Monday, 9 March 2020

The Sussexes' Final Engagement As Senior Royals Marks Commonwealth Day

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex joined the Queen and other members of the Royal family for the annual Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey.


Of course, there's a special significance to this event: it is Harry and Meghan's last public engagement as senior royals before they officially step down later this month.


It's a fitting one for them to conclude their whirlwind week in the UK on. The Commonwealth was at the heart of much of their plans since they announced their engagement. They are both incredibly passionate about supporting and empowering young people. I know we were all looking forward to seeing how their work developed in this area, and I have no doubt they will focus on the same themes in their work ahead.


I was reminded of the service in 2018, which they attended just two months before their wedding. It was a time of great excitement and anticipation which was reflected in the couple who were relishing their pre-wedding programme of events.


When they attended last year, it was one of Meghan's final engagements before maternity leave and behind the scenes the couple were dealing with multiple stressful issues, tensions with the Royal family and household, and a relentless appetite in the media for negative column inches on Meghan in particular. I imagine it was around this time, ahead of the arrival of their first child, they began to have conversations regarding their future.


The annual event is considered the highlight of the Commonwealth year, offering an opportunity to reflect on the ties that bind member nations together and to look to future hopes and plans. Buckingham Palace said: "The Commonwealth represents a global network of 54 countries, including the Maldives who re-joined earlier this year. Working in collaboration towards shared economic, environmental, social and democratic goals, the Service seeks to highlight a vast community which spans every geographical region, religion and culture, embracing diversity amongst its population of 2.4 billion people, of which 60 percent are under 30 years old."


The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the service.


The Prince of Wales arriving.


And the Duchess of Cornwall.


The Earl and Countess of Wessex were also present today.


Her Majesty in blue.


A video of the royals arriving.


Each year a new theme is proposed to the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth and presented to the Queen for approval. The chosen theme very much leads the agenda throughout the year in terms of activities, plans and areas of focus.  The Commonwealth theme for 2020 is ‘Delivering a Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming', placing emphasis on youth, the environment, trade, governance, and ICT (Information and Communications Technology) and innovation.


From a firm focus on preserving the planet and its natural resources to supporting and empowering youth and highlighting fair business and trade, the service celebrates the Commonwealth's continued commitment to delivering a peaceful, prosperous and more sustainable future for all.

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The Commonwealth Flags standing proudly in Parliament Square.


In the Queen's Commonwealth Day message, she highlighted the diversity of our "worldwide family".

'On Commonwealth occasions, it is always inspiring to be reminded of the diversity of the people and countries that make up our worldwide family. We are made aware of the many associations and influences that combine through
 Commonwealth connection, helping us to imagine and deliver a common future. This is particularly striking when we see people from nations, large and small, gathering for the Commonwealth Games, for meetings of Commonwealth governments, and on Commonwealth Day. Such a blend of traditions serves to make us stronger, individually and collectively, by providing the ingredients needed for social, political and economic resilience.
Throughout my life, I have had the opportunity to see and hear how membership of the Commonwealth family means so much to those living in all parts of the world, often in places that are quite remote. Advances in technology and modern media have now enabled many more people to witness and enjoy - with remarkable immediacy - this experience of Commonwealth connection, in areas such as education, medicine and conservation.
Looking to the future, this connectivity means we are also aware, perhaps as never before, that wherever we live, our choices and actions affect the well-being of people and communities living far away, and in very different circumstances. For many, this awareness awakens a desire to employ our planet’s natural resources with greater care, and it is encouraging to see how the countries of the Commonwealth continue to devise new ways of working together to achieve prosperity, whilst protecting our planet.
As members of this very special community, on this Commonwealth Day, I hope that the people and countries of the Commonwealth will be inspired by all that we share, and move forward with fresh resolve to enhance the Commonwealth’s influence for good in our world.'

The Edinburgh Tattoo performed traditional Scottish music and dancing outside the abbey as guests arrived.


Beautiful floral arrangements inside the abbey.


There was one notable change in today's service compared to recent years: neither the Cambridges nor the Sussexes joined the Queen, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall in the procession. Today marks Harry and Meghan's last engagement as senior royals and, given the emphasis would have been placed on "body language" and "gestures" between the royals, I imagine it was decided it was best for the young royals to proceed straight to their seats and keep the focus on the event as much as possible.


The State Trumpeters and the Fanfare Team played the fanfare as the Queen arrived.


The Duchess had a chat with Prince Edward before the service began.

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A 2,000 strong guest list included the Prime Minister, the Commonwealth Secretary-General, the Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC, alongside high commissioners, ambassadors and dignitaries, senior politicians from across the UK and Commonwealth, faith leaders and over 800 school children and young people.

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Craig David performed 'Unbelievable' before the Melodians Steel Orchestra played the 'Commonwealth Melody'.


One Drum, a collective of London-based African master drummers and performers presented ‘Intore’.


A rousing performance of 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough' by Alexandra Burke.


Click here to read the order of service.


The royals make their way to meet guests.

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The Duchess with professional boxer Anthony Joshua who gave a reading at the event.


The Queen enjoyed meeting Anthony too.


Prince Harry and Craig David greeted each other with 'Bumps Elbows'.


Singer Alexandra Burke gave Meghan a hug as she congratulated her on her performance. Alexandra won The X Factor some years ago and went on to participate in the Strictly Come Dancing competition where she was treated quite terribly by the media and branded a "diva" and "difficult". I'm sure the pair briefly touched on that today.


