Duchess Meghan attends Remembrance Day parade in a boxy black coat

The Cenotaph on the centenary of the end of the First World War

Because Prince Philip did not attend the Remembrance Day parade at The Cenotaph in London on Sunday, the balcony arrangements shifted, which is why the Duchess of Sussex ended up on a balcony with the first lady of Germany, Elke Büdenbender. Meghan’s black coat had structured shoulders and seemed pretty boxy. I think she was probably trying to balance her bump, without completely realizing that we were only going to be able to see her from the waist up, if that. You can also tell that she’s gaining some weight in her face from the pregnancy. Someone pointed out that Meghan did more to honor veterans and the memory of the fallen than Donald Trump and now I can’t stop thinking about that.

Meanwhile, the Daily Mail is making a stupidly big deal out of the fact that Meghan and Harry are apparently scheduled to make an appearance at a special dinner at George and Amal Clooney’s home, when the Clooneys host a dinner party for Michelle Obama:

It is set to be one of the most star-studded dinners ever. When the Duke and Duchess of Sussex head to the Clooneys’ riverside mansion in Berkshire for one of their regular get-togethers next month, another VIP will be joining them – Michelle Obama. Harry and Meghan will attend a dinner hosted by George and Amal Clooney at their £10 million home on an island in the Thames after Mrs Obama, 54, gives a talk in London to fans about her new memoir, Becoming. The dinner party conversation will certainly be interesting. Actor and liberal activist George, 57, is an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump, and his wife Amal, 40, is a noted human rights lawyer. It is understood that Meghan, 37, has been keen to meet up with Mrs Obama after she and Harry were steered away from inviting her and husband Barack, the former US President, to their wedding for ‘political reasons’.

A source told The Mail on Sunday: ‘Michelle is keen to see the Clooneys when she is in the UK, as she and Barack are very close to George. She also wants to see Harry and Meghan as she was very disappointed not to have been able to attend the wedding and wants to check in on them. She was instrumental in introducing Harry and Meghan and feels a responsibility to see how they are getting on, as well as celebrate the news they are about to become parents.’

The dinner, scheduled for December 4, is the day after Mrs Obama’s appearance at London’s Southbank Centre.

[From The Daily Mail]

First of all, we have NEVER gotten any kind of confirmation that Michelle Obama had any kind of hand in introducing Meghan and Harry. It always seemed more likely that they were introduced by some random friends in Toronto or London. Just because Michelle and Meghan are both African-American women, doesn’t mean they know each other or that they would know each other well enough for Michelle to play matchmaker. Incidentally, we’ve still never learned how Meghan and Amal Clooney know each other either, so this whole thing is just weird on top of random. Still, Prince Harry and Michelle Obama know each other very well, and I’m sure he wants to see Michelle when she comes to town. That’s how the story should have been framed: Harry wants to see one of his favorite ladies, MObama.

Cenotaph Remembrance Parade

Cenotaph Remembrance Parade

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  1. Eleonor says:

    Beautiful woman, dress fine
    Totally wrong makeup. Please stop.

    • Eliza says:

      The bronzer is too orange and she puts a little too much of the “dew” on her face. And the false lashes for a day event are too much (for me). In broad daylight, it looks less glowy and more overdone.

      A beautiful face like hers doesnt need this much!! Less is more.

      • Eleonor says:

        She’s such a beauty, she doesn’t need this.

      • Aoife says:

        Her face looks more beautiful than usual at the moment, I guess due to the pregnancy, which makes the blusher/bronzer an even greater travesty. Why??

      • Hoot says:

        It seems she has not made the adjustment for the natural flush a woman gets when pregnant. Some people call it a glow, same difference. When pregnant most women can get by with minimal face makeup. Her stylist/makeup person should be on top of this.

    • Beth says:

      She’s beautiful, but definitely needs a new makeup artist asap. Her makeup looks like it’s melting off. So bad!

      • Nancy says:

        She’s looks rather regal here. A different look. It seems she has a darker, fuller eyebrow, anybody else notice? I am not in any way attacking this woman. She is a natural beauty, but I agree with Eliza above, less is more. When a story is put up, we give our opinions. That’s all!!

