Duchess Meghan wore a camel Banana Republic trench-dress in Johannesburg

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit to Johannesburg, South Africa

Over the weekend, the Duchess of Sussex and Archie Mountbatten-Windsor flew from Cape Town to Johannesburg. There were some blurry, exclusive photos going around. This was always the plan – Meghan and Archie would stay in Cape Town throughout last week, then they would go to Johannesburg to meet Prince Harry where they would spend the last two days of the tour together.

Meghan’s first event today was a visit to the University of Johannesburg, where she attended a roundtable discussion as part of her patronage with the Association of Commonwealth Universities. She cares very deeply about education, and even more specifically, about young women having access to higher education. That’s what the roundtable discussion focused on: gender-equality in education and access to (presumably) affordable higher education. She was extremely well-received at the university – hundreds of people (mostly students) gathered outside to cheer for her and get a glimpse of her.

Okay, now that I’ve said all of the nice stuff, let’s talk about fashion. This dress is a sleeveless trench wrap dress from Banana Republic, which retails for £95. Meghan wore it in camel, and she basically looks like she’s wearing a button-covered body condom. The color is unflattering and I’m really over Meghan’s trench-wear quirk. Also: this is the second time during this tour that Meghan has worn something that “wraps” and instead of putting some pins in so the “wrap” won’t blow open, Meghan has been holding her dresses down as she walks everywhere. She’s got to fix that.

I actually have a lot of sh-t to say about Meghan’s style for this tour. First off, I *completely* understand why Meghan has aimed to be lowkey with her fashion choices. There was no need to drop thousands of dollars on couture for this (or any) tour. She wasn’t doing many big, glitzy events, so the tour wardrobe just needed to be low-key, presentable, work-casual for the most part. Meghan wanted the focus to be on the work and the people. I get all that. But it reminds me so much of Reese Witherspoon and her “ask her more” bulls–t. Meghan is a duchess, of course we care about what she’s wearing, and caring about fashion doesn’t preclude us from caring about the issues she’s working on. Meghan’s clothes on this tour have been SO BAD. It’s gotten to the point where I honestly think she’s trying to look bad, so that people will get off her ass about “Hollywood glamour” and how much money she’s spending.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit to Johannesburg, South Africa

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit to Johannesburg, South Africa

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  1. Beli says:

    I’ve been mostly meh on her clothes (I really liked the dress she wore to visit Arch with Archie though!), but I can’t say she hasn’t looked great in spite of that. She’s been glowing!

    And even better, I love what she and Harry have been saying in this tour. They’ve knocked it out of the park.

  2. RedRoyal says:

    I think she is pregnant again.

    • vanna says:

      Well eff off with your belly watch. She is about 5 months postpartum and I highly doubt she’d go against doctors advice.

    • Snappyfish says:

      @Red Royal, good call! Might explain the ill fitting bodice on the trench.

      • Le4Frimaire says:

        I don’t think she’s pregnant at all. Body is still changing. She looks a bit engorged honestly. Her cups might be full, which might explain the tight bodice. Some days it’s not noticeable and bust looks smaller. Took me 6 months to even start menstruating again after baby and in late 30s, getting pregnant again can take a bit of planning.They seem like they’re really going to be busy so any baby would be a lucky oops. I like the cut of the dress, but hate that khaki color.

    • JemimaLeopard says:

      I swear I keep thinking that too then I’m like the baby is only 4 months that’s some crazy Irish Catholic sh!t (speaking as an Irish Catholic). I do think she has repeated a lot of maternity looks and gone for v low key looks for 2 reasons – 1 because she’s aware of what the press have been saying / would say about new items, cost, optics etc. 2 she’s obviously not back to her pre-baby weight (and looks amazing for it and should never feel like she has to go back to that if she doesn’t want to). I wouldn’t be surprised if she was pregnant again though by the end of the year.

      • Spicecake38 says:

        My husband is catholic and his father was one of 12 children-my FIL older brother was older by 11 months.
        We have friends with two now grown boys I forget the exact way it happened but she got pregnant shortly after her first was born and then her second was quite premature the boys are the same age for about two months every year .So it can and does happen intentionally or not-who knows.Just hope Meghan is as happy and healthy as she looks,no matter what else.

      • Lady D says:

        My brother and I are the same age for almost 9 weeks, then he becomes a year older than me.

      • Psu doh nihm says:

        Spicecake, sounds like you’re talking about me and my fam! You aren’t from Louisiana by chance? My boys are ten months and 1 week apart.

        Yes it can and does happen. I went for one of my postpartum appts and discovered I was preg. Had my older boy been born one day later they would’ve been born in the same year too.

    • vanna says:

      She is health-conscious and not that pressed for time. I am sure they’ll have another baby in 2 years time or even sooner. But now it’s only been 5 months (!). Obvs she is not back to pre-baby shape (not saying she wants to be or should be) and repeating a few outfits seems sensible to be, especially considering the hostile press at home. I really despise the bump watch and the speculation about the state of her uterus so much.

    • AnnaKist says:

      Hmmm. The Duchess does look “fuller” in these photos, and she is positively glowing.

      • Originaltessa says:

        She never lost the baby weight, is seemingly still nursing, and it’s a hideous fitting dress… Really doubt she’s pregnant again.

    • minx says:

      I would be surprised if she was pregnant, I think she’s postpartum,

    • FC says:

      While I personally hope she’s not pregnant and just proudly showing off her mom tum/hips, I do think she’s either pregnant or trying. I still maintain that’s why they got married so quickly, because of her age and to start a family ASAP. Yes, the baby is only 4 months old but I could honestly see her starting fertility treatments around now, which make you gain weight.

    • PlainJane says:

      @RedRoyal – me too. I said it last week, and I still believe it.

      I think there will be a second Baby Sussex sometime in later spring of 2020.

    • Elisa says:

      her face & body and how happy she looks reminds me of her first pregnancy. So I agree, she is pregnant.

    • Diana says:

      I agree @redroyal. I thought so last week. Not a comment about her body- her aura, her face the way she carries herself. I could be wrong, but I called it last time before she announced with Archie…

      • Spicecake38 says:

        I didn’t think about her possibly being pregnant until reading some of the above comments,of which I responded to one about how sometimes intentional,sometimes not children are born very,very close together.
        When I was discharged from hospital after the birth of my daughter my doctor specifically told me to be very careful unless I wanted another immediately because women are at their most fertile immediately post birth through three months after.
        I am completely confident,however that Meghan is more than capable of managing her own fertility in every way!😉

    • Nova says:

      She looks like she’s trying to stop herself from cradling her belly like she did with Archie.

  3. Alexandria says:

    I think she should fix those type of wraps. I don’t want to see her bum.

    As for the boring fashion, I don’t really mind because I don’t think the female BRF are stylish. Maybe Anne once in a while. They are there to look presentable and ‘appear’ not to wear too expensive clothes (since some of them try to hide the costs with bespoke outfits and accessories anyway). I’m actually more interested to read about her work here which is a good thing? It’s not a film premiere.

    Go Duchess!

    • TeddyPicker says:

      Agree with this. I don’t think there is a natural connection between the BRF and being a fashion powerhouse. Even Diana’s fashion icon moments were usually quite casual and lowkey looks (like Hailey Bieber’s recent photoshoot) Can anyone name the designer of the black Travolta dress off the top of their heads?

      More importantly, Royals should be supporting local/sustainable brands (so snaps to Meg for that). Kate does an okay job of this, we’ll see what she pulls out for the Pakistan tour.

