Duchess Meghan wore a chic Altuzarra pantsuit to the WellChild Awards

The WellChild Awards 2018

Yes, trousers!! Back when the Duchess of Sussex was just a humble actress engaged to a prince, she wore trousers all the time. In the months after her marriage, Meghan has attempted to get with the dumbass “royal protocol” program, in that royal-watchers believe the Queen prefers women in skirts and dresses rather than trousers. I hope Meghan continues to do her own thing. Meghan and Harry attended the WellChild Awards last night in London. Harry has long been the royal patron for WellChild, and pre-Meghan, he spent a lot of time hanging out with the children and caregivers being honored. Now that he’s married… it was much the same. Meghan is very tactile, just like Harry (and like Diana). They both like to give out hugs to kids.

As for Meghan’s trousers… she wore a suit by Altuzarra, and a blouse by Deitas. I love the suit – it’s chic and well-cut. If I have any complaint, it’s that Meghan consistently likes a too-long inseam on her trousers, but this time her pants weren’t dragging on the floor, so it’s fine. I don’t like the Deitas blouse at all though – it doesn’t really do much of anything for me personally.

Some people are making a big deal about Meghan’s “messy bun” hairstyle… I’m fine with it. She thinks that’s her signature, and honestly, I prefer this to a mountain of wiglets and sausage curls. But the real highlight of this look is Meghan’s makeup. I don’t know if she did her own makeup or if it was professionally done, but she needs to keep it like this. She looks gorgeous.

The WellChild Awards 2018

The WellChild Awards 2018

The WellChild Awards 2018 held at the Royal Lancaster Hotel

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Jess says:

    She looks good, very very good.
    A pop of color somewhere (the blouse or the shoes, or both) would have elevated this look quite a lot though.
    Her makeup and hair are perfection, nothing to complain here. And the trousers are properly hemmed! This is an improvement.

    As for the Queen and the stupid “rules”, that’s something that royal watchers invented to criticize their less favorite royal ladies.

    • Maum says:

      Agree- Maybe coloured belt?

      One of the nicest looks for her I find. It’s sleeks and it fits!

    • ArtHistorian says:

      A pair of bright red shoes would have been amazing.

      • jeanne says:

        i feel the pants/shoe combination dated the oufit. the whole thing would have looked so much sleeker with a pencil pant. maybe its because her legs are so skinny but the pants come off looking like boot leg/flairs and i just didn’t like the affect. but she of course looked beautiful and she and Harry did a lovely job at the event so what does it matter anyway?

      • Jan90067 says:

        @jeanne, did you see that adorable shot of Harry with his tie being pulled by a sweet little kid, and Harry was doing that cartoon thingy with his eyes bugging and tongue hanging out. So cute!

        They both looked like they enjoyed being there with the kids. A good evening for all it seems 😊

    • Onerous says:

      YEEESSS!!! I can’t believe I’m saying this because I basically live in black clothing – and she really looks phenomenal every time she steps out… but… you’re the big show – wear some color! She could still wear color and be understated. I’m not saying she needs to show up in a big flashy red print – but something less funereal would be great!

      • Ms. Turtle says:

        Jeanne – agreed. She looks beautiful as always, but the pants look like flared or boot cut and it doesn’t look current. I honestly think her pants are always too long and it makes no sense when she prob has a team of tailors to help.

        I also don’t care for the messy hair but I have a feeling no one cares :) and it seems like her staple. Her face is gorgeous and radiates happiness.

      • RoyalSparkle says:

        +1000
        Totally agree. A touch of light/colour, would more brighten these sick children without taking away from the STARS.

      • Becks1 says:

        I don’t mind the all black, but I can see why people wanted some color. But I wanted to add that the flared pants ARE coming back. This silhouette is very “on trend” for the fall and winter, so its not as dated a look as some think.

    • Sunrise says:

      She looks good here but yeh something less funeral like, a bit of color somewhere would have made it great.

      • Leigh-Klein says:

        I love the overall look, love the shoes, too. The blouse, while lovely, would’ve offset the outfit a little more had it been a lighter colour, like a smokey gray or something, or anything other than black.