    • minx says:

      She’s so pretty but her makeup is horrible.

    • AG-UK says:

      I know it’s dreary here a lot and you can feel washed out / dull but that’s too much. She doesn’t need much her face is fine as it is.

    • leyla says:

      Maybe the lighting where she does her makeup is off? Someone mentioned a lot of the Royals have a bit of a blush/bronze issue. I’ve visited a couple of the stately homes (and I think you can see from pictures of them also) that they look incredible outside but the lighting system inside can be haphazard or dated. Maybe it looks good there but not so good in more modern lighting set ups or outdoors.

    • Bluthfan says:

      Makeup is fine. Daily Mail is using her makeup to say Meghan went ‘holllywood’ while Kate looked ‘regal’. They are just pissed that people kept commenting on how old Kate looks compared to Meghan.

      • Nancy says:

        That’s strange since Kate is younger. I think Meghan looks young because of her size. Once you realize she is 37, she actually looks her age, but less of the heavy bronzer would help her out. I think it was said in the day people compared Diana to Sarah. Trying to repeat history here is doing no one any favors. They are each unique individuals with their perks and flaws, no matter what the Daily Mail says…lol…who reads that??

      • Nic919 says:

        There is a five month difference between Kate and Meghan so it’s not really an age gap at all.

      • whywhywhy says:

        Your comments about Kate are always gross, bluthfan.

      • Serpentinefire says:

        Her makeup looks fine to me and yes Kate looks older, she looks older than her age to me. Will, Kate and Harry look older than Meghan.

      • Eliza says:

        Not sure what DailyMail has to do with Celebitchy readers opinion on pictures.

        I don’t think either ladys makeup was great. Meghan had to much glow/bronzer and Kates heavy eye makeup both were unflattering.

        As far as looking any age, pregnancy and motherhood plus 3 under 6 is hard to compare to anyone. Especially because Meghan probably spent the last 15-20 years trying to vigorously keep up her image and body to get cast in competitive/shallow Hollywood. Yes, Kate looks older, and that’s ok.

      • Killjoy says:

        I think Meghan’s makeup looks fine too. It’s heavy, but she looks gorgeous, and, as someone who wears *very little* makeup because I am not public, and do not care, I think it’s certainly one way for her to telegraph the effort and care she puts into her appearance.

    • Rhys says:

      I like her makeup for that dreary morning light. She is radiant which is hard to pull off given the time of the day! Her face also looks a bit more plump and very beautiful.

  2. Flying fish says:

    I agree Kaiser, the notion that Michelle made the introduction is totally reliant on Michelle and Meghan’s racial make up!!!
    As per Meghan’s overall look yesterday, I could not see anything below the waist… the messy hair is just messy. And I am not a fan of her in that type of hat. That hat shape makes her look like a little girl playing dress up. Her make up is nice except for the blush, yet again!

    • Nina Simone says:

      Right. And not to demean Meghan in any way as I am a fan. But no one knew who she was prior to Harry. She was not on anyone’s radar, let alone Michelle. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that she visited the Obama White House (I may be wrong). But my point is, they did not know each other for Michelle to even make the introduction.

    • someone says:

      I thought Michelle Obama said she wanted to introduce harry to a woc..and had reached out to her social circle?

      • BB says:

        Lol why would Meghan Markle be in Michelle Obama’s social circle prior to becoming a duchess?

      • Helen Smith says:

        Meghan was introduced by a slimy SoHo house guy named Markus Anderson. The story later was changed to a woman of a more socially acceptable stripe. You can see Markus with Meghan at the Invictus Games when Meghan and Harry were dating.

  3. Visualot says:

    Meghan’s hat game still needs a lot of work. This one sits weirdly on her head & doesn’t really seem to go with her outfit. On the other hand I love what the first lady to her left is wearing.

    • Kittycat says:

      I guess she skipped that lesson and went straight to birthing heirs.

      I’m sure she will step up the hat game.