      • Sab says:

        The Travolta black dress seem to be a Catherine Walker I think.

      • HK9 says:

        @TeddyPicker-Diana was a fashion icon because she had many icon moments and most of them were high glam. Take the time to look at any Diana instagram account, Diana could work a suit or gown like nobody’s business. There was nothing lowkey about her.

      • Maria says:

        This couldn’t be further from the truth. Diana was an incredible style icon and my mother and her friends always watched her style religiously for inspiration. Nobody else in the BRF was going to take a gemstone choker and wear it as a headband.

      • xo says:

        i don’t think 80′s style has aged well, personally. . . .

    • Mignionette says:

      “I don’t want to see her bum.”

      I find this is often a critique leveled at WOC who are a little more endowed in that area.

      I think she looks great. It’s warm in SA and she has a body in flux at the moment so the outfit is appropriate.

      • Alexandria says:

        I’m sorry it came across that way, maybe I am still not well versed in American racial dynamics. I did not want to see Kate’s bum at work, I don’t want to see Camilla’s bum at work and I don’t want to see Meghan’s bum at work. Maybe I can handle Charles’ bum though, at the beach.

      • stepup says:

        Yes, Mignionette.

        ETA: I’m not jumping down your back, Alexandria. I would like to point out, though, that Meghan’s dress didn’t blow up in the back. The flap in the front was giving her problems. So, why would you say “bum”?

        Just an FYI — some people have this issue on their mind because recently a black competitive swimmer was disqualified because she had a larger “bum” and the team-issued swimsuit gave her a wedgie when swimming.

      • lana86 says:

        Hmm but she’s not endowed… I think she’s naturally apple shape with flat butt… I’m also like that.

      • Alexandria says:

        You are right, I should be more specific. I am very sorry. I was thinking of Kate’s gaffe at work.

        Thank you for sharing that with me so that I learned something new.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        “Maybe I can handle Charles’ bum though, at the beach.”

        If we are talking Royal Bums on the beach, I would go with Prince Carl Philip of Sweden, Crown Prince Haakon Magnus of Norway and King Felipe VI of Spain!

        What a show!

      • Lady D says:

        Prince Carl Phillip is a big game hunter. Made him ugly real fast.

    • Elisa says:

      She looked fab when presenting her capsule collection, both professional and elegant. So I don’t understand why she is not wearing more stuff from her own collection on this tour. It would be a win-win all around, affordable, nice clothes and promoting a good cause.

  4. Erinn says:

    Oh Meghan. Meghan, Meghan, Meghan. WHY.

    But really, the blame is with Banana Republic – I can’t think of a single person who’s look would be improved by wearing that trench dress. It is BAD.

    • Becks1 says:

      Shrug. I really like that trench dress.

      She should have pinned it in place though.

      • mildlynerdy says:

        I 💯 agree. I like this look. She is professional and relaxed. The pinning is a good idea though.

      • Erinn says:

        The collar is just so off proportionately and the buttons make it look even more off. It looks kind of dated to me – like something Kim K might wear if you jack the hem up.

        I think a better proportioned trench dress would have been lovely. But there’s something really strange about this cut/style.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        Trench dresses look great if you have: 1) broad shoulders with a larger than average chest, 2) a very small waist and 3) almost no hips & bum so the part of the dress below the sash tie belt hangs straight.

        Trench dresses look awesome if you have a V shape or slightly hour glass shape figure.

    • Myrtle says:

      I’m with @Erinn. Nothing flattering about that dress, at least not on Meghan, a beautiful woman. Maybe it’s the high belt? The bland color? The stiff fabric? The uncomfortable cut? (What else is there? lol)

      • Erinn says:

        If the collar, belt, and buttons had an overhaul, we’d be in business!

      • Mego says:

        The first thing that struck me was the length looked off – too above the knee perhaps?

      • Spicecake38 says:

        @myrtle it’s all of those things you mentioned that make the dress look bad.

      • (TheOG)@Jan90067 says:

        It looks “off” because Meg is very high waisted, so the belt is right under her breasts (which are larger most likely due to breast-feeding). She has a rectangular shape with thin legs.

        From the neck up, gorgeous. But being a windy day, she’d have done better with a ponytail or a bun perhaps.

      • minx says:

        It’s just meh to me, not flattering and looks really cheap.

    • LeaTheFrench says:

      Yes. The cut would be unflattering on anyone, and it does not work particularly well for Meghan – an incredibly gorgeous woman – at this specific point in time. She is a little bit thicker in the waist at the moment, which is perfectly normal after a pregnancy, and it is up to her to decide if she wants to return to her “pre-baby body” (god I hate that expression) and how fast. However a good stylist would know that an outfit that is cinched at the waist will accentuate curves by drawing the gaze to this area. For Meghan’s body type, at this particular point a loose, flowing dress would be more flattering, or slim-fit pants similar to those of her capsule collection. It angers me when talent-less stylists do not do any justice to their incredibly beautiful clients. Come on, how do you NOT find a design that is flattering on this woman??

      • Erinn says:

        And that’s just it. She’s freaking GORGEOUS. And someone just seems to be doing her dirty. I think there’s a way for her to wear some form or fashion of a wrap/trench dress that would have been killer. I just don’t think this is it. And if this dress looks this ‘off’ on someone as beautiful as Meg, I can’t imagine it looking good on most people.

      • Bookworm says:

        I’m not sure a stylist is at fault. Meghan has a mirror. She just loves her trenches and white buttoned shirts.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        “Yes. The cut would be unflattering on anyone”

        TLo posted the thumbnail photo of this dress from the Banana Republic Lookbook and the dress looks horrible even on the very tall and very skinny model. The sash belt does not hit correctly on the model either.

      • CynicalCeleste says:

        Agree with Erinn, she’s freaking gorgeous and I don’t mind her fashion choices on this trip at all. I think they suit the occasions. It’s the hair extensions that irk me. So fly-away and extra, with the long strands in gwyneth style and requires constant hair touching a la kate. The outing at the polo charity match this summer was (I think) when the extensions first appeared, her hair was significantly longer and thicker than it was at the baby photocall. When she puts her hair in the chignon it’s hella regal and professional.

      • Becks says:

        The ill fitting dress and extra long hair extensions give me a Kardashian vibe. She really can do so much better than this.

      • Antonym says:

        I agree with @baytampabay – the belt just ruins it.

        I think without the belt it might be cute and would definitely be more flattering.

    • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

      I wish she had chosen a different color. Khaki is so blah on her.

    • Evji108 says:

      In my opinion, the dress does not flatter her body in it’s fit nor does khaki complement her skin tones. It’s certainly not her best look.

  5. vanna says:

    Meh I kinda agree. The fashion aspect of the tour has been BORING to say the least. I wouldn’t say bad though – since style is in the eye of the beholder and the dresses weren’t awful, just BLAH. I kinda expected her to showcase more African designers. And why is there not one fancy event planned? I would have loved to see her in a princessy ‘african’ inspired gown. I kinda hate that she apparently let the bad press get to her and undercut herself. If they weren’t constantly listing and pricing everything she wears, we might have seen some exciting new looks or even jewelry.

    • undergalaxy says:

      A mock-African princessy gown like that would scream tone-deaf cosplay – which is Kate’s go-to, not Meghan’s.

      • vanna says:

        You are right, sorry I did not formulate that well. What I really meant is that I just wished she wore a fancy gown by an african designer. No mock-african princess inspiration necessary, just showing off local talent. I feel that would have been okay.