      • Jan90067 says:

        She looks happy and gorgeous, but since it was an event for kids, if that top was on hot pink, or emerald, it would really pop and make it a bit more “kid friendly” rather than “cocktail party”. Or at least one of those colours in the purse/shoes. JMO.

        And perhaps a *schooch* less bronzer/highlighter. In some pics she is a tad “shiny”.

      • RoyalBree says:

        I love this suit! And it fits and flatters her, yay! But doesn’t she really need yet another black suit? I’m kinda getting tired of all the black she wears. Some colour in this outfit would have made in perfect, perhaps a floral blouse with black as the main colour? Like Kaiser, I don’t like the camisole — it looks cheap. But kudos for properly hemmed pants — these really show off her long-ish legs. She really looks better in pants.

    • Wasabi says:

      Wow the pants make her appear taller, no? The blouse (and black on black on black) is very La Jolie. Anyways, love her outfit and bun situation.

      • Ellaaa says:

        My first thought! Totally Angelina Jolie. The all black lean look with the silk blouse underneath reminds me a lot of AJ. She definitely seems to follow a minimalist, neutral, stylish and fitted style (AJ or Carolyn Bessette Kennedy are obvious inspirations) as opposed to her more classical or “old school” Brit royals counterparts. She is smart, she knows exactly who she is compared to, what is written about Kate and the others regarding style and work and is building an image that is at the opposite of it. Old school vs sleek, work shy vs work driven, stiff/socially shy vs media savvy and warm, no PDA vs loved up as a couple etc. It is well done, close to who she is and she looks gorgeous. Carve your niche, Meghan!

    • Milla says:

      Emerald satin blouse and less bronzer and voila. Easy chic.

    • AnnaKist says:

      I also agree, Jess, but I adore the pantsuit, and would wear the shite out of it. Still, The Duchess looks fabulous.

    • Mumbles says:

      I kinda agree on the “rules” being made up. I remember one rule being “the Queen hates short skirts” yet there are loads of photos of Princess Anne (and maybe even Margaret) wearing minis back in the day. Maybe it was because those were the times, but still.

      I love Meghan just defying the socialite-wife/”Sloane Ranger” aesthetic. Even that huge flowy flowery dress she wore to that wedding, while not to my taste, is not something you see among that social set.

    • Lilly says:

      I have a favorite Jes in my life, but you’re a close second. Ha ha. It makes my day when the first comments are observant and fun.

    • hershey says:

      When working with kids, we stay away from lots of black.

      Black is a color children may use to express less positive emotions when drawing.

      Black pants or skirt at most. Never ever all black.

      This outfit tells me she does not have knowledgeable staff to provide background information necessary to carry out this visit.

      You will never see a nurse in a peds unit wearing black scrubs. Even in a setting such as a preschool, teachers learn to stay away from a black top.

    • Olenna says:

      How people interpret or perceive different colors is rooted in culture, personal experiences and social norms (like what is acceptable attire). In some societies, blue is perceived as depressing or sad. IMO, these children look happy to be with Meghan (and Harry), and I think they are intuitive enough to see that the color of her clothing has no impact on her warm, engaging manner and interest in their well-being. Also, I think most people visiting the sick and shut-in, adult or child, come as they are rather than dress in hopes their outfits suggest cheerfulness or a sense of calm.

  2. girl_ninja says:

    Same. I’m a sucker for sleek & fitted pant suit. She looked fabulous. From her hair to her heels.

    • Enny says:

      I could do with a smidge less bronzer, but that’s a minor complaint. She’s gorgeous as always, and I love that she’s making trousers an acceptable look for female royals. It’s a low bar, I know, but baby steps, people…

      And can I say – while Meghan is always luminous, it is Harry who has been glowing since they met, and especially since the wedding. Love looks good on him!! :)

  3. damejudi says:

    I wish her hair had looked like this on her wedding day: “undone,” but definitely styled.

  4. Croatian says:

    I was struck by the photos yesterday because I saw Meghan greeting a black kid. I was so surprised because I realized this is the first time I saw a non-white royal. It meant so much even to me, and I am Caucasian!

  5. Belluga says:

    A colourful blouse (or shoe or bag) would have perfected the look, but it’s still great as is and that suit is SHARP! I hope we see it a lot.