Meghan receiving flowers.


A departure video from the event.


The Duchess making her exit.


You can watch the service in its entirety below.



The Duchess looked regal in a bespoke vivid green dress with cape detail by Emilia Wickstead.


Meghan's elegant hat is by British milliner William Chambers. The milliner said: "We were honoured to make this custom hat for the Duchess of Sussex to wear today at the Commonwealth Service."


Meghan carried her Gabriela Hearst Demi bag.


The Duchess accessorised with her Birks Snowflake Snowstorm earrings.


And completed the look with a pair of nude pumps by Aquazzura.


Vogue reports:

'At today’s Commonwealth Day celebrations, the pair arrived at Westminster Abbey looking like they’d just stepped out of a fashion editorial—much to the delight of the crowds waiting outside. His tailored blue suit with turquoise tie perfectly complimented her emerald Emilia Wickstead dress with built-in cape, another example of the couple’s habit of subtly matching. (Look closely, and you’ll see the lining of Harry’s jacket is the same vivid emerald at Meghan’s outfit.)'

Meghan had several meetings and private engagements during her time back in the UK, including a visit to the Association of Commonwealth Universities today, and it's possible we'll hear more on that, but it feels like a prudent time to wish Harry, Meghan and Archie the very best as they begin a new chapter in their lives. It's also an appropriate moment to thank them for their service to the UK and Commonwealth. Throughout extraordinarily difficult times, they exhibited a passion and professionalism for their work whilst leaving a lasting impression on those they met every step of the way. It has been a joy to cover their work from the very beginning. The past several days have highlighted what they do well. From championing women and girls, to impacting young people, supporting the military and patronages, watching them in action is a pleasure. This blog will continue to follow Harry and Meghan's journey, and I have no doubt they have some amazing plans in store. I'll leave you with a brief video from today. Watch until the very end! :)

136 comments:

  1. Wow. Meghan has been killing it this week! Another stunning look. I'm definitely going to miss seeing them at events like this.

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  2. This looks fascinating! Can't wait for more photos! I think it may have been better without the bag, though. Harry does not look comfortable; don't think he loves formal occasions.

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  3. Just wowww.
    Christelle1

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  4. I wish Meghan's clothes were better tailored. Beautiful color and hat though.

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    1. Love seeing them! I feel the same though about the clothes.. feel like they don’t suit her body type. They often pull in places and look ill fitting:(.

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    2. This outfit also has a crease/fold in the midsection like the dress HRH wore to the endeavour fund awards.

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    3. I agree especially with the silhousette that she prefers, they do need to be fitted better. Do like the hat, not a fan of the side cape, seems very editorial.

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    4. I agree,I like this look, the color, the hat and all of it but Meghan's outfits are usually to tight :( this beautiful dress doesn't look to good at arms area and three is also bad fit at the back :( but she looks happy and beautiful anyway :)

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    5. I agree on the fit. I love the style of the dress but cannot understand why the tailoring is always so off on Meghan’s clothes. It’s very puzzling.

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    6. I have to agree. Meghan has a tendency to choose the wrong fit. Many women have the problem that clothes fit in one department but not the other. But Meghan has definitely the money and contacts to get it done. Today was also not a surprise engagement. This one and the blue Victoria Beckham don’t seem to fit anywhere right though?
      Better fitting and this dress would be smashing. The colour suits her so well and the hat and half cape add a very dramatic feeling to it. But while I think it’s a wonderful outfit (sans the bad fit) I am not sure it’s the right outfit for the occasion. It feels a tad too dramatic but I am glad we got to see it.
      C.

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    7. That dress could fit a bit better it's true, but my god this outfit is incredible. She looks more regal than anyone there, in my opinion. And the hat!!! Gorge!

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    8. This is a bespoke dress. Isn't the poor tailoring on whoever at Emilia Wickstead that made the dress for her? The fit is a little ironic given Emilia Wickstead's comments about Meghan's wedding dress.

      I love this look. She looks beautiful in bold colors!

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    9. I think she looks great! It looked like the fabric bunched up while she was sitting in the car and she didn't pull the down dress when she exited the car to smooth it out. Who has all of their clothes tailored anyway? Besides, it could be her last public outing so...it doesn't really matter bc most people could not pull this look off.

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    10. I really don’t understand how it can fit so poorly when it was literally made for her.

      CJ

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    11. @bluhare: while I do agree that the outfit is incredible I wouldn’t necessarily call it regal. It’s very in your face for a daytime, church event. It’s brings glamour but glamour doesn’t always translate to regal (I think this is the fine line between Royal and celebrity). I cannot blame Meghan for going all out, on her last engagement though. And I would love to see it again.
      C.

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    12. Well, two things people should consider here. EW is not famous for her impeccable designs, on the contrary, I am actually surprised Meghan was wearing her brand once again. She is indeed gracious.

      The other thing, she has just returned to the country, so I am not sure she tried this on earlier, moreover, she did lose weight in the last couple of months, all this together is something worth noting.

      Imo: I just don’t understand the need for clothes to fit like they do on models. Dresses move, fold, wrinkle and that is because there is a person wearing them. I do think in motion it was beautiful, after getting out of the car obviously it needed some fixture.

      Although I am not a fan of EW but Meghan never looked more stylish, beautiful, and as bluhare said regal than she did yesterday. And that hat is art!