    • RoyalBlue says:

      @vanna I too would have liked to see her wear more African cloth clothing like sweshwe or even kente style.

      My gut reaction was this trench looked a hot mess on her and she is just trolling now and doing this on purpose. She looked lovely in the striped repeat from Tonga and may need to revisit similar styles. I think even empire waistline dress styles will suit her better. Oh well. She really got the narrative off her clothes this tour. Mission accomplished.

  6. JanetDR says:

    Sleeveless makes it worse for sure. If be happy if she wore that black jumpsuit for everything 😃 because I would!

  7. Hoya_chick says:

    Whoa, that was way harsh Tai, yikes. You always criticize the other duchess saying you only talk about her clothes because there’s no substance and she’s work shy or whatever. Here you have someone putting in the work but you still have a problem.

    Lol a duchess just can’t win.

    I for one didn’t hate her clothes I thought it was fine, and I work in a field where almost every thing she wore would be considered appropriate. She wasn’t doing any of the gala and high profile visits from the last tour (remember the grief she got for the price tag for that whole tour?) so her more low key pieces make sense, coupled with her changing postpartum figure and the stated goal of a more approachable vibe for the over all tour—her sartorial choices make sense. Let’s not lose perspective.

    • Becks1 says:

      People on this site have spent the past year citing Meghan’s high cost of clothes as a big mistake and an example of “legitimate criticism” and now that she didn’t spend as much money on this tour people are criticizing that. Factor in that she’s 5 months post party, and her outfit choices make sense.

      • Erinn says:

        I KNOW you meant 5 months post partum, but the autocorrect of “5 months post party” made me giggle

      • Coz' says:

        Post party made my afternoon too :-)

      • Becks1 says:

        I saw that after I posted and laughed too. Well I guess some people may consider childbirth a party lol

      • BayTampaBay says:

        I must say that I do not think being 5 months post party is really the problem. Meghan wore a white trench coat on the day her engagement was announced and that whit trench coat made her look thicker through her middle than she really is just like this Banana Republic Safari dress does.

      • Becks1 says:

        That wasn’t a trench coat, just a white wrap coat.

    • S808 says:

      +1. Couldn’t have said it better myself. Her choices definitely match the down-to-earth vibe her and Harry were going for.

    • Kateeeee says:

      HAHAHA Hoya Chick, my Clueless kindred! That’s exactly what I thought!

    • Himmiefan says:

      When we critique every single itty bitty detail of her outfits, aren’t we just heaping on more of the criticism that Meghan gets from the media?

      • Valiantly Varnished says:

        Yes.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        @Himmiefan, Many, such as I, are commenting on Kaiser’s post. I come here to comment on Kaiser’s & CB’s posts and to learn. This post is a fashion post.

      • Lorelei says:

        @Himmiefan, I don’t think so. I’m a huge Meghan fan but I agree with Kaiser here. I haven’t liked anything Meghan’s worn on this tour, either. And I dislike this dress in particular. But this is a fashion post. If you didn’t want to read critiques of her outfit, you could have skipped it. Discussion does not = nitpicking. I often love Meghan’s clothes and will say that here too.

        As Kaiser said, caring about the fashion and wanting to talk about it doesn’t preclude us caring about the work she’s doing, which has been wonderful. But it’s okay for me to be disappointed in her wardrobe. It’s my opinion, and you have yours.

      • Valiantly Varnished says:

        @Lorelai. From my perspective considering everything that is thrown at this woman. How every move she makes is criticized. How the credit for her work is given to a white woman too lazy to take more than three meetings a week. How she has been vilified… this looks and feels like a pile on.

      • Lorelei says:

        @Valiantly Varnished I agree with you that the treatment of Meghan has been horrendous. And the ridiculous Kate narrative is even worse. Meghan runs circles around Kate and it was disgusting that Kate was given even a shred of credit for Meghan’s initiative. I just don’t think that means that even those of us who adore Meghan can never express any thought that isn’t 100% praise, especially about something as trivial as a dress.

    • lucy2 says:

      I agree – I’m far more interested in the work she’s doing than what she’s wearing, and her attire seems appropriate for the event.

      • Lorelei says:

        I also want to add that even when I’m not crazy about something she’s wearing, I always think she looks beautiful. Especially today. She was glowing, and her hair looked fabulous.

    • ennie says:

      She was meeting with the king in Morocco. It would’ve been in poor taste to just walk around in HMor other similar. It would’ve be offensive not to wear nice things for that tour, at least to meet the royals.

  8. Millennial says:

    Just about everything this tour has been “affordable” – I think she definitely heard the criticism about her spending and reigned it in. I’m glad she’s willing to listen to reasonable criticism.

    I like the trench dress. Not my style but it’s cute on her

    • Mignionette says:

      I hope she continues to wear so called ‘boring and affordable fashion’ so that the RRs can stop riding her cl*t.

      I am howling that people are now complaining about her affordable clothes. Soon RR’s will find an angle on that to undercut her i.e. Charles allows the white Duchess nice expensive ‘bespoke’ outfits but not the biracial american divorcee….

      • Bytemoi says:

        Wow, you jump all over folks with the WOC in a flash, but you’re willing to use
        THAT disgusting word??!!

      • stepup says:

        Give me a break, Bytemoi. “Jump all over folks with the WOC”? Really? She gives her opinion and explains things from a different perspective. If you’re bothered by WOC doing that, the problem lies with you.

        Plus, cl*t isn’t horrible. Not sure why we’re even using the asterick, TBH.

      • eto says:

        Lmao I bet Bytemoi is more offended by the word clit than the n-word.

      • Lorelei says:

        @Mignionette ITA and I don’t think there was anything wrong with your comment, for the record.

      • Valiantly Varnished says:

        This all the way.

      • Valiantly Varnished says:

        @Bytemoi your comment is racist AF. And “clit” is not a bad or disgusting word. It’s literally short for “clitoris” which is a part pf your body. 🙄

      • A says:

        They will find something else to criticize, but that’s not the point. The point is that the press can’t criticize her for her fashion without looking like hypocrites, and they can’t criticize that Meghan doesn’t listen to them or the voice of the ordinary people because she’s showing that she clearly does, for certain things.

        I really do enjoy how Meghan responds to the press. Truly. Between this and the time she managed to get the press off the Thomas Markle beat, she’s starting to show that she’s very adept at handling negative press.

      • Bytemoi says:

        Okay, CBes, say THAT word to your moms and watch how they react. Rude, crude, and socially unacceptable. But, you do you.

      • Bytemoi says:

        ‘Just tried to get Alexa to define THAT word. Even it says, “I’d rather not.” Now, rationalize away the fact that THAT word is crude. And, no the n word is wrong too. Y’all fall back on the same lame accusation when someone disagrees or calls you out.

    • RedRoyal says:

      You think she listen to criticism? lol I meant she wore $14K dress last weekend.

      • Becks1 says:

        I think the lower price tag on this tour is more because of the specific nature of the tour and events planned and less in response to the criticism.

      • Millenial says:

        The 14k dress was a private event. But for her public events, yes I absolutely think she read the room and realized a bunch of expensive outfits would look bad on this tour.

      • Leigh says:

        She wore the $13k dress to a private event. She has her own money and can spend it however she pleases. That’s different than what she chooses to wear to work events.

      • RedRoyal says:

        Leigh- I am sure she will wear expensive clothes again when she back in London.