      • Killjoy says:

        Kittycat: “went straight to birthing heirs” is a truly disgusting way to speak about a woman starting a family. Also, are you truly implying she should have put off pregnancy to allow more intense lessons for how to ear hats to your liking? I can’t, I can’t even. So amazing to be a woman in 2018, this sh*t just keeps getting better.

      • Huh says:

        Stop it kittycat her Bub is no where near being a heir

    • Liniag2 says:

      It’s a f’n hat who cares. British people are so damn weird.

      • Myo says:

        Meghan is now a member of the British royal family. This comes with many traditions one of which is wearing hats. This is the institution she chose to join so she better get used to it!

      • Killjoy says:

        I swear they want a monarchy just so they can b*tch about everything the royals do.

    • Ainsley7 says:

      Her hats are exactly why she needs a British stylist. Hats are tricky and they would have far more experience in that department.

      • Megan says:

        Hats are so uniquely correlated to the BRF, it is something she needs to get right. I agree she needs a British stylist. So does Kate. ;)

    • sage says:

      Meghan should ask Beatrice to help her with her hat game.

  4. Tanguerita says:

    Really though, what’s up with her makeup? she looks like she fell into a rouge palette, face first.

  5. Mgsota says:

    I love the coat and I think that hat looks fine…it’s the makeup that’s no good…which is unusual for her.

  6. Cate says:

    I thought that was Minnie Driver for a sec…

  7. Natalie S says:

    I think Meghan looks fine. I love how paired down the coat is while still having some visual interest.

    I don’t generally notice the button thing with Kate (but I did at this event because of the silver buttons) but I do with Meghan! The button on her coat is too large and shiny and in general, I think large plastic buttons look cheap. I also hate large fabric covered buttons which she wore later that day.

    I think her hat, makeup and her hair look fine. I don’t understand why her hair is being called messy.

  8. Melania says:

    The Sussexs and the Obamas are two of my favourite couples

  9. Annie. says:

    I love her coat, and I like the hat. I just wish she had worn bigger earrings and that her hair would’ve looked a little more polished.
    Before someone comes at me, I have never minded when has loose strands of hair on her face, but the messy bun that could be seen was a little too casual for this event

  10. wha1ever says:

    I really dislike the arm/shoulder slits on the coat but the rest is fine.

  11. Bethany Karger says:

    I wish Megan could see how her heavy application of bronzer makes her look like a clown. Very unfortunate.

  12. RBC says:

    I can only imagine what the conversation would be like with the guests attending that dinner.

  13. Betsy says:

    Yikes – that girl has been barfing hard. Poor thing, morning sickness is misery. Maybe that’s why all the makeup, when previously her makeup game was spot on: she’s covering up the little burst blood vessels.

    • Erinn says:

      She’s been pretty heavy handed with the blush and bronzer since before the wedding. So I’m going to say it has nothing to do with puking

      • BB says:

        Yeah, it’s not a new thing with her. I think we just have to accept that she just likes heavy orange bronzer.

    • Lexa says:

      Betsy, I also though she had a slight case of puke-y face or just wasn’t feeling well that morning. The light made everyone look a little off to me, though.

      • Lexa says:

        The cape shoulders of the coat are growing on me, but I almost wish the had been slightly bigger or more pronounced, just for some additional visual interest. I thought her make up looked a little strange, but also wondered if she maybe wasn’t feeling well.

    • Lady D says:

      I think she looks like she’s been doing a lot of barfing lately, too. Especially in the pictures where she’s standing next the the German First Lady.

      • Betsy says:

        It’s the swollen jaw area and that expression that says, “I am doing everything I can to keep my vomit down, oh my god, what is that smell, oh my god, I am going to barf.”

  14. Vanessa says:

    Makeup is a personal Everyone wears their makeup differently you might not like her using heavy hand bronze. Meghan like her bronze its not a big deal if she would have hire a makeup artists their would be complaints about her spending she looked put together I don’t see where her hair is messy according to some of you guys I think her hat is nice so far when it comes to the hat she doing a good job

    • Nancy says:

      I remember watching a sitcom where the lead character said she spent hours putting on her makeup so no one would notice she is wearing it! We all do wear makeup differently, but there is a wrong and right way to apply it. The vast majority on her threads have commented on how thick her bronzer is. They say her dress, hair, shoes, etc. are beautiful, just soften the blush. I honestly don’t think she wants the bozo the clown look, and if she does, she needs a nudge from someone.