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    13. I agree with "regal" Bluhare. I love the color on her too. If anyone else was wearing this I don't think there would be any quibbles.

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    14. Green, gold, red, and blue are common colors shared by many countries for their flags. The BRF does a lot of blue. In fact green fits refreshingly fitting for the occasion. Harry's tie on the way to church this past Sunday had red and yellow stripe on black; Meghan completed it with green today, and that makes it a South Africa flag, add his blue and white out outfit, are they giving any hint?

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  5. Gorgeous! This makes me so sad....

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    1. Yes me too. They had a lot to offer.

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  6. Wooooooooow😍😍😍😍!!!! Je ne peux qu'admirer car les mots me manquent tellement je suis éblouie.

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  7. We have been treated to white, cream, blue, red, and green ensembles this week!

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    1. and the flags are flying similar primary colors.

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  8. Becca in Colorado9 March 2020 at 15:36

    Another gorgeous look. Meghan has looked amazing all week. She seems to shine with even more confidence than before, which is saying a lot. It must be the knowledge that after this week, they'll be living life on their terms. I just wish things could've been better for them as senior royals. I will miss them in this capacity and have felt a sadness about it since the announcement.

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  9. Pretty dress and great hat, but she needs a tailor!

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  10. I think she looks gorgeous. Great look and color for her. I do hope all goes well with the Sussexes. Thank you, Charlotte. I so depend on you for accuracy in reporting.

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  11. For some reason this reminds me of Robin Hood. I think if she didn't have the cape it would be better. Love the color though and the hat is very pretty.

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  12. Gorgeous!
    Love how they often hold hands!
    But no, please don’t go away.......
    Renee

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  13. I want to see a photo of Meghan's outfit without the wind blowing everything everywhere. Hopefully there will be some photos along later. Top marks for getting these photos up so quickly :-)

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  14. Rita in Florida9 March 2020 at 16:26

    I have no words. Absolute perfection. She has a great fashion sense.

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  15. This is bitter sweet. We are witnessing a couple who brought many great things to the royal family and wanted to do many more. They look strong as a couple going into their new lives. The Duchess has been giving us one amazing look after the next. The blue, the white, the red and now this luscious green. The hat is absolutely fabulous and I love the draped cape over the shoulder. Stunning. Harry and Meghan will be missed. Thank you for keeping us up to date with this blog and I hope you continue.

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  16. Duty-bound; a beautiful couple! They are not going into hiding. We will see them again :)

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  17. I agree with Betsy, better fit would help her. This looks like a dress the Countess of Wessex would wear, which is not intended to be negative. Sophie usually looks very stylish. Not wild about the tailored bodice style on Meghan, though she seems to be going out on a note of Royal Conservative, which is nice of her. I like her hat. I don't love this color on her but it's a pretty shade.

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  18. Not my favorite look of hers.

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  19. I love the hat. I love the neutral shoes and the dark green purse but not paired together. The dress is not tailored well (esp. around the waist line). The cape doesn't look attractive on her, but that could be the wind. I actually liked her red dress and the light blue dress from the other days better.

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  20. Courtney Providence Village9 March 2020 at 16:58

    She has such a short torso. She definitely needs a tailor! Beautiful color on her but not liking the outfit too much. Don’t like the three pleat/crease locations. One going down the middle of her stomach then the two down on the pants… It just doesn’t look right to me. Again though, such a beautiful color on her!

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  21. Love seeing M&H always. But, with that said couture fashion fits like a glove. There is not a line out of place. Sadly, this is not the case with this particular Wickstead statement dress. Most couture also is not designed with a center seam on the bodice. It creates distracting lines to the eye coupled with fabric that may pull as is the case. I wonder why Meghan wears a strapless bra as it shifts the fabric and is noticeable rather then leaving a clean line. Looking at the photos the designer and staff must be disappointed. I wonder when was the final fitting or most likely made with Meghan's fit model. I think Meghan specifically made the decision to go with a British label. Unfortunately, for me it is not the look I imagined for the final appearance as a Senior Royal. I admit to being disappointed with the choice of Meghan's fashion statement but I am never disappointed with her. She is the sparkle that will be missed.

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    1. I think Meghan just has a body that is a bit hard to dress. She is very curvy on top and short waisted. She is very narrow on bottom. So if you go looser on top then the bottom will look baggy. Fit her waist/hips and the chest area will look a bit tight. I think Meghan prefers not to have a baggy waist/hip look so the chest area often looks very snug. I also think her post-baby weight might fluctuate as is common.

      But great look and I will miss seeing them do royal events. They look gorgeous.

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    2. You are quite right on her body type. Bespoke tailoring is intended to help out where nature has presented a challenge. She must be very hard to fit, and as a fellow short-waisted woman with narrow hips, I can attest to that frustration.

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    3. She does not necessarily have a hard body to dress. In fact from her pre BRF days and post 2017, she had been seen in tailored and flared outfits. She knows her body type. In this green dress case, the fit part looks fine, the problem is the material gathering up. The material either needed a lining, or should have been a different cut, or the material w/o a lining could have done better with some stiff kind of garment / some crepe type cloth.

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  22. It's official: Meghan totally slayed her farewell tour.

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    1. She was spectacular and, I think, felt free. I love that our favorite friend, Daniel Martin, gave his message about doing her makeup. I'm so glad she can have the freedom to "let her friends show"!