      • HK9 says:

        What I really want to know is why everyone believes those numbers. They quote a retail price, it doesn’t mean she paid that price, and no one has confirmation of any such thing. Since we all know how this works in fashion I think it’s naive to believe these numbers.

      • Lorelei says:

        I swear I think I read somewhere that the published cost of the dress she wore to Misha’s wedding was wrong; it actually didn’t cost as much as was reported. I will try to remember where I saw it and post a link.
        Either way, as others pointed out, it was a private event and she paid for it herself so the cost is irrelevant.

        Everyone here is getting so easily offended today. It seems like no one can say ANYTHING without another commenter jumping down their throat. I wish everyone could chill out a bit.

      • Becks1 says:

        @lorelei – I agree. I have liked most of Meghan’s outfits on this tour, but I don’t take it personally if someone else disagrees. I do think more people should take into account the challenges of dressing a changing body, but if someone doesn’t like olive, that’s fine. But it IS going both ways – implications that those who like her wardrobe are unfashionable etc, and those who don’t like her wardrobe must hate her.

        It’s like everyone just needs to take a deep breath.

  9. OriginalLala says:

    I had expected her to champion local designers a bit more . There are so many independent designers who will make you bespoke clothes that don’t cost $$$ (so the stupid RRs couldn’t bemoan the cost), it could have been a route to consider.

    • Mignionette says:

      Time and research and probably the need to protect them from negative RR exposure. I can just imagine the daily fail hounding those designers and digging up every unfortunate thing about their past.
      Probably just easier to go with affordable western fashion.
      This poor woman is never going to win, The criticism and expectations of her are endless….

      • MrsBump says:

        I disagree, many would have loved to see more unknown African designers championed. The boost they would receive, even in their countries, would far surpass any negative RR nonsense. Other than in the US or the UK, few people pay all that much attention to the RR.

        Don’t get me wrong, i’m not complaining that she chose to wear lower priced items, that should be applauded, but yes it surprised me too. I was also expecting to see more smart set outfits.

      • blue36 says:

        I don’t know about the negative exposure aspect of it, but I agree that it would have taken time and research to find SA designers for her to wear, and if she did wear say a SA designer that would have been the headline that the tabs would have gone for along with a backstory of the SA designer. I remember this being the case with outland denim. The low priced items from well known fashion brands seems to be on purpose and keeps with the low key theme of the tour (in terms of tabloid press anyway). Meghan did not make many headlines this tour at all.

    • Harla says:

      I too was hoping that local designers would have been worn instead of mass market items.

    • MsIam says:

      It’s possible we may see pieces from local designers when she gets home. I’m sure she found time to do some shopping and we know she already made one purchase from a local.

  10. Becks1 says:

    I’ve liked a lot of her outfits on this tour. Not every single one, but a lot of them. Her outfit yesterday was great.

  11. dlc says:

    I think she looks beautiful, but yes, her clothing choices have been fairly boring with lots of repeats, which I think is very smart of her! Let the focus be on what she is saying, not what she is wearing. Yes, I know we can pay attention to both, but many in the British media apparently cannot.

  12. Yoyo says:

    Was watching a South African TV Show yesterday, and the guest were quite outspoken about England sending their best ambassadors to appeal to young South Africans, so that the country would stay in the Commonwealth.
    They want England to return the wealth they stole from the Country and apologize for the crimes they committed, not sure what happened in 1914, but a grandchild was on talking about what happened to her family. They said Belgium apologized to DRC and England should do the same to SA.
    Notice that they’re no official greetings from Government Officials, until they’re leaving.
    If Meghan or Harry make one mistake in SA, it will turn in to a powder keg, i’ve to wonder whose idea to send them to SA.
    So all that talk about sending Meghan and Harry to Africa is all smoke, because no country in Africa want the English/Royal Family in any position of power in their Countries.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      Did England “steal” from South Africa or did a group of Englishmen (Rand Lords) “steal” from South Africa?

      • @Bay: you did not just say that. That’s like saying just a group of me “stole” from the native Americans (not to make light of the situation). That comment is downright insulting and insensitive. Yoh.

      • duchess of hazard says:

        @BayTampaBay SA was colonised by Britain from 1806 – 1961.

        Also, the sort of colonisation that the Europeans visited on Africa (and I’m including the Belgians, Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish et al) was a lot more viscous than say, their colonisation of the West Indies. With the West Indies it could be argued (shakily) that Europeans tried to build some sort of infrastructure on the islands because they had citizens from the motherland living there, whereas with Europe it was straight exploitation.
        How Europe Underdeveloped Africa by Walter Rodney is a seminal bit of work in that regard.

        Great Britain only apologised for their hand in slavery circa 2005 – about 150 years after they abolished it in the Caribbean. The reason why the British government refuses to apologise is that apologies open the door to monetary amends, and the government in office (if not in power) will NEVER do that.

      • OriginalLala says:

        The Ranlords stole from SA because of a system that enabled them to do so, and lets not forget many of them received baronetcies in recognition of their “contributions”!

      • BayTampaBay says:

        @Skeptical_Sperm, I was just asking a question to get an answer and learn. I know it sounds awful but I very ignorant when it comes to the history of South Africa. I did not mean any offense. Please accept my apology for offending you.

      • Yoyo says:

        The English men sent the loot to England.

    • To add to my above comment: People can be insensitive of other countries’ histories. England stole from SA, doesn’t matter that it started as just a group of “Rand Lords”, the fact is English companies own our mines, dams and other important things. Yes, they stole that from us. And to put steal in quotation marks, yikes.

    • Lorelei says:

      This reminds me of a tweet I saw about the Cullinan diamond yesterday — loved it:

      https://twitter.com/MatthewACherry/status/1178500655255736321

      • @Bay: You asked the question in the most insensitive way you could. Read up on SA history, check out the book Duchess of Hazard recommended. Learn.

        And Yoyo is right about how the tour is viewed by SAns. It doesn’t matter that the duchess is a person, she’s here on a PR drive for that family– the family that stole from and subjugated us. Too bad we can’t expect governments to do the right thing, even our own gov is dismally failing us.

  13. Toot says:

    I don’t have an issue with the clothes. She’s looks good to me.

    After all the hoopla/crap she’s received about the price of her clothes for 2 years, I understand taking that narrative away from the British press who were ready to pounce.

    Harry and Meghan wanted the focus on the causes they were there to promote, and that’s what is happening.

    • Lady D says:

      That’s what I think too. They have already shown they don’t care what the press says about them. Her clothing choices reflect what they are doing in Africa, which is connecting with the people. Nothing to do with vicious RRR’s.

  14. manda says:

    Her clothing has been just regular looking business casual stuff that looks like it came from a mall. No, it hasn’t been particularly sophisticated or stylish. One can be thrifty and still look stylish. She usually looks fine and I don’t think she looked BAD at all, so whatever.

    I will say–light colored suede shoes look dirty after wearing them like one time. That is my problem with this outfit

  15. S808 says:

    Meh. Sorry this wasn’t the fashion show some seemed to be hoping for but to me A.) this tour seems much more serious than their first. A lot of big issues that needed to take center over her outfits and I’m sure she realized that. B.) everyone acted a fool about her spending so things have toned down in that aspect C.) it’s been stated time and time again that she seems to still be adjusting to her post baby weight. I’m sure everything fits awkward and those are the pieces she felt comfortable in.

