Wednesday, 10 July 2019

A Surprise Meghan & Archie Appearance for Family Polo Day Out

It was a surprise appearance for the Duchess of Sussex and Baby Archie as the pair cheered on Harry and William for the Khun Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Memorial Polo Trophy at Billingbear Polo Club to cheer on William and Harry in the King Power Royal Charity Polo Day.


Archie's polo debut comes just days after his christening. Speaking of the christening, People reports
'"It was just very, very low-key," says a Windsor source. "You wouldn't have even known it was going on. It was all very well thought through."' Eight-week-old Archie looked very quiet and relaxed at his christening, and very much the same today. At one point he appeared to be sleeping as Meghan held him.


When they arrived, Meghan was seen chatting to Harry's longtime close friend, stockbroker and Sentebale ambassador Adam Bidwell.


A closer look at Archie.

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With the exception of the Sentebale Polo Cup, William and Harry have markedly reduced their polo participation this summer. It was previously reported this was due to "family commitments" over the summer. Polo is very much a highlight of the royal summer calendar, and I do hope to see them continue to play in some capacity for quite a few years to come. It was quite the royal turnout with Kate, George, Charlotte and Louis also there.


George watching the match get underway with Meghan and Archie.


Cousin Louis also made his polo debut today :)


Louis waving at Archie in his mum's sunglasses :)

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Today's match raised over £1 million for causes close to the princes' hearts. These organisations include African Parks, the English Schools Swimming Association, Fields in Trust, Henry van Straubenzee Memorial Fund, the Household Cavalry Operational Casualties Fund, the Invictus Games Foundation, Irish Guards Appeal, Map Action, Mountain Rescue England and Wales, the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, Rhino Conservation Botswana, the Royal Marsden, RFU Injured Players Foundation, the Passage and the Welsh Rugby Charitable Trust. William's team were victorious in the end.


The memorial cup honours Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha - aThai billionaire businessman and the founder, owner and chairman of King Power Duty Free. He was also the owner of Premier League football club Leicester City from 2010. He was awarded an honorary doctorate as a Doctor of Laws by the University of Leicester in 2016. Throughout his time in Leciester, he was described as a man "whose acts of generosity knew no limits". The Mirror reported: "Supporters were treated to free breakfasts, food, scarves, clappers, flags, free away travel and even free beer. he did anything he could to help enhance their experience. He celebrated his 60th birthday...and marked it by giving away 60 free season tickets to dedicated fans and throwing a party for young hospital patients at Leicester Royal Infirmary, whom he is also believed to have donated £1m to - that on top of another £1m donation to Leicester University’s medical department and a £2m injection towards a new children’s hospital. Srivaddhanaprabha quite simply changed Leicester for the better." Very sadly, he lost his life in a helicopter crash at Leicester City Football Club’s King Power Stadium.


Afterwards, Harry popped over to check on Meghan and Archie.


A short video from the match.


The Duchess wore the khaki green Rossetta V Neck Linen Midi Dress by Lisa Marie Fernandez (with many thanks to Caroline Parr). 


The dress is described: "Lisa Marie Fernandez specialises in romantic resortwear staples, such as this khaki-green linen Rosetta dress. Crafted in the USA, the relaxed-fitting shape features a V-neckline and short sleeves, then is defined at the waist with an oversized tie."


Caroline also identified Meghan's sunglasses as a Stella McCartney pair.

It was a terrific surprise and it looks they all had a great day. 

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On another style note, Meghan's Fashion reports the Line coat Meghan for the engagement announcement is reduced from £390 to £198 in several colours on the Outnet UK's website.




Hello! reports we'll see Meghan at The Lion King premiere Sunday.

115 comments:

  1. Rita in Florida10 July 2019 at 16:06

    It is a good day indeed!!! Kate Meghan and kiddies at polo. I just want them to call each other for advice, have play dates, bake bread while lamenting royal quirks.....sigh. Time will tell.

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    1. Sounds wonderful, Rita. But I don't know. You may be expecting too much. Many, many wives of brothers are not all that close even though they are friendly and cordial. Meghan and Kate seem very different to me, and Kate has a sister of her own in London with a little son very close to Louis's age.

