Duchess Meghan wore a gorgeous Roland Mouret gown to the ‘Totem’ premiere


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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the premiere of Cirque du Soleil’s Totem last night at the Royal Albert Hall. The premiere/screening event benefitted Prince Harry’s Lesotho charity Sentebale, and this counted as Harry’s second day of work in 2019 – his first day was Monday, when he and Meghan piled on event after event in Birkenhead.

It feels like it’s been a while since we’ve seen Meghan in some kind of evening-wear. Was it the Australia/South Pacific Tour? No, it was the Royal Variety Show last November. I wasn’t in love with that two-piece Safiyaa gown she wore, but I’m a HUGE fan of the Roland Mouret gown she wore last night. I’m a big Mouret fan anyway, and this bespoke/custom gown is absolutely gorgeous. I always feel sorry for the preggo ladies who need to find evening-wear to accommodate their growing bump, because tailoring is always going to be an issue. While this Mouret is clingy/fitted at the top, you can see where the designer left some room to grow in the bottom half. I also love Meg’s styling here – simple, elegant updo, stud earrings and a bracelet which once belonged to Princess Diana (a gift from Harry).

The Daily Mail put the price tag on this gown at £3,400. That’s a lot, and she probably wouldn’t get a chance to do many repeats unless she got pregnant a second time. A good enough reason to have a second child, do it to rewear this dress!!

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  1. Milla says:

    It’s all fun and games until the price was published. It’s maternity dress, she may wear once again and that’s it.
    Love the hair and makeup.

    • mint says:

      Maybe she can have it altered to make her fit after the pregnancy? Otherwise it’s pretty expensive for a dress she can’t rewear. I think she has to do smarter choices regarding her clothing- stylewise and pricewise

      • Enny says:

        That’s what I’m thinking – I bet Mouret can alter it post-pregnancy…but Meg isn’t really known for re-wearing even basics like coats (HOW many strikingly similar nude coats does she have now?) so I kinda doubt she’ll do a re-wear of a gown… 🙁

      • Thirsty Hirsty says:

        @Enny ~ really? “Meg isn’t really known for re-wearing even basics like coats”????
        She’s worn items from BEFORE she met Harry. She’s re-worn coats now a couple of times (um, YESTERDAY comes to mind) M’dear, you are cancelled until you bring yourself up to date…

      • Belle says:

        In the first photo, it looks like the dress is two pieces. Or is that just the design?

      • Ellaus says:

        It is a beautiful dress that can be altered after the Polo Baby is born.
        I would argue that this week-month is not the one to be wearing 3k dresses, when the pound is in intensive care and we are facing this hot mess of Brexit. She should have been better advised. (And i would say the same to Kate, who has to have a secret hangar for all the expensive clothes she has worn once).

        Meghan usually repeats things -coats, bags and shoes-, so it would be unfair to say that the money is wasted. I think it can be an investment as long as she wants to have it altered.
        She looks amazing, the berry lip is soo flattering, and she is really glowing.

    • Clare says:

      She looks beautiful, but holy Jesus £3k+ maternity dress – worn literally while our govt was on the verge of a meltdown. On the day after the pound saw it’s lowest value against the dollar in a long, long time. It’s beyond ‘let them eat cake’ at this point. I mean, £3400 is twice a carers monthly post tax salary.

      Either they are utterly clueless, or just don’t give a shit about the optics.

      • Redgrl says:

        Yes, to display spending on a one-off expensive dress at the time of the vote on the Brexit deal was…tone deaf. It’s a beautiful dress, but this wasn’t a smart move. And in some photos it seems the bronzer is back!

      • MrsBump says:

        hmmm.. probably explains why she was wearing the cheap H&M dress yesterday. She knew there would be backlash because of the 3K dress and she tried to pacify the detractors by thowing in a 25 pounds dress into the mix.

        i don’t think Meghan is as media savvy as we thought ( or were led to believe), nobody expects her to wear H&M, hell, even i don’t.

        What people do want however, is less expensive outfit across the board. There are amazing options on the higher end of the British high street she can choose from in the 300 – 500 pounds range. Keep the designer gowns for state dinners/visits or random standing on balconies.

        Obviously all this also applies to Kate and her love of McQueen.

      • Becks1 says:

        But when Kate wears a repeat (like yesterday) she’s praised for being thrifty. But when Meghan wears a repeat, it’s bad for the country bc the original item was pricey.

        I know you are including Kate in your criticism so I’m just responding to the overall tone of some of these comments. I think both women would do well to reign in their spending in general and especially now.

      • Clare says:

        @Becks I agree with you – they need to both rethink the optic stuff of their spending in the current climate. And tbh I tend to be more critical of Kate an have been generally hesistant to criticise Meghan because I feel like she gets a lot of unfair and undue hate…but I mean, the multi thousand pound outfits are getting to be a bit ridiculous now – from both of them.

        Like I get the argument that Meg is perhaps building a collection of coats an handbags or whatever, but now is really not the time to turn up with a new mega expensive bag every day – people are genuinely worried and hurting, and we are in a political and potential economic crisis. From Kate it makes me angry, from Meg is makes me a little sad, because as I said in a previous comment, I somehow thought she’d know better, having actually been a normal and worked hard for most of her life.

      • Maria says:

        @ Clare, I agree. To turn up in such an expensive dress is tone-deaf to say the least.

      • jan90067 says:

        But let’s be real, it’s not like she went out yesterday, or even last week, and bought the dress. The event was planned for a long time, as was what she would be wearing. I’m sure the dress was made with what point she’d be in her pregnancy at this point in mind. It’s not like she can just go into Harvey Nicks and pick a dress off the rack the same day of an event (well…she *can*, but I wouldn’t think she (or any of the duchesses *would*!).

        I think she looks gorgeous (though throw out that bronzer, Meg!). I like that she kept the jewelry simple and very understated.

      • Flowers says:

        I have seen women who do not have gobs of money dress in a classy, elegant way. And I have seen women with major funds to spend who do not look good at all. It’s not about how much cash you splash, but in how you choose the structure and fabric of items and how you combine them and carry yourself.

        Meghan’s blog was, I think, subtitled “for those with a discerning palate,” but I am not sure that she knows good garment qualities and is only going by cost. If she does not stop this overspending she will just make herself more unpopular.

        She hit all the marks in the blue dress. Hair and makeup were great, like the darker lip for evening. The dress was simple and elegant. If it had been plain silk gabardine or other smooth fabric without the sequins it would have been perfect. Too bad about the price tag.

      • lucy2 says:

        As an American hoping to travel to the UK this summer…I’m so tempted to book stuff now while the exchange is so low! But I hope things stabilize for the UK soon.

        It’s pricey for a dress, but I always question, do the royals actually pay the list price? I kind of doubt it, but I don’t know. It is really pretty though, I hope it can be repurposed to wear again, or auctioned off or something.

      • CheckThatPrivilege says:

        Oh, my, there’s no way to put lipstick on the pig that is that dress’s price tag. I wonder if she’s gotten so caught up in the wealth that surrounds her that she’s becoming less sensitive to these things than she once might have been. It can be exhilarating to wear something beautiful AND expensive, so I get that. But It’s hard for me to understand her not looking more deeply at this, and I’m disappointed to see these expensive choices from her.