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    2. She killed it. Every outfit, especially the stunning red gown and the dramatic green cape dress and hat. Meghan took her leave on a bold note. In doing so she showed us all how it’s done.

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  23. I think this dress is beautiful but I have to agree with others—she needs a tailor. This outfit would have been sheer perfection if it fit her better.
    Sharyn—USA

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  24. What will happen to this blog now?

    I usually like Meghan's looks because they seem more high fashion and yet accessible than Kate's, but this one is too much.

    I also very much believe that this was the wrong direction for them to go.

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    1. I hope the blog will continue - we're all clearly still "mad about Meghan":)
      I thought the cape was... Bold. A great color on her, very much liked the hat.

      I wonder if H&M will go to "family" events - polo, horses - at all as they split their time. I'm just speculating because of the chance to see Meghan in a hat again;) Good luck to them! -op

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    2. Initially, I thought it was a rash decision to leave. I don’t think it was particularly well thought out. But it’s done now & I just wish them happiness in whatever they choose to do in the future.

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      Charlotte stated that she'll continue the blog :)

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  25. The dress, cape, hat... it’s all a bit much - too green, too much fabric, too in your face. Also the fit doesn’t look great. She looks pretty nevertheless!

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  26. Beautiful!!!!!

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  27. My problem is that I don't like capes at all and she seems to love them. However, there is a photo or short video from her side and her walking with the cape blowing a bit in the wind and it's very dramatic.

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  28. Meghan looks beautiful and so happy...however Harry appears to be sad or maybe just tired. Bless them in their life ahead.

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    1. I, too, thought he looked contemplative.

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    2. While Harry expressed his unhappiness with his role and life numerous times before he never acted on it. Maybe he is realising that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side/ needs time to adjust. There will always be hardships. He just traded the specific royal ones against others. He is also loosing a lot of privileges. I think it’s a great opportunity for him to grow but time will tell if he feels the same.
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  29. I watched live & I thought I was going to lose it during the song "Ain't No Mountain High Enough"!! The music as a whole just really got to me! It was such a powerful & emotional service today to me..... did anyone else feel this way? Such a defining & historical moment for the BRF as an institution & for HM The Queen & her family! Bittersweet isn't even a strong enough word for me..... & seeing them depart in the car.... just wow! :(

    Did anyone else catch at the end of the BBC coverage (which was what I was streaming) they said that HM The Queen had planned the whole service! So I wonder if she had her team chose music that would reflect the tone!?? It was so incredibly powerful, as I felt it spoke directly to what they are going through as a family & those feelings seem to also be universal!

    BeccaUSA

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  30. I have really enjoyed her looks for their return to the UK. However, this one was a fail in my opinion. The color is lovely but the dress is ill fitting. With the style of hat and side cape, the look is much too busy.

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  31. The Duchess is brave, beautiful and bold! It would be great if we were looking at the next President and Prince (Vice President) in 2024! Hope and Pray for the USA! Thanks for a wonderful blog, Charlotte! Parthenia

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    1. I never thought of that! This could be paving the way...

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    2. Only those born in the United States; or to natural born American citizens, if born on foreign soil, can be President or Vice-President. Harry is ineligible. I think their plans for charity work are in keeping with their special gifts. Anyone who wants to run for President must be at least a little crazy.

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    3. I agree that running for president is not something I would want to do! Harry would have to be the First Prince, not VP.

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    4. I thought they meant President and First Gentleman (Prince Harry) lol

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    5. That’s what I also assumed, Lynne lol Meghan for President!

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  34. wow, this is stunning! just wow wow wow!!!

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    1. You've taken the words right out of my mouth Klara!! Wow!!!

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  35. while the colour looks good on her, I can't say I'm a fan of the fit or the cape even though I do think she's SuperMeghan ;)

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    1. The fit is a bit off but the colour is superb. Lol @ ‘SuperMeghan’ 😂

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  36. Meghan pulled out all the stops for this visit. I will admit that she needs to have her things a little better tailored but overall she looked great. She would have been such a great addition to the Royal Family. It is a shame she did not decide to stay. Oh well. Hope they enjoy Canada or wherever.

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    1. Fiona in Australia10 March 2020 at 12:22

      It's interesting you say that "she did not decide to stay", Unknown. I have felt the same, that she didn't feel comfortable in the Royal Family, yet much you read leads you to believe it was Harry's decision to leave. I have no doubt he wasn't comfortable with the media intrusion and wants to protect his family, but I can't get away from the fact that he is giving up so much to achieve it.

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    2. Harry has expressed concerns about his role bordering on an almost explicit desire to leave since long before Meghan. This isn’t something you “read” and interpret, you can find multiple videos of him stating these views himself.

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  37. The cape says it all. A perfect farewell look.
    Good bye.

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  38. What a week of dazzling, stunning looks! I do wish Meghan had tailored her Victoria Beckham dress along with today’s Wickstead which was bespoke and therefore had NO reason to not fit perfectly. I felt sad today watching Harry but I’m not in their shoes, so I can only wish them all the happiness they deserve! I do look forward to seeing them again soon.
    Thank you Charlotte for the terrific coverage and, as always, your research about each visit and links for more information. I do hope you’ll continue this blog. Xx

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  39. I feel the outfit was too much for this event, but Meghan looked very happy and confident. She looks relieved to be heading down the path she wants. For Harry, it's what he wants as well but it's more complicated, as his face showed today. He's leaving the only life he's known and although extended family relationships can be up and down....family is still family. It will still be a lot for him to process. I wish them all the best!