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    2. Rita in Florida10 July 2019 at 20:10

      I know, it's unrealistic and silly but a girl can dream!

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    3. Wouldn't it be lover-ly? They could sing show tunes. That would not be such a stretch since Kate's done My Fair Lady and I believe Meghan has done at least one musical. ;)

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    4. Rita, I'm with you on this one! I think despite their differences they also have a lot in common and so they can have a relationship "in the middle" - no, not the inseparable pair of best friends, but yes, two friendly relatives who are glad to see each other at a family event and sometimes maybe even catch up on the phone or invite each other for an afternoon/playdate.
      Optimistic is never a bad approach,right?
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    5. Caroline in Montana11 July 2019 at 19:12

      I think their relationship is a marathon, not a sprint. I think they will get closer as the years roll by and im really hoping that their kids are the same way that W&H are with Zara and peter etc. this is a lifetime not just a movie.
      Optimistic is never a bad approach!! so very true Ella:)

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  2. Susan in Florida10 July 2019 at 16:09

    Wow , Charlotte , I appreciate how fast you are at sharing . I can’t wait to see more. If it’s safe for Archie. Maybe we will see the cousins together.

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  3. That's a great color on her.

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  4. How lucky are we to peak in on a family day out. I absolutely love the candid casual activities of the families enjoying each others company. Everyone looks wonderful. So much for the ugly stories the press love to report.

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  5. It's great to see Harry, Meghan and Archie but I just don't like this dress ... at all. It's kind of a drab color and fits very poorly on Meghan. It actually looks like a maternity dress. I know this is more a private day and Meghan is wearing what's comfortable but a more summery color would have been welcome.

    Love seeing the two families together.

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    1. I think it needs the belt to look less sack-ish. I like how it looks in the brand photo.

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    2. Shes probably still nursing and feeling bigger than usual so just wanted to be comfortable. Shes on a private outing. Let's not criticize her where we have no business even looking. Just be grateful we are allowed a glimpse of the beautiful family enjoying their day together.

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    3. That's one of my go-to summer colors. Does olive green have a season? This might be an East Coast of America city palette than looks odd to British flower print eyes. I doubt Meghan will ever embrace the Sloane Rangers style, but she'd fit right in here (Washington, DC) I would expect her to be wearing loose-fitting dresses still but this does seem a size too large on her. Maybe bought when she was very pregnant? I recall Kate wearing a billowing flowered sundress last summer after Louis was born. Lovely to see the family out today.

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    4. Caroline in Montana10 July 2019 at 18:38

      I so agree with you Ivy Lin, this dress looks like she is wearing a sack. not flattering at all. nice that she is out though.

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    5. Yea, I don't like the dress either. It looks like a baggy, extra long scrub top. Maybe a belt would have helped, but it's very unflattering. However, the family looks happy, so that's all that ultimately matters. LEM

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    6. Annika- Boston10 July 2019 at 20:05

      I have to agree. This dress is bad... and would still be bad with the belt. I totally understand her wanting to be comfortable, especially nursing and losing the baby weight. All of that aside- its just a bad dress and it doesn't fit her very well.

      Ultimately, Meghan can and should wear whatever makes her happy- and she sure does look happy here. She looks relaxed, healthy, and just over the moon with that cute little bundle!!! And I love seeing her hair down like this. So summery! Great to have a day out with the whole family!

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    7. Not a fan of the dress either. Considering she just wore a snug fitting dress to a baseball game a week or so ago, this billowing tent dress is just swallowing her up.

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    8. It maybe comfortable but would not be a good choice for breast feeding.

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    9. So happy to see Meghan! She & the baby look wonderful but you're right the dress looks like what I'd describe as a hospital gown.

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    10. ali10 July 2019 at 20:52...I seriously doubt she will be breast feeding in public so what diff does it make?

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  6. If anyone finds a more affordable option for those sunglasses, let me know! :)

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    1. Speaking of sunglasses, Kate's just arrived in the post & I Love Them!! :) xx

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  7. Oh my gosh, what a wonderful surprise! LOVE the picture of Meghan, Archie and George!!! Thank you, Charlotte!

