Preparing a wardrobe for your first royal tour as a member of the Royal family is no mean feat; especially when it encompasses four countries, sixteen days, climatic and cultural considerations too. In addition to those factors, Meghan needed a wardrobe to accommodate the early months of pregnancy. When Harry and Meghan stepped out in Sydney on the first day of the tour, they were both in terrific spirits following the big announcement. Meghan was effortlessly elegant wearing a tried and trusted formula: neutral, quality pieces. Meghan began with a touch of sartorial diplomacy, selecting a trench by Australian designer Martin Grant and a sleek white sleeveless dress by Karen Gee. Meghan accessorised with her Stuart Weitzman Legend pumps and Diana's striking butterfly earrings and gold bracelet with blue stones.
When I think of Meghan's maternity evening looks, the gorgeous Fijian blue Safiyaa Ginkgo Cape Dress stands out to me for several reasons: it was the most formal evening event the Duchess had attended as a royal and her first gown appearance since the wedding; and it was the first occasion when we saw Meghan's bump. It was a stunning look for her, complemented with dazzling statement earrings and Diana's shimmering diamond bracelet.
Meghan chose an eye-catching sky blue Veronica Beard Cary shirtdress for a fabulous day in Tonga. During the second leg of the tour, we saw the Duchess embracing vibrant hues and this particular shade of blue was just beautiful on her. I particularly loved the choice of styling here: a pair of baby blue Banana Republic Madison shoes, a statement necklace and a sleek ponytail.
Back in London in late November, the Duchess paid a special visit to to the Hubb Community Kitchen this morning to see how the funds raised by Together: Our Community Cookbook are already making a difference. With the festive season arrivng, Meghan hit all the right notes in the burgundy Daylina coat and Sallyet dress by Club Monaco. Meghan completed the look with Givenchy ankle boots and delicate gold jewellery.
Meghan made a stylish arrival for a day of engagements in Birkenhead wearing a red Sentaler coat and purple Artizia dress. The Duchess tends to opt for neutrals more often than not, so this colour-block look was a fashion surprise for fans and a very memorable maternity look. Meghan teamed them with red Stuart Weitzman pumps, the Gabriela Hearst Demi bag and Pippa Small earrings.
The secret weapon in Meghan's maternity wardrobe? William Vintage. The London store offers vintage haute couture pieces often in pristine condition. It's a treasure trove full of classic pieces including ones with silhouettes perfectly suited to maternity styling. For a visit to snowy Bristol, Meghan teamed one of their coats...
...with the Oscar de la Renta Enchanted Silk-Chiffon dress, olive green Sarah Flint Marina boots, a matching Ralph Lauren clutch, and Pippa Small jewellery.
The Duchess was radiant in cream for a gala performance of The Wider Earth in support of the Queen's Commonwealth Trust and the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy. Meghan brought back her popular Amanda Wakeley Sculpted Coat from the Commonwealth Day Service last year and styled it with a Calvin Klein rollneck dress, and her olive green Ralph Lauren pumps and clutch from Louis' christening.
It was regal red Valentino for Harry and Meghan's arrival in Morocco in February. The timeless dress with embroidered capelet was the perfect choice for the occasion. The shade of red looked lovely on her and provided a very nice sartorial nod to her host country. Not only is red the primary colour of the Moroccan flag, it represents hardiness, bravery, strength and valour. It was styled with an updo, a Valentino Vring bag and Gianvito Rossi pumps.
For a day in the Atlas Mountains focused on supporting girls' education, Meghan wore a sapphire blue Alice + Olivia Collarless blazer, a black Cashmere Crew Neck Sweater by Misha Nonoo, a scarf by Artizia, black jeans, Birdies Starling slippers, and Boh Runga earrings which were a gift from New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern. I loved the mix and match of pieces and brands.
On Commonwealth Day, 11 March, the Duchess made one of her final public appearances, attending an event celebrating young Canadians living around the UK. She chose a gorgeous bespoke ensemble by Erdem. The choice of designer was a fitting one; Canadian Erdem has been established in London since 2005. Meghan has been a fan of his designs since she lived in Toronto. The rich bottle green coat and dress are crafted in wool fabric and feature black floral beaded embellishment. It was teamed with Birks earrings, a Givenchy clutch and Meghan's go-to Aquazzura Deneuve pumps.
These are my favourite ensembles; share yours in the comments while we wait for Baby Sussex :)