The glamorous Mrs Sunak: Rishi’s wife dons £1,295 Claire Mischevani green trench coat at Balmoral church service with King Charles on eve of first anniversary of late Queen’s death
- Rishi Sunak and Akshata Murty joined the Royal Family in Balmoral today
As Rishi Sunak stepped out of his Range Rover to join the King for Sunday church service in Balmoral, he wore a standard navy suit, paired with a white t-shirt and lighter blue tie.
It was his wife – the glamorous billionaire heiress Akshata Murty – who stole the show, donning a £1,295 Claire Mischevani jade green coat.
She complimented the bold look with a £285 ‘Golborne’ trilby hat by milliner Jess Collett and a pair of tan stilettos.
The Prime Minister, who’s car followed the royal motorcade to Craithie Kirk, joined Charles and Camilla for the traditional service as the nation prepares to make a year since the Queen died.
The King was dressed in traditional tartan as he stepped out of the Royal Bently, while his wife wore a stylish racing green skirt and suit with a matching beret.
Ms Murty, who smiled as she walked along senior members of the royal family, has increasingly been referred to as the PM’s secret weapon – known for her elegant style and charisma.
Akshata Murty donned a £1,295 Claire Mischevani jade green coat paired with a mustard-coloured hat and coordinated heeled pumps as she joined the royal family for a service at Crathie Church in Balmoral today
The Prime Minister, who’s car followed the royal motorcade to Craithie Kirk, joined Charles and Camilla for the traditional service
Ms Murty, who smiled as she walked along senior members of the royal family, has increasingly been referred to as the PM’s secret weapon
The King and Queen Camilla were joined by Princess Anne and her husband Timothy Laurence today
Alongside the Conservative leader, were Princess Anne, who wore a striking straw hat with a red trim paired with a maroon and grey dress jacket, and her husband Captain Timothy Laurence. Lady Susan Hussey, the former lady-in-waiting to the late Queen Elizabeth II, was also in the royal party.
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Since Mr Sunak arrived in Number 10 just short of a year ago, his former fashion designer wife has been steadily building her profile in support of her husband.
The UK’s ‘first lady’ has been compared with the likes of Jackie Kennedy and the partner’s of former Prime Ministers, such as Carrie Johnson and Samantha Cameron.
The 43-year-old has increasingly earned the praise of fashionistas for her style choices, which have ranged from affordable, middle-of-the-range British brands to more luxury labels.
Chandler Tregaskes, Tatler style editor, previously told the Mail: ‘Her stream of ‘It’ ensembles would have given Jackie Kennedy a run for her money…
‘Mrs Sunak is a shining example of modern-day diplomatically decadent dressing that steals the show.’
The mother-of-two was said to be seeking style advice from Isabel Spearman, the PR guru who previously worked as an unofficial dresser to Mrs Cameron during her David Cameron’s tenure in Downing Street.
Ms Murty, a former fashion designer, is said to be wealthier than the King due to her £430million stake in the IT empire of her father, Indian Narayana Murthy who owns Bangalore-based Infosys.
Together, the Prime Minister and his wife are said to have a combined fortune of £730million.
Rishi Sunak met his wife Akshata Murty there while studying at Stanford University
The pair were married 2009 after the pair met at Stanford University before moving to the UK in 2014
The couple have a combined fortune of £730 million, according to The Sunday Times Rich List
The couple first met while studying at Stanford University in California. The US state where they still own a £5.5million penthouse flat in Santa Monica, that the family no doubt stayed in on their trip back to the Golden State earlier this summer.
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The PM has often spoke about this love affair with the state, calling it a ‘very special place’ to him and his partner of 14 years.
It has also caused the pair headaches, however. It emerged Mr Sunak still had a US green card for a period while serving as chancellor.
It meant he was entitled to permanent US residency and was required to file US tax returns – an issue that prompted further scrutiny of his wife’s non-dom status, meaning she was not required to pay UK tax on overseas earnings.
But the stylish Ms Murty since announced she will pay British taxes on her foreign income.
When the family moved into No10 following the fall of Prime Minister Liz Truss, it marked the first time a Hindu family would occupy the prime ministerial home.
They live in the renowned home with their two young daughters, Krishna, 12, and Anoushka, ten.
Akshata with her in-laws Usha Sunak, centre, and Yashvir Sunak, right, on August 31, 2022
He and Ms Murty own a £5.5million penthouse flat in Santa Monica – a moneyed but laid-back beach town home to celebrities including the Beckhams and Christian Bale
Over the summer, Sunak was took his wife and two daughters to Santa Monica Pier in California
The Prime Minister has previously spoken of how the couple are like chalk and cheese.
Mr Sunak does not drink – his wife does. Mr Sunak considers himself a neat freak – while she is untidy.
Ahead of the first leadership contest against Liz Truss last summer, he told the Sunday Times: ‘My family all drink, my wife definitely drinks. It massively irritates her that I don’t.’
‘I’m incredibly tidy, she’s very messy,’ he added. ‘I’m much more organised, she is more spontaneous… she is not going to love me for saying this but I’ll be honest with you, she is not big on the whole tidying thing. She is a total nightmare, clothes everywhere… and shoes… oh God, shoes.’
Akshata, a former fashion designer, and her brother Rohan were largely raised by their paternal grandparents while their ambitious mother and father pursued careers in engineering and science.
While her father Narayana went on to found Infosys and build his fortune, Akshata’s mother Sudha became the first female engineer to work for India’s biggest car manufacturer TELCO.
She had a passion for fashion from an early age and has recalled how her mother scolded her for paying more attention to glamour than she did her studies.
After finishing school, so moved to the US, completing degrees in economics and French at Claremont McKenna College in California.
Ms Murty wowed in a fuchsia sweatshirt and green trousers as they headed to the G7 Summit in Japan in May
Ms Murty looked elegant as she boarded a plane in Tokyo alongside her PM husband
Akshata was also spotted sharing a pleasant conversation with Heiko von der Leyen, husband of European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in Hiroshima, Japan
She went on to study at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in LA before moving to Stanford where she completed her MBA and met Mr Sunak.
The PM previously admitted there was ‘clearly something’ between the pair when they first met, with him even changing some of his classes just so he could sit next to her.
Just four years later they were married following a lavish ceremony in Bengaluru in India, where the couple lived for the next four years.
During their early years together, Akshata pursued a career in fashion and set up her own business in 2007, Akshata Designs, based on celebrating Indian culture, discovering artists in remote villages and working with them and their designs to create her own.
‘I’m about the story behind a particular garment, it’s authenticity, craftsmanship and protecting a rich heritage,’ she told Vogue. ‘I care about doing something in India, for India because it’s part of our family’s DNA.’
However, her business venture fell flat and collapsed after just three years.
The couple moved to the UK in 2013 with Mr Sunak becoming an MP for Richmond in Yorkshire just tow years later.
The couple now live in a £7 million townhouse in Kensington with their daughters, which is just one of several properties they own.
As well as the townhouse and California hub, they also enjoy a £1million flat in Kensington and a £2million mansion in Rishi’s Yorkshire constituency, where he is nicknamed the ‘Maharaja of the Dales’.
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