Since her engagement to Prince Harry was officially announced back in November, we’ve watched as the former actress has mastered the art of occasion dressing like a royal, but with a distinctive twist, always preserving a strong sense of personal style. For her most recent appearance at the Anzac Day ceremony held at Westminster Abbey, where she accompanied fiancé Prince Harry and future brother-in-law the Duke of Cambridge, Meghan showed us just how comprehensively she’s fine-tuned the royal dress code, opting for not one but two brands that have become go-to outfitters for the younger generation of royals.
For the memorial ceremony, which honours men and women from Australia and New Zealand who have died in military service, Meghan opted for a bespoke dress by Emilia Wickstead, complete with a matching cropped jacket in a black quilted material.
Her choice of Emilia Wickstead has a double significance. The London-based brand is, of course, a favourite of the Duchess of Cambridge (who most recently wore the label on the royal tour of Germany last summer, when she was photographed in a lavender A-line style as she and her family departed Hamburg), and Wickstead originally hails from New Zealand, making the alignment of designer and occasion an extremely smart one.
For the royal family, a formal occasion demands appropriate headgear, too, in this case a chic pillbox style in black by A-list milliner Philip Treacy, who is known, among other things, for designing the statement-making headgear worn by Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie at the royal wedding of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge back in 2011. This isn’t the first time Treacy has created a special style for Meghan: she wore an ‘acorn’ hat by the Irish designer for her first Christmas with the in-laws at Sandringham.