    Anyways, I loved that she’s been supporting SA business! Her outfits have all been affordable which is a plus. Her artiza look yesterday was great.

  16. HK9 says:

    Not a fan of this dress because it makes her look wide when we know she’s not so I just think this is an unflattering dress.

  17. DaisySharp says:

    I find this so funny because I am not one of the site’s big Meghan people. She’s fine. But I love her style. I love this dress. And I love camel! Yes, I do! So, there.

  18. RedRoyal says:

    Crown Princess Mary and Queen Letizia has not gone for the sparkly look during their visits to third world countries too. Meghan, Mary, and Letizia get it.

  19. grumpyterrier says:

    This dress is the worst yet. Too much contrast with her slim legs and ankles. Go back to the pantsuit and wear it in a different color! That was amazing.

  20. LeaTheFrench says:

    On a totally superficial note: I LOVE the outfit of the woman guiding her on the campus in the video. The flowing, bright pants, the modern heels, the blouse… Perfection :-) Meghan: please hire this lady as your stylist!

  21. MrsBump says:

    Meghan deserves a lot of praise for keeping the cost down and taking into account where/who she was meeting.

    The outfits have not been particularly stylish or even suited to her shape, other than the maxi strippey one she re-wore. She looked beautiful, stylish, fresh and at ease. Total win.

    However, the clothes’ price point are not to blame as a lot of her expensive bespoke outfits have also not been particularly stylish and the fit has been consistently off. I think she really just needs a better stylist, someone who knows how to work with her H-shape rather than stubbornly trying to turn her into an hourglass by cinching the waist, which makes her look broader than she is.

  22. Harla says:

    Lol! I’m actually wearing a Meghan inspired outfit today, black jeans, white button up shirt with my jean jacket just like Meg wore a few days ago 😃

    • Spicecake38 says:

      lol it’s going to be record hot where I live today and I’m going to be wearing a black sleeveless jumpsuit!

      • Lady D says:

        It’s currently 1C and we are expected to see a high of 14C. Welcome to Canada.

      • Spicecake38 says:

        Lady D I don’t know where you are in Canada,but I’m in north Ohio so we could be as close as several hours away.Just saying because you’re comment is so right on for our weather here.Today we are setting a record of about 90f,and it’s been HOT for days!Thursday we will be at 55f,which if I’m calculating right is pretty close to 14c…We say in Ohio if you don’t like our weather stay 5 minutes it’ll change!

    • Imani says:

      Ah, the pumpkin spice latte of outfits.

  23. Seraphina says:

    I’m not digging this dress. The color just blends into her skin. And I love seeing her slowly getting the pounds off. Good for her. Positive and confident self image. She just had Archie. We all don’t bounce back like Kate. And some of us never do.

  24. smee says:

    I feel like she had a better idea of how to dress before becoming a Royal and having to dress more conservatively. She’s confusing tailored clothing with these trench coat styles. They overwhelm her petite frame. Not flattering. Too big, too long. Terrible color choice. She needs to accept help until she “gets” what works for her now.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      Does Meghan even have a stylists? For some reason I was thinking she does not have a stylists only personal shoppers. A stylist and personal shopper are not the same thing BTW.

      • duchess of hazard says:

        @BayTampaBay – I think her Canadian friend was her stylist from a distance?

      • Lorelei says:

        I think Jessica acts as her “unofficial” stylist.

        I wish she would have poached the wardrobe people who worked with her on Suits. She always looked amazing on the show.

      • Becks1 says:

        I don’t know how much Jessica advises her beyond what a typical friend would do. Jessica dresses very differently from Meghan and I don’t see that much overlap in brands. I think the idea that JM is her stylist took hold bc JM is a stylist and she is BFFs with Meghan.

      • Lorelei says:

        @Becks1 I think you’re right — Lainey (I think?) always referred to Jessica as her stylist so I kind of had that stuck in my head, but you’re right; I think they’re just friends & probably discuss fashion but it’s not a formal position.

  25. Vava says:

    I agree the fashion on this tour isn’t that great but she is more connected with the people than other royal wives and so she gets a pass from me. She’s intelligent, well versed, and warm. I think she’s trying to change the narrative away from fashion and it’s about time someone in that family does that. Two thumbs up!

    • Sofia says:

      @Vava I completely agree! Plus I actually like the dress lol. It’s casual and simple. It’s something I could wear (although me and Meghan haven’t got the same height/figure so it could look bad on me)

  26. Kateeeee says:

    Way harsh, Tai. She has looked decent enough–low glamour/lowkey but professional. This strikes me as trying to reconcile her usual style with her new figure. Not the best look but well within her comfort zone (in fact, hasn’t she worn a dress very similar to this before?) and her classic monochromatic.

  27. damejudi says:

    Just here to say I love any comment that start with, “Way harsh, Tai.”

    Why I start my day with CB-comments are smart and funny!

  28. Lina says:

    The clothes aren’t bad, you just have weird taste.

    This is stuff people wear to businessey offices every day: your job as a gossip writer in the internet has severely limited your worldview.

  29. Wosham says:

    Did Kate write and give that speech for Meghan…it was perfect so I’m sure it was influenced somehow by Kate…NOT

  30. Emma says:

    I actually love this outfit and think she looks great

  31. TheOriginalMia says:

    She looks fine. I don’t see the dress flying open on other sites, so it must have been a small moment. The second dress she changed into is similar to others she’s worn on this tour. She’s working, not glamming. This tour is much more serious than the Oceania tour. I’ve also noticed the clothing choices allow for easy access to breastfeed.

  32. Lisa says:

    I’m wondering if a lot of her choices were dictated by her need to be able to nurse/pump on the fly. I wore a lot of wraps when I was pumping for “easy access.”

  33. maybeso says:

    Why is she in SA of all places lecturing people about equality. Does she not know the family who stole and destroy the country and the continent at large. Did she forgot she work for the organisation that created the system of inequality. You are not even seeing as an equal in your own family. It like sending Mcdonald to talk about healthy eating. The nerve of that family to send their token black girl to lecture about equality to People in SA. Find a new way to justify your tax payer funded lifestyle. Maybe talk to your own family who’s system keep out minorities and women from certain institution. They should have brought back some of the stolen Art . That would have been a good way to start on equality.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      maybeso, You make an excellent point.

    • RedRoyal says:

      Meghan cannot make everybody happy. She is not a Nutella jar.

    • MsIam says:

      Equal treatment and opportunities for women is important everywhere. And she wasn’t lecturing , she was highlighting programs that are already doing that work and pointing out how continuing support is needed. I don’t know of any country anywhere that couldn’t stand to hear more of that. And since you are offended by the “token black girl” (which is offensive in itself, since she is an educated woman and not a girl) perhaps you feel Kate would have been a better choice?

      • maybeso says:

        None of them would of be a better choice. That family and their oppressive system created the problem in the first plan now they sending her to SA cause she is the only WOC in the family to lecture about equality to organization that was created to solve issueS BRF and their government policies made They are using her for PR to make it like this is new system and that they are modern. i”m just saying me as black person who move different in society and has to live with the affect of colonization each day is not buy what they are selling. Nothing against Meghan she seem like i nice person but the organization she work for now, she need to find something new to work on cause systemic inequality is not a good one.

      • MsIam says:

        @maybeso was there a protest march against this visit? Like the one that took place about violence against women a few weeks ago? From what I read most people are excited about the visit or indifferent and going about their regular lives. I haven’t read about anybody in SA being mad about the visit. And as an AA woman I could be mad about sh!t from the past all day long if I wanted to. And not 300 years ago stuff but things that have happened to me and my own family. But is it going to change what happened? Nobody has a time machine to go back and fix stuff, you just move forward.