      • BB says:

        If it were once or twice, I’d think she was still learning how it photographs and what looks best on her, but this is completely routine for her now.

        She likes heavy, orange bronzer that is poorly blended and she’s apparently not looking to change it. Day events, evening events, it’s always the same. She’s obviously seen pictures of herself and doesn’t see a problem with it.

  15. Digital Unicorn says:

    The outfit was fine but the hat was a fail – didn’t go with the rest of her outfit.

  16. Becks1 says:

    I think she looks lovely overall but agree with the comments re the hat. It’s a nice hat but it doesn’t seem to quite work with the dress, proportion wise, so it makes the coat seem boxier than it might otherwise look.

  17. Harla says:

    I think Meghan looks lovely this morning! I really like the cap detail on this coat, it provides a bit of visual interest without being overdone. I have to say that this might be the best hat that I’ve seen Meghan wear, I do love me a great pill box hat!

  18. Primrose says:

    I agree with Kaiser. Harry is friends with Michelle Obama and it has nothing to do with How Harry and Meghan met. I guess the Markle family antics weren’t working as planned so the British tabloids have taken a new tactic on attacking Harry & Meghan. These latest attacks do seem very coordinated especially after the Sussexes highly successful Australian tour.

    Also all these passive aggressive back hand comments about Meghan. Haters are just gonna hate. She looks fine and appropriate for the event.

  19. Alexandria says:

    I don’t see messy hair? She looks tired but I’m her age and I feel it. I’m not even pregnant.

  20. JW says:

    Is there a possibility that the DoS has not actually seen herself in photographs and maybe doesn’t realise that her bronzer photographs ‘heavier’ than she applies it? I’ve been guilty of applying bronzer indoors, only to discover in the car that I look lit up?

    • BB says:

      I don’t see how that’s possible. There’s no way she hasn’t seen photos and coverage, especially after their big tour. Her makeup has looked like this for months. I really think she just wants it to look like that.

  21. Carol says:

    I definitely don’t see messy hair either. Maybe with pregnancy she can’t use all of the products she normally would but I don’t see anything remotely messy about her look.

  22. Anatha. A says:

    It’s definitely true that Elke Büdenbender doesn’t photograph well.

    She’s a lovely lady. A judge that is on temporary hiatus to act as first lady. Everyone praises her and there isn’t anyone who could speak ill of her. But the German journalists have the one complaint that she doesn’t pose for pictures, because she is naturally very animated, and that that makes it difficult to capture how lovely she is.

  23. Originaltessa says:

    Her bronzer is insane. It looks like she’s doing stage makeup to be an elf in a Christmas pageant.

    • Lana234 says:

      @ originaltessa It’s not that bad. She does wear a lot of bronzer but maybe she likes it. I don’t think someone telling her that looks bad is going to make her stop wearing it.

  24. Hieronymous says:

    I like her hat, it just doesn’t go with her outfit.

  25. bread says:

    Some people just don’t have a face for wearing hats and I’m beginning to suspect that Meghan might be one of them.

    • Jeanie says:

      My first thought was the hat is too small but now I think your right she doesn’t have a face that can wear hats. The make up is too much also she needs to tone it down a bit. If she isn’t doing her own make up then she needs to hire a new make up artist.

    • minx says:

      I think you’re right. She is petite and has a small face, and I’ve seen few hats that flatter her.

    • Tina says:

      Camilla is only 2cm taller than Meghan, and she has good hat game. I agree with comments above that Meghan needs a British stylist. Not so much for the hats, although it would help, but just because I don’t think Jessica Mulroney is a very good stylist.