        Not letting her off the hook for her choices, I wonder if there’s a heavy expectation from other royals (and staff) that she dress expensively and not set herself apart on a regular basis for being gorgeous in a dress and accessories that total less than, say, $250.

      • BchyYogi says:

        Well I’m a hippy so I wear all free box stuff. Yeeesh people, let a royal be royal! She needs nice stuff!

      • MrsBump says:

        I think Meghan is under the wrong impression that if she does a lot of engagements , hitting the ground running and all that, then she can spend as much as she likes. The problem here, is that even if she isn’t keeping count (not coming out of her pocket after all) , plenty of people are.
        When the total was published last year ( even if the jewelry was counted, none of her bespoke couture was) , other than her fans, nobody cared about the number of engagements she had done. It was the 500,000 pounds that was splashed everywhere – including in belgium newspapers where i live. And the compare and contrast with other royal ladies was not on her favour when she’s outspending the queens of neighbouring countries.

    • Loretta says:

      This isn’t a maternity dress, if you go on their website you can see it.

    • Nikki says:

      I agree with you, Milla. She looks fabulous, but I can’t blame anyone for feeling resentful at such extravagance at this particularly tough financial time in England. Ironically, I think Meghan is SUCH a lovely woman, and Kate is pretty enough and has a tall, lean physique, they could both look great in almost anything!

    • TaniaOG says:

      Agreed. She looks gorgeous but it’s just too pricy. Perhaps she can wear it around the house? :)

    • PrincessK says:

      I promise you, we will see Meghan wearing this lovely gown again when she is not pregnant.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Kate has multiple, near-identical pastel hand-beaded chiffon over satin. At 15-20K each.

      The price on this gown, which can be altered post-pregnancy, is fine.

  2. Eliza says:

    She looks amazing!!

    The dress is great, even though she’s over dressed, as the ladies are in cocktail dresses, I don’t care because it’s a fab look.

    • Tzu says:

      Gorgeous. I think this is one of my favorite looks for her; definitely my fave since she’s been pregnant. She is glowing!

      • Josephine says:

        Yes to all of what you said!

        I have to add that she is way more than 6 months pregnant. I don’t blame celebs for playing loose with the due date – they have good reason to – but she’s not lasting another 3 months!!

      • Amelie says:

        Jessica Simpson also got huge very early on in her first pregnancy and she had a ways to go when she looked she was about to pop. She also didn’t realize she couldn’t just eat whatever she wanted so her diet had a lot to do with it. Meghan is short and the only direction for her bump to grow in is out. Kate is taller and usually didn’t prominently show until well into her third trimester.

    • Snazzy says:

      She looks amazing. I just hate the shoes!
      But otherwise .. perfect

  3. Stormy says:

    Why is she always holding her belly?? Ive never seen anyone hold their belly so much.

    • Anna says:

      I have a theory that perhaps the baby is resting on her bladder or something, so she needs to prop it up. Besides, it is her body and perhaps she is proud of her bump.

    • Gutterflower says:

      Cuz there is a baby in there? It’s almost automatic. I did it with all 3 of my babies, and so have the pregnant women around me. It’s comforting.

    • Tanguerita says:

      cuz pregnant. Just in case you didn’t know. That’s what pregnant women do – walking around with their hands around their stomachs, lest the latter should fall off.

      • Mumzy says:

        And roll away into a dusty corner, into the crowds, or the worst of all—down the grand staircase. The Queen has a firm rule about this, especially now that the optics of a runaway bump might be construed as the expression of a personal opinion about Brexit by Harry’s progeny. A member of the Royal Family should never allow this to happen in public, and Meghan is being diligent.

      • Some chick says:

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        Comment of the day!!!

    • Lala11_7 says:

      Meghan is a toucher (thank GAWD)….so it makes PRIME sense that she would be touching her pregnant belly all the time…

      • jan90067 says:

        Eh… I get a big “food baby” and I cradle it lol. It IS a comfort thing! I usually have a flat stomach, and if mine pops out, it’s uncomfortable!! If I cradle it, it takes some of the “pressure” off, and it just feels better. Perhaps it’s so for Meg. She’s used to being slim and flat, not having that weight in front. Or perhaps the baby’s a kicker/mover, and her touch soothes it. Either/Anyway… HER BODY, HER CHOICE! GEEZ ladies, you don’t like it, DON”T DO IT/ OR JUST DON”T LOOK. HER CHOICE.

    • Alexandria says:

      My theory is (and I’m not a mother)
      1) she’s been looking uncomfortable in previous shots and according to some mothers here, the baby could be kicking or pressing on her bladder a lot
      2) she is a first time mother and may not know how to cope yet especially being pregnant in her late 30s.
      3) she is being extra careful because (to be crass) it is a royal baby, and she is not a young mother
      4) she is photographed way more than us so of course she will have more shots of holding her belly

      I don’t mind it.

    • Eliza says:

      She likes the pose. She’s a Hollywood actress and it’s second nature to have a go-to pose for pictures. I mean in videos you can see her repeatedly adjusting her open coat to frame her belly perfectly. She knows that people want to see it, or perhaps she’s thrilled and wants to show off, but either way she likes this pose. And in pregnancy being confident in your body isn’t easy, so if this makes her happy then so be it.

      • Belle says:

        I agree. You can see, especially in videos, that she often pushes her coat back to better show her bump. That, and the constant cradling, is obviously posing for the cameras and the crowd, and it does draw attention to her. I don’t hate her for it or think its disgusting or want her to stop. Its just what she does.

    • Honeybadger says:

      It looks staged at this point. We get it, you’re pregnant.

    • Dee says:

      I did that with my first, too. She’s in love with it! She’s a touchy-feely person. She’s always cradling her baby. God, o love it. What the hell is the problem for you, for heavens sake?

      • Lady D says:

        Seriously, what is the problem? Some are acting like it’s a personal affront to them to see a pregnant woman touching her belly. Some are acting like it is the most disgusting ill-mannered action a person can indulge in. I also flat out don’t believe those who say they never touched or cupped their belly when pregnant. Unless you are coldblooded fish who shouldn’t have children, it’s an action wired into our DNA.

      • Belle says:

        The only problem is you lashing out at people who express an opinion that differs from your own.

      • Serpentinefire says:

        I agree Lady D what’s the point she will continue to hold her stomach until the baby is born so the people complaining is just wasted breath.

      • Bella DuPont says:

        That’s a little rich @ Belle, considering these people are criticizing her harshly for carrying herself in a way that differs from how they claim to carry themselves.

        As my grandma used to say, when you point an accusing finger outwards, there are 4 pointing back at you. 💩

        PS: I hope she continues holding, cupping and caressing her Polo Bump. Apart from driving the crazies mental (which is rather amusing to watch 😎),but it also helps me see more clearly how much Polo baby has grown in the last few days. 😀

      • Olenna says:

        @Dee,
        What’s wrong with *some* people is they are bitter, resentful, envious, troubled, never been pregnant, never been loved, never fixated on a pregnant woman like they do Meghan to know what pregnant women do…I could go on, but you get my point. It’s Meghan; they are compelled to criticize her for some perceived fault no matter what she does.

      • Tina says:

        @Olenna, I generally agree with you, but that is a hurtful thing to say. One can be loved without having been pregnant. People do fixate on Meghan and that’s wrong, but there’s nothing wrong with never having been pregnant and (dare I say it) never having been loved. One can have and give a lot of love without necessarily receiving it in return.