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    1. No one seems to acknowledge that in marrying Harry, Meghan also gave up much. Her hard-won career, her voice, her country, and proximity to her mother and friends. H&M have now both significant sacrifices. I’m sure they will emerge stronger from this royal step back and wish them the best in their new life.

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  40. This is a lovely Kermit colour, but the fit is not quite perfect, and does make you think of the Countess of Wessex. Not sure why she would want to wear Wickstead, perhaps it is part of letting bygones be bygones. With the turquoise Victoria Beckham dress at least, also a beautiful colour, the problem is the elastane blend, not the cut or the figure. Unless you order in an elephant size, this fabric will always stretch a little. Such minor issues aside, all of the clothes of the last few days were beautiful. I really liked the faux Chanel, especially the shoes and killer bag. The long red evening dress might be my favourite look ever on the Duchess of Sussex, and a lesson on how to wear red from head to toe without looking ridiculous. Going out with a bang there.

    Maggie – short for magpie

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    1. Meghan has worn Emilia Wickstead for at least three other occasion (2 dresses and 1 that locked like a two piece but might have been a dress) since her wedding. I think we can safely assume that there Meghan doesn’t have any problem at all with the designer.
      C.

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    2. I would not choose a dress by a designer who behaved as Wickstead did for such a high-profile event, but if the Duchess of Sussex feels differently that is of course entirely up to her. A custom dress that fits like this is hardly an advertisement for the designer, though.

      Maggie – short for magpie

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  41. Thank you Charlotte for this beautiful post.
    Like you I find this royal outfit; I like the varied style of the Duchess of Sussex. I buy the cup delights me.

    It is reassuring to know that you will continue to bring us together via this blog to follow future Sussex projects ... This is the end for the start of a great Sussex adventure.

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  42. Meghan looks stunning again! This style and color are very dramatic, but I think Meghan's small frame and features are a bit overwhelmed by it. I'm sorry that once again, the fit needed adjusting.

    I'm sorry to see Harry and Meghan go, but I'm relieved for them as they leave the tensions within the family and the hateful press behind. I wish them every success.

    Thank you, Charlotte, for your factual, tactful coverage.

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  43. Oh i love her the outfit looks good on her but im not a fan of the cape i will deffinelly miss her so much

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  44. Vogue (online) also had this to offer in response to their earlier appearance where they matched in red:Together, the Duke and Duchess cemented their status as one of the most regal and best-dressed House of Windsor couples in history.

    Amen. Meghan looks utterly radiant now compared to the previous two appearances at this service. I predict that their glow (as well as their get up and go work ethic) won't diminish in the next chapter of their lives.

    I wonder whether the somewhat constricting clothing doesn't subconsciously allude to the nature of her former role. Or as on their first tour, items created for her earlier don't fit quite as they should for "other reasons." We'll see what she wears next.

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  45. Meghan looks amazing.

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  46. Its bitter sweet yes. They are private people now and in my opinion they could do so much more as royals. Its their choice of course but I think you should end the blog. They are not royals and their charity work will be covered by the general media. Great blog but I'm not going to visit anymore. Thanks for all yoir work though.

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    1. So because they are not royals, they cant do meaningful work?! On the contary, take a look back a year later. They will be sensational.

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    2. They actually still are "royal." Being a prince and a duchess is very royal!

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    3. Royals are people. They have lost their jobs. I'm sure they will do great things...dor me its not the same as working on behalf of the Queen. I wish them well but for me its not the same.

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    4. Royal is a atatus. They are people too, human beings with feelings. This is so nonsense.




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    5. It's no nonsense if its somebodys opinion Anett. For some the intrigue was that she married a prince and she would represent the 'common people as she worked on behalf of the Queen.
      The distinction between royal and celebrity, for some, is clear and for their own specific reasons choose to follow royals vs. celebrities. That is not to say that H&M's work in the private sector/celebrity world they have chosen does not or will not have merit or have an impact, but I Like Anon 23:13 don't have the interest in them as private citizens like I do follwoing their royal events. Quite frankly, all the comments on this 'farewell royal tour' of H&M shows that many enjoy following them as royals too!

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  47. Adore this outfit in theory, but agree tailoring a little off. I wonder why she chose to wear a strapless bra - is it just a notion I have or would that contribute to the bunching of the material? I find it hard to wear them - I can’t helping hunching.

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  48. I think her outfit is lovely and she looks beautiful. I do agree with others that a good tailor would make her look even better.

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  49. beautiful post Charlotte. thank you for your hardwork. I have to say meghan looks lovely in this outfit. I am so sad to see them go i shed a tear while reading your blog and watching the youtube videos. I see how sad william and prince charles look in that photo with harry looking unhappy and it is sad this is all happening but onwards and upwards i guess what else can one say

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  50. I love this dress with cape, the jewel color...but not on Meghan. The tailoring is off and she's a little too small in stature to carry off the drama. The dress is wearing her. I'm thinking she should bequeath it to Maxima.

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  51. What a wonderful turnout from the Duchess and the Duke! These last few days are ones that will stay with me for quite some time. We can quibble that this is too tight, this is too loose, blah, blah, blah. For me, it's all about the passion and the compassion that the Sussex's bring to the table! That passion for service, that is so sorely lacking these days. For them it's not a job or a role but a calling, a calling to shine a light in the dark, a calling to bring kindness where there is hate, a calling to bring comfort where there is suffering. A calling that both of them feel in the depths of their hearts and souls.