      • MrsBump says:

        @msiam
        Are you seriously telling maybeso to forget about it and move on??
        Do you hold the same discourse when a white person tells a POC to move on whenever the effects of slavery is discussed?
        Colonisation didn’t end 300 years ago, and its effects are still very much present in today’s Africa. In my country, the whites are still the elites even if the ruling class has shifted. My mother who was born under colonial rule, to this day, doesn’t dare look at a white person in the eye.
        If you haven’t lived it, please don’t try to usurp the discussion in a order to silence the words of someone else. Your experience as an AA woman doesn’t give you a universal insight into the ripple effects colonialism has on our lives. Please take a seat, you sound incredibly patronizing.

    • Yoyo says:

      Well someone piss in your Wheaties
      Talking about Token, hiding behind a screen, is allowing you to show your fierce side.

    • Jaded says:

      Did Meghan actually destroy and steal from your country? You’re acting like she did. She is highlighting the horrible treatment of women not just in SA but all over the world. That is her focus and her passion – drawing much needed attention to the appalling statistics of rape and violence against YOUR women and what we ALL can do to educate and stop this epidemic. She is everything BUT a “token” black girl. Maybe if you weren’t so angry you could learn to work with and appreciate someone who can help change this terrible misogyny. The world is coming to a point where it has to start working together instead of simply replaying old animosities or we’re all going to be goners.

      • maybeso says:

        i don’t need the organization who cause those problem to act like they care. and tell people how to fix. they are the cause of those problem and the first place. and are still to this day. it’s not about her it’s about the organization she work for now

      • BayTampaBay says:

        @maybeso, Who do you nominate to fix the problems?

      • Americano says:

        You guys just don’t get it. I was born in Korea where we were colonized by Japan. It does not matter how good the intentions are. People would never want any member of the Japanese RF dropping by for any reason unless it’s to grovel in apology. Unless you know personally about the pain, suffering, and loss of colonization, please just STOP.

        Also, imo I read it as @maybeso saying that the BRF views Meghan as the “token black girl” and that’s why they sent her.

      • MsIam says:

        @Americano, Meghan referred to herself as a member of the BRF and a woman of color and a sister to the women she was speaking to. Could Camilla or Kate say the same thing?

        And no, make no mistake, maybeso was insulting Meghan, period. Listen, it’s my understanding that countries can vote themselves out of the Commonwealth if they want. Then let the people of SA vote to get out of the Commonwealth.

      • Jaded says:

        @maybeso and Americano – it takes a village to raise a child and it takes global cooperation to raise awareness of and fix a world-wide problem.

      • Americano says:

        Like I said, you guys just don’t get it. You speak callously on these matters because you have no personal pain or family who has suffered loss and only care about defending MM. It’s sad really.

      • DS9 says:

        Americano, and if a Korean American woman visited after marrying into the Japanese royal family as part of a pan asian tour…

        Also, not all SAns feel that way. Look at the crowds.

      • Americano says:

        @ DS9 I guess you don’t know much about East Asian politics. Koreans in Korea would have no love for a Korean who marries a Japanese royal family member.
        That is putting it mildly. Things have always been tense between the two countries and are especially bad now.

        As for SA, I do realize that not everyone feels the same way. However, I think it’s important to listen when someone speaks up with valid concerns.

      • Your cousin Vinny says:

        Some of the comments here are minimising or invalidating what is clearly painful history to @maybeso. Perhaps it is or it isn’t a sentiment shared by the entire populace but does that matter?

        Also, to say they could just vote to leave the commonwealth if people don’t like it is a simplistic solution that overlooks the major political and economical ramifications that could ensue.

      • Jaded says:

        @Americano – We do not “speak callously on these matters because we have no personal pain or family who has suffered loss”. Let me tell you what my mother’s personal pain and loss was. She was born in Mexico of Canadian parents. When she was 14 years old the Mexican government suddenly decided to force all “non-Mexicans”, including my mother and her siblings who were born there and my grandparents who were naturalized citizens, out of the country. They had to leave overnight. They lost EVERYTHING but the clothes on their backs. They arrived in Texas and had to get food stamps, stayed in a shelter and got second hand clothes from a charity. During this time two of my mother’s younger siblings died, one of typhoid, the other of cholera. They eventually made it back to Canada where my grandfather finally found work and they struggled to get back on their feet.

        You have a very large, sanctimonious and bitter chip on your shoulder and shouldn’t presume that none of us have suffered. Suffering comes in many ways, shapes and forms and focusing on old hatreds and divisiveness will not help this world solve its problems.

      • Americano says:

        @ Jaded when I said “these matters”, you do realize I was talking about colonization right? Many of us have sad stories about immigrating including me, but that has nothing to do with losses from colonization, so yet again you don’t get it. Please stop jumping to conclusions and acting like I said things I didn’t.

      • DS9 says:

        All politics and histories are varying and different. So I’m going to kindly ask you not to presume or state that black and biracial Americans cannot possibly understand fraught political, racial, and ethnic tensions.

      • Jaded: you’re a very high charged person. SA women have been highlighting and doing so much more for the GBV cause, it’s BEEN at the forefront– that is why there was a march. The duchess won’t change a single thing. She’ll make a speech and be seen, she is a warm person but there is nothing she can do that the women here can’t and aren’t doing. Adding her voice is great, but let’s not overstate her influence

      • MSIAM: Imagine telling someone from one of the most unequal countries to “just move on”. Apartheid was just 25 years ago. British colonisation just before, excuse us for not finding it easy to “just move on”. True, MOST of SA doesn’t care.

        Jaded: Maybeso has every right to be angry about the RF sending M bc they think she’ll better relate to the people of SA. It’s pandering. Nobody needs this. The statistics are getting the attention they need, just bc your Canadian papers aren’t reporting on it doesn’t mean it’s not. We don’t need social justice, we need legal justice. That is what we should be working on. What we need is the gov to start taking the injustices of women seriously, not the RF on their PR drive that we’re paying for.

      • Linda says:

        @Jaded
        Good on you for trying to drown the voices of African women who are voicing the pains inflicted on their countries by the Royal family. I am from a West African country colonized by the British which till today suffers the effects of colonial rule and I agree with the poster. I love Meghan and I think she means well but it’s difficult to reconcile her goodness and the fact that she represents the very same institution that brought hardships on my country.

      • N says:

        @Skeptical, Americano, & MaybeSo have the most valid points in this whole mess. Sheesh.

  34. DS9 says:

    She was on a work trip and wore work clothing, work clothing she clearly likes.

    Not everyone loves fashion. Some people like what they like and as long as it’s appropriate to the task and venue, we shouldn’t care.

    Harry wears what he likes and it’s not the just fashionable either so why does it matter?

    Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to see her in more fashionable clothing but it’s highly likely Meghan isn’t interesting in spending her time curating a fashionable, well fitted wardrobe and instead would rather spend her time on the work.

    One doesn’t come up with a well fitting, figure flattering wardrobe without significant time and effort.

    As for “we don’t want to see her bum” we haven’t. I’ll find it relevant criticism when/if we do.