  26. Vinot says:

    George and Amal must have some kind of management/PR/branding contract with people associated with H & M; I refuse to believe that they are organically friends or even friendly. An invitation sent to MO makes sense, because she’s on a book tour and (I think) low-key finding investors in the Obama Foundation. Which, good on her. But this repeat (threepeat? a minimum of eightpeat?) of inexplicable, heavily advertised meet-ups between G, A, H, & M has me worried about some backdoor deals going on. George has too many hands in too many pots without overtly bringing anything to the table besides his name for me to believe he or his team aren’t doing something under the radar. I just don’t buy it, and I want answers!

    • Gigi La Moore says:

      I can see Meghan and Amal as friends. Both are intelligent women. Maybe the husbands are just along for the ride like with normal relationships.

      • someone says:

        At that level, and such a quick friendship, it’s more about who can help who. maybe a friendship will eventually form, but they are part of a network to help each other and good for them, I say. Taht’s exactly what I’d do.

  27. Virginia says:

    She reminds me of the the Monalisa.

  28. Gigi La Moore says:

    I think she looks beautiful, make up be darned. Looks a bit sad though, not sure if she is just taking in the moment or if all this chatter is too much for her. Hang in there, DoS.

    • Nic919 says:

      Remembrance Day ceremonies can be very emotional since it is about all the people who died in the various wars. I suspect it’s the emotion of the event more than anything beyond that.

  29. Liz says:

    This isn’t makeup ladies, it’s filler and botox.

    • Gigi La Moore says:

      Not seeing either of those things.

    • Beth says:

      I don’t suspect she’s using fillers or botox, it just looks like bad makeup application. Her face has swollen a little, but that’s regular for a pregnant woman, and her dark, heavy bronzer emphasises the shape of her plumper cheeks and face.

    • BB says:

      There are streaks of bronzer across her cheeks. It’s the makeup.

  30. Alice says:

    Also, I’m not a hat expert but I love hats and I love the Royals’ use of them. I’ve seen guides on face shape/hat suggestions enough though. Is the problem with this hat that it is too small (not in head size, but overall size of the hat)? I don’t like her beret. It seems like a cheap way to go. They have the money to get bespoke hats, why not a proper hat? It seems like I’m cutting down poor Meghan but I just like fashion and wish I could afford to put outfits together like they can. C’mon Meghan, step it up for your fans!

  31. perplexed says:

    Maybe if she got rid of the blush, she’d look fine.

    She was much prettier before she became “royal.” How weirdly ironic, since she has way more money now to play around with.

    • BB says:

      She was so stunning at their first appearance at the Invictus Games in that white button-up shirt and jeans. And when they came out to announce the engagement and show the ring. I wish she’d do her makeup like that again.

      It’s like she thinks she has to “step it up” now that she’s a Duchess, but it looks so much worse. It ages her too.

      • arsesds73 says:

        I agree, I think her or someone else needs to remind Meghan that she just needs to be herself in terms of the makeup department. It’s weird because her makeup didn’t seem to be too much of an issue during the tour. I sometimes wonder if she overdoes the makeup hide to her emotions? I know that we assume that she probably does not read tabloids or care what might be written about her, but I think we might be wrong about that. I do believe that she does know what’s happening and most likely she cried ( a lot) and to hide that she overcompensates with the makeup. I noticed she had like extra makeup during the Commonwealth youth event (with the Queen and Harry) when there was a lot going surrounding her family during that time and I do believe it was getting to her. Of course that is what I am perceiving anyway.

  32. Egla says:

    Meghan looks beautiful (she is beautiful), somber, serious. The make up thing, as I have noticed, is for the cameras. All the ladies do it and my take is that someone instructed them that way The Queen too. I think her problem, is that she is using strong enough blushes and contour on top and it creates strong shadows that aren’t very visible to the naked eye but under artificial or strong light they are more visible.
    I don’t think they can have a makeup artist for every outing and that they mostly do their own makeup for day to day events and yes mistakes can happen. They have a heavy eye makeup too so it’s a whole face problem for them with heavy colors. (I mean Kate too) All in all they look good and not lifeless in pictures,

    • perplexed says:

      Diana was stuck with 80s make-up and she always looked nice in the face most of the time (not commenting on the clothes, just the face). I really don’t get why Meghan’s make-up looks so bad — maybe the Kardashian era of make-up simply needs to end. It looks weird on most people, including the Kardashians themselves.

