Meghan Markle wore a $300 J.Crew coat in Birmingham for Internat’l Women’s Day

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit Birmingham

Here are some photos of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry today in Birmingham, England. This is International Women’s Day! And they were doing events dealing with getting kids – specifically young girls – involved in STEM careers. This was also part of Harry and Meghan’s “regional tour” schedule that they’ve undertaken ahead of their May wedding – Harry wanted to show Meghan more of the United Kingdom, and ease her into public life, etc.

For today’s outing, Meghan wore a $300 navy-and-cream coat from J. Crew. As of yet, I haven’t seen the IDs on her Capri slacks (are they black?) or the cream cowl-neck sweater. She looks chic though – I think Meghan is doing good work by making trousers and slacks her “thing” early on in royal life. Many royal-adjacent prisspots insist that royal women must always wear skirts or dresses. Meghan’s like “screw that.” My only criticisms here are that the trousers might have looked better in a navy or even a lighter blue? And maybe she needed to pull her hair back. Also: I think Meghan’s “thing” is “coats with belts” as opposed to coats with loads of buttons.

Here’s a cute video of Harry meeting a dog:

And Meghan gave a hug to a little girl who told Harry that she wants to be an actress – Harry brought the girl to Meghan and Meg gave her a hug.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit Birmingham

Harry Meghan Birmingham

Harry Meghan Birmingham

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Lucy says:

    Can I just say? Maybe it’s a bit of an unpopular opinion, but I’m into the black+blue combo. She looks very smart and pretty, and her hair is to die for (even if she may need to pull it back).

  2. AG-UK says:

    It’s cold or/and damp 90% of the time why wear dresses and she would appear not to wear “stockings” like Kate so no I’d wear trousers too. I love J Crew and it’s not too cold today.

  3. Clare says:

    I think Megan’s ‘thing’ is going to be cropped trousers with heels. It’s a good thing, too, because they look fabulous on her!

    I have no problem with the black/blue combo – I’m into it.

    My only criticism, her hair – its gorgeous and she’s gorgeous but I’m not a fan of the whole hair in face, constant hair touching situation.

    • AG-UK says:

      You are right every or almost every photo she is fiddling with that hair..

    • LadyMTL says:

      I love the whole outfit (and I really want those trousers!) but I am 100% annoyed with her hair here, lol. She could have just tied it back into a low pony, and it would have still been casual but also out of her face.

      Otherwise, two very enthusiastic thumbs up from me.

    • Iknowwhatboyslike says:

      I don’t know if this will make sense to people who are not black or haven’t grown up in a black family, but for us, our hair is our crown and glory. And especially when you have hair that flows past your shoulders, you very rarely put it a ponytail — you let it flow. My hair is a lot more coarse than Meghan’s even with a relaxer and I always have it out and about.

      • Hh says:

        I don’t know if I’d ascribe those feelings to Meghan. I’m sure she loves her hair, and loves wearing it long, but I’m not sure if it’s for those reasons—whether consciously or subconsciously. While I believe Meghan identifies as a woman of color, I don’t know if she identifies as a Black woman, Or, if she identifies with Black women and their experiences with their hair.

      • guestt says:

        lol. There are many different (nonblack) ethnicities whose hair is their crowning glory. That’s a weird thing to say.

      • abby says:

        Yeah I get you but I am black and I cannot stand my hair in my face.

        Personally, I think it makes Meghan appear less chic with the constant hair touching and fiddling. Pull it back. Put it in a low ponytail, something cute but sleek. Really, after the thousandth hair caress it comes across like a nervous tick. She needs to stop.

        That said, I love her outfit and the work she and Harry are doing. No need for the essence of their work to be overshadowed by the hair.

      • Tulip Garden says:

        I saw a Suits interview where Meghan was asked what would surprise her younger self the most about her life, she answered that she had “straight hair”.
        I don’t know how she feels either. Just throwing that out there. Her little Suits short interviews on YouTube are very charming.

      • Snowflake says:

        @guestt
        That’s not a weird thing to say. Many people believe POC can’t grow hair.

      • LadyMTL says:

        @Iknowwhatboyslike I know what you mean, and a lot of Arab women believe that too. I think I have the shortest hair in my immediate family; it goes down just past my ears. When I get my curls straightened and it looks longer, I hear a lot of “ohhh, it looks so nice that way! You should try to grow it out!” lol.

        I am not knocking MM for preferring to leave it loose, but I think in this case it would have looked better if she had tied it back. Plus it wouldn’t have been falling into her face when she leaned forward, and etc, so it would have been more practical too.

      • Plaidsheets says:

        It needs to be tied back.

        Just because it’s long, does not mean it shouldn’t be styled appropriately and professionally.

        I have similar hair but keep it short and curly. Straightened, it lasts only a few days because it flies in my face and drives me insane. I feel unprofessional in work situations to have to keep fiddling with it.

      • ChillyWilly says:

        I get what you mean and lots of white women consider their hair security blankets. It’s just the bangs in the eyes that bug me, not that she wears it down.

      • Enough Already says:

        Iknowwhatboyslike is not off the mark at all although this sentiment is not universal. For woc, our relationship with our hair is extremely complicated. When you mix societal norms, internalized biases and personal preference you end up with a melange of issues that lots of non poc find perplexing. Long hair runs in my family and I have experienced every reaction you can imagine – from envy to admiration and none of it warranted because I have nothing to do with my genetics. My sister told me that she believes I keep a tousled pixie because I’m rebellious lol. Frankly, hair flying about my face is annoying af and the eternal ponytail gets boring pretty quickly. After watching my mom proudly rock her brush cut afterchemo and radiation you certainly won’t catch me giving too much of a damn about the hair on someone else’s head. we’re teaching the two teen girls in our family the exact same thing.