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  8. Love Meghan's casual look and obvious joy with Archie. And all the Cambridges looking great! And the brothers playing polo smiling! Excellent PR amid all the hullabaloo, but also nice to see the families relaxing together.
    Meghan could've got that dress way cheaper (without the waist tie) from Free People;) It looks like a comfortable tent in the best way possible - Archie is still so tiny! thanks for the quick post Charlotte!
    -op

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    1. Well the PR surrounding Meghan and Harry is going to seem like a publicists' dream compared to the stuff that is coming out about Prince Andrew and Jeffrey Epstein. Oy.

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  9. I love George hanging out with Meghan...I can only image him offering a play-by-play of what's going on at the polo.

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    1. Yes!! lol I mean he Is The Big Cousin after all!!! lol :) xx

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  10. She looks so good and comfy...just had a baby, out in the sun with a newborn and people want her to add a belt and lighten the color. Good grief. Also, she looks younger

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  11. I love the Polo outings. Everyone looks relaxed and happy. It's good to see them all together. They have enough haters;they don't need to hate each other. Hopefully time will heal any wounds. I like Kate's dress and Meghan's, although I wish she'd worn the belt, but she's still trying to lose the baby weight, so she's probably more comfortable minus the belt. Which is totally understandable.

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  12. One of the things I love about Meghan is that she knows herself and doesn’t try to be anyone else. Hard to pull off in the horrible fishbowl she lives in.

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    1. Becca H in Colorado10 July 2019 at 19:53

      Right?! I often think about how I would feel and react with that kind of intense scrutiny and it makes me quake in my boots to imagine!

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    2. Well said!! I totally agree!! It's refreshing! :) xx

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  13. I am just glad she is out and about. I felt so bad for Zara when she was harshly criticized for not losing her tummy. Sometimes the abdominal muscles separate with the stress of pregnancy and childbirth, which allows the abdominal organs to pooch out. Whatever-I hope people will give Meghan a break. Her dress is actually both stylish and appropriate. Maybe the color is a bit drab but she has worn Olive and khaki a number of times. It is on her color wheel.

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    1. Your comments are so gracious, much appreciated. She is a new mother, nursing and just enjoying her husband play some polo. I am happy she is confident to wear what she wants and comfortable without fearing public criticism.

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  14. Meghan looks great, and such an adoring mother. The way she holds little Archie and looks at him is so sweet. She will be a great mom. Good to see the families out together. The Cambridge children seemed relaxed around them, so that tells me they see more of each other than we see. I think things are fine!

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    1. I too love seeing them all together! :) Sheila you are so right... the vibe from kids doesn't lie! They are very comfortable with Aunt Meg & cousin Archie!! :) xx

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  15. I may be nuts but I love that dress! Like all still photos of Kate and Meghan, I bet it looked so much better when she moved. I love the belt but having a big bow and a baby and a baby blanket was probably more than she wanted. I thought it very brave of her to venture out with all the "big kids," and little Archie does look so little next to George, Charlotte, and Louis. This is another private day, so doesn’t make sense to criticize.

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    1. I agree Allison. I like the dress as well. It looks cool and comfy and something I would wear for summer fun.

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    2. Yes! Why all the criticism, as if one dress can be perfect in a day. Whatever one likes is always perfect!

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  16. I love this dress: it’s edgy and comfortable at the same time and that color is to die for with her hair and skin tone. What a fun surprise.

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    1. Caroline in Montana10 July 2019 at 23:39

      ive never seen anyone call a mumu edgy:)

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  17. I love this family outing! Please stop criticizing her outfit. She is still breastfeeding and probably had the front of the dress alerted or maybe it's not exactly like one in the photo. Duchess in a first time mom. They are doing what they feel is best for their family. And in the words of Nacho they are both doing great and don't need advice.

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    1. Thank you!

