via Getty)

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Suffice it to say, Meghan Markle has quite the shoe collection. Pre-Megxit, her royal wardrobe was said to cost upwards of $500,000, and with a penchant for pricey designers like Aquazzura and Manolo Blahnik, replicating her regal style will cost you a pretty penny.

With that being said, like her sister-in-law Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Sussex has been known to surprise us every now and again with affordable picks, namely, her $180 Hunter rain boots (shop here in Canada, here in U.S.). 

Sporting the style earlier this year during her Emmy-nominated interview with Oprah, the 40-year-old Duchess wore her Hunter Tall Rain Boots with a pair of jeans and a white button-down while giving a tour of her family's chicken coop, "Archie's Chick Inn, Established 2021."

Oprah Winfrey and Meghan Markle during an interview in meghan's backyard
Oprah Winfrey and Meghan Markle in her $180 Hunter boots (Image courtesy Harpo Studios/CBS)

Much like the royal family's fondness for Barbour jackets, the U.K.'s most famous residents have been fans of Hunter boots for years. 

Princess Diana was photographed in the iconic wellies at Balmoral Castle prior to her royal wedding in 1981, and 30 years later, her former husband, Prince Charles, wore the brand's Argyll boots while visiting flood victims in England. Most recently, Lady Gabriella Windsor, a cousin to the queen, wore the famously British rain boots to a polo match. 

Prince Charles, Princess Diana, and Lady Gabriella Windsor wearing Hunter rain boots
Prince Charles, Princess Diana, and Lady Gabriella Windsor in Hunter rain boots (Photos via Getty Images)

A longtime favourite of the royals, Hunter has received two royal warrants from the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh for its handcrafted, high-quality designs. 

Hunter Original Tall Rain Boot (shop in Canada)

Hunter Original Tall Rain Boot (shop in U.S.)

black Hunter Original Tall Rain Boots with buckle and hunter label on white background
Hunter Original Tall Rain Boot (Photo via Nordstrom)

$180 at Nordstrom Canada

$165 at Nordstrom U.S.

Meghan's Hunter boots, the Original Tall Rain Boots, have earned an average rating of 4.4-star rating on the Nordstrom site, with shoppers deeming them a must-have for inclement weather.

"These boots are so comfortable, and I can tell they are built to last," raves one reviewer. 

They're "lightweight" but offer "good protection," writes another Nordstrom shopper.  

The lug-sole rubber boots feature an adjustable strap on the shaft so users can customize to their perfect fit. "These wellies give that extra bit of flex which allows you to adjust to add extra if required," says a customer. They're "comfortable and stylish."

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While the mother-of-two wore the brand's olive green rain boots during her chat with Oprah, shoppers can choose between a variety of colours of the Original Tall Rain Boots, including black, pin, and grey.

To give your wardrobe a royal-approved refresh just in time for fall, shop our top Hunter boots picks below. 

Original Tall Rain Boots

olive green tall hunter rain boots
Original Tall Rain Boots in Olive Green (Photo via Hunter)

$185 at Hunter

Original Chelsea Boots

short hunter Original Chelsea Boots in Polar Blue
Original Chelsea Boots in Polar Blue (Photo via Nordstrom)

$165 at Hunter

Balmoral Field Hybrid Tall Rain Boots

black hunter Balmoral Field Hybrid Tall Rain Boots
Balmoral Field Hybrid Tall Rain Boots (Photo via Hunter)

$295 at Hunter

Short Back Adjustable Rain Boots

hunter women's Short Back Adjustable Rain Boots in Pink
Short Back Adjustable Rain Boots in Pink (Photo via Hunter)

$126 $180 at Hunter

Refined Stitch Roll Top Sherpa Boots

hunter boots Refined Stitch Roll Top Sherpa Boots
Refined Stitch Roll Top Sherpa Boots (Photo via Hunter)

$230 at Hunter

Play Tall Rain Boots

hunter boots Play Tall Rain Boots in Blue
Play Tall Rain Boots in Blue (Photo via Hunter)

$84 $140 at Hunter

Refined Slim Fit Chelsea Boots

white beige hunter boots Refined Slim Fit Chelsea Boots
Refined Slim Fit Chelsea Boots (Photo via Hunter)

$180 at Hunter

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