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Meghan Markle Revived Pretty Woman Style in Polka Dots For Prince Harry’s Polo Match

Meghan Markle Revived Pretty Woman Style in Polka Dots For Prince Harry’s Polo Match

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As Julia Roberts famously said in Pretty Woman, “I want the fairytale.” It’s a sentiment a young Meghan Markle – the California girl who went from small-screen star to royal bride when an English prince swept her off her feet – no doubt related to. And an outing for the Duchess of Sussex in Santa Barbara over the weekend suggests Vivian Ward’s post-makeover wardrobe made quite an impression on her, too.
The Duchess turned out to support her husband Prince Harry, a keen polo player, at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club, where his Los Padres team took home the Lisle Nixon Memorial trophy on Sunday, and her chosen outfit had more than a dash of Pretty Woman about it. Her breezy blouse with tie-front detail featured a polka-dot print – just like the dress Vivian wears to stomp the divots in the classic rom-com.
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Meghan added high-waisted tailored shorts like those that were central to Julia’s ’90s power wardrobe in the film, once she’d relieved the boutiques of Rodeo Drive of much of their stock. Black Aquazzura heels, the requisite hat, and movie-star Valentino shades completed the Duchess’s retro look.
Post-makeover Julia loved a polka dot print. Photo: Getty
Meghan’s crisp white shorts, cinched with a black belt for added polish, are by Khaite, a New York brand that keeps cropping up in her wardrobe. She paired founder Cate Holstein’s off-the-shoulder bodysuit with tailored black trousers to join Prince Harry on stage at the Invictus Games in The Hague earlier this year. Khaite is typical of the labels that Meghan – who relied on Emilia Wickstead dresses and Givenchy formalwear as a working royal living in the UK – now gravitates towards as a mum-of-two living a private (though no less high-profile) life with her young family in Montecito.
These days, her style leans easy, minimalist and neutral, with a luxe touch. Think: cashmere separates by The Row and Loro Piana suiting for business trips to New York, Chanel ballet flats to pose for a relaxed family portrait, and swathes of taupe Ralph Lauren for a visit to the British Embassy in the Netherlands.
Originally published in Vogue.co.uk

Meghan Markle Just Embraced the Cutout-Dress Trend in a Very Regal Way

Meghan Markle Just Embraced the Cutout-Dress Trend in a Very Regal Way

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Another day at the Invictus Games, another great look from Meghan Markle.
On April 17, the Duchess of Sussex was photographed chatting with members of the Canadian team during the IGF reception, wearing a beautiful white Valentino dress with thin floral cutouts across the shoulders and neckline. She paired the look with a bold red lip and wore her hair down and parted to one side. Prince Harry attended the event in a tan suit.
Over the weekend Markle reportedly spoke with one competitor’s wife about their children’s similar names. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have two children: two-year-old Archie and 10-month-old Lilibet Diana. Archie’s full name is Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
Sherry McBain, a nursing officer in the Royal Air Force, told the P.A. news agency that Markle bonded with her wife, Mandy, who attended a book reading at the Invictus Games with their son, Harrison. The Duchess reportedly confided that she and Prince Harry had trouble choosing which name should come first, but ultimately opted to make Harrison their son’s middle name.
Meghan Markle speaks to Team Canada on day two of the Invictus Games. Photo: Getty
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend the IGF reception on April 17, 2022. Photo: Getty
White seems to be an ongoing theme for Meghan Markle this week. For her first appearance in The Hague on April 15, the Duchess nailed the oversized suit look in an all-white Valentino ensemble. She then opted for a white off-the-shoulder top to attend the event’s opening ceremony on April 16. For the trifecta, Markle donned a belted Brandon Maxwell coat while watching a volleyball match with Prince Harry on April 17.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on day two of the Invictus Games. Photo: Getty
Ahead of the Invictus Games, an international sporting event founded by the Duke of Sussex for wounded service members, the couple paid a visit to Queen Elizabeth, marking their first joint trip to the U.K. since moving to California in 2020. A spokesperson for the couple confirmed that the couple saw the queen at Windsor Castle, where she’s been staying since her COVID-19 diagnosis in February. The Invictus Games began on April 16 and will run until April 22.
Originally published in Glamour.com