    • saba says:

      She’s always had a slim photo-ready body and suddenly her body has changed and there’s this massive bump there and it’s always in the way. It’s disorienting and you just don’t know how to stand or what to do with your hands, that this stomach cradling become a default way of standing – it’s comfortable and stops you overthinking what to do with your hands, particularly in photos. I did it a lot when I had my baby and looking back at photos I always did it, pretty much unconsciously.

      • Himmiefan says:

        I asked a friend once why so many women did that, and she mentioned the bladder, etc., but she also said that her stomach was constantly in the way, almost like she was unconsciously trying to move it out of the way.

    • Anastasia says:

      Honestly I think they take a million pics and the ones where she is touching her belly for a second or two are the ones they use.

      • Deedee says:

        This. You tell a story by choosing the one photo out of thousands that fits your narrative.

      • Ennie says:

        THIS.
        We are not in the time of 36 pic film cameras. These phitographers take many many pics and these are chosen to be published for whaterver reason.
        She can do as she likes. I also feel like this scrutiny is way overboard. Poor woman having to deal with all this social media while others are carrying on as always. No wonder the rich aristocrats would- be brides from England did not want to deal with being in the royal family, as it happened with Charles and some of his sons’ girlfriends.
        Good luck, Meg, you’ll need it. I like her and the haterade is sadly real.

    • Erock says:

      I don’t buy the “she likes to do it” and the “she’s so maternal” thing. It’s a Hollywood thing. Actresses want pictures to show they are pregnant and not just “fat”. You’d be hard pressed not to find a pregnant actress on the red carpet doing the exact same thing. She may no longer be an actress, but her entire life kind of is a giant red carpet now. I truly think she’s insecure about the weight gain/changes to her body and doesn’t want people looking at old photos thinking she was ever “really fat”.

      • Amelie says:

        Uh I don’t think it’s just an actress thing and it is certainly not limited to pregnant women in Hollywood. I’ve seen plenty of non actress pregnant women stand like this. This is probably one of the weirdest things I’ve read when it comes to her touching her belly.

      • Lady D says:

        What makes you think she’s not maternal, Erock?

      • Belle says:

        This is “actressy” behavior and probably has an element of self-consciousness about her changing shape. She is very aware of the cameras and it comes across even more clearly in video footage (for example, her visit to Birkenhead.) I don’t know why some are trying so hard to normalize it or silence peoples’ opinions. Nobody’s saying she’s a terrible person because of it.

      • Erock says:

        I’m not saying she isn’t maternal. I’m saying I don’t think that’s the reason she’s constantly cradling her bump for pictures.
        ALSO.. I’m not saying she is wrong for touching her own stomach, I’m not saying she is the first/last/only woman to do it. I’m just saying a lot of Hollywood actresses do it for photos to show the public “hey look, I’m not fat, I’m pregnant.”

      • Erock says:

        I also think this is why it was announced so early. She didn’t want people to mistake her bitty baby bump for a food baby. She did not want people to think she was getting fat. Especially with the vicious media keeping every eye on her.

        This is purely speculation mind you. Agree or don’t, no worries.

      • Lady D says:

        I think you’re right about her thinking of her silhouette in pictures. Her image was what kept her employed, so therefore important to her. Plus just having a big lump in front of you after being tiny all your life is so different and weird, you want to touch to reassure yourself it’s real. I was incredibly underweight when I got pregnant, it made my body look almost alien. I had to touch, ya know? My son also spent about six weeks with his foot stuck in my ribcage and it was uncomfortable as hell. I kept trying to massage him around to another position. I should have realized then just how stubborn he would be.

    • Heather says:

      I wonder if it’s not a bit unconscious on her part, like a protective measure. They say she doesn’t read the press about her, but come on, she’s gotta know the attacks on her. Especially from her own family. And I agree with another poster, she might do it for a shot or two out of three hundred but everyone will run those two shots all the time.

      That said, I’m not a Hollywood anything and my body hasn’t been photo ready for years. But when I was pregnant, I was always touching my bump. It was amazing and frightening and everything in between, even if I understood on a logical level what was going on.

    • therealMrsKC says:

      I know right? The belly cupping thing is ridiculous to say the least. She literally does it when she is talking to people and shaking hands. It’s so bizarre.

    • LahdidahBaby says:

      It can be an unconscious protective gesture–at least it often was for me. I caught myself doing that constantly when I was pregnant. I can only imagine how much more a woman might want to protect her unborn infant when she’s the central focus at a huge, public event.

      But also, sometimes for me it was just plain affection for the baby growing inside my body. It felt cozy to me when I was alone and did that–it was like a hug for the baby. It really seemed to me that the baby could feel it as love.

    • notasugarhere says:

      In the visit to the retirement home, the video showed the baby was kicking hard and Meghan moved to cover it. Similar video from the fashion awards when the baby was videoed kicking so hard we could see it. There’s an active one in there; maybe having her hand on there helps sooth the little one.

  4. Tanguerita says:

    I don’t understand this dress. The colour is all right, albeit boring, but are these seams around her stomach or is it just bunching up at all the unfortunate places?

    • Eliza says:

      It’s not originally a maternity design, the original bag a ruched seam down the bottom half of the front of the dress and some is now by her stomach.

      • Himmiefan says:

        I guess it can be altered easily. Crown Princess Victoria wore the same dress or one very similar when she was pregnant.

  5. Becks1 says:

    She looks gorgeous. I love the dress and the simple jewelry with it. I read somewhere that the Hamilton performance raised a ton of money, and so they’ll do a few more events like this to raise money for Sentebale.

    The dress is pricey, but I have less issue with wearing a pricey dress to an event like this than if she had worn a 3k dress to the dog shelter. Optics, different engagements, all that. Also, I think this is part of the purpose of the royals. Show up in glittering evening gowns, raise lots of money for a charity, charm the performers, big wig donors, etc.

  6. Nan says:

    She looks beautiful, as always. This style just reminds me of early 90′s fashion, which will NEVER look anything but dated to me, unfortunately. Sequins are just about the WORST for the environment, they’re uncomfortable af, and I find the dress horrendously claustrophobic on her. Heavy, picky, much, much too tight around the chest, as always. Who. The. F***. Is. Her. Tailor??? Always simultaneously too baggy and so tight around the bust that she looks like she’s more focused on not bursting seams than her engagements.

  7. Becks1 says:

    And, re Harry and working – someone yesterday on here mentioned that we were going back and forth about Kate and Meghan, but where were their husbands – the “actual” royals? It was a good question.

    • Tina says:

      Seriously. The 74 year old Duke of Gloucester works harder than William (not to mention all of the Queen and her children, and Sophie). And even Camilla (once described as the laziest woman in Britain) works harder than Harry.

    • Redgrl says:

      Yeah no kidding. What have Harry & NormalBill been up to? (Not much!)

      • Tzu says:

        W&H don’t get much media attention when they do events by themselves, so they could’ve been working also, we just haven’t heard about it.

      • Tina says:

        The end of year numbers don’t lie. William has supposedly been “full time” since 2016 and he continues to work less than people who are all well over the state retirement age.

      • Becks1 says:

        They don’t get as much media attention but KP usually does post their events on social media. If H and W are doing events separate from their wives, KP isn’t documenting/sharing it on social
        Media, besides William’s event last week.