      • magnoliarose says:

        It makes perfect sense to me, but then I grew up with black women in my life since birth, and my one of my closest from birth friend/sister is black, so I have seen it up close. She always had braids in the summer so she could swim with us and enjoy the summer heat without having to worry about her hair. She still gets cranky if it rains and she isn’t prepared, and it messes up her style. She watches weather reports before deciding how to wear it. Hers grows long, but she works at it to protect it to keep it growing healthy. Hair takes up more of her life and thoughts than it does for most Caucasians.
        Over the years I learned some valuable hair tips from my friend and other black women I know. I know all about protective hairstyles and satin pillowcases. I follow some black hair care blogs and found new products that helped rebuild my hair.

        Then I have my cousins who are biracial but their hair is straighter and light, yet they are more aware of their hair too. That could be with Meghan. I don’t know but it isn’t impossible. She seems to like her hair straight more than curly so who knows.

      • Enough Already says:

        Magnoliarose
        All the highfives. I don’t think it takes one iota from Meghan’s charm or authenticity because she opts for ultra straight hair. Some woc disagree with me on this but again, internalized biases are a beast to unpack. Let Meghan be Meghan, I say, and that has nothing to do with her hair. I’d kill to know if she usesa glosser though :/

      • LetItGo.. says:

        @HH

        Honestly, I don’t know if people mean to be offensive or rather it’s more that in the Trump era people are just comfortable letting their politically incorrect or racist flag fly. Either way, I’m calling it out.

        Now, about Meghan: 1) She has hair indicative of people with an African lineage. It’s kinky curly. True facts. Pull up her old pics. So there’s absolutely zero chance she wouldn’t ID with black women and their experiences with their hair because she has ‘black hair.’ She relaxes it, or flat irons. I’m going with relaxes it w/chemicals, as if she flat ironed it, her hair would revert right back to curly in that moist wet London climate. If her having kinky coily curly hair disturbs you, and makes you uncomfortable or testy, please seek help. Her hair IS our hair.

        2) Even if your presumption was true and she didn’t want to ID or acknowledge that she’s part black and that she’s her black mother’s daughter (by the way, she does, and unlike what you think, is quite proud of her lineage and wrote an entire essay on it) that wouldn’t change the fact that she naturally has kinky curly hair that she most likely relaxes like many, in fact, most black women have, at some point in their lives.

      • Princessk says:

        I really think she has extensions in her hair at times, the lengths vary so much.

      • Wisca says:

        It seems that MM didn’t get a perm until late in HS. In other words, her black mother, like many black mothers, said no to chemicals until she was almost 18. This is a very African American hair experience–although other diasporic Africans have had a similar experience.

        While MM identifies as biracial from what I’ve read, her experience in Britain has already exposed her to old-fashioned, anti-black racism, waged by the same group that enslaved her ancestors.

        Since MM’s hair is naturally kinky-coily, she knows that having straight hair is what has made her seem more beautiful and acceptable (especially to white people, but not only white people ) in a world of racial hierarchy.

      • magnoliarose says:

        @Enough Already
        I wonder what she does too.

        @LetItGo and Wisca
        One of the reasons I like Meghan is that she is proud of her mother. She hasn’t tried to change her style or looks. She hasn’t done a makeover to present her to the public. Meghan identifies as she is and has never turned away from it. Even her first event showed this.
        Why would she?

      • Princessk says:

        My black daughters can’t stop thanking me for stopping them from ever having chemically straightened hair. It was really tough when they were young, peer group pressure, but now thy have completely natural hair and they could not be more pleased and are rather proud of the fact that no chemicals have ever touched there hair, and people congratulate me too.

      • Tonya says:

        Every person’s hair is unique…having said that I will say that Meghan’s hair type is similar to mine.

        My natural hair requires so much TLC, I have a headache thinking about it -only women who have experienced it can sympathize. As I aged the only way to keep the curls looking presentable required so much work & sadly as the hair gains length I lose curl (the texture within a strand & between strands varied)… The only way it looked good would require me to keep it in a low cut & my head shape & features don’t support that. Straightening works the best for me.

        I question people questioning why Meghan doesn’t ‘keep her hair natural’. Never heard people inquiring that of others before …

        I wonder what comments would be written if she chose to wear her hair natural- people do know that Meghan’s hair would frizz in Britain’s climate. Suppose she wore braids etc.??? Meghan chooses to straighten her hair-
        I think she gets a type of Brazilian blowout & that’s her choice.

    • notasugarhere says:

      I’m with you on the hair thing. It needs to be pulled back or in a chignon for business. The only royal ladies who get away with hair down regularly are Maxima (no point in trying, she’s never going to deal with it) and Letizia, who mostly has her hair down but doesn’t fuss with it.

  4. minx says:

    I like JCrew but again, the coat doesn’t seem to fit her that well.

  5. Ophelia says:

    I love how the new and/or young royals have their own style of clothing and their trademark (much like HMQE2 and her hats and matching ensembles with a brooch to spice things ups, HMM2 is all experimental, quirky and artsy, HMBeatrix signature hat-like hair, etc).

    The Yorks are the edgy-to-the-point-of-what-the-hayl-r-u-thinking-hon,
    The Kate is all buttons buttons lace buttons, skirts and jeggings and clutches,
    The Meghan is bathrobe-adjacent coats, and pants–sorry, trousers–of all shapes and sizes. (And sometimes to die for handbags).

    I am all onboard!

  6. She is such a beautiful woman. I wish she’d get the hair off her face so you could appreciate her attractiveness.

  7. Hh says:

    Love it. She does smart work attire well. She always looks very chic, and if I may, she looks from this decade. I know everyone’s big on “don’t compare” but you can’t help it with Meghan and Kate because they do the same job and are the same age. Kate either favors looks much older than her age, or she favors looks from a different decade which still make her look older. It was very apparent in the couples’ joint event. I don’t think it had anything to do with maternity wear.

