Meghan Markle defies ‘royal protocol’ on International Women’s Day in £2.6k look
Meghan Markle, wife of Prince Harry, is appearing on a panel to discuss issues facing women today on International Women’s Day.
Meghan wore the Azzura Swirl Printed Shift Dress £185 with a black and white print.
Kensington Palace tweeted: “On #InternationalWomensDay The Duchess of Sussex has become Vice-President of The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust.
“The @QueensComTrust, of which The Queen is Patron and The Duke of Sussex is President, exists to champion, fund and connect young leaders around the world #TeamQCT”
The Duchess carried her Stella McCartney Black Shaggy Deer Faux Leather Crossbody Bag, which costs £706.52. She was wearing black high heels and a black blazer.
Meghan wore bare legs for the appearance, which has been said to be against royal protocol. However, it is not whether this is an offical royal rule or a rumour.
Meghan was looking business like in her Alexander McQueen Grain de Poudre Wool Blazer, £1,245.
McQueen is a favourite brand of her fellow royal Kate Middleton.
She added her Manolo Blahnik BB Pump in Black Suede, £504.66.
The total look cost a whopping £2,641.18.
It was announced today that Meghan Markle is now vice-president of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust.
It said in a statement: “In this new role, the duchess will highlight the trust’s partnerships with young people across the Commonwealth, and in particular its work supporting women and girls.”
The Duchess is appearing on the panel alongside singer Annie Lennox, former prime minister of Australia Julia Gillard and others to debate a range of issues affecting women today.
Meghan told people at the event that she does not check Twitter.
Twitter user Ellen Barry tweeted: “Meghan Markle, at Women’s Day panel, says she does not read Twitter. ‘No. Sorry, no. But I do read the Economist.’”
Who is Meghan Markle? Quick profile
Meghan Markle was born Rachel Meghan Markle, on August 4, 1981 to parents Doria Ragland and father Thomas Markle.
Her father was previously married to Roslyn Loveless and Meghan has two elder half sibling – sister Samantha Markle and brother Thomas Markle Junior.
Meghan’s first television appearance in the USA was in an episode of the medical drama General Hospital in 2002.
She later moved on to roles in CSI, Without a Trace and Castle along with bit parts in Hollywood films including Get Him to the Greek, Remember Me and Horrible Bosses.
Meghan was also a “briefcase girl” on Deal or No Deal – but her most famous role was as Rachel Zane in legal drama Suits, which launched in 2011.
She was written out in the finale of the seventh series when her character got married, which aired in April 2018 – just before she got married herself.
Charity and humanitarian work
Meghan Markle’s career in television has gone hand-in-hand with her support for causes close to her heart.
She wrote about the stigma around menstrual health in an article for Time magazine and was a Global Ambassador for World Vision Canada – with whom she travelled to Rwanda for the charity’s Clean Water Campaign.
And her commitment to gender equality has seen her work with the United Nations – receiving a standing ovation in 2015 for her speech to mark International Women’s Day.
In September 2011, she wed film producer Trevor Engelson, who she began dating in 2004.
But the pair divorced two years later in August 2013, citing irreconcilable difference.
She was in a relationship with celebrity chef Cory Vitiello for almost two years, before they broke it off in 2016 but the two remain good friends.
And in June 2016, she met Prince Harry on a blind date set up by a mutual friend.
Their relationship began in October that year and just over one year later, on November 27, 2017, the pair announced their engagement.
They married on May 19, 2018 at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.
Some have claimed Meghan Markle is the first mixed-race member of the Royal Family.
Historians are still arguing about Queen Charlotte, the wife of King George III.
But Meghan will be the first royal to openly embrace a mixed-race heritage.
She has written about the difficulties of being a biracial actress in Hollywood as she claims she is not black enough for some roles and not white enough for others.