      • igiveup2 says:

        @Tina Williams’s numbers are still higher than Harry’s (also a full time royal) so why didn’t you mention him?

      • Milla says:

        No one cares that much about the guys. It is a fashion thing. Besides the press is never gonna say anything bad about them, cos they are golden boys or sth like that.

      • Tina says:

        @igiveup2, I did mention him, in my initial post. William will be King, he should be working harder than Harry and they both should be working a lot more.

      • Nic919 says:

        William has three kids which cost the taxpayers money and it’s not like he and Kate have worn rags since they married. Kate has spent a few million in clothing during her marriage and there are plenty of bespoke gowns that would be tens of thousands of dollars that don’t get included in the count. So there is no way that Harry and Meghan cost the taxpayers more than William and Kate and their three kids.

        Besides William is supposed to be king and is nowhere near ready to be a monarch if he had to do it tomorrow. Charles was prepared by 37. He’s let William dither for too long.

      • Tina says:

        What nic919 said. Plus typing “William will be king” is making me into a republican, so thanks for that.

    • TheOriginalMia says:

      While Meghan was at the Mayhew, Harry was visiting another charity. He was working.

    • Peg says:

      Harry was at a Creative Workshop on mental fitness, with the Minister of Defense on Wednesday.

    • jan90067 says:

      Harry was doing a meeting at KP (or was it BP) in the morning while Meg was at the animal shelter, so they were both out working. And yes, I agree, that all of the younger set needs to double-step and pick up the pace. Their elderly relatives shouldn’t be shouldering so much of the load, especially at this point in their lives!

    • PrincessK says:

      For the umpteenth time we should be more focused on criteria for the quality of the engagement and not the quantity undertaken.

      • Tina says:

        oh yeah, because William is all about the quality engagements lasting hours on end. The only one of them who remotely cares is Charles. And probably Meghan.

  8. Mego says:

    They both look great! Her gown photographs better in some pictures – angle seems to make a difference.

  9. Flying fish says:

    She looked amazing.
    The dress seemed to bunch up above the belly and just underneath, as usual a little altering would have fixed that. But, she does have a growing belly…
    Well done duchess.

  10. aquarius64 says:

    Love the dress. I noticed on a YouTube video that when Harry and Meghan entered the royal box people stood up. Harry is not a future king so I was surprised.

  11. Alexandria says:

    She looks so beautiful, I love the hair and makeup too. Do you see Jennifer Garner too in the other pictures?

  12. Monicack says:

    I don’t like the wide neckline as she has a petite head. It fits strangely in the midsection as well. Hair and makeup are flawless. I hope they had fun mingling and enjoyed the show.

    • Eyfalia says:

      Sorry, not meant as an attack, but the petite head just knocks me out. Please is there anything right on her? She has an incredible bone structure and yes therefore she can be compared with Angelina Jolie. I would not get bored with Meghan if she was around me. Everything lights up when she comes and smiles. I see her as a whole person. Yes, her legs are long and are a bit flat around the calves, so what? Her butt is brilliant and she has a short torso. Now she is pregnant and yes, pregnant people look pregnant and this body shaming of a pregnant person drives me up the wall. And she might really be now 7 months pregnant. My sister is also tiny and skinny and in her last trimester she needed help to get out a chair. :-) I am very happy that such a lively, happy and pretty woman like Meghan is now on the scene of the BRF. They were a bit boring in the last couple of years.

      Another yes, she is aware of the cameras and optics. That was her job for many years. That is in her blood now, but this does not mean, that she is acting all the time or that she does everything for the cameras.

      She is an adult of 37 years. She knows how to behave, how to dress and how to handle other people, she does not need unasked for advice from others and definitely not from strangers.

  13. s says:

    At first glance, I loved this… beautiful lip color, the dress seems to fit, navy is lovely on her and the sequins make it different enough – a rare homerun for Meghan.

    However, once I saw more photos – the flaps around her waist/belly are weird, her makeup is again over applied and, of course, the fact that she is WAY overdressed compared to everyone else. In short, she needs better guidance.

  14. Gigi La Moore says:

    From head to toe-perfection.

  15. minx says:

    I’m just not crazy about this dress, she looks overdressed and as usual there’s a problem with the fit. It’s also too expensive for this moment in time.

    • Beth says:

      I totally agree. I’ve been to a bunch of Cirque du Soleil shows, and nobody wore sparkly gowns that cost thousands. She’s beautiful like usual, but overdressed in a bad fitting, too expensive dress

      • burdzeyeview says:

        I think her styling recently has been very 90′s – its like something Diana would’ve worn (like the red/purple ensemble Monday)…

      • jan90067 says:

        There is a BIG difference between “going to a Cirq “show” and going to a glitzy fund raiser. Add to that they are the guests of honor and royal, and she is dressed alright.

      • notasugarhere says:

        This was going to the opening fundraiser, not a regular attendance.

    • Lexa says:

      Agree. I think she’s way overdressed compared to everyone around her (even Harry!) and Neiman Marcus has the dress I think this is based on for $5,595. I’m not opposed to evening wear costing more, but I’m not sure about that price for this event. Hopefully they can alter it down the line.

  16. Snowflake says:

    I’m not usually a sequins person but that dress looks wonderful on her. And I liked that she went w blue instead of black. Her hair and makeup look nice too.

  17. Katebush says:

    So we can’t use the argument that she’s building her wardrobe with this one …
    Maybe she can get it altered but at this point I just think she likes spending loads of money on clothes

    • Becks1 says:

      So I do think the dress is expensive for a maternity gown that will likely only be worn once, but Kate also has worn expensive maternity gowns to formal events that she will never wear again. That doesn’t make it “right” across the board, but it does tell me that the issue may not be JUST Meghan.

      • Jayne says:

        Yes, but Meghan was supposedly a breath of fresh air, remember?

      • Erinn says:

        Unfortunately, though, it’s worse during this time. Brexit and instability has been a worry since before Meghan married Harry – which I think should be taken into consideration as well. I know it’s not like she went out and bought the gown (which I think is incredibly pretty) that morning, but it’s also not like the Brexit stuff JUST came up in the last couple of months.

    • Erock says:

      I see it as this:
      No big/luxury brands wanted to dress her when she was a relatively unknown C- list actress on a basic cable show. And that’s not even hate, its the truth. She knew her acting gig could dry up should Suits ever end and shes a smart woman so she was probably saving most of her earnings for her future and not frivolously on clothing. Now that she’s hit the royal jackpot and every designer wants to dress her, she’s all in. The royals don’t pay full price for the outfits she chooses, the media should disclose that. It may be in bad taste to wear something that “expensive” to regular people going through the drama the UK is going through right now though. I’m not a privy fly on the wall, but I doubt her wardrobe (other than what she brought into her closet from her past life) is funded with her own money. I am willing to bet her entire basic cable “fortune” was gifted to Doria. Meghan is now set for life no matter her marital status, so mom gets taken care of now.

    • PrincessK says:

      Meghan does not seem to be the kind of woman who would overspend on the budget allocated to her, I am very sure she is working within it. Also the royals pay the designers what they choose to charge their royal clients….if you understand what I am saying.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Yes, it is wardrobe building. The fabric is sequin, it isn’t individual hand-sewn sequin and beaded like Kate’s many gowns. Easy to recut/alter this gown after pregnancy, especially as it is separates. She can re-wear the top with the black skirt from a few months ago, the skirt with a different top, etc.