    ETA: I really dislike the small hand purses, personally and for Meghan. Lol. I actually prefer the look of a clutch (or nothing all), but not the way Kate uses them. Kate uses evening clutches for the daytime. However, there are daytime clutches. Also there was cute, cross body bag with a chain that Meghan wore to an event. The one where she had a plaid coat on. That was lovely.

    • Becks says:

      And people keep saying that Kate “has” to dress that way because “she’s a royal” – so no trousers, boring dresses etc. The reality is that she does not have to dress that way, she chooses to. Which, fine, that’s her style. Maybe with Meghan on the scene we can lay off on the whole “Kate is a fashion icon” narrative.

      (I feel mean for saying that, because I feel like 3/4 of the time Kate is wearing something I would wear, and I just think she is like me – a little intimidated by fashion and new trends, and much more comfortable sticking to similar styles over the years. I’m a pretty boring dresser, and I’m okay with that. I’m not a bad dresser, just boring. I prefer classic. LOL. But you aren’t going to see articles devoted to my fashion sense, because I don’t really have one. And that just is what it is.)

      • Hh says:

        Even though I dislike the way Kate puts some things, I’ve cut her a lot of slack the past two years because she’s now also dressing more appropriately (hemlines, hair, etc). However, there is a difference between classic and matronly (and sometimes Kate borders on costume-y). Meghan is actually doing classic looks (with a small modern twist). Another great example is Carolyn Bessette. She was extremely minimalist. But never looked older than her years (or from another decade). Also, in this same vein, I know everyone loved Jackie Kennedy’s style, but I preferred her sister Lee Radziwill. Her style was impeccable. Refined, yet not “too” put together. Very New York chic.

      • Hh says:

        CORRECTION: That should read “puts some things *together.”

      • Becks says:

        @Hh – I verge on matronly sometimes myself lol, which is why I have sympathy for Kate. If you don’t have a “keen” eye for fashion, I think its easy to go from classic to matronly and mistake the two. That doesn’t excuse some of her choices though (like those Erdem monstrosities), but like I said, I can understand where she is coming from so I’m trying to hate less on her fashion choices (Kate’s) because I think its clear she doesn’t have an eye for fashion (that doesn’t mean she doesn’t care about it.) And meh, she doesn’t have to. But that’s where a stylist could be helpful for her or it would just be nice if we stopped hearing about how amazing her style is.

      • HH says:

        I don’t think having an eye for fashion is the problem, it’s that you can tell that she is going for a certain look and that she is far too self-conscious about said look. If you look at her casual wear she has a very simple, but “fresh” look. For events, she almost seems to ask “what would a princess/duchess wear?” That’s why I say it looks costume-y. The conversation below puts perfectly.

      • Starryfish says:

        People & the press were so desperate for someone who was glamorous and fashionable after the long post Diana drought, and honestly they just transferred that same narrative onto Kate even if it didn’t fit. She difinitely plays into it, no matter how much “sources” claim she & wills wish people would focus on their work, hence almost never wearing the same thing twice & only wearing big name designers (you don’t pick McQueen for your wedding dress if you don’t want people to think you’re really into fashion). No matter how much everyone has tried to make fetch happen, a style icon she is not… and that’s perfectly fine.

    • Honey says:

      I think the way Kate dresses is a life-long function of her family’s aspirations to join and fit into the upper and upper middle classes. It could be Kate’s own style to dress the way she does— influenced by her Mom (who would have probably been in her 30s when the 80s were chic), but I really think a lot of it is driven by the need/desire to fit in, to look like the others, and to dress like old money versus new money. You can see it with Pippa. Her taste in clothing is worse than Kate’s. I don’t necessarily think Kate’s taste is bad but I often think that in trying to copy QEII (what passes for coat dresses) and Diana that she gets it wrong for her.

      • Beluga says:

        I think if Kate’s natural style is quite ‘country sporty’. When she wears that sort of thing she looks so much more relaxed and happier and that sort of thing really suits her. The coat dresses and frills do seem like a bit of a costume and what she thinks she should be wearing rather than what she’d lean towards herself.

      • Adele Dazeem says:

        This is a very good comment and makes a lot of sense.

      • Bellagio DuPontg says:

        @ Honey

        Gosh, you are soooo right! Kate does have that look of attempting to dress for a different class. I don’t think she dresses badly either, just this side of dowdy.

        And Pippa is one of the worst dressers (imho) of AAAALLLLLL the celebrities I see online. I quite literally can’t think of anyone who dresses worse. She often looks like she just stole an outfit off of a 90 year little old lady.

        Having said that, I like the charity stuff she’s been doing, so fair play to her.

      • guestt says:

        I’ve always thought this because when you see pictures of Kate in her downtime – doing normal things, her clothes are regular sporty/casual outfits. The upper-class outfits only come out at official events.

      • AG-UK says:

        I think the expression here could be called “mummsy”

      • LAK says:

        Kate’s idea of ‘upper class’ dressing is actually very middle class. She dresses like someone middle class’s idea of what the upper classes should be wearing. Pippa’s horrendous dress sense sans the tan and make up is closer to the mark.

      • HH says:

        @LAK – Off topic, but your statement reminds me of a saying about Trump. Speaking on his temperament and obsession with opulence, someone stated: “He’s a boy’s idea of a man and a poor man’s idea of a rich man.”

      • LAK says:

        HH: Exactly. The worst thing about it all is the visible effort to look and sound the part. Visible effort is definitely non U.

      • magnoliarose says:

        @LAK
        That has always been the problem. Aping the upper class and getting it wrong. Which is why it is futile to try to pretend to be something other than what you are. There is nothing wrong with being middle class.
        Like Julian Fellowes said. There is nothing aristocrats dislike more than inauthenticity. You can’t fake it. If you try, they will reject you because there are insider things a person who isn’t an aristocrat would never know. Better to be yourself and comfortable with who you are. If mixing with those types are your thing.

