Royal Flower Power! See the Vibrant Purple Flower Named After Meghan Markle

It’s Meghan Markle – in full bloom!

The Royal Horticultural Society has named a pink-purple clematis flower after the Duchess of Sussex. Known as the clematis Meghan, the lovely plant flowers twice a year – both in the spring or early summer, appropriately around the time of Meghan and Prince Harry‘s royal wedding anniversary (and perhaps it will be near the birthday of their first child, as she has previously shared the baby is due in late April!) and again in early autumn.

“The flowers are a rich and opulent magenta-purple, so they will really make an impact when planted in borders or larger pots,” according to the Royal Horticultural Society.

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Meghan, 37, is not the first royal to have a flower named after her. Most recently, the violet clematis Prince Louis was inspired by Kate Middleton and Prince William‘s third child, born in April.

Prince William and Prince Harry‘s mother was also dedicated a flower, the pink clematis Princess Diana, while Queen Elizabeth had a lovely pink rose named in her honor.

In addition, a limited edition clematis royal wedding, a gorgeous white flower, was made available last year to commemorate the nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan.

RELATED: Prince Harry Picked Flowers for Meghan Markle’s Wedding Bouquet — Plus, the Sweet Tribute to Princess Diana

Meghan’s namesake flower will be debuted at the Chelsea Garden Show this spring, according to reports – and it won’t be the only hint of the royal family there. Her sister-in-law Kate teamed up with two designers, Andrée Davies and Adam White, to create a showpiece garden for the annual display in May.

The centerpiece of the woodland-themed garden, which is meant to be a fun place for families to experience a natural environment together and enjoy the relaxing benefits of nature, will be a tall platform tree house. Inspired by animal nests, it will provide visitors with a place to sit back and enjoy their surroundings.

The garden has also been designed to encourage children to stay active and engaged and features stepping stones, hollow logs (to test balance and coordination), a waterfall and a stream that kids will be able to play in.

A swing set, campfire and diverse range of plants, shrubs and trees are among the many other design elements that the whole family can enjoy.

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Why Prince William Won't Be Following in Meghan Markle's Cookbook Footsteps

Meghan Markle is definitely the cook in this royal family!

Prince William sported an apron as he helped prepare spaghetti bolognese during his Wednesday visit to The Passage, the UK’s largest resource center for homeless and insecurely housed people. However, the 36-year-old royal made it clear that he wasn’t a pro in the kitchen.

“I’m chopping up carrots with an enormous bread knife – this is going to go well,” he said sarcastically. “This isn’t going to go well.”

The royal dad of three added as he peeled the carrots, “So far, so good. My fingernails might go at this point.”

Mick Clarke, the organization’s chief executive, said The Passage was considering making a cookbook, not unlike the collection of recipes William’s sister-in-law Meghan helped create with members of the Hubb Community Kitchen to benefit victims of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

However, the prince said he doesn’t share Meghan’s culinary talent.

“You don’t want any of my recipes – they are not worth being written in a book,” William explained. “They are not very healthy either – a few burgers and pizzas.”

William also spoke of his concern for the homeless during the winter.

“I always worry when I hear the snow forecast in London,” he said.

RELATED: ‘You’ve Grown!’ Homeless Center Volunteer Greets Prince William 23 Years After He First Visited with Diana

Ahead of William’s visit to The Passage on Wednesday, it was announced that he has become the organization’s Royal Patron.

William has visited the charity on a number of occasions since 1993, when he first visited with his late mother, Princess Diana. His name is even in their guest book from that visit, right under his mother’s.

Those childhood visits, William said during a May 2016 visit to The Passage, made an impact on him and his brother, Prince Harry.

“The visits I made as a child to this place left a deep and lasting impression upon me – about how important it is to ensure that everyone in our society, especially the poorest, are treated with respect, dignity and kindness, and are given the opportunities to fulfill their potential in life,” he shared.

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Meghan’s project, Together: Our Community Cookbook became a bestseller and has already made an astonishing difference for the kitchen. Instead of just two days a week, the Hubb Community Kitchen is open for seven. The kitchen is also now preparing 200 meals a day, which are delivered to local groups, including elderly people’s homes, homeless shelters and women’s refuges.