      Maxima, Mary, Letizia, Marie. All of those royal ladies have started wearing separates like these for some evening outfits. They mix-and-match them with other pieces to expand their wardrobes. Favorite of mine was Letizia in Morocco. Gorgeous beaded skirt paired with white silk business blouse. Perfect.

  18. Elena says:

    It’s tricky. If she’s buying these expensive clothes with her Suits money is it ok?

    • minx says:

      The public at large doesn’t read the fine print. They see her in an expensive outfit and it seems tone deaf.

    • OriginalLala says:

      since it’s an official engagement, it was likely not paid privately by her

    • aaa says:

      Meghan was fortunate to be part of a long-running show, but I don’t think her Suits money is as large or long as some people think it is.

      • Cara says:

        Absolutely. I have a very close friend on a show with a similar size/profile/budget to Suits, and her role has about the same visibility and air time. After taxes, agents, managers, event glam squads, etc. she lives a very comfortable life – but certainly isn’t buying and wearing 3k-75k dresses on a regular basis and stashing away thousands of dollars for future dress buying.

      • jan90067 says:

        She was earning $400-500K/year on suits. From that , you have to take out agents’/management fees, taxes, PR, clothes, then add to that living expenses, travel, etc. So while I’m sure she saved a nice amount, there’d not be nearly enough to be buying $50K Cartier bracelets, and
        $2-5K dresses and handbags for all the events she’s gone to. Besides, Charles’ office *does* pay for work related items.

        It wouldn’t surprise me if she set up her money in a trust for Doria.

      • Serpentinefire says:

        It surprises me how all of you know what’s in her bank account and what she can and can’t afford.Can someone tell me the next winning lottery numbers b/c you guys psychic.

      • jan90067 says:

        Serpentine, my BIL is an Exec. Producer on tv (and a show runner), so yes, I do know what salaries can be on a TV show.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        Suits is in syndication, so she’s probably also making a substantial amount from residuals. If she was making $400-$500k/year, that is for filming the episodes, not residuals.

      • Tina says:

        @Serpentine, there are a lot more people taking percentages out of paycheques than there are people earning the paycheques to begin with. People pay attention to where the money goes.

      • Serpentinefire says:

        Like I said you don’t know what’s in her bank account.

    • Beth says:

      She might have big bucks if she was a movie star or on a hit show on a regular TV channel, but she was just an actress on a cable channel show who many had never heard of until she dated Harry. She probably made a good salary, but not enough to pay thousands of dollars for each outfit and tiny pocketbooks that she would only wear once

      • AnotherDirtyMartini says:

        Yes, this. I live in the US. I’d heard of Suits. Had no idea who she was – never had even heard her name until Harry. So, I don’t think she was super wealthy.

      • minx says:

        I’m one of those who never heard of her until she dated Harry.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        You can be an actor who isn’t a household name and still make BANK. Her show Suits is in syndication, which means she is making a ton in residuals. Her earnings for filming the episodes would be substantial and for nearly a decade, but the residuals for syndication can be incredibly profitable. Most non-entertainment industry people focus on the money paid for filming but forget to factor in the later earnings.

    • RoyalBlue says:

      She was worth approx $7 million when she married Harry. Her wealth also came from sponsorships like Reitmans. She was a UN representative among other philanthropical ventures. I don’t expect you to know everything about her but google is your friend.

      • Fanny says:

        Oh it’s up to $7 million now? LOL. The estimate has always been $5 million, and it came from those BS “net worth” websites which wildly overestimate. @Jan90067 is much closer to reality + a little more for Meghan’s side hustles.

      • Tina says:

        Seriously. The UN does not pay people for this kind of thing, and expecting multi-millions from Reitmans is LOL. (Also I want to laugh every time i see “Maison Birks.”) It’s like Maison Goldsmiths.

      • RoyalBlue says:

        Oh I am glad to see I am not alone in knowing she was worth millions! After some were mocking her and guesstimating a few hundred thousand. Her accomplishments are nothing to be mocked. She is lovely, articulate, confident and such a loving wife. The attention she commands scares the Kate worshipers I see.

      • Tina says:

        William, Kate and Harry cost Charles (the Duchy of Cornwall) $7m last year alone. With the wedding and Meghan, it will probably be $10m this year at least. Meghan’s savings (which any sensible financial advisor would counsel her to invest wisely) and Harry’s inheritance from Diana (£10m) would not keep them for more than 2 years at present rates of expenditure.

      • RoyalBlue says:

        Harry also inherited money from the queen mother. He is taking care of his wife, why does that bother people. Are people suddenly budget experts and concerned the Duchy of C and all its finance professionals are not managing funds correctly? People need to stop spreading false narratives and treat her with respect. She is not your toy for you to dress as you command and she is not begging for your appreciation like a pet.

      • Tina says:

        What false narratives? No one in this thread has said anything that is untrue. No one has alleged mismanagement of Duchy funds. All people are trying to point out is that it is extremely unlikely that the money that is being spent on these clothes comes from either Meghan’s or Harry’s private funds, and we know that because of the amounts involved. It is expected that Charles will pay for Meghan’s clothing for official engagements with Duchy funds. That is one of the things that Duchy funds are used for.

  19. RoyalBlue says:

    She looked fabulous and glowing. Let’s not forget the shoes with painted nails. Stunning. I saw a video where the audience applauded when told of their presence.

    • saba says:

      Oh, I find that quite sad. Applauding them for the heightened A list celebrity status conferred via emerging from the correct birth canal or marrying someone who did is really off-putting, tbh. I wish people would treat royals like other people or at least treat other people the way they treat royals. The world might be a better place.

      • OriginalLala says:

        spot on Saba. I like looking at their ridiculous fashion and crazy lives, but the reality kind of depresses me…

      • RoyalBlue says:

        The applause was to recognize the Duke, whose foundation, the proceeds of Cirque, was benefitting. They were not singing God Save the King or rule Britannia.

        IN any case, Unless one is calling for a republic why eagerly read and post about articles regarding the royal family, whose status and position is supported by a majority.

      • Tina says:

        Most people who post here already live in a republic.

  20. L84Tea says:

    Either her due date is really in March (which I think it is), or there may be something to that twin theory. Her belly is looking quite large for someone supposedly due in April, but who knows, maybe it’s just the dress. And speaking of the dress…Meh.

    • saba says:

      Could be, but also she got a tiny frame and she’s pregnant – from experience that can really make you look like a snake that swallowed a basketball whole even if there’s just the one baby there.

    • Beach Dreams says:

      Eh, small frame + short torso is probably making her look further along.

  21. Melania says:

    Beautiful dress and makeup. She’s stunning

  22. EMc says:

    She reminds me of Jennifer Garner in these pics for some reason! I think she looks beautiful, despite the heavy blush/bronzer again. The fit is fine, shes pregnant for heavens sake.

  23. LNG says:

    I cannot understand how she can wear those shoes while that pregnant. Not only because her center of balance is completely different now, but also because OUCH. Those single strap shoes look great, but even when not pregnant they are so so uncomfortable.

  24. khaveman says:

    I would think it would be easy to cut that dress down to a normal non-pregnancy size. She could save it for the next one though? I’m assuming she and Harry would want another.

  25. Mstak says:

    Not a fan of the look. Makeup looks too severe in some photos.
    I preferred the am outfit to the pm.

