Duchess Meghan wore leather pants for her remote appearance on ‘AGT’

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I don’t watch any of those reality competition shows! I think that America’s Got Talent is especially problematic, given the many controversies around Gabrielle Union’s dismissal from the show. But I get it, this is network television and it’s family entertainment, and millions of people watch AGT and shows like that. Apparently, the Duchess of Sussex watches AGT as well. She was moved by the story of one of the contestants, a 59-year-old named Archie Williams. Williams was wrongly convicted and incarcerated in Angola prison in Louisiana for 36 years. The Innocence Project finally got his conviction overturned in 2019. He performed Elton John’s “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” at his AGT audition and basically everyone cried:

So, that happened. There were many tears and apparently Meghan watched it too. So she decided to film a message of support for Archie Williams:

First of all, SHE IS WEARING LEATHER PANTS!! OMG. Piers Morgan is gonna have a conniption. How dare a duchess wear leather pants, she must give up her title, it’s the most unroyal thing ever to wear leather pants! Then, a week from now, Kate will wear leather pants and it will be the most praised look of her life. Second thing: a real look at her Montecito living room! The couch looks so comfortable! And the throw pillows… well, I would prefer something with more color, but whatever, that’s her style. I feel like Meghan definitely spends a lot of time on Pinterest and Etsy, no matter what. As for what she said, it was sweet:

“Just wanted to let you know that we’ve been so moved by your story and we’ve been cheering you on every week and it’s not just because we’re partial to the name. So, a very special message to you that I’ll probably be saying all of my life, but on this night it’s specifically for you: Archie, we are proud of you and are rooting for you, we can’t wait to see what you do. We’re in your corner, have a good night.”

[From People]

It’s very sweet. Archie’s story is so devastating and heartbreaking and infuriating, my God. Meghan is clearly telling people how to vote though! OMG.

PS… Is it worth noting that Meghan is very loyal to her old boss? Suits was on USA (the cable channel), which is owned by NBC Universal. AGT is produced by and shown on NBC. I’m just saying!! She’s done stuff for Disney/ABC too, but she’s definitely got some loyalty to NBC Universal shows.

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  1. Honora says:

    Lol Kate’s style has changed recently to become more similar to Megan more modern in general.
    But no I don’t think she’ll ever go that far. Maybe when hunting

    • Becks1 says:

      I’m waiting for Kate to show up in a leather pencil skirt this winter, LOL.

      • Harla says:

        Now that you mention it, I bet that she will.

      • Seraphina says:

        Becks1, was it you who mentioned Kate’s necklaces the other day and how they were a copy of Meghan’s??? But just goes to show, Kate does copy Meghan – which I find HILARIOUS. Silent signals but they are signals none the less, because as the saying goes: Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

      • Becks1 says:

        @Seraphina – there were a few of us who pointed it out! The small discs AND The double chain….very atypical for Kate but very on brand for Meghan. Like I said at some point this week (who knows, the days all run together now), Kate doesn’t have an original thought in her head.

    • Char says:

      Kate will be wearing leather pants made of the animal she hunted, with matching fox fur, after all Will is an enviromentalist, but hunting for fun is ok to him.

      • L84Tea says:

        With wedges!!

      • katharine says:

        Umm, being an environmentalist means not wearing leather pants at all, so what’s up with Meghan (never mind her enormous mansion with 205 bathrooms)?

      • Florence says:

        @Katharine stay mad, Kate…

      • SmallTalk says:

        I think y’all are confusing environmentalism with vegetarianism. Vegetarians do not eat the flesh of animals or wear their skins. An environmentalist opposes the slaughter and cruel exploitation of species. An environmentalist may also be a meat-eater. I know many who are, including myself.

    • Love says:

      Lolz…Did you see she wore a necklace with the kids initials? I didn’t actually see the necklace, but the story was on Bazaar. Also these days her events are private and only one photographer goes with her, with the photos release to select media…

      Meghan Markle is THE Blueprint. Honestly‼️

      • Harla says:

        @Love, I wonder why the tabloids aren’t screaming about their lack of access to Kate at her engagements? The taxpayers pay for her after all, wasn’t that the criticism about Meghan?