    The way the two of them interacted with the kids was lovely to see.

  6. Becks1 says:

    I thought she looked fabulous. Chic is the perfect word to describe it.

    My guess is for the “big events” – Trooping, Ascot, etc – she’s going to try to follow “protocol” or at least conform to expectations (I don’t think we are going to see her wearing pants at the Trooping, for example.) I think for these kinds of events she’s going to do what she wants and wear what she feels comfortable in.

    She’s criticized no matter what – people don’t think she should have worn all black to an event honoring children, or she doesn’t wear enough jewelry (too minimalist!) or her hair is too messy, she shouldn’t show her legs, her pants are too long – so she might as well just wear what she wants, what she looks good in, and let the haters do their thing. They’re going to do it anyway.

  7. Rapunzel says:

    The handbag game continues to be spot on. As a handbag lover, I really really appreciate that.

  8. Kickit88 says:

    I thinks she is so beautiful. Pants do her good!

  9. LizB says:

    The commenters on RD and Splendor are pearl clutching about this and declaring her boring, but somehow over the top at the same time.

    For me, I like it. I have been waiting forever for a royal who dresses like a 21st century woman (the Swedes and Leti do this very well, IMO) and Meghan looks great. Not an endless parade of coat dresses and peter pan collars. I understand that Kate will be Queen Consort and people expect her to look like an elderly woman to keep the consistency, but I really appreciate Meghan and her business outfits.

    That said, sure, a pop of color would have been nice, but not a big deal to me.

    • jeanne says:

      i feel like letizia would have worn something like this but livened it up a little bit with the shirt. letizia is the queen at separates. meghan just has to find her way a little bit more. it took letizia years after all

      • Eliza says:

        I’m pretty sure i remember people commenting that Leti dressed like a bank teller because of her more business casual separates years ago. I think everyone assumes these women will be fashion icons, then nitpick because they’re not, then it eventually stops when the expectation is no longer there.

    • Belluga says:

      I would like it if she built up a completely boring work wardrive of sleek separates in neutral colours to rotate. As much as I love gossiping about outfits, it’s not the point of royal outings. I don’t think she’ll be as formulaic as that, but she’s tending more towards businesswear which I like.

      I was pleased to see a good amount of coverage focusing on the ceremony and the children yesterday, which isn’t always how it goes if the attending royal is wearing something more interesting. There’s not many column inches that can be devoted to a plain black trouser suit!

    • Sarah says:

      Leti’s clothes are better tailored than that, that’s the whole difference. And Victoria and Madeleine are very much hit or miss for me.

    • MaryContrary says:

      Eh-the Swedes would have been wearing a more colorful dress. I love a good pantsuit and think she looks gorgeous. But I still think this was an event where she could worn something less business like and more zingy. I just think when you’re meeting sick children and their families (who are all dressed up) it would be nice to see her in something more colorful or “pretty.”

  10. Beth says:

    Fits and looks good, but a little color would make it even better. I like buns, but can’t stand chunks of hair hanging in my face like that, she must have a lot of patience. Beautiful woman, and a fitted suit is perfect on her

  11. LizB says:

    I will say this – Meghan is making the general shabbiness and sartorial rut of Harry very obvious. He looks worse next to her. He needs an intervention. William, too.

  12. jeanne says:

    people have ragged on here about kate not wearing appropriate clothes when meeting children. so i’m just going to say it. the outfit was too dark. it was sleek and beautiful and her face was perfection but i wish she would have worn something lighter, more textured or interesting. black on black on black is not the right outfit for the well child awards.

    • Peg says:

      I think the children are more interested in the person paying attention to them, than what they’re wearing.
      Meghan could’ve been wearing clown colors, but if she is not interacting with the children, what’s the point.
      I must say the children looked darn happy too me, with two adults meeting them at their level.

    • MaryContrary says:

      I totally agree with you. She’s gorgeous, it’s a beautiful look-but the wrong occasion.

    • hershey says:

      @Jeanne,

      You are absolutely correct. You will never see medical staff in a peds unit in black scrub tops. Ever.

      Same for any other professional working directly with children.

      There are reasons why little or no black that I’m not going to spend time going into. But all black and children is a never ever ever.