Meghan, 37, visited in November to see how the funds from the cookbook are being put to good use — the kitchen has already been completely redesigned and re-fitted.

The new facilities provide “a safe and professional space for the women to cook, gather and run activities within their community,” Meghan’s office at Kensington Palace says.

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Meghan Just Wore a Gorgeous Calvin Klein Dress for a Gala with Harry

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry dressed up for another formal joint appearance to attend a gala performance of the play The Wider Earth at London’s Natural History Museum. The Duchess of Sussex looked elegant in a white Calvin Klein dress and an Amanda Wakeley coat for the event. She wore her hair up in a sleek chignon, and accessorized with a suede olive green clutch and matching pumps.


The duchess also donned dainty stud earrings and a light pink manicure for the event. The mom-to-be, who is reportedly welcoming her and Harry’s first child this spring, was seen sweetly clutching her baby bump when she arrived.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the performance in support of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, which supports young leaders around the world (Harry is also president of the organization), and The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy, Her Majesty’s network of forest conservation initiatives, according to Kensington Palace.

The couple has previously worked with the Queen’s Canopy during their royal tour to Australia, New Zealand, Tonga, and Fiji last October. Some of their engagements included honoring or launching sites dedicated to the conservation of nature and wildlife.

Today’s gala comes just days after Harry and Meghan’s last formal appearance, which was for the Endeavor Fund Awards honoring ill and injured veterans. The royal couple walked the red carpet for the event, to which Meghan wore a chic button-down shirt and skirt with a thigh-high slit by Givenchy.

The also weren’t the only royals hitting the red carpet this week. Prince William and Kate Middleton attended the BAFTA Awards on Sunday, with the Duchess of Cambridge looking lovely in a white one-shoulder gown by Alexander McQueen.

Kate is slated to make another formal appearance tomorrow for the 100 Women in Finance gala dinner at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum, of which she is a royal patron, the Palace announced.

Will we ever get a joint red carpet moment with the entire Fab Four all together? Fingers crossed.

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Meghan Markle’s dad ‘to release more of letter’ and her sister says ‘it’s nasty’

Meghan Markle’s dad is reportedly poised to release more of a bombshell letter she wrote to him after her wedding.

Snippets released from the five-page note showed Meghan, 37, telling Thomas Markle that he had broken her heart “into a million pieces”.

She accused him of lying about her and Prince Harry in press stories, and family members say their relationship is now damaged beyond repair .

Heartbroken Meghan also criticised Thomas for "exploiting" her relationship to the royal in extracts published by the Mail on Sunday .

Now her half-sister Samantha told The Sun that he is prepared to release more of it.

She said: "It is nasty. Dad is prepared to release more of it."

She claims despite not changing her number, her father has not attempted to call her or message her.

The Duchess also slams Mr Markle for siding with her half-sister Samantha, who has attacked her in the press while she "silently" suffers "at the hand of her vicious lies".

Last week People magazine revealed the letter’s existence, and anonymous friends of Meghan’s said they were concerned the "emotional trauma" of dealing with her dad could have a negative effect on her baby.

They said she was so upset by her father’s public "attacks" on her and Prince Harry that she wrote the anguished letter begging him to patch up their differences privately.

In retaliation, Mr Markle released parts of his daughter’s letter publicly, calling it "hateful".

Meghan’s half-brother Thomas Jnr, 52, said: “There’s no trust between them.

"The relationship is broken beyond repair. It’s so sad to see.”

The full extracts from Meghan’s five-page letter released so far

Daddy,

It is with a heavy heart that I write this, not understanding why you have chosen to take this path, turning a blind eye to the pain you’re causing.

Your actions have broken my heart into a million pieces — not simply because you have manufactured such unnecessary and unwarranted pain, but by making the choice to not tell the truth as you are puppeteered in this. Something I will never understand.

You’ve told the press that you called me to say you weren’t coming to the wedding — that didn’t happen because you never called.

You’ve said I never helped you financially and you’ve never asked me for help which is also untrue; you sent me an email last October that said: ‘If I’ve depended too much on you for financial help then I’m sorry but please if you could help me more not as a bargaining chip for my loyalty.’