      • Princessk says:

        @Honey….your comments are spot on! “a life-long function of her family’s aspirations to join and fit into the upper and upper middle classes”…..driven by her mother, it was even more evident in the early days of her courtship with William.

      • HelenTroy says:

        “… there are insider things a person who isn’t an aristocrat would never know.” This is untrue. There are aristo families all around the world and it’s funny to claim they all share the same “secrets” that prove they *belong*. I come from a very posh Prussian family and I highly doubt I’d be able to share the same experiences or those important “secrets that outsiders don’t know when our environment and way of life is completely different. This doesn’t make my family less aristocratic and the non official existence of aristocracy in other countries than England hasn’t changed our way of seeing ourselves either, an argument I sometimes hear as a reason why we don’t share those “secrets” with “official” arisyod. It doesn’t work like that. One either is or isn’t and nothing changes this fact.

    • Snowflake says:

      Yes, I always think when I see pictures of Kate that maybe the style is different over there. The way she dresses looks nothing like the way we dress in the US.

    • Liberty says:

      Hh, I tend to agree with you and Honey and LAK, re Kate and Meghan’s clothing choices. I love Meghan’s, and feel sometimes like Kate is trapped by her mom’s vision.

      I like MM’s handbag choices. They keep it modern.

  8. BaronSamedi says:

    I LOVE this coat. I want it. *grabby hands*

    Now that I have seen Meghan with her (admittedly very cute) purses and bags a few times I have to say I wish both her and Kate would ditch carrying these accessories for these kinds of engagements?

    I mean Kate obviously uses them as a sort of security blanket the way she always clutches hers in front of her in pictures. With Meghan it just seems superfluous and actually in the way? She’s there to shake hands and always has one hand occupied. It seems weird because the men obviously never carry anything and it’s not like they don’t have an entourage who could carry whatever they need.

    • graymatters says:

      I’ve been on crutches and a knee scooter for the past six weeks and carrying a handbag is just too awkward, so I’ve made do with cards tucked in my phone case which I keep in my pocket and a tube of chapstick in a front pocket. It’s worked really well and I like having my hands free. I agree that the royal ladies probably don’t need to carry a bag. HM does, but that doesn’t mean that everyone else needs to.

  9. Beluga says:

    I agree, Kaiser, I’d rather her hair was pulled back when they’re outside. Some people had a problem with her messy bun, but I liked it – a slick chignon would look too formal for this type of event. A ponytail would be fine too.

    Love the coat.

  10. Becks says:

    I think she looks great. I really love that coat – it is still a little bulky for her, but at least it’s not swamping her like some of her other coats. And I love the navy and cream on it. I think the difference between her and Kate with coats is that she buys coats as outerwear, and Kate buys them as part of her outfits. So Meghan goes for coats that are warmer, bulkier, etc but then takes them off when she goes inside. Kate goes for more coat-dresses (at least in appearance even if the coat isn’t an actual coatdress) so her coats appear more fitted and slimmer in cut but then she leaves them on the whole engagement.

    Anyway – love the heels, love the slim trousers, and her sweater looks nice but can’t really see it. She just really looks nice here – very trendy but still professional.

  11. Bess says:

    The trouser thing is just her hiding the thin calves as much as possible. I should know, I do it all the time.

    Her face looks very fresh today.

    • BaronSamedi says:

      I don’ think she’s trying to hide her calves? I can’t remember her wearing trousers once in all the years she was on Suits.

      • Bess says:

        @Baronsamedi, I am really not that thin but my calves are noticeably smaller than my frame, just like Meghan’s. Unlike her I’m not brave enough to wear heels because my calves look even thinner when extended. You’d think my ankles are about to snap.

        Funny enough my legs are pretty strong and held up great when I played football (soccer) in the university.
        I love skirts and dresses, and there was a time I didn’t own any trousers. But, it took a few mean comments for me to start feeling self-conscious.

        People commented on her legs when she wore the white robe. There were comments about her shoes not fitting right, too. I also saw some comments on their Christmas outing about her legs being too thin for the slouchy boots she wore. It gets to you.
        Anyway, maybe I’m projecting. 😊

      • Princessk says:

        @ Bess, your comments are all largely correct.

        Meghan has referred to herself in the past as “the girl with the skinny legs”. People are going to point out that she has thin legs but her ankles are beautiful, and to be honest loads of people who have huge fat legs would swop their legs for yours or Meghan’s any day, so don’t feel bad or let a few mean comments stop you showing your legs.

        I have some ‘cigarette’ trousers, which I always wear with flats but Meghan gave me the confidence to wear them with heels, and I have done.

    • Bellagio DuPontg says:

      @ Bess

      Something I’ve been wondering……with thinner calves, do you have trouble getting tights/panty hose that fit?

      Is that a possible reason Meghan doesn’t wear them?

    • LInabear says:

      I do the opposite thing, plan my outfits to make my calves look smaller! What is the golden mean for calf width? I think the answer is Blake Lively; her legs are amazing.

    • notasugarhere says:

      She wore plenty of shorter dresses during her PR appearances for her job, so I wouldn’t think she has a problem with her legs. She may have decided that trousers are more practical and make for a more flexible wardrobe than a lot of day dresses.

  12. Really says:

    Stop it with the coats that tie at the waist and the hand held bags that only allows you one free arm.

  13. HK9 says:

    Love the coat!! But my go colours are navy, black & white so I’m a bit biased.

  14. Blaire Carter says:

    The coat is SOLD OUT already ; (

  15. KP says:

    So far I’m into her slacks and wrap coats and overall look, but I’m not feeling her little purses. They’re completely just an supercilious accessory and I don’t like it. It feels like a suck-up move to the queen and impractical.