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    2. Caroline in Montana11 July 2019 at 19:03

      I don't understand what not liking her outfit has to do with them doing what they feel is best for their family?? and I think you mean - had the front of the dress altered, not alerted, although maybe someone should come up with an alert on the front of dresses etc. for nursing moms:)

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  18. I think there should be a six month moratorium on criticism for ALL new mom's fashion choices especially Meghan. I am glad she came out when she probably just wanted to stay home and gaze at her beautiful boy.

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    1. I think Harry wanted his family with him and yes Meghan was happy to be there to support him. They even shared a kiss.

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    2. Totally agreed!

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    3. I agree with that moratorium. Post-partum is a tough time for any mother. Personally, I think fashion criticism is superficial and judgmental anyway, especially in the way that most people do it. It is one thing to disagree with a choice of fashion by saying, "I would wear such and such", but it is another thing altogether to say "that person should wear this or that, they need a stylist, or this looks terrible on them." Every person has their own unique style and comfort zone with clothing. Meghan should not have to change her style or wear certain clothes to please others. She deserves to be herself, just like all of us do.

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    4. Thank you Mel!!! Absolutely!!

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    5. Whew, am glad people are speaking up about this. Why judge a 2 month post-partum woman on how she dresses, when we know they are still adjusting to the new body changes. We all know women are sensitive this time.

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  19. Becca H in Colorado10 July 2019 at 23:06

    I must be in the minority, but I rather like this dress on Meghan! It's breezy and a great color with her skin tone. I would prefer the belt on it, but maybe it was uncomfortable. Of course, we didn't get a full-length shot of just the dress, so maybe I wouldn't like it if I saw it completely.

    So happy she and Archie showed up! Meghan and Kate both appeared very relaxed and seemed to be enjoying themselves.

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    1. What a treat seeing Meghan and Archie there showing love and support. The style and length of the dress is right on trend this summer. And how can you not love crisp Khaki linen. I wonder if the kids will play as well as they get older. i love her style.

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  20. One of the (many) things I love about Meghan is that she shows real life: to wit, a tired,new, mother, looking slightly blank, wearing a wonderful dress that didn’t look as big in the mirror as it does in photographs. She’s off duty. Bless her.

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  21. The olive khaki color is really wonderful on the Duchess. She looks so comfortable, and Archie is adorable. If I were her, I'd want something that was loose enough so I could change positions, sit, stand, whatever, without worry, and also something that wouldn't show dribbles of baby spit etc. Good choice.

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  22. I always knew Meghan was ambidextrous. She plays guitar with her left hand and now she is holding marvelous Archie with her left hand dominant. Wonderful looking family. Make God bless them always and that baby could not be more good looking.

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    1. I think you've put your finger on it, Anonymous @23:32. I thought there was something different about the way Meghan was holding Archie, and it's because her left arm is cradling his head, rather than the right arm, which is probably what most of us would do. I like Meghan's dress, and it just reminded me that I have a summer dress in this olive colour and in a similar style. I'm going to haul it out of my closet and start wearing it again! Meghan's dress is really a classic, and has chosen what I think is a perfect style for a two-month postnatal body. She looks supremely comfortable, because there is not a single constricting line in that dress.

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    2. I'm right handed but always held my babies in my left arm/hand. That was to enable me to have my right dominant hand free to do things like open doors, carry a bag etc. I'd say that most right handed people would hold a baby in their left arm.

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    3. I am right handed but always held babies in my left to, as Anon 04:30 said, leave my dominant hand free. Interesting to think that left handed people do the same but opposite because I never thought of it. And I agree with Caroline in Monaco about how not liking a dress has nothing to do with not liking a person. I think this dress is super comfortable and the color is a good color for Meghan but, no, as far as I am concerned, it isn't fashionable. It's something someone would wear who is having up days and down days after having a major change happen to their body and their life. And good on her for turning up to support her husband's charity when she could be home with her feet up. Having stood in fields for equestrian events myself (not being someone who is particularly horsey) it can be really tiring.

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    4. I have a question here. I know nothing about polo and my question will likely disclose my ignorance. But why does no one bring lawn chairs? Is it too hard to see the action whilst sitting? I have been curious about this for awhile!