  26. fabulousfunsteru says:

    Does she buy them? Surely the RF would get deep discounts/freebies in return for guaranteed exposure. Whatever she is wearing will be seen globally and discussed by millions. Surely slipping a Duchess a dress now and then, especially a pregnant one would be worth millions

    Been loads of times when Kate or Meg wears something highstreet it always sells out.

    • igiveup2 says:

      No. The palace itself has said that royals do not receive freebies.

      • TaraT3 says:

        Yeah, they must pay. But I don’t understand *why* that’s a rule. Can someone explain it to me? Wouldn’t it benefit everyone involved for them to receive free items? The designer would get free advertising and the public wouldn’t pick up the price tag and the royals still get the glamour. It would take a lot of pressure off.

      • PrincessK says:

        The royals pay whatever they are asked d to pay by the designers, and different prices for ordinary folk.

  27. yiza says:

    That is a crazy amount to spend on a maternity dress, and I agree, reads as completely tone-deaf. This woman is going to burn through the goodwill of the initial meghan mania and end up like Jackie Kennedy, who people used to accuse of wearing sable underwear.

  28. TeamAwesome says:

    Someone on Instagram did a side by side of this and a dress Crown Princess Victoria wore in 2011 when she was pregnant. Many similarities: color, sequins, sleeve length, etc. I know it isn’t the same dress, for obvious reasons, but how fun would it be if the royal ladies from all over shared maternity clothes with each other?

    • notasugarhere says:

      It is similar but not the same dress. There are two royal sisters, the daughters of Benedikte of Denmark, who shared maternity evening gowns for royal events. The Swedes have shared some in-family too.

  29. Originaltessa says:

    Looks like the dress my mom wore to my wedding. But that dress was less than $1000 and she got it off the rack at Nordstrom.

  30. Weaver says:

    I don’t think that dress cost anywhere near $4000. designers are probably throwing clothes at Meghan and Kate at lower rates just for the advertising. An actual accounting of their wardrobe would probable reveal steep discounts & some freebies.

    People need to decide what they want from these women. Do you want glamour or budget queens in H&M? They are constantly under scrutiny and have to maintain their appearance at fancy events all year. I’d bet they’d be criticized for looking cheap if they only wore Forever 21 and people would lament the lack of glamour

  31. Anastasia says:

    I love her with more lip color, like she’s doing here!

    While I’m here, yes, she can very well just be 6 months along. I think everyone is so used to seeing celebrity’s tiny bellies, and Kate never got super huge (or did she? we didn’t really see many photos from late late in her pregnancies) that we forget what’s normal and what’s not. I doubt very seriously she’s having twins. She’s a normal size for six months. That’s about what I looked like at that stage.

  32. Sash says:

    I need to stop visiting Daily Fail- people are saying Harry and Meghan got booed?? That has to be lies.

    • Peg says:

      There are videos on Youtube to disprove that.
      Like the story that they’re running, about a lady calling Meghan fat, which is only part of what the lady said after saying a prayer for Meghan.
      My funniest one yet from one of the dumdums, that swear she is not pregnant, she bent down with her knees closed and picked a dog and needed no help getting up.

    • aquarius64 says:

      I saw the Youtube video. No booing. Posters with wish fulfillment fantasies.

  33. Cherie says:

    I think the look is perfect, from hair and make up to dress and shoes, her glow and smile just elevate it.
    The price tags this week especially have been cringe worthy and she does appear overdressed compared to the other attendees. Same with the animal shelter visit earlier. I chalk those two quibbles up to learning the role and needing better advisors.

    • Flowers says:

      If Meghan needs advisors to tell her not to wear a short skimpy tan dress and stiletto heels to an animal shelter, or to not appear to be throwing money around on clothing, then she is not as smart as she has been reported to be. She wants attention and she wants the ultra luxury lifestyle and that is what attracted her to this life.

  34. Piper says:

    YOu do know papers immediately publish the ladies dress prices to wrangle the public on purpose and drive criticism. So when everyone buys into the gag, I’m always amused. Never once does anyone say well publish the men’s attire costs. And this isn’t UKs first financial plunge in history, did royals wear economic clothing then to soothe the masses. Doubt it.
    I don’t think royals clothes costs the anger should be directed towards but your parliament. This also didn’t just happen overnight.
    SB: I saw the funniest desperate story last night from DM that had me bent over in laughter. They wrote about Meghan’s bunions and toe nail polish. Literally. An article on her feet. Like we can’t find anything to complain about but look she’s got dark toe nail polish….. that’s an angle.
    I loved the entire look with Meghan and Harry. Seems it was a big success which I think then justifies the price of the ticket.

    • jan90067 says:

      Kate’s worn a red/burgundy toe nail polish occasionally. Was there a whole article devoted to her feet?

    • Lorelei says:

      The Sun actually had an article yesterday claiming they could see Princess Charlotte in the folds of Meghan’s left knee. I’m not kidding.

    • Mia says:

      In the 90′s someone releases Diana, Princess of Wales monthly spending. It included clothes, massages, work out sessions.

  35. Emily says:

    The dress isn’t really bespoke, it’s an existing style that was probably tailored to fit Meghan’s changing pregnancy body. You can see the dress and the cost on the Roland Mouret website.

    I really like this dress on her and I hope she gets to rewear it at some point and get it tailored for when she is not pregnant. Her makeup is really great too and so good to see her laying off the bronzer, she went through a period where she was over applying it. This is a really flattering look on her.

  36. Piper says:

    Kaiser, don’t know if you saw the article out yest that on how determined UK press is to trash Meghan Markle. I read it in MarieClare but I don’t know the originator, authors name w Kaleigh. It was really good. How they try and mostly fail at framing her “American and Actress” roots as somehow negative plus the nonstop attire and family critics. I’ll try to find and post but it’s a must read.

  37. Tiffany says:

    Due date is sometime in April, huh? Really???

  38. Kari Kounkel says:

    She looks like a slob when she’s sitting down.

  39. Peg says:

    Meghan previously visited Mayhew animal shelter, twice before her official patronge began.
    Samantha deleted her Twitter account, likely posting under a different name.
    Thomas is suppose to be going to London, for a one on one, with ??? these two will have to try a new scam.

  40. Ginger says:

    Why hasn’t she gained any weight in her face, and how is that bump suddenly so gigantic? I’ve never seen a pregnant woman at this stage looking like she does.

    • Smalltowngirl says:

      I only gained weight in my stomach with my first two pregnancies. From behind I didn’t look pregnant and there was no fat anywhere but my stomach. I was thin, fit, and had horrible morning sickness.

      • Lady D says:

        I was tall and quite slim when I got pregnant too. The only place I gained for about the first 6 months was in my butt. I was 7 months along before anyone noticed I was pregnant. That last 3 weeks was the worst part of the whole experience. Constant peeing, feeling just massive, needing help to get out of a chair, not that I wanted to move, ever. Cue the raving hunger pangs at all flipping hours or no appetite whatsoever, afraid you’re going to fall over in the shower or can’t get out of the tub, nothing fits comfortably, nothing. Good times:) Those of you who worked right up until your due date have my complete admiration. I don’t know how you did it.

    • Peg says:

      Then you have to get out of the woods.

    • notasugarhere says:

      tumblr misses you and your conspiracy theories.