I have only ever loved, protected, and defended you, offering whatever financial support I could, worrying about your health… and always asking how I could help. So the week of the wedding to hear about you having a heart attack through a tabloid was horrifying. I called and texted… I begged you to accept help — we sent someone to your home… and instead of speaking to me to accept this or any help, you stopped answering your phone and chose to only speak to tabloids.

If you love me, as you tell the press you do, please stop. Please allow us to live our lives in peace. Please stop lying, please stop creating so much pain, please stop exploiting my relationship with my husband… I realise you are so far down this rabbit hole that you feel (or may feel) there’s no way out, but if you take a moment to pause I think you’ll see that being able to live with a clear conscience is more valuable than any payment in the world.

I pleaded with you to stop reading the tabloids. On a daily basis you fixated and clicked on the lies they were writing about me, especially those manufactured by your other daughter, who I barely know… you watched me silently suffer at the hand of her vicious lies, I crumbled inside.

We all rallied around to support and protect you from day 1, and this you know. So to hear about the attacks you’ve made at Harry in the press, who was nothing but patient, kind, and understanding with you is perhaps the most painful of all.

For some reason you choose to continue fabricating these stories, manufacturing this fictitious narrative, and entrenching yourself deeper into this web you’ve spun. The only thing that helps me sleep at night is the faith and knowing that a lie can’t live forever.

…I believed you, trusted you, and told you I loved you. The next morning the CCTV footage came out. You haven’t reached out to me since the week of our wedding, and while you claim you have no way of contacting me, my phone number has remained the same. This you know. No texts, no missed calls, no outreach from you — just more global interviews you’re being paid to do to say harmful and hurtful things that are untrue.

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The Touching Reason People Are Comparing Meghan Markle's Latest Outing to Princess Diana

It looks like Meghan Markle is taking a page out of Princess Diana’s handbook. While members of the royal family, like Queen Elizabeth II, have been known to wear gloves while shaking hands at events, Meghan recently decided to go against royal protocol during a recent appearance in Bristol, England, on Friday. Despite the frigid temperatures (it was literally snowing, you guys), Meghan opted not to wear gloves as she shook hands with people in the crowd.

Following her appearance, people couldn’t help but draw comparisons to Princess Diana, who also opted not to wear gloves when greeting people. “She abandoned the royal protocol of wearing gloves because she liked to hold hands when visiting people or shake hands and have direct contact,” Eleri Lynn, the curator of an exhibit on Princess Diana’s style, previously told People about the late royal. In fact, part of the reason Diana stopped wearing wide-brimmed hats was because it made it harder to greet and hug her young admirers.

This certainly isn’t the first time Meghan has paid tribute to her mother-in-law. In addition to wearing some of Diana’s jewelry, she has also dressed like the royal from time to time.

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Meghan Markle Rocks a Wild Print for Royal Visit

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Meghan Markle is not afraid of a bold print. 

While the duchess has been known to stick to a more neutral color palette, the mom-to-be stepped out of her usual aesthetic when she shed her coat during her visit to snowy Bristol on Friday. 

After a walkabout with fans outside, the star and her famous husband Prince Harry stepped inside The Old Vic theater. There, Markle took off her William Vintage jacket and revealed a printed Oscar de la Renta midi dress. 

The design, which initially retailed for $2,490 and is now out of stock, is described by the brand as an “enchanted forest” silk dress, fitting for the elaborate print. 

The dress was covered with images of flowers and wild animals, including deer, birds an owl and a goat. 

Needless to say, Markle wasn’t afraid of making a major fashion statement today. 

Revisit all of her pregnancy style in E!’s gallery below!

 

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Pretty in Print

Once inside during her visit to Bristol, the mom-to-be removed her coat to reveal a fun printed midi dress by Oscar de la Renta. 

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Green With Envy

For a snowy visit to Bristol, the expectant royal bundled up in a black William Vintage coat. olive green boots by Sarah Flint and a matching Ralph Lauren clutch. 

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Blushing in Blush

The Duchess visited the National Theatre in London wearing a $4,090 Brandon Maxwell blush set. The soft but elegant dress and blazer combo was tied together with a pair of nude Aquazzura Matilde pumps and a Carolina Herrera Insignia clutch. 

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Cozy and Cute

During her first engagement of 2019, Meghan wore a sleek, black dress from HATCH Collection, which she paired with a Victoria Beckham box bag. The show-stopper was her Oscar de la Renta trench coat.