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  23. My favorite royal photos are of them in relaxed and casual family setting. So nice to see the family like this. I doubt they can ever let their hair down entirely, but good to see the children out and about at play.

    I’m not wild about the voluminous dress, but I bet it’s comfy and cool for Meghan. This dress is right up her fashion alley - loose, breezy and fun. Kate of course looks great in the “Kate” dress. The style suits her well.

    - Martine

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  24. Hmm the duchess of sussex looks great and she looks comfortable in that wear everybody has an comments what she wearing she first time mom she doing great i love the family outing both family looks like other family enjoying the view chatting and picnic session i hope these not the last outing of cambridges and the sussex

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  25. Caroline in Montana10 July 2019 at 23:45

    I feel some are being over sensitive, not liking a dress does not mean that someone does not like meghan etc etc. one can simply not like a dress. (it does look rather bad on her in my opinion) she did just wear skin tight dress to baseball and skin tight jeans and top to tennis so she must feel comfortable in that, and the tennis was off duty too. This is a lifestyle and Fashion blog. We are all free to comment on her outfit. I do love the sunglasses though!

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    1. Agree Caroline.

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    2. I agree Caroline and the sunglases were the highlight of the outfit for me as well. They flatter Meghan's face.
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  26. The color is right in her favored palette, and she does seem to like flowy dress, so I can see what appealed to her about this dress, but I’m not a fan of the dress, even as modeled, partly because I personally hate linen clothing, which always ends up wrinkled and disheveled looking. It looks about two sizes too big on Meghan, but maybe she wore it previously when she was still pregnant. Perhaps Meghan wearing the tie belt would have helped make it look less like she was swimming in all that fabric, but I’m sure there’s a reason she chose to leave it off. I don’t begrudge Meghan’s wardrobe budget, but the price tag for this item seems nutty. Maybe high fashion is just a mystery to me, because I can’t imagine spending this much money on a dress, especially one that doesn’t seem to fit very well.

    Oh well, seeing her snuggling with the baby is more important.

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  27. I loved the photos of Duchess Meghan and Archie and the ones of Harry, Meghan, and Archie. I even smiled at the photo of their kiss ☺

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  28. No doubt the dress is super comfortable but the voluminous silhouette doesn't flatter Meghan at all. Lovely family outing.

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  29. The brothers seem to really enjoy their polo, so I hope it continues. It's not a sport I've ever witnessed in person, but it's always been popular in Europe and fancy circles. Meghan looks very relaxed and happy to be out with her family. Her hair is so long and looks beautiful. I like the way the dress is pleated in the back and along the bottom. It would be pretty with heels, too.

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  30. Sheryl from BC Canada11 July 2019 at 03:12

    Love the colour, love the dress on The Duchess. It's my go to colour for summer also...she's just not a flowered, flouncy kind of woman. The last thing I wanted to wear at 2 months post partum was a belt of any kind. :) So nice to see both families just being natural, smiling and relaxed. Dear knows, they don't get much of that with all this public scrutiny of every single movement.

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    1. Sheryl I totally agree!! :) xx

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    2. Caroline in Montana12 July 2019 at 16:14

      Didn't she wear a white trench dress with a tied/cinched belt for the first photo call of Master Archie??

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  31. Y’all like to talk about people wearing what they want and that women shouldn’t have to be sexy/pretty/attractive etc but if y’all don’t like a dress we have to hear a hundred comments about how it fits poorly or it doesn’t look right which is just code for it isn’t as sexy or attractive as I feel like I’m owed from this public figure.

    If you aren’t going to live up to the standards you have for other people then don’t make the comment. If you feel like it would be unfair for someone to say to you or your daughter or wife, don’t make the comment.

    You’re not being critical of the dress itself, you’re being critical of the way it fits her and you should really rethink why you want this woman that just gave birth to meet some kind of arbitrary standard for the way clothes should fit and how “attractive” they should be on her.

    Let’s actually support women instead of just paying them lip service.

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    1. I really like the commentary in this blog so I, for one, hope people continue to express their opinions and observations. I don’t always agree with the viewpoints but I learn a lot about what people think works and doesn’t work from a style perspective. I think Charlotte does a great job making sure the comments are respectful.

