Duchess Meghan wears Karen Gee & Brandon Maxwell in Sydney, Australia

Duke and Duchess of Sussex visit Australia

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex had their first day of activities and appearances in Sydney, Australia. For the first part of the day, Meghan wore an Australian designer – her white, sleeveless dress was by Aussie designer Karen Gee. It was a very sleek, professional look, and Meghan’s bump is tiny. I haven’t seen an ID for the trench coat Meghan wore for some of the outdoor activities, but I’ll say this: chica LOVES the look of a trench coat. She has dresses that look like deconstructed trench coats. She probably has a dozen trench coats in her closet already. This is a good one, although I would have liked to see her just wear the Gee dress for some of the exterior stuff.

Also notable: during most of the day-activities – which included a trip to the zoo! – Meghan wore some jewelry from the late Princess Diana. Meghan’s butterfly-shaped stud earrings were worn by Diana during a tour of Canada in 1986. Meghan also wore a bracelet once belonging to Diana. I wonder if those pieces were in the Royal Collection – unlikely, given their small size – or if Charles had held on to the pieces and he was parceling out Diana’s old jewelry to his sons.

Later in the day, Meghan and Harry attended a reception hosted by the Governor-General of Australia, a reception held at Admiralty House. Meghan changed into a full-skirted dress in olive green by Brandon Maxwell. This dress costs £1,700

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Prince Harry and pregnant Meghan Markle step out in Sydney

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  1. Belluga says:

    It’s fantastic that they’re packing so much into this tour. And they look so, so happy!

  2. Flying fish says:

    She looked amazing in both outfits.

  3. ByTheSea says:

    The picture at the bottom has her in just the white shift. Her bump is slightly more pronounced there. She looks great. And healthy.

  4. Nibbi says:

    Wow. She really looks stunning in that white dress & trench. “Glow” is a thing.

  5. The Crumpled Horn says:

    She’s just so bloody gorgeous.

    Also for non-Sydneysiders: it has literally been raining torrentially for two weeks straight here in Ol’ Sydney Town and miraculously stopped yesterday just as the Duke and Duchess arrived on antipodean soil. Astonishing powers the BRF possess right? ;)

    And the woman in pink greeting them is our Premier Gladys Berejiklian. She’s a well known koala hater.

  6. Melania says:

    She’s glowing. I like the dresses, my favourite is the white one. So Jackie Kennedy

  7. Uppenyrcraut says:

    Love the green dress, the wooden buttons are just the kind of detail I like. Hope she enjoys it down here. My hubby is working at the Invictus Games next week, wonder if he will see the happy couple? He’s British so will click his heels and bow if he does! Lol

  8. sally cook says:

    Kaiser – I like the way you cover Meghan!

  9. BB says:

    She’s so pretty, but I want to take a wet wipe to her face. I feel like her Mulroney friend is a bad makeup influence lol. She slathers on the bronzer and blush too. Reminds me of when I was in high school, we all wore glittery orange bronzer. It was the mid-aughts though, so we had an excuse.

  10. Clarisse says:

    She looks awesome in white. Perfect for her.

    And now… Sorry but she’s hardly showing, there was no need to wear that bulky coat half-buttoned for Eugenie’s wedding other than to generate speculation.
    And to make that big announcement day1 of their tour… that tour will only be about bumpwatch now.

  11. AmandaPanda says:

    Sorry that white dress is basic AF. £1000? And £1700 for a khaki day dress? I just can’t. She honestly could buy that sort of thing from reiss or whistles or Hugo boss or cos for a fraction of the cost.

  12. Ainsley7 says:

    Diana left everything to Will and Harry. It would be their choice to give out her jewelry. Charles doesn’t have control over what belongs to the crown yet either. These pieces look more like fashion jewelry and would definitely have been part of Diana’s private collection.

  13. Beth says:

    Even though the dress is kind of plain, she looks awesome in white, and it’s good to see her in something other than funeral black. They look so happy, and I’m glad she’s really pregnant instead of people just assuming that because her belly isn’t perfectly flat, she must be pregnant. Happy couple, and I can’t wait to see their baby

  14. wha1ever says:

    The white dress and trench coat are nice. The green dress is matronly.

  15. Astrobiologiste says:

    IIRC, Diana inherited most of her jewellery to Harry, because William’s wife would eventually have access to the main vaults.

    • wha1ever says:

      Some of it probably went to William as well because we’ve seen Kate wearing a few of Diana’s bracelets and earnings, or maybe she just borrowed them from Harry?.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      Yes i have a recollection about reading that as well but I think William got to pick a few pieces like a watch and Big Blue (but there seems to be confusion over who originally picked it – supposedly Harry had it first but William decided he wanted it to give to Kate).

      • notasugarhere says:

        William picked first and picked the watch. Harry picked second and picked the ring. William giving the ring to Kate was a surprise to everyone, including Harry who thought it was tucked away in the vault. But par for the course for William who is a cheapskate and who wanted to use a free ring for PR.

      • jambie says:

        @notasugarhere Personally, I think his choice of ring was a F*** you to the men in suits who wanted to belittle and erase Diana’s image. He wanted to make her prominent again. Motivated as much by anger as by love, imo.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Using the ring of doom, sign of a globally-known failed marriage? Not the best of starts. I think that jewel should have been put away for a generation or two and reworked to a pendant.

      • Josie says:

        Most versions of the story have the boys choosing those pieces to take with them and not leave in storage at KP. The rumor though was that they agreed the first bride would receive the ring, not that it would be Harry’s forever.

        Royal rumors are always about which story you find most plausible, since they are so frequently anonymously sourced. Short of Harry or William telling us flat-out which version is true, we will never know.

        I’m so glad Charles Spencer’s custodianship expired, I can’t tell you. He’s just slimy.