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Sparkle and Shine

After wearing discount brand H&M earlier in the day, the Duchess donned a £3,400 Roland Mouret gown at the premiere of the Cirque du Soleil: Totem show at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Jan. 16.

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Bargain Shopper

Normally, the 37-year-old is seen in chic designer label ensembles, but the Duchess surprised the fashion world when she wore a $35 MAMA maternity beige knit dress from H&M. She added a touch of glam by wearing a Emporio Armani cashmere coat over it and sporting Manolo Blahnik slingback nude heels.

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Throwback Moment

Similar to Princess Diana’s visit to the Taj Mahal in India in 1992, Meghan wore a bright red coat by Sentaler and a purple dress by ARITIZIA’s Babaton collection.

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‘Tis the Season

Royal watchers at the Sandringham residence were able to see Meghan and her bump bundled up in a Victoria Beckham ensemble. The pieces she modeled were  a $1,063 Powder Box purse, a $3,085 navy coat and $1,715 black heeled boots. The Duchess of Sussex also wore an Awon Golding hat.

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Flower Power

Duchess Meghan wore a Brock Collection dress and Soia & Kyo’s Adelaida coat for a visit to a local care home for retired artists on Dec. 18. 

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Holiday Suprise

The Duchess of Sussex surprises guests at the British Fashion Awards in a Givenchy gown to honor Clare Waight Keller, the designer of her wedding gown.

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Burgundy Beauty

While visiting the Hubb Community Kitchen, Meghan stunned in a burgundy Club Monaco shift dress that had a velvet collar paired with a matching trench coat and pointed black ankle boots.

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Glitz and Glam

For her first Royal Variety Performance, she wore a Safiyaa black and white sequined top and a black floor-length skirt.

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Fall Fashionista

Meghan paid a visit to Northern Ireland in a chic green Greta Constantine skirt, a cashmere Victoria Beckham sweater, burnt-orange suede Manolo heels and a sand Mackage coat.

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Royal Blues

On a sunny day of her tour in New Zealand, the royal opted for a two-piece set, complete by a royal blue Givenchy crewneck sweater and pleated skirt. She finished off her fall style with navy blue pumps and her gold studs.

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Fashion Romance

Continuing her royal tour, Meghan opted for a Stella McCartney Navy Midi Dress with Manolo Blahnik pumps, her favorite Boh Runga earrings and a Kiri Nathan necklace. The garment features a wrap skirt that hits just above her stomach, subtly revealing her growing baby bump. 

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Duchess Blues

The duchess is taking a style cue from Kate Middleton, wearing a dress that’s she’s worn before. After wearing the navy blue dress at a polo match in 2017, Meghan brought the stunning piece on her trip to New Zealand, adding nude pumps and gold hoop earrings.

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Cream Couture

For a walkabout with her husband, the Duchess wore a custom Brandon Maxwell cream midi shift dress, Stuart Weitzman pumps and her Boh Runga earrings. This time, she swapped her Martin Grant Trench Coat for the Burberry Bishop Trench, which isn’t on sale yet.

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Rainy Day Fashion

For a wet day in New Zealand, the royal wore a weather-proof look, complete by J. Crew jeans, a top from Lavender Hill Clothing Co. with a Karen Walker jacket layered over it and the “Reign” boots from The Muck Boot Company. Then, she accessorized with a Simon James necklace and earring studs from Boh Runga.

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Suited for It

Celebrating art in New Zealand, the royal wore a white tuxedo dress—a custom design from Maggie Marilyn, who is based in New Zealand—Manolo Blanik pumps, a Simon James necklace and a navy blue coat that she draped over her shoulders outside of the event.

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Day Date

For a trip outdoors with her husband, Meghan kept it very casual, pairing her Outland denim with Stella McCartney x Adidas Stan Smith sneakers, a raincoat and a green scarf.

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Formal Affair

In honor of a reception at new Zealand’s Governor’s House, Meghan stunned in a black gown from Gabriela Hearst with a Dior satin clutch, Stuart Weitzman sandals with jewelry from Birks and Simon James.

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Check Mate

Hand in hand with Prince Harry, Meghan sported a $56 maternity dress from ASOS under her checkered trench from Karen Walker with Sarah Flint pumps and Birks earrings.