      She shouldn’t be expected to know this. But someone on her staff should have been up to speed and failed.

      She looked nice. But not for a kids event. It is not true that kids just care she showed up. All black can over power smiles and gestures for many kids.

      Male pediatricians call light blue oxford shirt and tan khakis a safe uniform when doing peds rounds.

      Both of them should have had lighter colors on top.

      No black tops is not just my opinion. In the states, that much black just doesn’t fly when working with or visiting kids. We just don’t do it.

      • Tina says:

        Chief nurses/matrons in NHS units (including paeds) wear black uniforms all the time.

        There is nothing wrong with wearing black at an event for children. She looked happy, friendly, professional and cheerful.

      • Becks1 says:

        That’s just not true about wearing all black around little kids. I can think of my boys daycare and wearing black is very common, even all black. And I’m in the states.

        I understand some people don’t like the all-black look, but its a little extreme to claim that “we just don’t do it” in the States, since that’s not true.

  13. Digital Unicorn says:

    I love this whole look, very chic vintage classic look. I love that she wears trouser suits, Sophie wears them but she doesn’t get enough coverage in the press.

    Harry with those kids was just wonderful, he’s going to be a great father one day.

    • Nic919 says:

      I agree with you completely. This look was great and she wasn’t wearing an outfit that would take away from the kids, who were the point of the event. It was professional and what a modern woman wears. Sophie also dresses like this but sadly she doesn’t get the coverage by the press. Anne also wears more outfits like this as well. Meghan isn’t the outlier here for anyone who actually pays attention to the entire BRF.

  14. Angie says:

    She just looks gorgeous. I think she is one of the most beautiful and stylish women I’ve ever seen. I am just an all out fan. I love the look. Maybe some people would add color but she didn’t and it’s her look. It would have looked awesome either way.

  15. Eleonor says:

    For me the makeup (too much light on her cheeks) is the only complain.

  16. LT says:

    Now THIS is a look that flatters her! If I had a less curvy figure, I’d wear this all the time – this looks great on her and she’s got the perfect figure to carry it off!

  17. JaneDoesWork says:

    As always, her head is immaculate. But, why are her sleeves always too big? She must like the movement it gives her, but I think it can look sloppy.

    This isn’t my favorite outfit, but I like that she continues to embrace pants.

  18. Giddy says:

    Meghan looked beautiful, well dressed and radiant. She and Harry are so in tune; both of them were warm and showed true interest and concern for the children. They dispensed hugs and love, and we all know that is powerful medicine.

  19. Mego says:

    She has such a warm and genuine smile like she’s happy to be with people. Love this suit too.

  20. Maddy says:

    She looked amazing! She always does!

  21. Maddy says:

    She looked amazing! She always does. What a ridiculously attractive couple!

  22. Muffy says:

    I don’t understand the fanfare over a black suit. This is like one of those Cosmo Mag “gonfrom day to night” looks.

    It’s fine. It’s a black suit. She’s a beautiful girl, of course it looks nice on her. But it’s still just a black suit.

    • mynameispearl says:

      a black suit with bootcut trousers 🤔. That aside… yes its fine, she looks gorgeous from the neck up, but this is a snore, it looks like a marks and spencers work suit.

      I’m paying for this lot, if we’re going to pay them for this crap at least give me bread and roses…

  23. Eliza says:

    I agree. The pantsuit is great on her! The camisole is not my style either but it’s fine.

    I only disagree on makeup, everything is flawless except she needs to blend her bronzer more. The orange streak on her cheek takes away from her beauty.

  24. minx says:

    Love the suit but would have liked the pant leg to be narrower.

  25. Amy Tennant says:

    I don’t know how she does it. Shes not a tall woman, but somehow she always just looks like she has the longest legs. Either her legs are very long in proportion to the rest of her body, or she tricks the eye with her wardrobe. Either way, it’s a flattering look! I have to admit I have a crush.

    • Jan90067 says:

      I think she does have long legs in relation to her short-waisted body. So if she goes monotone, like this, in all one color, she elongates. She looked amazing in that green sweater and skirt in Ireland, very long, tall, and slim.

      I’m only 5’2″, and when I’m trying to look taller, I will go one color, head to toe (it works! 😊).

