Meghan Markle ‘blew in’ at Jubilee with clever outfit choice ‘She let the Queen shine!’
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attended their first royal family event during the Platinum Jubilee celebrations since leaving society as senior royals. The Royally Us podcast took a look at what the Duchess of Sussex chose to wear to the Thanksgiving service, and compared it to the last time she attended an official royal engagement – Commonwealth Day Service in 2020 where she stepped out in a bright green Emilia Wickstead cape dress.
Body language expert Elaine Swan told podcast host Christina Garibaldi: ‘The thing I love about Harry and Meghan is that they really lean on each other to support each other. And Harry is so gracious, so attentive to his wife, to the gestures; holding his hand, giving him little glances to let him know he’s there for them.
“They certainly had this united front, it’s very clear, the dynamic in the family is them, together [Harry and Meghan] collectively, then also the monarchy and the working-class royal family, there is definitely a divide. But behind the scenes, they are still family.
Elaine explained the ‘unification’ she saw: ‘In my opinion, if you think about royal events in the past, I was looking at what women wore, and if you noticed Kate and Meghan [for the 2020 Commonwealth Day Service]they had jewel tones like it was the memo of the day.
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“Just to look at what they were wearing this time around, it looks like a memo was sent – and the family had a particular look and they were in tune, Meghan and Kate were always in tune with the dress of the daytime. “
Christina added, “They were all in these pale neutral tones…blend into the crowd a bit more…to let the queen shine.”
Elaine agreed, “Yeah, and that was definitely the memo of the day…I think there’s a lot more unification than we see.”
Royal expert Christina Ross continued to discuss Meghan’s outfit: ‘I think we really saw them lying down, sitting in the back; if we don’t see them there’s no story to tell good or bad or steal the show from the queen, if we don’t see them then we know the story remains on the queen and what matters at the weekend.
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“I think that was really helpful and again, like you said, his [Meghan’s] outfit, working with everyone’s outfits, but also a very neutral beige tone.
“It’s definitely different from the Emilia Wickstead green we last saw her wearing. [for a Royal Family event] – that bright “look at me” color.
“This [Dior dress] was very low key, not a ‘look at me’ set. I think there was a lot of planning here to make sure the queen was the star of the show.
“You argue that she mingled with the crowd and this is the first time we’ve seen Harry and Meghan with the Royal Family but not sitting with their immediate family.
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For the Thanksgiving Service, Meghan chose a Dior trench coat designed by artistic director Maria Grazia Chiuri from the Spring/Summer 2022 Haute Couture collection.
The greige belted coat features an oversized club collar, cropped sleeves and a storm flap at the back.
She accessorized with a matching Dior X Stephen Jones wide-brimmed straw hat in greige and a pair of custom-made Dior long gloves in the same color.
On her feet, she chose Dior’s D-Moi Pump in Greige, priced at £590.
As for what she wore to the Commonwealth Day Service in 2020, she stepped out in a bold green cape dress.
It was the last public event she and Prince Harry would attend before officially stepping down as senior royals.
The dress code for members of the Royal Family when attending the annual service is red, white and blue to reflect the Union Flag, but Meghan chose a green Emilia Wickstead cape-effect dress.
It’s been made to measure and combines elements of the designer’s Trista midi dress and Harley’s cape jumpsuit.