    I am continually inspired by them, inspired to be a better friend, a friend that I think Meghan is, inspired to stand up for what's right, not easy but right, like Harry has to safeguard his family and his love. I am inspired to take better care of myself and to treat myself with love and kindness, with a great glass of wine thrown in for good measure, like Meghan takes care of herself and her family. And lastly I am inspired by Meghan, inspired to never again dim my light so that others might be more comfortable but to let my light shine proud and bright and hopefully inspire others to let their light shine as well.

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    1. Lauri! Beautifully written! OMG! What a nice caring soul you must be! Thank you for sharing! 😘

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    2. Lauri--So beautifully said! I am a long time follower (THANK YOU, Charlotte!!) and have never commented before. I was moved to comment as your words perfectly capture my own sense of connection to Meghan and the inspiration I draw from her (and why I support them 100%). My husband and I both work in non-profits in Chicago and the days can be long, hard, and upsetting. It's tough to do the work yourself and to also support a partner doing equally trying work. On days when I feel my glow and inner light fading, I channel Meghan. I cannot wait to see what they accomplish. My husband and I joke about going to work for their "non-profit entity." We'll see where life takes us all ;)

      As to the clothes--she absolutely killed it this week. I have a similar body type and it is very hard to have everything fit perfectly. Also, living in Chicago, I can attest to how wind messes with a look. I think the fit on the arrival photos looks worse than it was because the wind is pressing the fabric completely against her. I felt the dress fit better on the way out of the service. Regardless, she looked stunning and I love that she brought the drama to, well, the drama.

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    3. Lauri - I am finally able to read all the comments, and just read yours reading from the top down. You have such inspirational ways with your words, beautifully expressed, and it has your kindred presence in this very post of yours. It gives a sense of receiving, giving back in return, and the wisdom of recognizing what you want and know how to appreciate it, apply it and share it. The beginning paragraph reminds me of "The Prayer of St. Francis".

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    4. Lauri that was so beautifully stated. I wish more people in the world chose love over hate, bitterness and jealousy. If you have an equally kind heart you can spot that trait in others and Harry and Meghan absolutely have it in spades. It does my heart good to see Meghan with her head held high and looking in each and every outfit she wore, spectacular! So many quibble about the fit but when you see her standing still as in that picture at the top of the steps the fit is perfect and the color is divine.

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  52. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex exited from their current royal status with outstandingly memorable images. Meghan obviously continues to look ecstatic since that January announcement day. She looks impeccably elegant, happy, poised and beautiful. Harry seems settled with his decision, but it will take time to really process and settle. His life seems to accelerate at high speed no matter what choice he took, or whatever his reaction to life’s own planning. They got what they wanted mainly, but most likely not exactly what they expected (full departure was not what they asked for).

    Commonwealth Day Service: As President and VP of The Queen’s Commonwealth trust respectively, what an interesting coincidence it happened to be their last official engagement as senior royals, yet the continuation of their future roles as well. Meghan in green and her over all image looked international. She came through as well intentioned around her BRF in laws. The cape on the right side and the green fascinator bow on Harry’s side all added to the beautifully coordinated green. The lining of his blazer was folding in the wind, and happens to be emerald green as well.

    The military music performance engagement: The couple looked more glorious and glamorous than any super classic movie in military uniform and evening gown imagery. Red never looked that alluring. They were a hit, both of them.

    The Endeavor Fund reception and award night: Harry and Meghan looked like very newly married couple who just returned from a honeymoon. That picture in the rain, and their smile to each other was 2020 in technic color and black and white too. That is the current and futuristic definition!

    All their individual engagements in March 2020 looked lively, engaging and purposefully practical. I hope the royal establishment and the couple reach a creative and compromising agreement during the 12 months review which will continue to keep them active in the traditional roles they are parting from.

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  53. Meghan has hit it out of the park these past few days. Every. Single. Time. I wish the Sussexes all the best!

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  54. I thought her look was striking & fit the fact of the day.

    Becca USA

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  55. Theresa New York10 March 2020 at 02:45

    I'm sorry to see them go because the haters won. The Daily Mail and its writers certainly did a number on them. but, I also feel that they were stymied by the apparatus of the royal family. I remember their excitement in the beginning when they said they wanted to hit the ground running only seemingly to hit a brick wall at every turn. It seems to me that the Firm is for members that don't think outside the box.
    Meghan never looked more beautiful than on this last visit. Being away from the poison did her a world of good.

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    1. I hope it gets published because it wont be nice.

      I totally agree with you. If you are outide or think outside that box, you are branded difficult, a diva etc. She was not given a chance, not a for a minute. Why? I wont list the obvious.

      So many people wrote about this family, the dynamics, the relationship between them, but if you ever had a doubt it was not real, I mean, the rift, just take a look at the service, the lack of interaction, it was so awkward, I cringed. Even Sophie proved it to me, these people dont even see each other or have the slightest contact, it is a family on paper, but nothing suggests they do care about each other. They behave in front of the cameras like that, guess what goes on behind the scenes.

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    2. Rita in Florida10 March 2020 at 15:38

      Well said Theresa. Like Harry said in the end “there really was no other choice.”

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    3. So for you, Anett, all the comments Harry has made through the years talking about his love for Kate and William were lies?