  16. Snowflake says:

    I love her style, classic, no busy prints, clean lines

  17. kellybean says:

    I love the picture where she is touching his back as he is bending over to talk to someone. I think that is so sweet and such a natural thing to do.

  18. Digital Unicorn says:

    Am in the outfit and the theme of the event which fitted nicety with it being international women’s day. Katie Keen was out and about yesterday at place2be. I guess it’s too much to hope she’ll get involved in women’s rights alongside Megs. Saying that place2be is her only patronage that she does anything for more than one visit a year.

    • guestt says:

      Kate’s topic seems to be child and adolescent mental health. I think she’s doing well so far.

      • notasugarhere says:

        She isn’t allowed to have only one topic, guestt. They are all required to do work in multiple areas.

      • whatever says:

        Child and adolescent mental health is no less worthy than women’s rights. If this is the area Kate wants to focus on then so be it. I’m glad they both have interests in different areas.

      • notasugarhere says:

        It is fine to be engaged in a subject, whatever, but you know full well that they cannot pick one topic and only work on that. They have to pick up the slack for the 10 royals that will pass away/be retired when Charles takes control.

      • magnoliarose says:

        I hope she keeps it up and takes it to heart. It really is an area that could use some attention. Mummy Kate should be her thing. I honestly believe she likes being a parent.
        I know Kate’s fans hate to hear this but I don’t think she enjoys a close, loving marriage and her children are her focus now. It has been said they live separate lives and I believe it.
        Lately, she has looked happier, and I choose to believe she is relieved to have Meghan around. I have never seen her more at ease with herself. Some competition to up her game has been good for her, but I don’t believe it is malicious. I don’t see it.
        Now her mother though? That is a different story.

      • whatever says:

        @notasugarhere

        Still, she doesn’t *need* to be involved with women’s rights at the OP suggested especially if Meghan has already done work in this area. If Kate wants to in the future she can. Kate has other areas of interest as well, from art to sport and addiction.

      • notasugarhere says:

        whatever, it is ridiculous to me than any royal woman wouldn’t be involved in some kind of women’s rights work. There isn’t a limit that says no one else can talk on the subject if one of them does. They don’t only get to do thing they like, like go to tennis matches and hang around with Ben Ainslie and call it “work”.

        Today? Harry and Meghan are at a STEM event to get girls involved in science careers. Sophie is on tour in Malta and visited the stock exchange with women executives to celebrate International Women’s Day. Camilla had a reception at Clarence House for International Women’s Day and the Women of the World Festival.

      • Lady D says:

        nota, do you think the 6 royals can do what the ten used to do, or will Charles have to break down and hire Beatrice and Eugenie? I personally think they deserve a job with the Firm, but apparently the Firm doesn’t.

      • whatever says:

        @notasugarhere

        She doesn’t NEED too but if you think she needs too the same argument could be levelled at Meghan. You don’t a parent to support children’s charities. Kate has been involved with some of her children-specific charities since before she became a mother why isn’t Meghan involved in children related causes especially when H & MM talked about possibly having children of their own in the future?.

        Children are the future and there is a theory that if you give children the love, support and guidance they need growing up they can become well-adjusted adults. If children are happy and able to reach their full potential they may not grow up to have a chip on their shoulders and take their bitterness out on people that are different to them (gender, race, socioeconomic background etc..) Mental Health wouldn’t be as much of an issue either. This area is just as worthy as women’s rights but I don’t see you having a go and Meghan for not getting involved.

      • nic919 says:

        Meghan isn’t even officially in the family yet so to say that she will or will not do a certain issue is premature. It took Kate years to even confirm any patronages. Meghan won’t have that luxury because of higher expectations and because Will and Kate were lazy for a long time.

      • whatever says:

        @nic919

        It didn’t take Kate years to confirm her patronages that’s an exaggeration. Meghan could have been actively involved in children’s charities before her engagement but she decided to spend her time advocating women’s rights instead. We have no idea why she didn’t put as much effort into other causes (such as causes related to children and any number of other worthy causes) just like we have no idea why Kate isn’t advocating for women’s rights or other causes. Let’s just leave it at that.

      • guestt says:

        Wait a minute.. did you just imply that if a child is raised by loving parents, in a loving home, they won’t experience mental health issues? If that’s what you think.. You clearly don’t know a lot about mental health disorders.
        @nota Yes, they should be covering a wide range of causes, but I was talking more along the lines of this being something that seems personal to her. William has conservation and Harry’s personal cause is veterans.

      • notasugarhere says:

        @guestt “Wait a minute.. did you just imply that if a child is raised by loving parents, in a loving home, they won’t experience mental health issues?” Kate Middleton basically said that in her first speech about children’s mental health.

        Kate Middleton took almost a year to pick a less than a handful of patronages, and proceeded to do next to nothing for them. I hope Meghan will do better but we have to wait and see. KM has had 7 years to do something, anything related to women or girls empowerment. Has she done anything in that time?

        @LadyD, they can but whether or not they will is up for grabs. As has been discussed on here frequently, it is the local events and engagements that are so meaningful to the members of the general public. The things that matter to the people who keep the royals in their jobs.

        If they organize and do centralized scheduling through Charles’s office? Yes, I think it is possible for them to do as much. Right now the BRF manages 3000 engagements a year. That would be 500 engagements a year for 6 employees. Since Charles and Anne regularly do that amount, I don’t see why the younger royals cannot do 500 each per year.

        William’s “work” with conservation involves 1) doing the occasional commercial or appearance for Jecca and 2) creating an umbrella organization to take credit for the work of other organizations. Harry has done more for conservation than William.

        Meghan isn’t an official member yet, and her pre-engagement work with World Vision involved working for girls and women’s rights. Girls are children after all. A little soon to say she isn’t going to continue work with kids in her new role.