      My mother died when I was a little girl and I would have LOVED to have had a mother telling me “dear, that dress looks a little big on you.”

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    2. What's to become of fashion blogs if people cannot talk about dresses, about fit, length, material, cut, colour, if a dress is flattering or not...IMO, it perfectly possible to say a dress is bad independently of the person wearing it.

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    3. Perfectly said!

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    4. So very well said, Anonymous 3:18. I was going to say something like this, but you said it better than I could have. I would love to see Meghan enjoy a private outing without her clothing being picked apart.

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    5. 3:18 can we be friends? Lol well, freaking, said!!

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    6. Bravo, well said Anonymous! I wholeheartedly agree.

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  32. I like the dress I can see it is a dress Meghan wore before the birth of Archie without the belt and is still useful post pregnancy on warm summer days with or without the belt. I wonder what shoes she is wearing I'm imagining her tan Sarah Flint flats, a matching tan belt would look nice with this dress if you wanted to smarten it up. Iwonder if Archie is one of those babies who needs to be upright due to wind? I had a baby like that it does make for awkward holding of baby and tired arms!

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    1. I was thinking the same thing. Knowing that polo consists mostly of standing or sitting on the ground (at least where they were) putting him in a pram might have been easier on her arms.

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  33. It took me 6 weeks to leave the house after my first born, and that was to go to Olive Garden. And I looked homeless.
    I think Megan looks great. Kudos to her for leaving the house with both makeup AND non-pajamas.

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    1. Someone who gets it! I just sat on the couch gazing at my baby in between feeding and changing diapers for weeks. There is no way I could have been pried off that couch for any husband sport event and I adore him. A shower was a major undertaking.

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    2. lol lol lol Lauren you crack me up & a big high five for Megan!!! :) xx

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  34. I like the dress! Lovely color. It looks here on her like a sack, but I guess she just wanted to be comfy. Totally understandable.

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  35. she looks so lovely i would love this dress but it would look like a sac on me she makes it look good! the baby is so cute even though we only see the back of their head. it was nice to see harry kiss her too .

    kate looks lovely in pink and her kids cute as ever

    thanks Charlotte for another great post

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    1. So true Melissa!! I love not only the fact that Meagan is out on the sidelines with Archie at 8weeks, but that she is dressed comfortably!! Yes! :) xx

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  36. These are my all-terrain dresses. Meghan is beautiful and military green is one of my favorite colors. We are in 2019 and we have to understand the style. This dress is perfectly worn. Without the belt, this is how it should look. It’s called KABA dress. S-U-P-E-R! I’m pleasantly surprised to see the Sussex and Cambridge out with the kids.

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  37. They all look so relaxed and happy to be enjoying their families and the sun.

    Sadly mt first thought when I saw the pics was "here comes the tirade of criticism/comparisons. I didn't even bother reading comments elsewhere because I can just imagine how cruel they would be. Olive green looks great on Meghan and I don't think the dress is as horrific as so many are making it out to be. To me it looks comfy, breathable and non-restrictive. It's actually very "California". Perfect for someone still healing from birth and probably nursing. I love the gold-rimmed sunnies with it too. And her hair is looking lush! So what if the past two outings she wore more fitted clothing? Is she obligated to wear the same style every single day? Is she not allowed variety in her closet? Kudos to her for wearing what she likes especially on her private time.

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  38. I like the relaxed LaLa Land (Los Angeles) look of the Duchess of Sussex. Every one looked happy. Enjoyed seeing the children. Thank you, Charlotte.

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  39. Denise from Virginia11 July 2019 at 19:26

    Thank you, anonymous 03:18! well said!

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  40. Such An Incredible Treat!!! Meagan & Sweet Little Archie having a Family Day with their cousins!! It seemed at times that this day would never come.... Harry having his own family on the Polo sidelines along with Wills'!! It just makes me smile deep inside, to see these 2 having such wonderful, loving wives & sweet children!! Diana must be beaming!! :) xx

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      I agree! So glad this day finally happened!!