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Cranberry Couture

This is just the Thanksgiving outfit inspiration we needed. At the Sydney Airport, Meghan wore a Boss by Hugo Boss dress with a Cuyana mini bag and Aquazzura Casablanca pumps.

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Stunning in the Spotlight

To close out the Invictus Games in Sydney, Meghan opted for another olive green piece. This time, her halter dress comes from Antonio Berardi and Aquazarra heels.

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Courtside Style

Wearing her much-loved Outland denim, she paired her jeans with another cranberry top from Theodore Scanlan and Sarah Flint heels.

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Fall’s Best

The Duchess of Sussex sported a fall style that everyone can wear: lace-up ankle boots (from Stuart Weitzman), her go-to black denim, black turtle neck (from Jac & Jack) and a grey Club Monaco jacket.

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Sky Blue Belle

Preparing to leave Tonga, the royal opted for an elevated airport style in a bright blue, button-down dress. She wore the Veronica Beard Cary Dress with pale blue pumps and Adina Reyter diamond earrings.

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Sheer Sensation

The Duchess attends the Australian Geographic Society Awards in Sydney in a magnificent Oscar de la Renta strapless gown, featuring layers of white sheer tulle and black birds.

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Stars and Stripes

The American-born royal stepped out wearing another Martin Grant dress. This time she chose a striped, belted mid-length dress with a high neckline. She paired her dazzling number with green velvet pumps and a Prada bag.

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Royal Holiday

At the official welcome ceremony, Meghan wore a forest green dress from Jason Wu—the perfect hue for the holidays—with Manolo Blahnik pumps, Pippa Small Jewelry and Aurélie Bidermann leaf-shaped earrings.

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Angelic Ambassador

In Tonga, the mother-to-be opted for a Theia white gown with sparkling embellishments on the shoulders, black pumps and a small black clutch.

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Warm Greetings

For her arrival into Tonga with Prince Harry, Meghan wore the Pleated Floral Dress from Self Portrait (a maxi dress that she customized) with navy blue pumps and a small clutch.

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Floral Wonder

The Duchess is wrapped in flowers, creating a look perfect for vacation. For a morning tea reception, she chose to wear the Figue ‘Frederica’ Printed Ruffle Dress and Castañer wedges with jewelry from Karen Walker and a Suva bag. Then, her hosts draped flower around her daytime style.

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Whimsical in White

Meghan acknowledged the public outside of her hotel in a white Zimmerman dress, Stephen Jones white hat and Tabitha Simmons ‘Millie’ Pumps.

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Classy Cape

The Duchess matched the Fiji flag in this stunning blue floor-length Safiyaa cape gown for her first state dinner in Fiji.

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Pump It Up

The American-born royal swaps out her nude and navy blue pumps for a leopard version to pair with her black denim, top and white blazer.

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Formal Affair

Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex put on their best clothing to attend the official opening of the extension of the ANZAC Memorial in Sydney.

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Vacation Vibes

Although it may be a royal tour, the lovebirds make it look like their honeymoon in their vacation-worthy garbs. Meghan opted for a Reformation sundress, brown leather sandals and oversized sunglasses.

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Walk Through the Park

The Duchess opts for a city chic look with a black turtleneck, black denim, pumps, a blazer and striped bag.

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Sporty Royal

Meghan joins Prince Harry at an Invictus Games sailing race. They are both wearing Invictus Games windbreakers, dark pants and sneakers. The duchess is wearing black Outland Denim jeans and white Veja sneakers.

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Majestic Blue

The duchess wears a navy Stella McCartney cape dress and matching coat by Gillian Anderson for Winser London, paired with Stuart Weitzman pumps, to the 2018 Invictus Games opening ceremony in Sydney.

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Back to School

Meghan and Harry visit Macarthur Girls High School in Sydney, Australia. The duchess is wearing a navy pleated, two-tone Roksanda Athena dress.

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A Star in Stripes

Dressed in a black and white striped Martin Grant maxi dress and pink lei, the duchess is all smiles in Bondi Beach.

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Beach Style

Wearing a beige Martin Grant trench coat and black Club Monaco Miguellina dress, Meghan joins Harry on a trip to South Melbourne Beach.