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    4. Anett’s reply shows a sentiment I see a lot now with fans of Harry and Meghan. It might be true but if so it wouldn’t show them in a good light. Harry made numerous statements hoe close he is (was) to Wiliam, Kate and his grandparents. They both publicly stated the BRF is the family Meghan never had. So either they are all liars, but then I cannot excuse Harry and Meghan or they are all as close as they still claim to be, but then everyone needs to stop accusing the different parties. You cannot have it both ways.
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    5. I sometimes really wonder if you deliberately try not to understand what is happening and what I am saying here. I did not talk about how it was. But if we suppose it was all sunshine and rainbows, it is even sadder now, if they had a mutually respectful relationship, how on earth could they end up here?

      Lauri's wise words might help to figure this out:
      ".....inspired to never again dim my light so that others might be more comfortable but to let my light shine proud and bright and hopefully inspire others to let their light shine as well."

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  56. Tammy from California10 March 2020 at 03:43

    The picture of the RF leaving the cathedral was awesome as far as the women go. A rainbow of colors- I loved it! W and H look like things are not settled still. They both look pretty downtrodden- which stinks.
    I liked Meghan’s outfit but I agree with the others- I shouldn’t be able to see one’s entire strapless bra. I also thought the cape was a good idea, but it seemed to hang on the dress funky, but that color... dreamy! I also felt Meghan had too much foundation on for my taste- she has such beautiful freckles and skin color- don’t hide them!

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    1. She has such a versatile facial feature and complexion. If in a movie,she can easily play a part as various nationalities. I have noticed how she adjusts the shades of her foundation/ make up to different occasions to complement any side of her natural self.

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  57. In the minority but think the outfit is very nice. Looks great in motion.

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  58. Meghan’s makeup looks beautiful. I love the hat. The fit of the dress looks better in the videos of the day than it does in the pictures but I love the overall design of it. It was so great to see the family all together. I will miss it, and Harry seemed sad in some of the pictures. Even on this day of final engagements as senior Royals I still wonder what is really going on. And I wonder why it can’t be fixed. Because Harry and Meghan are naturals at this stuff. Maybe everyone just needs some down time, and after a year they’ll be back. I hope so.

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  59. Thanks, Charlotte for so much history. I enjoyed the post. Goodbye for now to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. It’s been awesome!

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  60. Love this outfit's flair!!!

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  61. Angelina Bucket10 March 2020 at 07:06

    So beautiful and still heartbreaking, the fairytale is over and I hope it turns into a modern story. Wishing all the best ❤️

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  62. Beautiful emerald green dress, superb. The cape effect was stunning, the hat worked in well with the dress. Love the nude shoes, but that bag is divine. She looked elegant and regal. Magnificent outfit.

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  63. A glorious outfit for Meghan who looks both young and radiant. And her hat! Absolute perfection. The colour green symbolises growth, hope, and new beginnings. A very fitting choice indeed. I am very pleased this blog will be continued - many thanks for your thoughtful posts.

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  64. Correction on my previous post: The cape is on the left,and the green bow is on the right. It may be a standard setting to have the fancy part of a hat on the right, closer to the man's side.
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    I liked her entire outfit and image at the school's visit. I look forward to listen to Harry and Bon Jon Jovi's music recording, "Unbroken". Where is Archie and his "Ahaha" sound moment. By now he is probably making other interesting sounds. They will be missed; it will be so important they have certain consistency of presence in participating of events in UK, or some part of them will be "forgotten", or modified in peoples conscience in some ways. (it is a busy world).
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    Sorry out of topic - but the world is over consumed in struggle and current news.
    May the grace of God and his gift of wisdom in Science to humanity help relieve this dangerous pandemic, Covid-9. Wishing each one of you, my own family and the world the safety and protection from it. For those who are affected or know others affected, may you find healing and support.

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  65. First of all, I want to say to Charlotte how much her blog has been appreciated by this community since Meghan burst onto the scene nearly three years ago now. She has provided balanced, fair and informative reporting on Meghan without all of the polarizing stuff that is out on social media.

    My head and my heart have been a mixed bag since October when it was apparent to everybody that the Sussexes were not happy with their lives as it stood then. I had hoped that a little R and R over the holidays would refresh them and let them start 2020 with heads held high and a renewed sense of purpose. I was frankly taken aback with their January announcement. Since Meghan and Harry have been largely absent since then, I have been by turns, sad, mad and totally irrational about why had they done this? It is my hope that they have a joyous, fulfilling, and purposeful life. I wished that for them on their wedding day and I wish that for them now. I wish that for everyone quite honestly.

    I hope we get to see them out in the world often. I hope that while their family is young, that they get to globe trot and be dynamic forces for good before they have to plan things around the school holidays. I hope Meghan can continue her platform for women's empowerment, and Harry can support veterans around the world. I hope that their appearances don't descend to "Rent a Royal" tackiness. I hope we get to see them often at family events (like Beatrice's wedding). I hope they will be an at large Royal couple that will support King Charles and Prince of Wales William when that time comes. Their intentions are good, their execution has at times been misguided and clumsy (and hurtful). Seeing them this week, it shows how well they operate when their mission is clear and their appearances are executed well enough so that they feel safe. Both of them looked stunning. Both of them are on the same page. I just hope the rest of the world (including the Royal Family) wish them Godspeed on the next phase of their journey. Take that Piers Morgan!