      • OK says:

        Only one photographer because of covid. Only six people allowed in a room or outdoor space. Lack of press at her engagements for the same reason. The British press core have an agreement regarding royal events that they share the photos of an event if there is a limit on numbers so they wouldn’t have been given to just one or two media outlets because the pictures are not Kate’s or the Palace to give , this is standard practice amongst the British media regarding official royal events.

  2. Snuffles says:

    It was very sweet of her, but I was more excited to see her living room! I’m sure the British Media are currently analyzing every item, price checking and currently psychoanalyzing every choice. ESPECIALLY those books behind her!!

    This one appearance alone will launch a thousand articles.

    • LahdidahBaby says:

      Yep, you’re absolutely right, Snuffles–they have already begun.

    • Love says:

      Honestly, I need them to tell me what the wall hangings behind her are. They’re so useless at everything else, this is their opportunity to do something right

      Also. Thank you Meg & Harry for appearing to hire a videographer. The picture clarity is ❤️… those iPhone videos were killing me 😭

    • Jess says:

      Solid representation of her passions: “Women” “The Black Godfather” and a little shade to Kate: a book of photography by Annie Leibowitz! hahaha

  3. Becks1 says:

    She looks great, and I love those glimpses of their house. It looks comfortable and modern – remember when people were flipping out over the old décor because it was too formal, like Meghan wasn’t going redecorate ASAP, lol. I love the neutrals with the bright pop of green in the background. I bet you this is the same room with the fireplace, and its their dedicated “zoom room”.

    • Sofia says:

      That’s why the decor never really bothered me lol. All of that can be fixed through a decent interior decorator (and it seems like they found one). It was quite clear that the location, size and price is what drew the Sussexes to the property and why they brought it.

    • Nic919 says:

      There aren’t rows of plates jammed in an alcove so I don’t know if the decor will ever match up to that high level of style.

      • Le4Frimaire says:

        Based on magazine photos, the revamped staging and lighter color palette looks so much better than the old dusty decor. Did they get the furniture as part of the sale? That couch Meghan is on looks so comfy. It really is a gorgeous house.

      • Le4Frimaire says:

        Duplicate

  4. S808 says:

    From what I can see this is completely my style from the setting to her outfit! My only wish is that the flowers were in the middle to balance things out.

    • Harla says:

      If the flowers were in the middle then they would be directly behind Meghan so perhaps they were moved for this video.

    • sa says:

      I’m probably the odd one out on this, but when things are too centered it makes me anxious and want to move things. I hate when things are too symmetrical, or worse, when they’re just slightly off so it looks like there was a failed attempt at symmetry. I much prefer the flowers on the side where they are.

    • windyriver says:

      I think the green flowers are supposed to be balanced by the red book on the other side. Only two splashes of color in the room (well, that we can see). A little too subtle for me. My sister in law is also very big on cream/beige/tan neutrals, but she has a few framed pictures with reds, browns, etc on the wall for more interest and it’s one of my favorite rooms anywhere.

      • Jaded says:

        I’ve got neutral colours in my home but colourful artwork and throw rugs so it kinda balances out the bland with pops of colour.

  5. Myra says:

    I almost didn’t recognise her at first. She looked so pretty. I hope this is a trend and that the next video will be in a different setting.

  6. Florence says:

    Ahhhh her style is so good.

    • Bella DuPont says:

      Yup. The room is gorgeous and so is her outfit. (God, I want those trousers!)🤩
      I wish we could see her shoes though.

      • bamaborn says:

        She just looks so refreshed and relaxed. Amazing what getting away from a toxic environment can do for you!

      • Yup, Me says:

        Considering the fact that she’s in her home, I really hope she’s barefoot. Wearing outside shoes inside the house is nasty.

  7. Sofia says:

    I really like the room she’s in. I already find it to be a lot better than some celebrity homes which honestly look too much like museums. I personally do like the “modern” design but I also do want some warmth.

  8. KellyRyan says:

    Kate looks pleasant in appearance in photos. Did I say peasant. :) The camera embraces Meghan, warmth personified, personality and character aglow.