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Visited Queen Elizabeth in the UK for the First Time in Two Years

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Visited Queen Elizabeth in the UK for the First Time in Two Years

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. Photo: Getty
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have paid a visit to Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle in the UK on their way to the fifth Invictus Games. It marks the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s first visit since departing from the UK to California in March 2020. The Queen, now 95-years-old, and recently recovered from Covid-19, is facing mobility issues and has pulled out of several upcoming events.
Markle and Harry are making their way to Europe for the fifth Invictus Games taking place in the Dutch city of The Hague from this weekend onwards. Prior to returning together for the event, Prince Harry has previously visited twice on his own for two occasions: the funeral of his grandfather, Prince Philip, in April 2021, and once more in July 2021 to unveil a statue of his mother, Princess Diana, with brother Prince William.
Meghan Markle and Queen Elizabeth II on their royal engagement trip to Chester, England in 2018. Photo: Instagram.com/theroyalfamily
Launched by the Duke of Sussex for wounded service members and veterans, the Invictus Games will take place from April 16 to 22, 2022. Originally scheduled to take place in 2020, but postponed to this year due to the pandemic, the games will see Markle join the Duke on occasion too. This is not the Duchess of Sussex’s first experience at the event, having joined Prince Harry at the Toronto Games in 2017, the couple’s first official appearance together, and for the Sydney Games in 2018.
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Meghan Markle is All Set to Break Stereotypes Against Women in Her New Spotify Podcast

Meghan Markle is All Set to Break Stereotypes Against Women in Her New Spotify Podcast

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After months of inactivity on Spotify, Meghan Markle is returning to the streaming service with a new podcast. Titled Archetypes, the podcast will be hosted by Markle and will have a summer release.
Through the podcast, the Duchess of Sussex will continue championing women’s empowerment by diving into the origins of misogyny and sexism. The podcast aims to analyze and touch upon the beginnings of gender stereotypes and why they dictate women’s lives, bringing up language used towards women and how it defines them.

“This is how we talk about women: the words that raise our girls, and how the media reflects women back to us… but where do these stereotypes come from?” questions Markle in a teaser for the podcast. Archetypes will feature the mother-of-two in conversation with historians and experts on the subject to uncover the root cause of stereotypes. “This is Archetypes, the podcast where we dissect, explore, and subvert the labels that try to hold women back,” says Markle, adding, “I’ll have conversations with women who know all too well how these typecasts shape our narratives. And I’ll talk to historians to understand how we even got here in the first place.”
The news of the podcast has been long awaited after Meghan Markle and her husband Prince Harry signed a multi-year deal with Spotify in partnership with their production company, Archewell Studio back in 2020. The Duke and Duchess mentioned this decision came with a mission to  “build community through shared experience, narratives and values,” and Markle’s Archetypes keeps that goal in mind.
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Celebrate Women’s History Month with a Special Announcement

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Celebrate Women’s History Month with a Special Announcement

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In honor of Women’s History Month, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have announced that they will be working with organizations in support and advancement of gender equality.
Sharing the news via their Archewall Foundation, the couple will achieve their goals through new grants going on to state: “As we cross into Women’s History Month, and ahead of International Women’s Day next week, Archewell Foundation is announcing a number of non-profit investments in leading organizations working to advance gender equity, build policies that empower women and families, ensure meaningful media representation for women, and provide women with a network of tools and support for gaining employment.”

On the first day of Women’s History Month, we’re pleased to announce that Archewell Foundation will be supporting Smart Works with a grant to help enable an important research project on female unemployment in the UK.Find out more on the Archewell website. https://t.co/OfZzF2TNvL pic.twitter.com/w2SU1jGwzd
— Smart Works Charity (@SmartWorksHQ) March 1, 2022

We are thrilled to be receiving support from the Archewell Foundation, Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex! Their amplification of issues central to women’s progress couldn’t come at a more critical time in the fight for gender justice.https://t.co/9MpBCjjfN2
— National Women’s Law Center (@nwlc) March 1, 2022