      • Killjoy says:

        Um, Diana had hot pink blush, all the damn time. And it was fine, just like Meghan’s heavy 2018 makeup is fine.

      • Egla says:

        @perplexed I agree with this dramatic make-up do that is all the rage now. I watch tutorials sometimes on you tube and while the idea is good they cake so much stuff on their face that for me seems a lot of work. I literally counted 15 brushes and no less than 12 creams and foundations and concealers a girl used only for the “base” of her make up (in my deffence it was late at night and I had no sleep). That’s what goes on here with these ladies I think. They overdue the make up using to much of everything when less is better.

      • perplexed says:

        “Um, Diana had hot pink blush, all the damn time. And it was fine, just like Meghan’s heavy 2018 makeup is fine.”

        I think this style of make-up alters Meghan’s face too much. This is not what she looked like when she was first dating Harry or on her wedding day. This make-up makes her look like she had….surgery. Her natural face is quite pretty. 80s make-up was weird (I wouldn’t dispute that), but I don’t think Diana’s face looked like it had been altered too much from what it actually looks like. The problem I find with Meghan’s make-up is that she looks like a completely different person (and less pretty than what she actually is), but if this is the style of make-up people actually like, that’s fine.

    • arsesds73 says:

      She needs to hire the suits makeup and hair stylist. Those people rocked! I loved how she looked in suits.

  33. SpillDatT says:

    I don’t like this jacket on Meghan. Somehow the weird should things make me feel like there’s a vent underneath her armpits for some reason, as is it draws my eyes to her armpit area and it’s distracting me LOL. Hat is so-so, I feel bad because it’s really hard to wear black coloured hats with black coloured hair, it ends up looking like a weird hairdo in photos.

    But Meghah, you are so lovely, please tone down on the bronzer and blend it out, girl!

  34. sage says:

    She looks like she has bruises on her cheeks!

  35. Patty says:

    Make-up has got to go. I see a lot of people saying it’s for the cameras, and no it’s not. When applying heavier make up for films sake, one does not notice in still photos and film – it’s only noticeable in person when done correctly. Whoever is doing her make-up is doing a horrible job and they are not applying it correctly to be captured on film. So let’s stop using that excuse please. Her make up, in particular her bronzer and blush is being applied too heavily, too much is being used, and the color is off for her skin tone. She’s venturing into synchronized swimmer territory and I hope it gets corrected.

  36. Jadered says:

    I’m guessing it would have been like last year with the Queen, Philip & Camilla on the 1st balcony. Kate would then probably stand next to the first lady on the 2nd balcony, and Meghan on the third balcony with Sophie.

  37. Nancy says:

    Yep. We all discussed her bronzer yesterday. I would think she would notice it herself in pics. She could take a sponge and dab some on Elke, who looks rather pale!!

  38. Beth says:

    I wouldn’t be able to pull off wearing hats either, so I feel bad for Meghan. Her bronzer/blush situation has been tragic for a while, so I don’t know why someone hasn’t pointed it out and helped her if she hasn’t notice it. She really is naturally beautiful, but the heavy makeup ruins her looks

  39. Ainsley7 says:

    If Philip had been there then I would expect that Kate would have been on the balcony with Meghan and the presidents wife. I actually thought it was odd that Sophie wasn’t with Meghan on the second balcony. She was always with Kate even when there was a guest. It has usually been three to a balcony. Sophie was with Anne’s husband, the Gloucesters/ Kents (I forget which). Probably just a misunderstanding about where Kate was going to be or something.

  40. PrincessK says:

    The President’s wife was never going to share a balcony with two other people. The Royal family trusts Meghan and she was given an important ambassadorial role here. Meghan’s arrival mean that Sophie as been relegated, I wonder how she feels abut that because she likes the limelight and to be seen and photographed.

  41. Gigi La Moore says:

    Meghan has friends that are considered celebrities. Should she get rid of them all and erase herself now that she is royalty and according to you should stand apart?