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Sailor Style

The Duchess of Sussex wears a navy, sailor-style dress by Australian designer Dion Lee to the This Girl Can campaign event at Government House in Melbourne, Australia.

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Suited and Booted

The former Suits actress styled a low ponytail with J.Crew ankle boots and a grey blazer from her BFF Serena William’s collection.

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Tour in a Trench

Meghan threw on a beige trench coat over a classic white Karen Gee dress for a visit to the Sydney Opera House.

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Belted Beauty

This trench coat-inspired dress and her other belted dresses explain how the royal was able to keep her pregnancy a secret.

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Meghan Markle Handed Out Bananas Inscribed With Her "Affirmations"

Meghan Markle has very nice handwriting. You know how we know that? Because, on Friday, the Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry made an unannounced visit to the Bristol-based charity One25, an organization aimed at helping women in crisis, including sex work, poverty, homelessness, and addiction. Their tour of the facility brought them to the kitchen, where employees were in the process of assembling packed lunches for women in need—including an apple, a muffin, a Cadbury bar, a packet of crisps, a drink bottle, and a banana. Markle asked for a permanent marker, and proceeded to write “an affirmation” across the length of each banana: “You are strong”; “You are special”; “You are loved.” And, though just a quick scrawl, the words looked pretty good! Even block capitals, a little flourish on the “L” in “loved.”

During her visit, Markle explained the inspiration for her bright yellow missives: “I saw this project that this woman had started somewhere in the States, in a school lunch program,” she said, according to a video taken in the kitchen and posted to the Royal Family Channel Twitter. “On each of the bananas, she wrote an affirmation or something to make the kids feel really, like, empowered, and I thought it was the most incredible idea. It’s such a small gesture,” she went on. (As The Cut pointed out, she’s likely referring to the “talking bananas” that a cafeteria manager distributed at a Virginia Beach elementary school; the gesture went viral late last year.)

One25 was just one stop in a packed day spent touring Bristol for the royal couple: They also made their way to the city’s Old Vic theater—perhaps granting another opportunity to return to her thespian roots—and met children from the Abbeywood preschool, according to royals reporter Omid Scobie. It was not an announced part of their itinerary, but, as the organization’s CEO, Anna Smith, told Scobie, “The women we support are often hidden from society and this visit shines a light on the enormous challenges they face and the incredible strength they have.” The hope, apparently, is that the royal tour will heighten the charity’s profile (and fundraising efforts), allowing them to expand their programming—and, perhaps, expand the reach of their customized bananas.

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Meghan & Harry Greeting Children in the Snow Will Melt Your Heart

Stepping out for a joint royal visit in Bristol’s snowy weather today, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry looked elated as they met with fans outside of the Old Vic Theater.

Despite the freezing temperatures, lots of fans had waited patiently for the royals to arrive, and they weren’t disappointed. Instead of rushing inside to escape the snow, Meghan and Harry generously spoke to people throughout the crowd, and seemed happy to make conversation with everyone who had braved the cold.

But perhaps the sweetest moment of the entire visit was when Harry and Meghan stopped to chat with a group of small children who were all wrapped up in their winter coats and hats. With their first baby due in around two months time, Meghan and Harry couldn’t stop smiling as they met with the kids who’d been given a front row spot in the crowd. Meghan even put her hand on Harry’s back as he crouched to help one of them with the big furry hood on their jacket. You will literally melt:





Basically, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are going to make the best parents when their first baby arrives later this year.

For the joint visit to Bristol, Meghan wore a dress by Oscar de la Renta, olive green Sarah Flint boots, and a vintage William coat, per MeghanMaven.com. The show-stopping silk-chiffon dress features an enchanted forest print of flora and fauna. Sadly, the item is now out of stock online:

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Just Gave a Sneak Peek Into What They'll Be Like as Parents Together

What’s better than a school snow day? Meeting Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on a school snow day!

The royal couple, who are expecting their first child in April, had an adorable interaction with a group of 3- and 4-year-olds from Abbeywood Tots kindergarten during their snowy day trip to Bristol — about 120 miles west of London — on Friday.

After one child adorably asked Meghan, “where’s Harry,” she called her husband over to share the special moment. However, the duo had to laugh when the little ones, bundled up in their winter jackets, were more interested in their mid-morning snack of cookies than their brush with royalty.

