The evening, which took place at Buckingham Palace, marked Meghan’s first time at the prestigious ceremony that recognises young people who use their leadership skills to help local communities.
And while the Duchess could have used the opportunity to support a young designer or make a diplomatic sartorial statement in a Commonwealth label, the former actress turned to Italian label Prada for her evening ensemble.
The 36-year-old opted for a powder pink, custom skirt suit by the brand – a surprising departure from her go-to label Givenchy.
The double-breasted twinset was notably reminiscent of the Carolina Herrera two-piece that Meghan donned for her debut Trooping the Colour parade on 9 June 2018.
It, too, boasted a Bardot-inspired neckline.
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Meghan accessorised with a pair of £600 sling-back Aquazzura heels and a co-ordinating £1,536 Prada clutch. The ‘Saffiano’ leather bag features a cross-body chain but in keeping with her new royal wardrobe, Meghan instead opted to carry the accessory as a clutch.
She first used the item at her debut Endeavour Fund Awards on 1 February 2018 to accessorise her Alexander McQueen suit.
A pair of sheer tights completed the look.
The outfit was lovely, and looked great on the royal (Meghan can make anything work though, can’t she?), but it was an obvious departure from her pre-wedding style.
The cross-body bag’s been replaced with a clutch, the messy bun swapped for perfectly teased curls and the on-trend outfits traded in for a prim and proper skirt suit that could belong to the Duchess of Cornwall.
During the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s engagement interview, the couple hinted at their desire to get more involved with the Commonwealth and last night, Prince Harry further emphasised their future commitment.
With Meghan sitting beside the Queen on the front row, Harry took to the stage and reportedly announced: “I, together with my wife Meghan, look forward to convening young people from around The Commonwealth to hear your ideas, work with you to build platforms for you to collaborate and form partnerships, as we travel around in our work.”
Prince Harry, Commonwealth Youth Ambassador: “I, together with my wife Meghan, look forward to convening young people from around The Commonwealth to hear your ideas, work with you to build platforms for you to collaborate and form partnerships, as we travel around in our work” pic.twitter.com/22B03oTXpj
— Omid Scobie (@scobie) June 26, 2018
The Queen’s Young Leaders programme was first founded back in 2014 in a bid to honour exceptional young people from across the Commonwealth.
The initiative – which is in its fourth and final year – has since gone on to forge a community of 240 influential young people who represent 53 Commonwealth countries.
This year’s ceremony was a star-studded affair as the likes of David Beckham, model Neelam Gill and boxer Nicola Adams on the guest list.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s next royal engagement will be held in Dublin, Ireland. The couple will visit from 10 to 11 July on behalf of the UK government.
The flying visit will include a trip to Trinity College before the newlyweds pay their respects at the Famine Memorial.
Further details on the trip are expected to be released by Kensington Palace in the coming weeks.
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