  41. Paisley says:

    She looks especially pretty; I think her makeup is softened just a bit.
    I don’t know how she keeps up this pace being pregnant — good for her!

  42. Mantovana says:

    Meghan looks great minus the sandals, but she is really overdressed as this was a cocktail dress event. It’s not the first time this happens so I’m wondering why she is not being advised better or perhaps she doesn’t listen to the advice? Either way, I love her hair like this and red lipstick looks fantastic on her.

  43. Kay Dozier says:

    It doesn’t bother me in the slightest that she touches her belly a lot, if she wants to touch it go for it, but I swear that kid is going to born with a hand print on its face.

  44. geekychick says:

    My god, it looks like standard Barbie evening dress from season 1989/1990.
    I like her, but let’s be honest. This is total kitsch to me.

  45. Pandy says:

    No real opinion on the dress but her make up is gorgeous.

  46. Pearlime says:

    I am really confused that she looks so different depending on the shot. It could be the pregnany of course, but to my eye, and with yesterday’s event in particular, there have been pictures with varying deegrees of photoshop/smoothing. Its weird.
    Wasn’t there a story a while back that photo agencies stopped photoshopping Kate’s shots when they were annoyed with her?

    On an unpopular note: The dress is still to captain’s dinner for my taste.

  47. AnotherDirtyMartini says:

    Yes the cradling – she’s not used to having extra weight. In addition to it being a comforting thing to do, it may alleviate any back pain she may be suffering when standing.

  48. Nichole says:

    I have the flu and slept in, so I am joining this conversation really late! They both look so, so good in navy. It’s a shame Will wears it so much, because I think it should be the official color of Sussex.

    • Jayne says:

      i believe you when you said you are having the flu because the official colour part just made no sense

  49. HeyThere! says:

    This poor woman can’t win. LOL She looks lovely and I’m a sucker for anything navy blue. It’s my favorite color in clothing and accessories. She looks stunning. She’s royal, she’s going to wear expensive stuff.

    Side note: I also wonder what she did with her money from before marriage? Sitting in a bank? Spending it on random stuff? Gave it to charity? Gifted it toward protection for her mother? Just curious?

  50. Vanessa says:

    From my perspective, she is a beautiful, intelligent, independent HUMAN woman who is growing into several roles at once:

    - minor celebrity to major ‘royal’ in terms of media exposure and public dialog, not line of succession (HARD FOR ANYONE. VERY AGGRESSIVE TIMELINE.)
    - actress on a US cable tv show to public/politicized figure in a UK that is undergoing a very difficult time period (BAD TIMING. But she needs to tone down the $$$$$ flow.)
    - bone-skinny super fit public figure to the most-scrutinized popping pregnant woman in the world (THIS IS WHERE THE BELLY CUPPING COMES IN. She’s basically signalling that she is pregnant, not shapeless or fat, and also pregnant and likes to hold her baby srsly I think people need to let her live.)
    - under the radar minor celeb to global lightning rod (UGH HER FAMILY AND THE RACISM)

    In addition to all the complexity of the above, she has some issues to wrestle with:

    - unlimited clothing budget (in terms we normals can understand) which is scrutinized apparently only after the fact – MUST ADDRESS ASAP, CANNOT CONTINUE. BAD LOOK!
    - buying new royal wardrobe while also buying new maternity wardrobe – difficult but I lack sympathy and wish this was my problem lol :)
    - tragic attachment to tuxedo/trench style – STOP
    - tragic attachment to flappy fabric flaps on skirts and dresses – STOP
    - understandable but unsustainable love of beautiful coats – DONT STOP I LOVE IT/STOP
    - potential rouge/contour/highlight madness or blindness – MUST ADDRESS ASAP, CANNOT CONTINUE

    Basically her head and feet look great. I hate this dress which makes her look very lumpy and sequins don’t help as they add a lot of bulk. I can’t believe how much money it costs for something so cheap looking.

    Do you suppose she is borrowing/returning items from designers while pregnant?

  51. JadedBrit says:

    … And if she’d worn a cheap ensemble she’d be accused of not taking the event, Harry’s charity et al seriously. The woman can’t win.
    Re: cradling her child – whose business is that but her own? Mothering starts in utero. The sheer audacity of the public in criticising someone holding their own baby – whether to soothe, because it’s pressing on her bladder, because she’s proud, who cares? – is breathtaking. Aided and abetted by the Daily Heil, naturally.

    Nota Bene – re the “fat” comment: amongst white Britons it’s an insult, among people of colour it’s a compliment. We have an overabundance of food, and we deny ourselves and call it virtuous; many African nations suffer from poverty and to be well-fed is considered desirable: socially, sexually etc. The kids I taught in South Africa ate tree bark on occasion, they were so malnourished.

  52. therealMrsKC says:

    She loves her boat neck necklines! Boat necks and camel coats are to Meghan what buttons and polka dots are to Kate. I don’t like the fit of the dress. It falls apart in the bottom half and swallows her. The color and sequins are gorgeous but she kind of looks like she is wearing a big blue sequined rectangle.

  53. MeghanNotMarkle says:

    This just looks really weird on her. I see at least two bumps, not including her boobs, and it’s hard to tell what’s what. It doesn’t do her any favors. Nice color but a miss this time.

  54. Jen says:

    I think this is her best overall look. Everything (except the price) is perfect- the dress, makeup, hair, etc.

  55. E says:

    I had high-hopes for Meghan as she’s clearly extremely intelligent and engaged, but to date all I’ve seen is someone who’s tone deaf and clearly loves the limelight too much. The UK is in turmoil (to put it mildly) and somehow she thinks it’s ok to continue wearing bespoke outfits that cost a few months salary for a lot if people? It screams ‘let them eat cake’.

  56. goofpuff says:

    Considering Kate comes out in a bespoke evening gown nearly every time she does evening events, I’m not sure what the brohaha is over Meghan’s bespoke gowns. She’s already had this planned months in advance with the designer, it would be extremely rude to just decide not to wear his creation as planned. I don’t fault her for that as I would not fault Kate.

    Evening wear I’m not going to disparage because those things are planned way in advance in coordination with fashion houses. But regular work events, they have control over and I do have to side-eye at anyone so in the spotlight flashing any new pieces about. You can save that for later ladies or your own personal time.

    • Olenna says:

      I don’t fault Meghan, either, nor do I care what any of them spend on clothing. None of us know what Prince Charles budgets and authorizes for their working wardrobe, so speculation about which duchess (Camilla, KM, or Meghan) is more important and who should get what is pointless. All 3 are working royals; all 3 get money to buy “work” clothes. How they spend it is on them.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Kate regularly commissions near-identical beaded chiffon over satin bespoke gowns at 15-20K each.

      This isn’t full custom but an altered existing design. The price on Meghan’s evening separates is fine, especially as they can be altered and reused. Several of the European royals are going with these flexible separates for evening now, so she fits right in.

  57. Sori says:

    I think they really need to trim down the monarchy to heir, spare & maybe 3rd in line. All other family members should not be covered by tax payers. Non essential family members should just be good citizens & get their own jobs & make an honest living!

    It’s just ridiculous, some of these people barely had any engagements & for the ones they had they spent crazy amounts on their clothing. I don’t know how much the other royal family spends on clothing but if everyone of these ladies spend like MM spent last year, I truly feel for the British taxpayers! To top it they resent their privileged lives….