      • guestt says:

        I found the link https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/kate-middleton/12003721/Kate-Middleton-speaks-about-child-mental-health-at-Place2Be-Headteacher-Conference.html

        Frankly, her comment was tone deaf. What about the children predisposed to bipolar, schizophrenia, etc? I actually feel a bit uneasy that she was addressing senior staff. This goes for Harry/the trio talking about mental health too. They should at least educate themselves before giving speeches or leave it to the professionals.

  19. magnoliarose says:

    She looks cute. I am not crazy about the coat.
    I like her pants game and hope she keeps it. Dresses seem too formal for these types of events and stodgy. Old fashioned. I don’t think it is Harry’s style either to be formal, so they match each other for occasions.

    • Becks says:

      Good point. If Meghan was in a designer dress for this engagement, next to Harry and his blue sweater/sports coat/etc, she would look a little out of place. I often think that with Kate and Will – when they both are formal it works, when they both are casual it works, but often Will goes a little bit casual like Harry and Kate looks overdressed.

      Along those lines – do we think Harry is just wearing the same outfit to all these events? lol

      • magnoliarose says:

        It is possible. lol
        I think they have their roles already. Meghan’s modern style means less pressure on Kate to be something she isn’t. I don’t think her formal style is her either, but that is what she chose.
        Harry seems to like this look at the moment. Lol, It is fine for what he has to do.

  20. Pinar O. says:

    Again a little bulky the coat – but i love her

  21. Guest says:

    She looks fantastic. I was on some of the royal blogs when these pictures came out and from the way they were talking I thought she would look awful. But no she doesnt.

  22. Squirt says:

    Can someone fill me in on why the part in her hair is so much lighter than her face? It distracts me everytime her hair is down. Is that typical and I’ve never noticed it before on people? Is her makeup too dark?

    And, I could have 10 assistants but I’ll be damned if I ask someone everytime I need my phone, lipbalm, hand sanitizer, lotion, etc…. My bags are definetly my security blanket but also my independence. **clutches bag tightly**

  23. Maria says:

    She looks great, and happy. Her hair is a bit lighter, highlights I guess, suits her.

  24. Keepitreal says:

    One of my pet peeves….she forgot to remove the X thread at the flap on the back of the coat. I don’t know why people think leaving it in is a fashion statement. The manufacturer puts the thread closure there to keep coats and blazers in shape, until they are purchased and worn. Her assistant should have caught that. Otherwise she looked fine. Btw, whatever happened to her dog with the broken legs?

  25. CCB says:

    Just finding it strange that people aren’t yelling at her to ‘cut your hair!’ or ‘tie up your hair!’ when her hair is so much more unkempt that Kate’s 🤷🏻‍♀️

  26. Ib says:

    LOVE THIS! I could and would wear this to work any day (minus stilettos). It’s exciting to see her in something I could realistically wear in my own life (unlike Kate) though a tiny part of me wants to see her takes BUTTONS for a spin -heheh wouldn’t that be fun? Kate’s best ever buttons (none recently) was her 2011 Alexander McQueen navy coat with gold buttons -how buttons are SUPPOSED to be worn. she has of course never worn it again since.

  27. Jayna says:

    She looks pretty. I think an inch or half-inch off of her hair would make it look healthier, though. I like her outfit. I must be blind, because to my eyes, her slacks are just a deeper blue than the coat, like a midnight blue, not black.

  28. whatever says:

    The coat lovely its the only one of her coats that I really like.

    The bag is nice too but she already has a navy/burgundy bag from that Scottish brand that she could have reused. Alternatively, she has two green bags (one again from that Scottish brand) that could have worked for this ensemble as well. The trousers; she identical ones that were made in Wales that she has worn before.

    She loses brownie points imo for not wearing British when she already has the items.

    I think she is going to end up with the same issue Kate has, in the future….buying 1000 identical items and being unable to shop her own closet.

  29. Bethany F says:

    Just chiming in to say I don’t mind the hair down, since all we hear is the opposite. Why is hair tucked back and out of the way more professional? To be like men who typically have short hair?

    I just do not get this fixation with long hair being worn down and touched being so unprofessional. I’m 30. Is this a generational thing? I have long hair and tie in back when having it down is inconvenient for me, but that’s my decision, not society’s influence. I’m not a big fan of telling someone they should do something I want them to do but pretending it’s for their benefit either.

    UGH rant over. just driven mad by these comments.

    • Sophia's Side eye says:

      Totally agree with you. You’ll never find me policing another woman’s hair.

    • Lobbit says:

      yes – I often leave these “royal” threads wondering if I’m a bit of an oddball because I take little notice of things that seem to bother so many other people – like the hair thing, for example. :)

    • MellyMel says:

      Yeah I don’t get it either, but I’m also 30 so who knows. I normally wear me hair up in a messy bun, but when it’s down I let it flow. I’ve never heard people complain about the hair touching and needing to pull it back until I started reading royal stores on this site.

    • magnoliarose says:

      Similar age group and I never notice it much. It could be generational.

    • Natalie S says:

      I agree. It’s one thing if it’s windy and hair is blowing about but otherwise what’s wrong with just wearing long hair down?

    • SK says:

      I don’t know, I’m 49 and I don’t understand it either, with Kate or with Meghan. I think their hair looks great down, and I do not think it’s “unprofessional” or “messy” to have long hair. And I really don’t get why people get so worked up about them occasionally touching their hair.

    • Lorelai says:

      @Bethany ITA! I agree with you and the others who said they never even noticed the hair-touching until they read comments here. I’m a few years older than you guys but still have long hair, as do most of my friends. They are all professionals (lawyers, teachers, etc.) and they all wear their hair down every day — it is so not an issue.