Nursery worker India Leachman, 25, told reporters, “The children beckoned them over, like, ‘We’re excited to see you,’ waving their flags. And as soon as they came over, they were interested in their biscuits.”

“They were so excited to see – we’ve been saying, the Prince and Princess, it’s just easier to explain it to them,” Leachman explained. “They were like, ‘Oh my gosh, they’re coming, they’re coming,’ and then I gave them biscuits and they had a little giggle party to themselves, so [Harry and Meghan] just found that so funny.”

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Meghan also admired a little girl’s plastic tiara and princess dress, which she wore under a zipped up snowsuit during the chilly 33-degree weather.

The couple didn’t hesitate to get on the level of the children, crouching down in the street to speak directly to the excited kids. Harry and Meghan worked in tandem, asking the children their names as they spoke with them about their morning.

“Are you nice and warm in here?” Harry asked one of the kids as he admired their snowsuit.

And with a mischievous grin, he playfully referenced the fact that there were no ropes or barricades holding the kids back. “You know you guys can run anywhere you want!” he said.

Meghan also ran into longtime fan Hayley Jones, 19, from Melbourne, Australia, who is an exchange student studying literature and politics at Bristol University and was a supporter of Meghan during her pre-royalty days.

“It was very exciting,” Jones said of meeting the Duchess of Sussex. “I had followed her on The Tig. It was such a beautiful inspirational blog. I thought it was incredible and I wanted to let her know that it really impacted me. She said it was a passion project that she loved.”

Jones adds, “She’s such a beautiful soul.”

Despite the snow and chilly 33 degree temperature, the couple made sure to greet well-wishers gathered outside. “I hope everyone gets a nice cup of tea after this,” Meghan was heard saying as she shook hands with fans, thanking them for braving the weather.

The Duchess of Sussex wore a printed dress by Oscar de la Renta under a black coat by William Vintage paired with olive green "Marina" boots by Sarah Flint. She also carried a matching green clutch. After pulling off a top knot on Thursday, she let her hair fall loose in romantic waves.

The couple began their day at the 18th century Bristol Old Vic theater. Built in 1766 as a center for people of Bristol to congregate and watch entertainment, it is the oldest continuously-working theatre in the English-speaking world.

Former actress Meghan, 37, and Harry, 34, were given a tour of the recently-renovated theater, and told about its history and links to the local community. They also watched a workshop attended by local school children as part of theater’s community outreach program.

Later, they plan to go to the Empire Fighting Chance, which aims to fight the impact of deprivation on young people’s lives through boxing.

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Meghan Markle Looks So Chic in a Little Black Dress and a Perfect Bun

Fresh from her visit to the National Theatre in London, Meghan Markle stepped out again on Thursday to meet with The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU).

Earlier in January, it was revealed that Queen Elizabeth was handing over two of her royal patronages to the Duchess of Sussex—at London’s National Theatre, and at The ACU, an organization which represents over 500 universities throughout more than 50 Commonwealth countries.

For today’s occasion, Meghan wore a black Givenchy coat over a pleated black knee-length dress, and nude pumps. (Fans are pointing out she previously wore the coat on Remembrance Day in November.) The duchess ditched her signature waves for a prim high bun, which suited her well.


Discussing the visit on Twitter, royal correspondent Victoria Murphy wrote, “Meghan will see the work of @The_ACU today as she completes her first round of official visits to her four new patronages. She will meet students from the Commonwealth studying in the UK, for whom access to university has transformed their lives, at City, University of London.”

This isn’t the first time the Duchess of Sussex has met with members of The ACU. Back in December 2018, The ACU revealed that, in a private meeting, Meghan had met with “university leaders, academics & #students to discuss how we can build a better world through #highered.” Clearly, the duchess has been preparing for the important patronage for quite some time:

Meghan shared her passion for accessible education during her first royal tour back in October 2018. Speaking to a group of students at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji, Meghan said (per royal correspondent Omid Scobie), “Everyone should be afforded the opportunity to receive the education they want, but more importantly the education they have the right to receive. And for women and girls in developing countries, this is vital.”

Meghan’s new patronage with The ACU seems like the perfect fit for the Duchess of Sussex.

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