  9. Bibi says:

    The news will be she doesnt hunt doest want harry to hunt but she wears leather pants. Im tired.

    • Enis says:

      They could easily be high end faux leather. My vegan friend has a pair and I honestly was shocked they were fake.

    • Amy Bee says:

      Yeah, but she wears leather shoes, handbags and has worn leather pants before, so I don’t think the press is that dumb to go that route…or maybe I’m giving them too much credit.

      • Kristin says:

        Yeah, sadly I think the press really is dumb enough to go that route LOL

      • katharine says:

        Hey, guess what, that isn’t dumb. Wearing leather–most especially when it’s a matter of pure vanity, as in leather pants–is absolutely not what a “friend of the environment” does.

      • Jane's Wasted Talent says:

        Katherine-
        The perfect is the enemy of the good. Of course ‘friends of the environment’ can wear leather.

    • MsIam says:

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    • Flamingo says:

      She isn’t vegan. I know plenty of vegetarians/ pescatarians/ occasional vegans who like nice shoes and bags.

      • HeatherC says:

        Harry proposed when they were making a roast chicken! I wish that would die. But I agree. Especially bags and really nice heels, my vegetarian friends and I (not a vegetarian) love.

      • Miumiiiu says:

        Idc if her pants are real or fake leather.
        It’s healthy for us and the planet to eat less meat. Some people would be surprised at how easy and fulfilling it can be to eat a lot less meat. Didn’t realize Meghan was a vegetarian as there’s been some story about her roasting chicken.
        Leather is a by product of meat. If we eat less meat leather would eventually be more expensive (correct me if this doesn’t make sense?). « Vegan » leather goods are made of fossil fuel plastic. The shoes are much less comfortable and the bag straps /edges don’t stay intact the same way.
        Unless you are living vegan to save animals I really don’t see the point to supporting the vegan accessories industry. A leather bag will look better and last longer. I hope that There will be a recycled leather accessory industry soon :)

      • jwoolman says:

        I’m vegan by default (vegetarian with egg/dairy allergies) but used to wear shoes with leather in them. Am grossed out by it since seeing how it’s made (my translation work also takes me into the details as well sometimes) so I really don’t want to wear or use leather goods now if I can manage it. It is easier to avoid in footwear today but still limiting. I never wanted to wear other leather clothing and started to avoid leather goods in furniture etc. fairly early.

        It’s common for people to just gradually make such shifts. I still put up with gelatin in medications and such even though grossed out by knowing from whence it comes, and don’t check sugar to see if bone char has been used in its production. I’ll pay more for vegetarian-friendly versions and do check labels to get foods and junk foods that use a non-animal gelling agent and also avoid foods using insect dyes (carmine etc.).

        And of course my big moral dilemma is that I feed dead animals to my feline staff, even though enriched vegan versions at least of dry food are well established now. (Cats need just two amino acids not prevalent enough in plants for them to eat enough of it in the wild, but humans can easily extract those amino acids from plants and enrich their food to be healthy. Dogs actually can thrive on just a good normal vegetarian diet, though.) I try to tell myself that the cats would happily stalk a cow or chicken themselves, but there is still a lot of moral dissonance there for me.

        But people who won’t eat animals can feel leather is just a byproduct of the carnivorous food industry and the animals are not killed for their skins, so wearing leather is just not letting it go to waste.

        Even carnivores may decide to not wear certain kinds of leather, though, such as from endangered species or animals who are abusively bred or hunted for their skins. People who eat meat, whether on the regular or just occasionally, still can have definite limits on what meat they will eat also, such as refusing to eat animals who were abused before they were killed. It isn’t all or nothing for many folks.

    • windyriver says:

      The beautiful deep emerald outfit she’s pictured in on the cover of Finding Freedom has a leather skirt. Believe she also wore a similar outfit in burgundy at some point, though not certain if that skirt was also leather.

  10. RoyalBlue says:

    This is such a feel good post, I love it. The duchess looks simply radiant, her style is simple and classy and I would totally copy her neutral home décor.

  11. Olenna says:

    Well, f**k. I’m crying. Go on, Archie! Go on, Meghan!