Amongst the four organizations receiving generous grants is Smart Works Charity, which works as a means to help women secure jobs. Markle joined the organization as a patron in 2019, and continues to support them. The other three organizations are The Center on Poverty and Inequity at Georgetown University Law Center, National Women’s Law Center, and The 19th. The grants will go towards helping marginalized girls in schools, hospitals, juvenile justice systems and so on, as well as focusing on BIPOC communities and those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. “We are thrilled to be receiving support from the Archewell Foundation, Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex!”, tweeted The National Women’s Law Center.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have continually stressed on the importance of amplifying the voices and lives of marginalized people and centering action towards equality. They mentioned, “Part of Archewell Foundation’s core commitment is to build strong, compassionate, and equitable communities across the world. Although these grants have been announced as we recognize Women’s History Month, the work they represent is relevant and vital every day of the year.”
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Last year, on occasion of Women’s History Month, the couple worked with an organization by the name of World Central Kitchen whereby they provided meals to women at a restaurant in Chicago. Markle also worked with Smart Works last year and wrote personalized notes of encouragement to women receiving support from them. “Our hope with this effort is to show that, when we all participate, even the smallest actions can have a ripple effect,” expressed Meghan and Harry.
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Meghan Markle’s One-Shoulder Blue Dress Is a Vibrant Alternative to Basic Black Gowns

Meghan Markle’s One-Shoulder Blue Dress Is a Vibrant Alternative to Basic Black Gowns

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Meghan Markle, over the years, has challenged quite a few royal dressing rules. And since the Duchess of Sussex and husband Prince Harry stepped back from their roles as senior members of the British royal family, the former has found herself experimenting even more with her sartorial picks. Back in November 2021, the Duchess dazzled in a strappy scarlet Carolina Herrera number, and has also favored smart pantsuits on more than one occasion—the most recent being that slouchy Loro Piana set in a deep shade of plum.
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This weekend, Markle took over our social media feeds once more in a noteworthy look. Seen attending the 2022 NAACP Image Awards with husband Prince Harry, the Duchess opted for a bold blue one-shoulder gown, which came with aquamarine paneling along its edges for a summery seaside spin. The asymmetrical, body-skimming gown also featured a thigh-high slit and multi-hued train that added to its playful look. To complete her look, Markle opted for beautifully sculpted side-swept waves, a soft bronzed-out beauty look, and for accessories, Alexis Bittar earrings, and Aquazzura heels. Check out the full look below.

Both Meghan Markle and Prince Harry spotlighted Black designers with their outfits
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What makes Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wardrobe choices so significant this time around was the fact that the royal couple spotlighted Black designers with their picks. While Markle’s blue gown was designed by Christopher John Rogers, Prince Harry wore a classic black suit by Ozwald Boateng. The duo graciously accepted the the President’s Award—an honor given to those who have shown a dedication to public service—in the presence of Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland.
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If you have a special evening coming up, and would like to try something different, a vibrant one-shoulder gown like Meghan Markle’s may be just the ticket. A piece like this promises to stand out in a sea of all-black ensembles, and can easily be re-worn come summer.
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Meghan Markle’s Armani Dress from the Oprah Interview Will Be Displayed at This Fashion Museum

Meghan Markle’s Armani Dress from the Oprah Interview Will Be Displayed at This Fashion Museum

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Meghan Markle’s Giorgio Armani dress, worn in the infamous Oprah Winfrey interview of 2021, will be going on display at the Fashion Museum, Bath. The piece has also been named the 2021 Dress of the Year.
Every year, the museum invites prominent names in the fashion industry to submit a Dress of the Year that “encapsulates the prevailing mood of fashion, represents the past year, and captures the imagination.” Given the buzz that was generated by Markle’s tell-all interview, it is no surprise that the dress had been chosen to be exhibited at the museum’s “A History of Fashion in 100 Objects” exhibit.