  26. Betsy says:

    She looks great, her makeup looks great.

    I’m a messy bun hater, but this is the perfect place to wear one. She looks all around great.

  27. Snowflake says:

    I frequently wear my hair up in the summer. Its stick straight and will still look frizzy after a few minutes outside. In meghan’s case, she’s blowing out very curly hair to straight and then putting it up. So really, her hair looks fine. She’s doing a great job to keep as straight as it is. Whoever doess her hair does a great job, whether its her or someone else. A couple of my white coworkers with very curly hair don’t manage to make it look this smooth when they do it.

    • Jan90067 says:

      Actually, if you’ve ever had the Brazilian Blowout, your hair doesn’t frizz that way. I have thick, wavy/curly hair, and I did it once (wanted to do it again, but the fumes were just too much, and once I found out it had formaldehyde, that was it for me!). But man, I LOVED the way it made my hair so sleek and straight! I didn’t even have to blow-dry, it air dried straight, too. I was in heaven for 5 mos… sigh… Oh well 😊

      I know they have a Keratin one as well, w/out the formaldehyde, but it didn’t work for me at all (damn! 😄).

  28. Flying fish says:

    The suit was an appropriate choice. For this event, black on black worked because it wasn’t glaring and did not take the spot light away from the purpose of the evening…the children.
    I, unlike most, feel like this version of the messy bun was matronly.
    Otherwise, Meghan looked amazing and she seemed happy and engaged alongside her husband.

  29. Lala11_7 says:

    Meghan got some sun…and it LOOKS FABULOUS!!!!!

  30. Dani says:

    I LOOOOOOOOOOOVE THISSSS. I, too, like my inseam longer than most (I like the covered shoe look).

    • sa says:

      I love them too. Super flattering for her. There was a post a few days ago that said something about her having legs for days and I remember thinking, no she has legs. In this suit she does look like she has legs for days.

      These pants are not too long. I don’t even understand the comments about that. Her pants are about an inch above the ground, which is how long suit pants worn with heels should be. (except, of course, when you’re going for a specific look, like a more fitted pant that ends higher, but a standard suit pant should cover most of the shoe, but not drag on the ground).

  31. Ally says:

    I have to completely disagree on the makeup. I can see the streak of highlighter and the blotch of bronzer on her cheek.
    Otherwise, she’s a beautiful lady, and I am here for working women in sharp suits — even if I personally think some tweaks should be made to her fit. But that’s my preference versus hers, and I think she looks appropriate, lovely and modern.

  32. Tiffany says:

    Like the suit, like it on her, just wish it was a different color. It looks so funeral for a event with kids.

  33. Kay says:

    Seeing the photos of Harry and Meghan interacting with kids makes me excited about them becoming parents! I hope a baby Sussex will come soon 😀

  34. JustK says:

    Wow, she is wearing a Whole Lot of blush and highlighter and I absolutely love this look. This will give me dangerous ideas that highlighter might work on my face.

  35. Cee says:

    The Queen has worn suits and off the shoulder dresses.
    Anne wears pantsuits and skirtsuits all the damn time. I’m sure she has worn off the shoulder dresses, too.
    Kate wears skirt suits, short dresses/skirts. She’s also worn off the shoulder dresses. I won’t even mention her multiple wardrobe malfunctions.

    But Meghan is the ONE Royal breaking TQ’s “protocol”. The racism is strong with some people. I actually created an account at the Fail just to comment with facts and the abuse I got in return was hilarious. The Fail should be renamed to Your Daily Racism.

  36. Nikki says:

    I adore Meghan, and I’m glad to see her wearing pants suits if that’s what she likes, but I don’t see why y’all are so impressed with this otherwise. I really dislike all black unless it’s a gorgeous line or style. I wish it had had a pop of color.

  37. burdzeyeview says:

    I think she looks fantastic…she is very beautiful…. and happy Harry…he is soo loved up, it is the cutest thing. They really are a great couple especially when there are kids around…I’m sure they’ll make wonderful parents.

  38. violet says:

    I love the suit and the way it fits and the way she looks, but I agree with some others upthread that it has a sort of “Desk to Dinner” look that seems dull, and I’m sorry, I also think all-black at an event with seriously ill children was an off-note. I think she looks lovely, but so much like a Manhattan office worker going out for drinks in the evening!