  12. tee says:

    This was so random, but she looks really good. I literally had the thought that her outfit for the Times recording would have popped more with leather pants, and I was right this is a look.

  13. Seraphina says:

    I love her sense of style. Didn’t QLatezia wear leather pants to an official engagement?????

    • Harla says:

      Yes, Queen Letiza has worn leather culottes and a leather dress, if memory serves me.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Letizia has a love of leather. If you look at her street style, there are leather jackets, big leather purses, and some kick ass chunky boots in her collection. And she does have a couple of leather shift dresses for work (burgundy, taupe).

      • Seraphina says:

        QL knocks it out of the ball park in my opinion. I know there were rumors of an eating disorder for her as well due to some family issues (her sister if memory serves me right). QMaxima is awesome as well. My two favorites. Kate could certainly be “mentored” by one or both of these ladies.
        QRania too. I can’t not mention her but we just don’t see her covered as much internationally.

  14. bluemoonhorse says:

    What’s really interesting to me is how her fashion has changed once M knew they were leaving. Love her more casual style and I bet the cost is so much lower. Which makes a big hm-hmm about all the drama that went on about the money she was spending on clothes when in the UK.

    • Amy Bee says:

      Has it really? She was pretty casual for the South Africa tour so much so that the royalists complained that she re-wore too many pieces and didn’t wear any gowns. I think she tried as much as possible to maintain her style but some occasions didn’t allow for that and she was told not to outshine Kate. In fact, a Telegraph columnist was pissed off that she made Kate look frumpy at the Commonwealth Day Service in March.

      • bluemoonhorse says:

        Oh I think she wore some butt-ugly crap on one of her tours. That gold tent monstrosity stands out in my mind. I think she was trying to do some princess cosplay as dictated by the palace especially before the end. She’s returned to simple shirts and pants which I personally prefer.

      • Bren says:

        You mean the gold gown she wore to meet the British Ambassador to Morocco while she was 6 months pregnant? She was appropriately dressed for the occasion.

      • bluemoonhorse says:

        @Bren does appropriately dress means you have to wear an ugly sack with your hair falling out?

      • Babe says:

        From what I can see from her fashion over the years, she was just trying to figure it out. She definitely started off wearing some V expensive couture, but then she started being more of herself as time went by

        Why were they angry with the SA tour look? They’re so weird 🥺

      • notasugarhere says:

        Oh I see tumblr has chimed in today with more hate for Meghan’s hair.

        Bren, I thought that pale gold kaftan in Morocco was lovely and understated, and the red arrival outfit was gorgeous. I didn’t like the blue floral dress she wore for the meeting with the King and Crown Prince, but the shade was good on her. I don’t like bottom flounces on dresses in general.

      • windyriver says:

        As we all know, Kate is perfectly capable of making herself look frumpy without anyone’s help.

    • Snuffles says:

      RE: Royal clothing

      It’s clearly one of the standard angles that the Royal Reporters like to cover when they cover the female royals.

      They like to break down every item they are wearing and put a price tag on it. If it’s something super expensive, then they go to their typical “they’re wasting the tax payer’s money!” rant. If they are wearing affordable pieces, they add affiliate links to the shopping sites that they can profit off of every time someone clicks the link and buys. They may even use the data to get advertising buys from the designers or companies featured.

      I’m telling you, it’s a whole racket!! Every story and angle is predetermined to maximize clicks and profits. They don’t care about fairness or accuracy. It’s all about profits.

      • Amy Bee says:

        This is true. It’s why the rota got upset with Kate and Meghan when they didn’t give them info on the clothes they wore on engagements. The Telegraph even complained that they couldn’t identify the clothes that Meghan wore in her zoom calls/videos and said that she should wear more recognisable brands.

      • bluemoonhorse says:

        Oh I agree it’s a racket. I was more interested to see her go back to her slicker business style which I prefer over these overpriced designer dresses and BS.

        As soon as they knew they were leaving, her outfits changed – the green dress with the cape, the one she wore in the umbrella and rain shot, and the outfit she wore to the girl’s school spring to mind.