    • Ennie says:

      Do you also think they should give the royal jewels back to wherever they came from? Stop living in palaces and the like? Are all monarquies around doing the same?

    • notasugarhere says:

      You expect 5 year old George to be trotted out tomorrow and do a few hundred engagements a year?

      The British royals do between 3000-4000 engagements a year. As long as the people keep inviting them, it is the royals job to show up.

      I see Harry and Meghan embracing the ability to use this position for good.

      • Sori says:

        Royal family make themselves relevant with all the engagements. America has no royalty but charities/causes thrive. You don’t need expensive royalty to bring attention to good causes. Responsible good citizens take on the role. We will agree to disagree.

  58. PrincessK says:

    I just loved the way in which Harry was so loving and attentive towards Meghan throughout the engagement. He held her hand when she sat down and got up and I think that they held hands throughout the performance.

    I enjoyed watching the faces of the millionaires and billionaires who were sitting in the same box as the couple, and had paid a very hefty price for the privilege of sitting so close to the lovely couple.

  59. magnolia says:

    I can’t tell if she’s handsy because she’s fidgety, but their constant need to be in physical contact for the most menial of tasks is really strange. They are either joined physically or she’s touching her belly. It’s long past sweet and romantic for me, it’s now weird. Sometimes it feels unprofessional. I can’t imagine anyone behaving like this at work.

    • PrincessK says:

      When they were watching Cirque du Soleil there is a video which shows Meghan making herself comfortable in her chair and Harry taking the initiative and reaching out for her hand. They are a very different couple and already very early into their relationship they have had to face some very difficult problems with her family, the courtiers, and probably his family too, not to talk of the vicious and racist media attacks, and threats from extremists, and so I think that all of this has bound them more tightly together.

      I think all of this has taken its toll on Harry, he seems much more wary and distrustful or maybe it could just be that marriage and impending fatherhood has made him more serious.

    • Cafe Lady says:

      Why does it bother you? They are constantly in the spotlight,facing a barrage of critics and trolls , so they lean on each other. It’s opinions like yours that make them seek each others support constantly.

      • Rosie says:

        Because it’s unprofessional. They are being paid to do a ‘job’. I don’t personally find belly cupping offensive. It does seem extreme in her case but I have no idea how she feels physically so it’s not really fair to judge.

        The touching between the two of them is over the top. It’s just not professional when you are representing the Crown and the country. The odd bit of hand holding and back rubbing is fine, but they do it too much. They’re not children or giddy teenagers.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Do you have this same complaint about Charles and Camilla who often hold hands on the job? Or Felipe and Letizia? Maxima and Willem-Alexander? Mary and Fred? Marie and Joachim? Henri and Maria Teresa? Because all of those royals hold hands and show affection on the job too.

      Oh that’s right, you only think it is wrong when it is Harry and Meghan.

      • burdzeyeview says:

        I like their PDA’s – its much better than the stuffy royals of the past – the stiff upper lip days should be over.

      • Rosie says:

        I don’t follow the overseas Royals and I was talking about the British RF. I’ve never seen C&C hold hand that much. As I said a little bit’s fine, it just seems OTT with H&M. I prefer a bit of formality and professionalism and that applies to any of royals not just H&M . That’s my personal preference and opinion.

      • notasugarhere says:

        All those other royals have done PDA for years, but only Harry and Meghan get your ire? Obvious.

  60. arsesds73 says:

    I have to say, the tone in the change in comments under the Meghan posts is very interesting to observe from a human psychology POV. Pre-smear campaign the tone was very different compared to comments post-smear campaign. Whoever planned this media campaign against her did a good job because its clearly has worked on changing the points of views of people – the comments under the Kate posts are now all very subdued and nice (not to say there still aren’t or weren’t any criticisms before, but the tone has definitely changed) whereas its all out criticism for Meghan. It also seems like that this campaign was not only to tarnish Meghan and her character but also cause marital problems. There seems to be some background concerted effort to break their marriage that may possibly be working from what I have observed thus far. There is a greater questioning of her character and her motivations that I had not seen previously and it is very unfortunate to see really. We all have our flaws, but the cupping her belly because she wants attention and because she’s an actress so she’s all about the optics are especially ones that are sad to see for me because there may be a complete different reason for her touching her belly – discomfort, baby movement,etc. or because she just wants to out of love of her yet to be born baby. I agree with some posters regarding the “belly cupping” photos – the agencies pick these ones on purpose for publishing- these are the moneymakers, but if you look at the video and other photos its like she’s actively trying NOT to touch her baby bump (at least that is what I am perceiving). If there is anything I have learned is just how powerful the media is in changing our perception about people – even tabloids! No one here knows the truth. There may have indeed been a grain or nugget of truth in some of the reports that came out, but you also have to keep in mind that these tabloids embellish and like to add their own twist to these “stories” leading to over exaggeration of what could have been just a minor event. I also still question how they validate their sources considering they took the half sister’s comment on twitter about TM starting a clothing line seriously and was run by all the major royal tabloids despite it being a lie. I realize this is not relevant to this current post but I do think the media campaign has had a lot more effect on us than we realize it may have. Also very scary to think who the mastermind behind this was – it is indeed a very well thought out campaign that may have seemed all over the place, but they definitely knew what they were doing with this – cause doubt where none may have existed or create more doubt in those who already had some while at the same time depressing the negativity towards Kate. We kept singing Meghan praises (well most of us, not all) while Kate kept being criticized. Psychologically speaking we felt bad that we kept doing this to Kate post smear campaign and we have unknowingly (or knowingly) toned down our criticisms for her while there is a huge increase of it towards Meghan.

    • Katie says:

      I agree with arsesds73. Thank you for writing a thoughtful comment.

      Meghan looks great, btw! I’m guessing she holds her bump, partly because she’s self-conscious of the tight line of underwear around her expanding belly and the bright lights of constantly being flashed by photographers. It’s simply human nature to want to hide our perceived flaws.

      Shouldn’t we all cheer on our ‘fellow’ women? It’s NOT like she did a horrible thing like murder, rape, child abuse, or depriving millions of people a decent life with clean water, food, health care, and human dignity.

      The costs of clothing is not the real issue. We don’t know how much things are for the royal family, nor do we know who actually paid for particular items… really, do you trust DM to get their facts straight? So why do we assume we know? Both Meghan and Harry have their own money, even if they are relatives of the Head of State of the Commonwealth.

      I like Meghan. I also like Kate. Why pit these two women against each other? Why pit any woman against another? There’s long been an energy to take away women’s power from themselves. Today, it’s a made-up competition for an ever-changing public opinion, all created by a media with economic or political motivations to sell their own brand of news.

      ps – This is my first time commenting on Cele|bitchy. Great site I’ve been following for a decade and only just now decided to comment. Best.

    • notasugarhere says:

      This site has been invaded by Kate fans who drove out many of the logical, history-minded posters. I miss them but they’ve left for good.

    • Belle says:

      Such a lengthy post just to insult people who disagree with your views on Meghan’s belly-cupping and spending habits.

      • arsesds73 says:

        @Belle the fact that you thought I was insulting people means you have completely misinterpreted what I was saying. I personally find it insulting that you think I am insulting people who disagree with my views. Why can’t I say I believe comments about constant belly cupping criticisms are over the top on this site – after all here you are criticizing my comment because it disagrees with your views.