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    1. I honestly cannot find anything more hurtful than an innocent baby being compared to a "well dressed chimpanzee" and not ONE member from Harry's family saying anything about it. Maybe I shouldn't expect anything from the older generation, but I did expect the obvious person from the younger generation to stand up: William the baby's uncle. Given his investment in cyberbullying and mental health, I did expect William to stand up about the racism/abuse from the press. Since the press had already started turning on their baby also, it would have been a big mistake to stay. Nothing is worth your mental health.

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  66. I still have hope but wish Meghan would again wear for us her wedding reception earrings, and her wedding day bracelet!

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  67. I wish there had been a public moment of affection and recognition from the Cambridges as they took their seats. Perhaps it wasn't convenient, but I believe it was needed.

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    1. It seems like public affection was the obvious thing to do, but the lack of combined with the "boys'" sour looks as they left doesn't make me feel much warmth.

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      Yes, I completely agree. Affection and recognition from the Cambridges was very needed. Thank you.
      Renee

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  68. I find it particularly ironic that the designer who took the liberty of criticizing her wedding dress is today at the origin of a dress that several people (on this blog) criticize for the same reasons she did 2 years ago. And this happens in a quite similar situation : high profile event for Meghan watched by many people ( wedding vs last appearance as working royal).It might be true that what goes around comes around . This said I love the style, the color. As long as she stays still the dress fits very well and that is a beautiful closure after the past days. Christelle1

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  69. It's a nice dress but it doesn"t fit her properly.

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  70. Did you see this, dear? https://www.instagram.com/tv/B9kR_i5HPxA/?igshid=8u5xqv1fu9pg

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  71. https://people.com/royals/meghan-markle-and-prince-harry-share-huge-smiles-in-photo-released-after-tense-commonwealth-service/

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Share Huge Smiles in Photo Released After Tense Commonwealth Service

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  72. Dear Charlotte, thank you so very much for all your work on this blog. You are simply amazing. I am glad that you will be continuing the blog.
    I am firmly a Meghan and Harry fan.
    Re a comment above re hurtful behaviour by M&H. I can’t think of anything more hateful than your new born baby being referred to as a chimpanzee and no member of your very, very influential family saying anything about the racist abuse.
    I wish M&H a life filled with laughter and happiness.

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    1. I don't comment much, but I just wanted to say thank you Carrie Virginia. I completely agree with you about members of the royal family (especially the Queen, Charles, and William) not standing up for Meghan and Harry against the vile abuse they've received at the hands of an abhorrent and deeply unethical UK tabloid press (as well as quite a few royal reporters). Their lack of support has truly altered how I see them, and I am especially disappointed with William. I didn't expect the Queen or Charles to stand up for Meghan in the midst of so much racism, xenophobia, and bullying, but I did expect William to do so (given all of his investment in cyberbullying and mental health). It is critical to stand up to injustice and if the royal family chooses not to do that for one of their own, then it is very difficult to take their work seriously. Both the US and UK have currents of racism interwoven in our societies, but the drastic difference is that in the US, the majority of us recognize that, own it, are willing to talk about it, and stand up to it/call it out when we see it. In the UK, racism is an insidious underbelly of the culture, and the society at large prefers to deny it exists, distracts from it, and refrains from calling it out or even discussing it. At the forefront of this is the horrendous UK tabloid press, and nothing is going to change if the public doesn't hold that arena of the press accountable. As long as Britons buy those tabloids, read them, and support them, they will continue to get away with vile racist coverage. They will continue to be unethical. Those UK tabloids believe they are giving Britons coverage and stories they want to read, and as long as the public overwhelmingly consumes them and supports them, they are being proven correct. Influencers in society, like the press, are far more often mirrors of what the people want rather than molders of what the people want.

      This article is worth reading...
      https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2020/03/meghan-markle-prince-harry-royal-family/amp

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  73. Lovely dress...but not for Meghan!

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  74. I've kept thinking about William and Kate entering their seats, and all the flap about them ignoring Harry and Meghan. I noticed when the video started that William leaned down and picked up the program from his seat, but Kate already had hers in her hand. I got to wondering whether they had already seen Megan and Harry and exchanged greetings. I went back and watched the videos again and noticed that Harry and Meghan entered the outer doors of the church first, then William and Kate. Edward and Sophie had entered before Harry and Meghan. If you look at the video where Harry bumps elbows with Craig David, you can see William and Kate enter from above and Harry and Meghan greeting the first line of clergy and a few others. There are a second pair of glass doors that lead to the inner sanctuary. There are many more people in the second line made up of those who are performing during the service. The next view shows the Queen going through this line ahead of William and Kate. You can just see William's head and then Kate's red hat, as the Queen is walking away. It would appear they are going in the order of succession as Charles and Camilla are behind the Queen, then William and Kate. The video switches to show William and Kate at the end of the line and Harry and Meghan still greeting people behind them. Then Sophie and Edward. The video doesn't show it, but if they were seated from least to first, Royal order, Sophie and Edward would have been seated first, then Harry and Meghan, then William and Kate. So, that means they would have finished their greeting of the line of performers, and then stood and waited to be seated. William and Kate would have needed to wait for the others to be seated first. Harry and Meghan would have finished the greeting line before Sophie and Edward, so they would have needed to wait. If everyone was waiting to be seated they were either visiting with each other or ignoring each other. It's not inconceivable that they might have said their hellos then. But, in the video where Kate and William are led to their seats is not the first they had seen each other, nor Edward and Sophie.

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