    • notasugarhere says:

      There was also that strange period of 20 years where her belongings were under the control of her wretched brother. He used them to make money off of visits to the family home for 20 years until W&H regained control of those items a year or two ago.

  16. indiansummer says:

    Both dresses are lovely but soooo expensive!!!! £1,700 is almost 2000€, right? I mean, I don’t expect her to wear Zara or something like that, but something a little bit more affordable wouldn’t “hurt” so much…

    • I always wonder why there is never any faux concern about the price of Prince Harry’s clothes or suits…

    • mtam says:


      I honestly wonder if one of the reasons why people in her position wear high-end/designer brands is because those brands can afford to make their garments as ethically possible. Whereas if she wears some fast fashion brands like from say Zara, people could criticize her for supporting brands that use sweatshops or less than decent conditions for their garment workers.

      A quick search to the Karen Gee website will reveal the brand contructs everything locally in Australia, and is a certified ethical brand, and given the price I asume their employees get compensated fairly.

      Also, if you’re gonna go around judging other people, I would suggest you change your name first, it’s offensive.

      • indiansummer says:

        Ok, ok, I’ll change my name to “native american summer” or whatever (EYE ROLL). Regarding the dress, I’m just giving my opinion, like everybody else posting here. The olive green dress is very pretty, but £1,700 just seems too much (for any dress really but this one in particular).

      • Mae says:

        It really has something to do with the quality of materials used and the construction of the garments. To normal, every day people, it looks very simple. But believe me when I say there is a difference between a Zara pleated skirt and the pleated skirt on this dress.

      • mtam says:


        It’s not really that you didn’t choose to write “Native American” per se (though it is good to correct that) but mostly that “Indian Summer” also has to do with a negative stereotype/prejudice regarding punctuality.

        And I wasn’t judging your opinion on the expense of her wardrobe, I was also just sharing mine as well to add a different perspective.

  17. IlsaLund says:

    Megan looks lovely and glowing. Hope she has a healthy pregnancy and baby. It’s funny some of these comments are so passive aggressive towards Meghan, but never anything about Harry.

  18. Rapunzel says:

    Fashion note: I love that she’s not carrying unnecessary clutches and bags. She has great handbag taste, but I like that she’s making sure she doesn’t burden herself with something she doesn’t need.

  19. Betsy says:

    I love Brandon Maxwell’s clothes. Out of my price range and below my size range, but so pretty.

  20. Becks1 says:

    I think she looks great in both dresses. I thought at first the green dress was a bit too casual for the evening event, but it seems on par with what other guests are wearing.

  21. Anna nuttall says:

    I read some where (here perhaps?) that Meghan is going to avoid some area in Tonga and Fuji, and let Harry go in alone. I really hope so and they actually had a plan B in place. I’m sure the proper care is being taken care off and i’m worrying for nothing.

  22. JadedBrit says:

    She’s never looked so beautiful. And just imagine what the comments would have been if she’d worn a mid-range wardrobe – “disrespectful to Australians”, “Australia is obviously not worth making the effort for”, “Royal Snub”, etc etc…

  23. mtam says:

    There are a few pics of her just wearing the dress without the trench outdoors, just fyi.

  24. Cee says:

    I’m sure Diana divided her collection for her sons and their wives. The fact remains Harry chose the engagement ring and then gave it to William, so perhaps Harry ended up with a larger portion of Diana’s collection as a result. William wanted to re-signify that blasted ring and Harry was OK with that.

  25. Littlefishmom says:

    I’m so in love with these two. They are just fantastic!

  26. Case says:

    She’s stunning, and they look SO happy. Love them.

  27. Vanessa says:

    I think she looks really good in this outfit the dress was reasonable price it was 1,800 so it wasn’t too expensive and it was for a Australia brand too.

  28. Holly says:

    I’m not really sure why were pointing out the cost of her dress?

    This is a royal family with jewels up their *ss. Did we expect her to be in Zara? And if she was, the comments about the labor conditions behind Zara’s production would be so insane, they’d be begging her to be in couture.

  29. OriginalLala says:

    totally random thought but but like, my tummy looks like that on a good day when I think it’s loooking flat! I’m so happy I’m not under such scrutiny…. it would be hard to take.

  30. violet says:

    The Karen Gee dress is sheer perfection on her! Beautiful fit, perfect length, and I just love her in white.

    Then back to the drab neutrals and the fit at the sleeves and bust is awful.

    Who is keeping this pretty woman whose face should be lit up in those drab neutrals?!

  31. Lexa says:

    I also think she barely looks pregnant and could have disguised it by going with more a-line dresses and skirts, but we would have spent the whole tour doing a bump watch and that would have been a distraction from Invictus and their engagements. I also think they’re very excited and just wanted to be able to talk about the baby with everyone.

  32. ladida says:

    I am LOVING Diana’s 80s jewelry on display. Sweet Diana, I am sure she would love to be a part of the excitement around the baby news.

  33. Betsy says:

    I kind of wonder if that might be twins, although how tall is she?

  34. liriel says:

    She fuelled the speculation at the wedding. It wasn’t necessary but whatever.
    I think the white dress looks great but the second one is really ugly.

  35. Mego says:

    Loving some of the images from this tour especially Harry hugging the very elderly woman he had met before and introducing her to Meghan. I teared up because it’s just the sort of thing Diana did and it’s lovely to see.

  36. Linda says:

    I see the thirsty Mulroneys have arrived. O joy!

  37. Carmen AIC says:

    Oh, wow, i never believed in the pregnancy glow and i had two babies myself. she’s definitely glowing, probably the best looking royal ever, Diana included.

  38. Claire says:

    I really like the white dress on her. The other not at all. It’s so unflattering.