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  41. Lovely to see the Duchess with little Archie. The dress looks really nice with a belt. Not so good without, very baggy and shapeless.

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  42. Royal 👑 Watcher12 July 2019 at 02:37

    Great family outing! They all look happy and relaxed. We all know that Meghan favours baggy clothes, this is not new. I think at times she has some abdo bloating, maybe today was one of those days, who knows. The colour is also perfect Meghan, so no surprises there. As far as holding baby Archie, I guess that’s up to her. I invested in a Baby Bjorn sling early on in motherhood, and I used it a lot, it was great. I hope Meghan does too, it would be perfect for polo outings!

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  43. Meghan is looking great Loose dress with no restrictions while holding her baby This is a practical woman When she is out with her husband and her girlfriends she wears more restricted clothing Smart woman with a child is different requirements SMART.

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  44. Pam from Boston12 July 2019 at 04:32

    I think it’s silly to critique the dress positive or negative. She’s a new mother who probably didn’t even decide till the time came whether or not she was going to go to the event. Enjoying a day out in beautiful weather with her baby and supporting her husband and the charities. It shouldn’t matter one bit what she’s wearing

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    1. Exactly! And no one can even see the front of the dress because Archie is her constant companion/accessory. Why do people care so much about what she wears anyway? When I look at these pictures, I first think that they were taken by someone prying into family time then I see a loving mom. So nice to see her.

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  45. Yikes! Meghan sure touched a nerve in many with her choice of dress.

    Misty

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    1. I prefer to rephrase that, Misty. There are many people who are incredibly touchy about anything pertaining to Meghan. She has been made a target. Meghan has not touched anything. She is being herself. Some folks love her, some could care less, and others choose to hate.

      Though I avoid obvious click-bait like the plague, there are numerous headlines that pander all kinds of nonsense. Not only about Meghan, but she's getting the worst of the henpecking and hatred. Even the Queen is getting it. Two headlines I noted today were that she "snapped at" her lady-in-waiting or another that she had "reprimanded Beatrice."

      In the first case, she simply asked her to hold her handbag while she took the shovel to plant a tree as she couldn't manage both. In the second, it was a scene with her grandchildren from a documentary. The pre-school Beatrice had stepped on HM's foot. Naturally, she said, "Ouch. That's my foot you're stepping on." Utterly innocuous stuff.

      So much of what is aimed at Meghan is equally innocuous. But very, very unfortunately, some of it's vile. Worse, it's fed by the press and fanned by social media.

      But as the Princess Royal once said about rumours and innuendo--that it's best not to say anything as anything said will only be twisted. (I paraphrase.)

      I'm sure the knives will be out for the tennis and red carpet appearances coming up. If it weren't hateful, it would be so predictable as to be boring.

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  46. Both Duchesses look good!

    In my book Meghans look is close to summer perfection! Modern, relaxed and super comfy.

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  47. Does anyone know where the white and yellow blanket ist from? It is beautiful!
    Thank you for your beautiful posts!

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    1. Yes, it is from Malabar Baby. See the blanket here:
      https://www.malabarbaby.com/collections/erawan/products/erawan-natural-cotton-dohar-fw16jali002

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  48. Cannot wait to see the Duchess of Sussex at Wimbledon tomorrow. Hope she wears Chanel or Gucci! Thanks for a wonderful blog, Charlotte. Parthenia

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  49. Such happy photos...nice to see. I am thrilled to see her in a “normal” dress that I would wear especially if I had given birth just weeks before, this reminds me of the Megan we saw in the early days before the wedding. She started out wearing outfits that any working woman could see themselves wearing, but after the wedding and on tour, there were few ordinary looks and those were a tad dull. Really liked this look hope we will see more, tho not looking for paparazzi to stalk her.

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  50. Meghan seems to be holding Archie the way she held her "bump." I wonder if the positioning is by design, maybe to position him at the level of her heartbeat or some other reasoning. Meghan doesn't seem like someone who would do things without great thought!