      I’m always surprised when I read the comments here about Kate (and now Meghan) “needing” to do something about their hair because I always think they look great. The only exception is if it is a very, very windy day; that’s happened to Kate a couple of times and in those cases it would make sense to at least put it in a low ponytail while she’s outside, instead of having it blow all over. But I don’t see anything wrong with touching your own hair. (Obviously both Kate and Meghan have clean hair so I don’t see it as unsanitary or anything!)

      • Jayna says:

        I like long hair. I loved Kate’s long hair. Meghan’s looks good, but a half-inch trim might make it look healthier. It’s kind of thin at the bottom. I never get the hate for long hair either. And I work with attorneys. I see female attorneys in court or depositions all the time, and two-thirds of them have long hair past the shoulders and pretty much the majority of them who are in their 20s and early 30s have very long hair, some even in their late 30s, etc. It’s very common. And they usually always wear it down. On really hot days, some wear it back in a long ponytail.

        The judge I was with today in the civil divison is female and has long dark hair a little shorter than Meghan’s. She wears it down most of the time I’ve been in her court, sometimes back, but never an up-do. She’s pretty. And she runs that court with an iron fist.

        But I’ve never seen anyone fiddle with their hair all the time to where it is so noticeable, and most of my friends have very long hair. Mine is longer than Kate’s and shorter than Meghan’s length.

    • whatever says:

      Kate had really nice hair a few years ago, she may have had extensions or a weave in it but it looked lush and fabulous. I think she was pressured into cutting it because various sites and social media commentators always used to state how she needed to change her hair or cut X amount of inches off to look better…that was a shame. Her hair currently doesn’t look nearly as good as it once did. All she needed to do (stated above) was to tie her hair up more.

  30. Karen says:

    Love the outfit! Agree the hair thing is annoying. She needs to find a solution. However, I think she is gorgeous with beautiful skin.

  31. Evie says:

    It’s a very worthy cause and I admire her for encouraging girls to study STEM but doesn’t anyone else think it’s a little funny that the little girl in the photo instead said, “I want to be like you: An actress!” :)

    • Hazel says:

      We need more women scientists, mathematicians, & engineers visiting schools, I guess.👩🏻‍🔬👩🏻‍🏫👩‍🏭👩‍🚀🤷‍♀️

      • Bellagio DuPont says:

        I’m a mathematician/ statistician who grew up slightly embarrassed to be in the profession because it always felt so unglamorous and dull, compared to women who were models, actresses, fashion designers, interior designers, etc.

        It’s an industry where my judgement is questioned EVERY SINGLE DAY because certain people think I shouldn’t be in it and that it’s not a field for women. (Even my brother tells me to quit and stop trying to be a man, if you can believe that).

        BUT, I got into it because I found it easy and enjoy solving problems and mapping out scenarios and models……..so I am good at what I do and enjoy proving the doubters wrong every day. It’s hard as f*ck, especially since my colleagues are mostly (white) men who take pleasure in tearing down my work and proving that I’m an anomaly.

        The truth of the matter is that we’re only limited by our own perceptions: I think my greatest achievement is in having recruited/co-opted/ downright TRICKED other women (mostly my female cousins) into the field AND they’re progressing nicely as well.

        If you don’t mind writing lots of exams and enjoy shouting down rude, condescending men on a daily basis, then please sign up!

      • notasugarhere says:

        Statistician is also one of those great, can-be-flexible careers where you can contract out your services to the highest bidder and work from home.

      • Bellagio DuPont says:

        Absolutely! That IS the best part of it, it is pretty flexible. In fact, I’m in my 3rd industry, having started out specifically as an Investment Actuary and then moved over to the Insurance industry and then now in Oil and Gas. I’m also lucky enough to work in different countries and am now in a very client facing role, where I get to wine and dine lots of clients and do a fair amount of horse racing, golf, cricket tournaments etc so it’s not all desk bound (thankfully).

        So, yes, it is possible to have a varied, interesting career, despite Actuaries having a reputation for being deeply, deeply dull (which is not entirely false). ;)

  32. Rae403 says:

    People magazine has the ID on her outfit:
    Allsaints cashmere sweater
    Alexander Wang pants
    Manolo Blahnik BB Pointy Toe heels
    Altuzarra Ghianda Saddle Bag

    I love her style. She is always on point; simple and incredibly chic.

  33. Masamf says:

    I haven’t read everything yet but Im just gonna say yaaaaay Prince Harry has a new pair opt shoes, hooray!! And He looks really dapper too, hm hm hm, I like that guy!! Meghan chose really well.

  34. homeslice says:

    I think she’s cute and dresses like someone in her age bracket, unlike the Duchess…

    • Sherri says:

      Please stop with “dresses like someone in her age bracket” It is just so against women. I really thought as a society we had moved past this. But I guess not. So tiring.

    • Sherri says:

      Who decides that clothes “look like a they belong to a woman decades older”? You? There are no clothes for younger and older women they are just clothes!! Do you not understand how they tears women down? So a dress with flowers is for older women now? Or is it the cut of the dress? The length of the dress? Or what exactly. So painful that people have to put down women like this because of what they wear. And we wonder why women can’t move ahead in society – its not because of men it is because of other women.

  35. hey-ya says:

    ..I just think its amazing how being involved with the brf elicits 100+ responses…its one in the eye to people who question their value….

    • minx says:

      I absolutely question their value, IMO they are pampered poodles and I don’t know how they are still allowed to live the way they do. I don’t call what they do “work.”
      I’m just here for the fashion and gossip.

      • I worked as a waitress in my early 20′s and i call what they do work. It’s so exhausting being nice to random strangers and coming up with all kinds of small talk. I used to be so exhausted and people would always undermine your work.
        This is a different kind of service industry for both the UK and the charities they bring attention to.

      • minx says:

        I get what you’re saying, but IMO they should get a fraction of the compensation.