    • noway says:

      Please you act like you’ve never seen her. She likes fashion. One of her best friends is a fashion designer, and she just read at her wedding wearing Valentino. This tour clothes wise has been boring, not exciting, with a few really awful pieces like this one. It’s not flattering on her at all. Reality is it doesn’t matter, but this is a gossip site and people talk about this, along with the important stuff too. It doesn’t make you a bad person or a Meghan hater to acknowledge it.

      • DS9 says:

        Please yourself. I am more than happy to remark in bad fashion on someone who clearly intended to be fashionable.

        But we’ve been watching Meghan for a while now. If great fit was a priority, her wedding dress would have been better tailored.

        Meghan reminds me of Angelina Jolie in that she wears what she likes, how she likes to wear it.

        I’m not sure what her best friend has to do with it. She’s also friends with Serena but I’m sure Meghan’s backhand needs help.

      • DS9 says:

        Also, I didn’t see a full shot of her in the Valentino but I’d be shocked if it were well fitted.

        Honestly, I think she lacks the patience for fittings and gave them up when she entered the process to marry Harry. So little of what she wears is well tailored which makes me think that when it appears to be, it’s a coincidence, not deliberate.

        She’s been so well prepared on this trip, only a few months postpartum and on the heels of two other work projects. It makes it easy for me to believe that this isn’t a priority for her and given that she has done well on everything else, she’s prioritizing well.

        And to be clear, I don’t believe focusing on fashion makes people bad. I don’t think it makes anyone bad to snipe on fashion. I just think it’s not a priority for everyone and it doesn’t have to be and at some point, you stop judging certain people for their choices.

        Diane Keaton is another one who wears what she likes and Chloe Sevigny too.

        At some point “this is what she likes” is answer enough. See also the York princesses who seem to like ugly clothes.

  35. Wosham says:

    We all knew Meghan was going to wear inexpensive clothes when it was announced that Kate wanted everyone to focus on her speeches and projects instead of her clothes. That’s usually how these things work. Anything Meghan does or says, Kate must be recognized first because she is the future Queen…rolling my eyes

  36. Valiantly Varnished says:

    Le sigh. I have three trench dresses in my closet right now. Come at me. I think she looks fine and appropriate and if Kate can have her buttons then Meghan cam have her trench dresses. I get why she likes them. And Meghan did not “look bad” this entire tour. 🙄 This wasn’t a fashion tour.

    • Harla says:

      I agree completely V.V.! Meghan dressed in such a way that the clothes faded into the background while the issues and causes she spoke about shone through. I might be a bit of a unicorn but I really like everything that the Duchess has worn so far on this tour and even since becoming a royal. I especially like that her clothes aren’t necessarily form fitting but instead skim her figure, which is how I like to dress :)

    • notasugarhere says:

      Queen Maxima is wearing one today too.

  37. noway says:

    OMG button covered body condom, Love the description!!! Kind of surprised no one mentioned Kate and her love of buttons on this dress. Is Meghan copying Kate’s style here, and also the flyaway dresses. Kate seems to have it down now, but she was the Queen of flyaway dresses for a while. Maybe it’s just a British royal thing. You become a royal and then you like buttons and flyaway dresses.

    I’ve thought her style is boring on the trip, but not awful, although this dress is awful. The color makes it awful. If it was black it would still be bad, but not as bad. I only loved the teal colored one piece pant suit. One nice thing her hair has been amazing on this tour!!!

  38. HeyThere! says:

    The color of this dress is wayyyyy to close to her skin color! She looks naked when it’s a small pic(I’m on my phone)!! She looks wonderful except the color is off her!

    • Lexa says:

      Yeah, that’s my primary note about the dress—it would have worked much better in a different color, not unlike the previous trench dress she wore in a lighter color.

  39. SweetSun says:

    I’m probably gonna get dragged for this but I think marrying into this family has sapped her of vitality and style. Great causes (and she’s clearly a warm and heartfelt individual) but goodness… a woc shouldn’t have to make herself small to pander to the dictates of her new role and the public’s incessant need to police her every movement. I feel awful for her. Not even sure Harry is worth this mess. She was traveling the world and changing it in her own way before… No performative drabness necessary. She deserves better tbh

    • Market Street Minifig says:

      Don’t write her off yet! She’s figuring out how to meld her personal sense of style with the requirements of her still pretty new role as a member of the RF. On top of that, she’s spent most of her time since the wedding either pregnant or dealing with postpartum changes. So I have mad respect for her.

  40. Tw says:

    She’s just not dressing well for her body type. A cute, sleeveless A line cut with no belt would be more flattering.

  41. MellyMel says:

    She hasn’t looked bad this entire tour. I guess what’s considered bad or ugly is in the eye of the beholder cause I’ve like almost everything she’s worn, including this trench dress. Again, this is a work trip and she’s wearing appropriate outfits on this tour. This isn’t a fashion show. She really can’t win.

  42. MsIam says:

    I like the outfit and I like the color but tbh camel, black and cream are some of my favorite colors. That’s why I’m glad leopard print is having a moment this year because it combines all my favorites. As for the style of the dress or her clothes in general, it’s all in the eye of the beholder to me. If you like it, you like it or not. I’d rather see these clothes than that fantasy crap they wear to the Met gala that everyone loses their minds over.

  43. Peanuts says:

    Her hair extensions look terrible. Her hair is down to her waist and looks really messy.

    • olive says:

      i think her long hair is gorgeous! the waves and volume are beautiful.

    • Valiantly Varnished says:

      She’s not wearing extensions. But you tried it.

    • RedRoyal says:

      Jealousy is a terrible disease. Get well soon.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      How can one tell if someone is wearing hair extensions?

      Inquiring minds want to know! LOL!

      • Valiantly Varnished says:

        Easy. If you’ve worn them then you know what they look like. She’s not wearing extensions. But people love to assume than any black woman with long hair is either wearing extensions or a wig. Black women can grow our hair long just like anyone else. It’s a racist and ignorant assumption.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        I never worn extensions or a wig so I guess that is why I can never tell.

      • CynicalCeleste says:

        Oops I just posted about the extensions above. You can see a major difference in her hair length and thickness between the baby photocall and the polo charity event in the summer when baby archie met the cousins. More than normal and more of a leap than even during her pregnancy when hair is thicker and grows faster. This is not a criticism, most famous women wear them – her sister-in-law Kate wears them, her BFF Jessica wears them… etc. You can sometimes recognize extensions when the volume of the hair length is more consistent than normal all the way to the ends.

      • DS9 says:

        Maybe she does, maybe she doesn’t but a black woman’s hair can appear longer or shorter and seem to vary in thickness depending on a variety of factors.

  44. Sof says:

    I’m one buttony-look away of accusing her of going after Kate’s brand, five of her outfits had buttons!

  45. Blue36 says:

    I liked the dress….

  46. Peanuts says:

    Commenting on her extensions is not racism. Britney Spears wears horrible extensions. So does Duchess of Sussex.

    • DS9 says:

      We all knew BritBrit had extensions because you could see tracks.

      We don’t know Meghan wears them so why assume she is?

      • RoyalBlue says:

        Actually she does. Many people saw and tweeted it with photos in June 2019 at the invictus games baseball game and then it was noted that 12 days later it was even several inches longer at the polo game when she stepped out with Archie.

      • MsIam says:

        Does it matter if she does? A lot of women in the public and otherwise wear extensions so who cares? She wears make up doesn’t she? I had braids this summer and added some hair and I didn’t give a damn what anybody thought. And neither should the duchess. Kate (alledgely, supposedly) get Botox and fillers so what’s the difference. It’s not like it’s a character flaw. And guess what, I bet Meghan wears Spanx, too, lol!