    And I have also wondered why in the world people don't bring chairs? Kate's vehicle was filled to the brim -- but she has to sit on the ground. Seems like Meghan would have been more comfortable next to Kate if they had chairs!

    And dress criticism -- I do like the dress but agree the still photos show it like a tent. If she wears this to Wimbledon or to The Lion King, I would criticize! This is her day off -- she can look however she wants. I got very tired of Kate's skinny jeans and striped top but appreciated what she was doing privately with her family when she wore it.

    And more venting, if I may -- the inane comments about Meghan not wanting a camera 5 inches from her face at Wimbledon. I feel certain she was asking for privacy so her friends would not be uncomfortable being photographed over and over. Between the made-up reports and the meaningless reports, I hope M&H just continue to do what they want to do. I don't look for these stupid items; they just come up when I look at the real news.

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  51. Allison –Here you have summed it up well; you do favor Meghan very much and you are one of the true fans. The man (grandfather) who took the “selfie” (claimed to be taking a selfie of the game) was actually in Meghan and friends face rudely. The jeans at Wimbledon may show she is not a conformist and ok excuse it for a July 4th day mood and a private gathering with her American friends (Either the media had been showing only the well -dressed Wimbledon audience all these years, or Meghan does do what she wants to do now and then (as a sense of freedom or in reaction to whatever). The dress here may express the timing, new baby’s first outing and her moods. It looks like a comfortable olive green loose dress ( a matter of test if others don’t like it. Members of her family are participants at an officially presented sport for charity. Ok up to there; it is when I look at the man the event honored, hesitated if she could have done better.

    No human is perfect, and neither is she. There are real criticisms here and there ( not talking about the mindless, biased, envious trolls who compete with each other to post the worst comment on Meghan / DM commenters). Even Pierre Morgan’s comments and involvement going back and forth from very favorable, to getting over involved in interviewing her own family members, being “ghosted” by her to his latest rant of “ Go back…” is based on motivation and disappointment that he got ignored by her once her relationship got serious with PH.

    There is one person I am inclined to respect and trust. Even if anyone may say he may have some motivation, it is beside the point. I read a biography about a decade back he wrote on Diana. He stayed printed in my mind as a professional with good intention, truthful, esteemed as well as humble ( he might have liked his boss, but likes and respected himself too / honest). Now and then he contributes to the Daily Mail on matters regarding Diana, family and Monarchy. Patrick Jepson as a the former assistant to Princess Diana obviously had been an insider and an experienced author who tried to sum up the overall outlook where others view Meghan, the couple’s standing and a reasonable advice. Sometimes it is tough love, whether it is or not. I agree with him the couple can use solidly good and professional assistants with the best interest of the couple ( not necessarily just yes people). I don’t post the link here; leave it for people to search for it if interested / posted July 12.

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  52. By the way, regarding the criticism in how she carried the baby, immediate image may give that impression; what mattered was he was well supported around his neck and bottom. He is only two months old and to support his new baby body practically is what mattered. There are people who take one look and feast on the “gift” to tear it apart. He was napping at a relaxed state and she can only do much for his two months body. She supported his neck and bottom in fact totally.

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  53. Nice dress, Meghan looks very relaxed and baby is so cute!

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  54. There is a lovely set of black and white photos I saw on tumbler of a young Audrey Hepburn holding her Baby boy Sean in July 1960. I encourage everyone to look them up. In one of the photos Audrey is holding Sean in much the same way Meghan holds Archie at the polo match. These women have so much in common. Both wives, mothers, actors, fashion icons and humanitarians. What is interesting to me is the difference in how the women will be viewed or judged through the filters of time, and our society. I doubt whether anyone at all would ever dared think Audrey looks awkward or is a "bad mother" much less comment on her that way. It saddens me that the time I live in and with all we have available to express ourselves so very many "news" outlets and individuals go there. All I see is beauty in both cases and I pray one day people will learn and leave poor Meghan alone. If one cannot say anything nice in this instance perhaps one should be reflecting on why that is.

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    1. Old Mom in Colorado26 July 2019 at 15:39...Thank you, that was lovely

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    2. Can you share this link with the photos with us?

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