We’re excited to announce that a #GiorgioArmani dress as worn by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex has been chosen by @Dazed magazine’s Ibrahim Kamara and Gareth Wrighton as #DressOfTheYear 2021! ✨ Read the full press release on our website https://t.co/maWhnSHohI pic.twitter.com/OZizJuNrq8
— Fashion Museum Bath (@Fashion_Museum) February 22, 2022

The long black V-neck dress featured lotus flower prints blooming from the shoulder down to the chest, with a wide buckle belt cinching the piece in at the waist. Its breezy and comfortable fabric also made it an apt choice for Markle’s pregnancy at the time of the interview. The elegant number wasn’t just a memorable pick because it featured in an important conversation that brought several of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s shocking experiences with the royal family to the surface, but also because it marked a time of new beginnings with regards to motherhood for the Duchess.
“It’s well known that members of the Royal family often use outfits to send a message through their choice of style, color, or motif,” stated representatives of the museum. “It was reported that the Duchess chose a dress with a lotus flower design because of the flower’s symbolic association with rebirth, self-regeneration, and spiritual enlightenment, and its ability to flourish despite seemingly challenging conditions.”
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8 Times Meghan Markle Stepped Out in Bold Colors

8 Times Meghan Markle Stepped Out in Bold Colors

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Happiest in sleek separates and neutral shades (see her back-to-business black cashmere polo by The Row, her wardrobe of crisp white shirts, and the muted Givenchy looks she favoured as a working royal), the Duchess of Sussex rarely ventures into bold color when it comes to clothes. Unlike the Queen, who has made vibrant coats in paintbox pinks, yellows and blues her signature, Meghan prefers black, navy, camel or taupe.
It’s why, when she does choose to wear an all-eyes-on-me shade in front of the cameras, she unfailingly makes a splash. Most recently, she attended the Salute to Freedom gala in New York on the arm of her prince, dressed in a scarlet Wes Gordon for Carolina Herrera gown with a neckline – and thigh-high slit – that reflected her new lifestyle, one unrestricted by the formalities of the royal bubble.
The timing is significant. Not only was the gala the Duchess’s first red-carpet outing following the birth of her second child, daughter Lilibet Diana, in June, it fell during a week in which Meghan has publicly lobbied for paid family leave in the US, and seen an appeal opened against the ruling in her successful privacy case against Associated Newspapers earlier this year. It’s not the first time the Duchess has turned to potent color when the level of scutiny she is under has become similarly intense.
At the Endeavour Awards, her first public outing following the announcement that she and Prince Harry would be stepping down as senior working royals, Meghan was a vision in a fitted Victoria Beckham dress in bright blue. For the couple’s last formal engagement before embarking on their new life in the US, Meghan wore Emilia Wickstead in an eye-catching shade of emerald green. The Duchess, it seems, draws strength from color. Below, see more of Meghan’s rare color-blocking moments from her years in the spotlight.
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Carolina Herrera

Breaking free from the formalities of royal dressing in a scarlet Carolina Herrera gown by Wes Gordon.
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Victoria Beckham

Shortly before they flew to the US to start their new life, the Duke and Duchess put in an appearance at the Endeavour Fund Awards in March 2020, with Meghan thrilling the paps in a form-fitting Victoria Beckham dress in an electric shade of blue.
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Safiyaa

Head to toe in red for the Mountbatten Festival of Music, including a Manolo Blahnik clutch and Simone Rocha earrings. This outing took place as the tabloid frenzy around the Duke and Duchess’s decision to step back from royal life reached fever pitch.
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Emilia Wickstead

Meghan made sure her final formal engagement outfit was a memorable one.
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Sentaler 

Not one but two brilliant shades for a trip to Birkenhead in January 2019. Meghan, who was six months pregnant with Archie Harrison, wore a purple dress from Babaton by Aritzia under a scarlet Sentaler coat, adding red Stuart Weitzman heels for good measure.
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Babaton by Aritzia

The Duchess reached for the royal purple dress again to attend the One Young World summit in October 2019.
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Safiyaa

The shade of blue a pregnant Meghan chose for a state dinner during the couple’s 2018 royal tour was a nod to their host country, Fiji.
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Brandon Maxwell

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Speak Out on the “Fragile” State of the World

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Speak Out on the “Fragile” State of the World

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have released a statement on the current state of the world, pledging to do all they can to help. The couple took to the website for their foundation, Archewell, to pen a touching note on the devastation following a massive earthquake in Haiti, the political developments in Afghanistan, and the global spread of the Covid-19 delta variant.
“The world is exceptionally fragile right now. As we all feel the many layers of pain due to the situation in Afghanistan, we are left speechless. As we all watch the growing humanitarian disaster in Haiti, and the threat of it worsening after last weekend’s earthquake, we are left heartbroken. And as we all witness the continuing global health crisis, exacerbated by new variants and constant misinformation, we are left scared,” their statement read.
They added, “When any person or community suffers, a piece of each of us does so with them, whether we realize it or not. And though we are not meant to live in a state of suffering, we, as a people, are being conditioned to accept it. It’s easy to find ourselves feeling powerless, but we can put our values into action—together. To start, we encourage you to join us in supporting a number of organizations doing critical work.”

