Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s visit to New York City included several engagements and, of course, several costume changes. As on royal tours in the past, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex landed in New York with pomp and photographers. However, this time Meghan didn’t have to follow the royal family’s fashion rules. As a result, the 40-year-old seized the opportunity to send a message to Queen Elizabeth II and the rest of the British royal family. She is no longer a senior working royal and is not required to follow the rules.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle spent the weekend in New York City
Harry and Meghan were in New York City, New York from September 23 to 25, 2021. Like previous years’ royal tours, the couple had a busy schedule filled with various appearances and visits. The main reason for the tour? An appearance at a star-studded event in Central Park to promote coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine equity around the world.
For the duration of their visit, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex stayed at The Carlyle. Not only a popular hotel with celebrities, Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana, loved staying there whenever she visited the city.
The former ‘Suits’ star wore a pantsuit to several events
Meghan literally wore pants in New York City. The mother of two – Meghan gave birth to daughter Lilibet “Lily” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor in June 2021 – went all out for all but one of her appearances wearing pants. And, in doing so, she sent a message to the royal family and the Queen.
At her first engagement to Harry on September 23, 2021, Meghan paired dark trousers with a coordinating turtleneck and coat for a monochrome look. She and Harry posed with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York Governor Kathy Hochul at One World Observatory. After which Meghan and Harry went out to see the 9/11 memorial.
Meghan later wore a head-to-toe tan to a meeting at the United Nations. And once again he was wearing pants. In a separate engagement that involved reading her book, Desk, for the kids and stopping at a restaurant, the Duchess of Sussex chose to wear a pantsuit.
Meghan Markle’s New York City wardrobe made it clear to Queen Elizabeth II that she doesn’t need to follow the royal family’s fashion rules
So what message did this send to the Queen and the royal family? That she is no longer a senior working royal and does not need to follow protocol. The Queen rarely wears pants because royal tradition states that women should wear dresses and skirts for official appearances. That’s why Meghan often wore dresses and skirts during her working royal days. But now that she is not performing duties on behalf of the Queen she can wear the pants in public appearances.
However, that doesn’t mean she never wore pants as a senior royal. The Duchess of Sussex sometimes wore trousers, but almost always opted for a skirt or dress.
Meghan Markle also nods to Princess Diana
The Duchess of Sussex didn’t send a message to the royal family with her outfit. She also gestured to her late mother-in-law through her accessories.
Meghan wore Diana’s Cartier watch several times throughout the weekend To express. She made her and Harry’s appearance at Global Citizen Live carrying a Lady D-Lite handbag from Christian Dior. The brand changed its name in the 90s after seeing Diana carrying the bag.
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