    I still think Meg is trying to individualize her look and differentiate herself from Kate, which is fine, but that doesn’t mean that everything Kate does is necessarily wrong. I don’t think Kate or Diana would ever have worn all-black to meet seriously or terminally ill children. It just doesn’t feel right.

    Harry is such a natural around children, I do hope they have their own soon!

  39. homeslice says:

    All black to visit sick kids? And she and Harry clash terribly. I’m not sure why it’s so hard for her to hit the right notes with her clothing options, but I’m very unimpressed…

  40. Nee says:

    This suit looks straight out of Express circa 2004. Its the flare leg with the pointy shoe that makes it look dated. She looks very pretty as usual though.

  41. shy vi says:

    Of course she wore darker colors..if she had worn bright colors people would have called the outfit too cheery and inappropriate for the event.

    I thought she looked beautiful and her outfit was very nicely tailored. She is really a trendsetter and I’m enjoying both the fashions and seeing these events and charities that mean a lot to the Duchess and Prince Harry!

  42. Lorelai Gilmore says:

    Those of us who are in our late 30s (like Meghan!) have been waiting and waiting for the “Express 2004″ look to come back! I love a good boot leg pant :)

  43. TaniaOG says:

    She looks amazing as always! This look is absolute perfection. Nailed it! Love her.

  44. Anastasia says:

    This makes me such a bad feminist, but does anyone else just scream in their head, “GET PREGNANT!!!!”

    I’m so wrong for that, but when it comes to them, I’m like an old biddy who can’t WAIT to see their kids.

  45. Pandy says:

    She looks great but her make up looks AMAZING, you are so right!

  46. MeghanNotMarkle says:

    Some colored jewelry would’ve made the outfit less funereal but overall I love it. Pants aren’t dragging the ground, hair is a controlled messy bun, gorgeous makeup. They both look good.

  47. Fluffy Princess says:

    She looks fabulous and modern! She’s well put together and most importantly — she looks happy to be there and she looks very engaged with whomever she and Harry are speaking to at the moment. Team Sussex!

  48. 76May says:

    Love this look! She looks perfect and very elegant in all black!

  49. mina says:

    Oufit gorgeous, hair is perfect, but too much bronzer. Maybe is the photos :/.

  50. hershey says:

    As a professional that works with children, the all black is a huge no no. Not just an opinion, it shouldn’t be worn when visiting or working with kids.

    There are real reasons to avoid all black that I’m not going to take five paragraphs to explain.

    All black can overpower smiles and gestures for some kids. Her staff failed to do their homework.

    Neutral in this situation would have been way better. Saw some comments about not over shadowing the kids. That is correct. Screaming loud overwhelming would not have been great. But better than black.

    Male pediatricians often like light blue oxford shirts. A pastel or a neutral tan or khaki would have worked.

  51. InquisitiveNewt says:

    She looks the most beautiful I’ve seen her, and that takes some doing! (Total girl crush.) And the outfit was just fine – she glows anyway, colour wasn’t necessary (and would be ALL the tabloids picked up on; if she had worn anything other than black she would have been viscerated by the likes of the Daily Heil for taking attention from the children, so…). The kids loved her and she gave them some comfort and excitement. That’s all that matters.
    TM and the wicked stepsister have been awfully quiet this week – the calm before the storm or – ?

  52. hershey says:

    @inquisitive newt

    She did look lovely. Beautiful outfit.

    Professional area of expertise…all black when visiting or working with children a no no.

    Real reason for avoiding all black…navy or brown not optimal but acceptable.

    Kids brains read all black differently than all navy or gray.

    Meghan herself should not be faulted for what she wore. But she should have staff that do the homework for her.

    Bottom line…for some kids the all black is what they see. Not the smiles or friendly gestures or her beauty. That is why we don’t wear it.

    At work I will do a black skirt or slacks but never a black top. Have seen colleagues cut a black top with a white med coat. But that’s still cutting it close.

    There is is reason the nurses in peds wear bright scrub tops with printed clowns on.

    Not that Meghan should wear clown print scrubs.

    She will learn and get it right. I do love her clothes.