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry encouraged their followers to support organizations in need and urged leaders to speak out on these issues at the right opportunity. “We also urge those in positions of global influence to rapidly advance the humanitarian dialogues that are expected to take place this fall at multilateral gatherings such as the U.N. General Assembly and the G20 Leaders’ Summit. As an international community, it is the decisions we make now—to alleviate suffering among those we know and those we may never meet—that will prove our humanity,” they urged.

Below the couple’s message, Archewell also shared a number of organizations including World Central Kitchen, Women for Afghan Women, Afghanaid, Mercy Corps, and the Invictus Games Foundation, as charities to support during this time, as well as a number of mental health outlets for anyone who may be struggling amid the surplus of negative world news. “We recognize that many of you may feel helpless right now as you watch the state of the world spin rapidly,” a note from the Archewell team read alongside the list of resources. “It can feel disorienting and defeating, but we have faith in the power of shared purpose, action, and commitment to our collective well-being,” it added.
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The Secrets Behind Princess Diana’s Predominantly Pink Wardrobe

The Secrets Behind Princess Diana’s Predominantly Pink Wardrobe

At times, the princess’s favorite color coded moments of joy, steadfastness, and growing self-assurance; at others, it beamed motherly love. 

Consider the mood-lifting powers of pink, then turbocharge. Blush, cerise, cotton candy, rose, fuchsia — whatever your predilection, Diana, Princess of Wales wore it, and she wore it mighty well. 
In an era where celebrity stylists are the invisible architects of flawless public appearances, Diana’s lifelong love of pink was far less engineered. It was her favorite color — a partiality that, from the point that she ascended into public life, emitted an unassuming warmth. 
At the tender age of 22 on the April 1983 tour of Australia (a page in history that underwent The Crown treatment), the princess’s mostly all-pink wardrobe was a palliative sweetener. Diana’s initiation to royal married life was tough, but she didn’t abandon her rose-tinted wardrobe refrain. Her sartorial choices in those early days read as an indicator of the humanity that would later define her legacy. There was an unapologetically feminine power to the acres of marshmallow taffeta that drew admiration from across the world and signalled a changing of the guard. The soundtrack to the times? Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean was parked at the top of the Billboard charts — its electrifying video showing Jackson outfitted in a blush-pink shirt against a bubblegum sky. 
At varying times, Diana’s favorite color-coded moments of joy, steadfastness, and growing self-assurance; at others, it beamed motherly love. In 1986, she was pictured sitting on the steps of Highgrove House, a toddler Harry protected between her gingham-clad knees, her eyeline fixed warily on the photographer. In later official appearances, exacting day-to-evening tailoring replaced flowing cerise gowns. There were knife-sharp suits and body-skimming shift dresses crafted by Catherine Walker and Versace (by then, the late former British Vogue deputy editor Anna Harvey had leaned in as style adviser) — but the adoration of pink remained. Remember the Gianni Versace double-breasted, cap-sleeve skirt suit? That happened in the spring of 1995 — a ‘Roselette’ peony-hued look, which to this day remains nothing short of sublime. 
More than 25 years on, the flowers that lend the most irresistible shades of pink their mythologized names offer a poignant insight. Diana’s blossoming was all too fleeting. “I had a fitting with her last week for new suits and clothing for spring, and she is so serene,” Versace said of his friend in the July 1997 issue of Vanity Fair, which featured the princess on its cover. Within just a few months of publication, both would tragically pass away. “It is a moment in her life, I think, when she’s found herself — the way she wants to live.” 
Scroll through the gallery above to see 30 reasons why we’ll always love Diana in pink.
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Originally published in Vogue.co.uk

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