Meghan Markle stepped out for her first public event of the New Year on Thursday to visit one of her new patronages.
The Duchess of Sussex, 37, visited Smart Works, which helps vulnerable and longterm unemployed women regain the skills and confidence to get into work. It is one of the four patronages that Meghan will champion throughout her public life.
Meghan, who is expecting her first child in the spring, wore a maternity dress (her first on a public outing!) — the Eliza Dress by Hatch. The $218 black midi-length dress features a subtle ribbed crew neckline detail and is made of stretch cotton viscose knit.
“It’s believed that Charles and Camilla are set to announce their divorce imminently. They’ve already signed the papers and have barely seen each other in recent months, apart from Charles’ 70th birthday event, which the Queen made Camilla attend to avoid speculation.”
The A-list guests ignored the couple’s strict no-phone rules on the big day
Princess Eugenie may have had a strict no-phone rule at her wedding, but it didn’t stop these rule-breakers from sharing selfies from the ultra-exclusive event.
Cara Delevingne, Demi Moore and Liv Tyler threw all caution to the wind when it came to capturing moments from the big day. The A-listers documented the day from beginning to end, including the aftermath of the lively evening reception, hosted by the Duke and Duchess of York.To see pictures from inside the grand wedding, check out the gallery below!
LIV TYLER & DAVID GARDNER
The daughter of Steven Tyler shared a photo of the special day. In the caption, she wrote, “What a special day. A royal wedding !!!! Congratulations Eugenie and Jack. Thank you @stellamccartney for my amazing look.”
For the ceremony, the actress dazzled in a classy red Stella McCartney dress and matching red fascinator.
RICKY MARTIN, JWAN YOSEF & LAURA BROWN
“After the wedding, there’s the…parking lot,” Brown captioned the group selfie.
In recently released photos, the 53-year-old writer and a male companion hand over a letter to palace security. However, she was ultimately unable to gain entry. But, on Sunday, Samantha teased her Twitter followers, writing, “Everybody would love to know what’s in that letter.”
Samantha, who recently changed her last name from Grant to Markle, was also spotted happily buying party masks from a London street vendor featuring Meghan and Prince Harry’s faces that same day. She made her way about the city in a wheelchair due to multiple sclerosis.
Darlene Blount, 37, the fiancee of Thomas Markle Jr, was arrested in Grants Pass, Oregon, on Friday on a charge of assault.
- Darlene Blount, 37, the fiancee of Thomas Markle Jr, was arrested on Friday
- She was bailed on Saturday, a deputy at Josephine County Jail has confirmed
- Police were called to Thomas Markle Jr and Blount’s home on New Year’s Eve
- She was arrested for assault but District Attorney decided not to press charges
According to fashion expert Harriet Davey, it’s likely that Meghan selects the bigger footwear for an important reason. As Davey tells The Sun, “Celebs often go a size up, or even two, in the shoe department when they’re at an event or on the red carpet and it’s for one reason we can all relate to—to avoid blisters.”
And Davey continued: “There’s nothing worse than uncomfortable shoes (we’ve all been there on a night out) and when celebs like Meghan are wearing heels for a long period of time their feet can often swell up. The swelling can cause blisters and in the long run bunions—like long-time heel fan Victoria Beckham has been rumored to suffer with.”
Unwritten rules govern how the royals should behave and the public act around them. While many antiquated protocols have fallen by the wayside, there is still some etiquette Markle will be expected to follow after her wedding to the queen’s grandson on May 19.
“The problem is that she’s got to remember that, as a member of the royal family, she represents the family or, as it’s been called, ‘the brand’,” said Grant Harrold, who served as a butler to Harry himself while working for his father Prince Charles, and now provides expert guidance on the subject.
“So, I think there is quite a lot pressure to make sure she gets it right because the last thing she wants to do is do something wrong or make a mistake and it ends up becoming front page news – and then it’s embarrassing for her and for the royal family,” Harrold told Reuters.