      • notasugarhere says:

        They should absolutely get a fraction of the compensation. No justifiable reason to keep them as one percenters on the taxpayers dime. Open up the files and prove/demand no taxpayer money is used to run or secure any of the private properties (Balmoral, Sandringham, Middletons home), etc. Then set a logical budget for personnel and household finances + business wardrobe expenses, especially those budgets currently protected from FOI requests.

      • Princessk says:

        @formerly known as amy……I agree it is exhausting being nice to countless random strangers…I would need at few days to recover, doing it back to back must be awful. Smiling and trying to look genuine every single time, with people gawping at you and shoving cameras up your nose.

  36. Shannon says:

    She looks great, but I can’t with black & navy, sorry :/ haven’t liked that combination since childhood lol. I feel like her coat’s maybe a little big, but no worries, she can pull off just about anything. It’s all good.

  37. Sage says:

    She looks better with a side part then the centre part. She also added extensions in the back to provide some fullness. She can’t stop playing with her hair and it’s a becoming annoying.
    The belted coats do nothing for her figure but accentuate her boxy torso.

  38. minx says:

    Obviously she’s free to wear her hair as she wants, and she does. My celebrity gossip site opinion is that she’s beautiful and I would like to see her hair out of her face. I would also like to see it about 6 inches shorter, just because, and pulled back sometimes so that she doesn’t fiddle with it. So there.

  39. mafalda says:

    I think the coat is fine but, girl, cut off the “X” stitch in the back (the DM had a photo from the back and you can see the big white stitch: http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/newpix/2018/03/08/13/4A0003C500000578-5476823-Harry_and_Meghan_put_a_hand_on_each_other_s_backs_as_they_wave_t-a-4_1520516540121.jpg )

  40. Joannie says:

    Outfit is cute but looks a little sloppy on her.

  41. Dorky says:

    It’s simple: she’s leaving the hair down so that she can have an excuse to show her ring as she touches her hair. Duh! Kate did/does that, too. ;)

  42. HCR says:

    Personal preference, though I support her hair choices: I wish she would wear her natural texture! it would mean a lot to natural mixed raced women like me. It may not seem like it, but I assure you she is putting a load of effort (or someone else is) into maintaining that straightness (if not chemical relaxers and blowouts, then blowouts and flat irons). All you need to see is her pre-hollywood photos to see her natural hair is curly. Again, I support her choices for how to appear, but it would mean a lot if she went natural once and a while, to me (and I bet others. I felt the same about Michelle Obama, though I completely, too, understand why she didn’t.

    • Lorelai says:

      @HCR: I am a white woman with hair that is naturally very coarse and curly, and I’ve been chemically straightening it for more than 20 years. It is extremely time-consuming and ridiculously expensive, but for me it is worth every penny.
      Part of it is about the appearance, but most of it is also that I personally dislike the natural texture so much that I hated even *touching* my own hair before it was straightened. Even if no one else ever saw me, I would still straighten it just for myself because it makes me feel better overall. Just a personal preference. So who knows what Meghan’s reasons are.

  43. Lorelai says:

    I think Meghan looks great but am I the only one finding it strange that no one is using the word “pants?” Is it a regional thing? I have only ever heard “trousers” and “slacks” used by my great aunt! Everyone else I know would call what she’s wearing pants (or Capris, if being more specific).

    I feel like I’m taking crazy pills reading all of the comments because no one I know would ever say trousers instead of pants!

    Not a big deal, just something I noticed. And she looks gorgeous no matter what we call it.

  44. Princessk says:

    I noted that they took a helicopter from London and presumably back as well…..poor Meghan!

    I wonder if its so that they will be back in London in time to change for dinner, I think William is hosting the Saudi Prince who at 32 is in the same age group as W&K and H&M, so it makes sense that these royal leaders of the future should set up a rapport….especially on International Women’s Day and they should sit chatterbox Meghan next to the Saudi Prince.

    • Olenna says:

      The Saudi Prince is a controversial character. I’m looking forward to the reading political commentary following this engagement. The man, though, young is shrewd, ambitious, and some say ruthless and a loose cannon. I wonder if Willie will be able to hold his own if conversation with bin Salman beyond pleasantries is required.

      • LAK says:

        Regardless of politics and ideologies or ruling styles, William is an intellectual baby compared to MSB. Have you listened to MSB’s interviews? William talks about his babies, MSB talks about investments, economics, world order.

        I’d be surprised if William can point out Saudi Arabla on a map. That’s how intellectually thick he is.

      • Princessk says:

        @LAK….Ouch!

        By to be fair the Saudi isn’t just a prince he is also a political leader, which William will never be. But I agree William does not seem to be naturally interested in much, bike riding perhaps. Harry, who is wrongly labelled ‘thick’ seems to have inherited his father’s passionate nature.

  45. Green Is Good says:

    Her ensemble is so on point. Perfection.

  46. jeanlouis says:

    I love her!!!
    But, everything she wears looks like its from reitmans. I can’t place it, but she just makes everything look department store-ey. Plus I hate the way she does her hair. Celebs often have this effect. Idk what to call it. Kim Kardashian makes everything look like club wear. Same with beyonce. Kendall jenner makes everything look like forever 21. Emma stone makes everything she wears looks like madwell.
    Zendaya looks like a mannequin 90% of the time, ( the clothes just wear her).

    Maybe its an odd personal touch, or its just me.

    Again, idk.

    She looks really pretty tho.

  47. Dorky says:

    I think she looks fantastic every time. She is very stylish and classic. I love her style. That green print dress she wore at that wedding she attended with Harry, looked awesome on her. I’m looking forward to seeing all of her outfits as she becomes more involved after their wedding.

  48. MickeyM says:

    An important footnote is that if you examine the Kensington Palace Twitter posts on this event it is evident that Meghan took her coat OFF once inside. *slow clap*

  49. Keepitreal says:

    Whaat! Have a cup of coffee and calm down a little. Happy Women’s Day, also!