      • RoyalBlue says:

        It doesn’t matter of course but people on this thread have commented that they love or don’t love her extensions and someone up above in particular commented on the extensions and some posters snapped and jumped on her.

      • notasugarhere says:

        “many people” AKA the handful of haters on tumblr.

    • MellyMel says:

      She doesn’t wear extensions. That’s her natural hair straightened. And you comparing Brit’s hair to Meghan’s is laughable.

  47. Neners says:

    To each their own, but I literally could not care less about what Meghan is wearing. I’m more interested in the work she and Harry are doing because it’s been fantastic. She is not a clothes horse and she is there to work and to use her influence to shine a light on causes that matter to her. That’s what I’m focused on.

  48. A says:

    Are people really forgetting so quickly that, not even a few months ago, Meghan was getting dragged through the mud by the press for her supposedly exorbitant spending habits, and how that was reflecting badly in the eyes of the British public who have no patience for such lofty spending in such a time of crisis? (All from a bunch of papers that continue to support Brexit, no less???) And how this obviously made her a horrible person, who doesn’t give a sh-t about anyone, who’s only in it for the money?

    I think that her fashion this tour is a direct response to that. Her clothing has been incredibly affordable this time around, relatively speaking, in comparison to the outfits that she was wearing prior to this. I don’t think her intention is for the focus to be on the work and not the clothes. I think she very much wants people to focus on the clothes, because her clothes are a message that she’s paying attention to the press. This is a direct message and a response to them. You’re going to criticize me for my $3000 bespoke designer outfits, even though the Queen has a tailor on hand, and my SIL’s clothing budget was exorbitant for years before I came along? Well, I’m going to turn up in a $90 dress from Aritzia. The press can’t criticize her for dressing too budget, it would expose them as hypocrites for whom nothing is satisfactory.

    • blue36 says:

      I agree, this is definitely done on purpose, it will be interesting to see the year end totals for their clothing. People were saying she isn’t listening to her advisers, but I legit think this is what the people around her told her to do regarding her clothing. If she’s repeating a lot when she comes back in the UK then we know for sure this is so that she doesn’t get criticized for overspending. I think also unfortunately this means that Kate will also have to do a lot of recycling or wearing affordable clothing for the Pakistan tour.

      • Lady D says:

        I’m betting a dollar that Kate’s wardrobe will be very pricey and Big Blue will be in every shot.
        1. William won’t let her look like she’s copying Meghan. No way, they lead, not follow.
        2. She thinks she deserves the pricey wardrobe ’cause she works so hard.
        3. They will insist it is the right of the FFQC to dress in this ‘cla$$y quality’ fashion.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      The Queen Mother, Diana, Fergie and Kate have been criticized for over spending and it comes with the territory of being a working female royal for the BRF.

      • MsIam says:

        Exactly, somehow they must be royal and cheap at the same time, lol! Is there a store that caters to that?

  49. Flying Fish says:

    I love this outfit. I own this dress and i have worn it often this Summer and have received a lot of compliments. I have worn it to Court, with an cardigan.
    It can be dressed up or down, and it worked for me in a professional setting standing in a Court room before a Judge,

    • Brandy Alexander says:

      I don’t have this particular one, but I have a bunch from BR that are the same style in different colors. Wear them to work all the time. I don’t love this particular color on her because it I think it blends in with her skin tone, but I love the dress itself.

  50. bamaborn says:

    Just a thought, perhaps she wants the focus to be on the purpose of their tour and not what she’s wearing. Maybe I’m wrong, but it was just a thought.

    • Jaded says:

      And a very good thought too. The only time fashion offends me is when it’s in a “look at MEEEEE” way or when Kathy Cambridge looks like an extra out of Little House on the Prairie or has a Marilyn or jeggings moment that is completely inappropriate. Meghan’s not there to look like a fashion icon, she’s there to work. No flashy jewels, just simple clean lines. She’s clearly still breast-feeding so who gives a rodent’s posterior if her clothes don’t fit perfectly?

    • Harla says:

      This is exactly what I’ve heard regarding Meghan’s tour wardrobe. I think it’s an excellent idea considering the issues and causes the Sussexes are highlighting on this trip.

  51. shells_bells says:

    I really like Meghan and hate how she gets criticized for everything she does, so I try really hard to always look for something positive about her outfits, but man this is TOUGH. I like that she’s wearing affordable items, but this dress is no bueno and those shoes do not go with it AT ALL.
    I do love her hair like this though and she looks beautiful.

  52. Bc says:

    I think she looks great. I love the outfit. Poor girl cant win with you gossip blogs. Do this, do that, wear this , dont wear that, what are you even doing?! Sigh. Glad you find it boring. Maybe the work will get some attention for once.

  53. Ye says:

    I’m giving up on her fashion. There is SO much potential because she is truly gorgeous, and has a cool personality. But the clothes are either ill fitting, outdated or poorly proportioned. She does some great pants looks though.

    • Olenna says:

      Agree. Meghan’s style choices can be hashed and rehashed every day here, but it doesn’t change the fact that she wears what she wants to wear, regardless of fit or current fashion. Early on, I said she needed a professional stylist, but now I don’t think that would work out if she had one. Maybe she’s going through a phase of wanting to find her “uniform” like the other duchess or just experimenting because she’s no longer under the management of a studio stylist. Or, IDK, maybe these hits and misses will be the norm since everyone isn’t born with what some consider innate style and taste. Whatever, I’ve just decided to focus on her work with charities and causes that have positive impacts.

  54. Captain Obvious says:

    Looking nude.

  55. Le4Frimaire says:

    Well while we’re going on about wardrobe choices, the other shoe just dropped and Harry is suing the Mail and Mail on Sunday. Just wow. It’s about to go down

  56. one of the Marys says:

    The other thing that seems to have been forgotten is the “building a wardrobe” narrative. I’m taking the long view and hope we see lots of repeats in the next years, through tours, visits and potentially another pregnancy. Many of this tours dresses seem like they’d work if she weighed a bit less or a bit more.

  57. sandra says:

    I sort of love that her clothes don’t fit perfectly. She’s human and it gives her a certain gentleness and approach-ability. She is so positive and charismatic that it sort of doesn’t matter what she wears. I also love her post-baby shape, she’s such a great role model.

  58. Stephieblob1 says:

    For the love of god staaaapp! She’s not that interesting!!

    • Olenna says:

      Well, her fashion isn’t. But, I will be curious to see if the Pakistan tour wardrobe is as interesting–comments-wise, that is.

  59. Rina says:

    I like Meghan’s dress. She looks great!

  60. Cara says:

    I don’t care where she is in her postpartum journey, I just wish she would wear cute clothes. That striped number she wore yesterday!? Is she trying to look bad?

    • Christy says:

      Lol I’m quite certain “style over substance” is what Meghan is aiming for. If she’s looking for praise & validation she’d rather receive it for her work ethic, accomplishments & commitment to her role – not her wardrobe.

  61. Katebush says:

    Yeah me too … love looking at the clothes and critiquing them is fun, but this drab mess of a wardrobe doesn’t leave much to discuss lol. I understand not wanting to spend too much on clothes that’s what I’ve been saying for ages for both duchesses but there is to be a middle ground of economical professional looking clothes .. it just isn’t that hard!

  62. BasicBitch says:

    I bet she is wearing so many trench and button down dresses is for the ease of breastfeeding/pumping.