      • Liz says:

        I strongly believe that the most expensive, high-end pieces she wore were borrowed, either from friends or from the fashion house. That Ralph and Russo engagement dress was for sure borrowed. At the beginning, we didn’t see her in a lot of repeats. I’m sure that was because she didn’t have the clothes anymore, but the RR turned it into “why does she have so many khaki trench coats?!” PR-wise, it would have been a lot better for her team to let it be known these clothes were borrowed, but the idea of royals borrowing clothes stresses out the RR because…reasons. I guess it could veer a little too close to getting free clothing. However, the entire Royal family gets Range Rovers for pennies on the dollar *and it’s public knowledge* and that is ok for some reason.

      • jwoolman says:

        People like the royals get free or heavily discounted stuff because it’s excellent advertising for the brand. Other people in the public view get the same treatment. It costs a lot less than other types of advertising to just have commonly photographed folk wear or use your goods.

        Doubt that people today would be worried by learning clothing is provided to royals for free or allowed to be borrowed. That is such a common practice for celebrities, it’s all about the marketing value for the designer and not because of special privilege by the wearer. Become famous and you, too, can get free stuff to show off in photographs.

  15. Merricat says:

    Meghan trolls the British tabs–don’t you think she had a good laugh when she chose those pants to wear, knowing what the reaction would be?

    • megs283 says:

      I think she chose that because she wanted to. I think it’s a dangerous path to walk down, ascribing those motivations to what a woman chooses to wear.

      • Liz says:

        I think it can be both. Yes, M probably likes those pants cause they’re awesome. But she’s also very, very smart (bridal shower notwithstanding) about PR and optics and she thinks three moves ahead. She knows Piers Morgan is going to clutch his pearls about the leather pants and she knows that will ultimately work in her favor.

  16. AMM says:

    I don’t think we’ve seen a single dress on her since she left the RF. Separates have always appeared to be her style (minus the red carpet looks) and I’m glad she’s back to them. She’s got a good eye for looking relaxed but still stylish.

  17. wowFINALLY says:

    OMG this appearance is so random but awesome. This is the last thing I would imagine a duchess doing! I’m glad to see she’s firmly saying the F*** you to respectability politics. Moved me enough to comment for the first time.

  18. Imogene says:

    I am so confused. When was Archie’s performance shot? It says it was put on Youtube in May but there is a live crowd?

    Love the Duchess, love the message. She looks gorgeous and her living room is so nice.

    • heather muntean says:

      Pippa gave kate a necklace with G on it obviously well before meghan was in the picture. And she allegedly received the 3 initial chain as a gift when she was in whales last year.

  19. Audrey says:

    I really hope they are vegan “leather”!

  20. MF1 says:

    Love her leather pants and her decor! I *really* want to see the whole house. Also does her face look a little different here? I mean, she looks gorgeous, so no shade, but also different somehow.

    • OriginalLala says:

      I was trying to figure out what was different about her face but can’t put my finger on it..she looks lovely as usual, but her jawline looks..pointier than usual?

      • Snuffles says:

        Good lighting and makeup can do WONDERS. But Meghan is already naturally beautiful so in this case it’s just amplifying what her mama gave her.

    • Mtec says:

      I think it’s the different eye make-up and the lighting.

    • AMM says:

      I think she looks the same. It’s the first time we’ve seen her with her hair pulled back in a while (at least the 1st time without a mask). So maybe that’s throwing you off.

    • Nic919 says:

      There could be some contouring or makeup for tv making the difference.

    • Harla says:

      @MF1, I think the lack of stress has changed Meghan’s face a bit. I’ve run into people who have retired and the change, due to being relaxed, is quite noticeable.

  21. Anna says:

    This living-room is very beige

    • notasugarhere says:

      On my screen I see creamy butter yellow with black, charcoal, and light grey accents. Meghan’s the one who repainted NottCott walls pink and grey two months into their relationship (September 2016).

  22. What eating you says:

    I really hope that Kant doesn’t try to wear leather pants, she doesn’t have the swagger to pull it off.

  23. BnLurkN4eva says:

    She looks really pretty in this outing. I’m not really a fan of leather pants on me, but it looks good on others like Meghan. The decor looks really relaxed, which is my personal style also. The message here is good and that was very sweet of Meghan to send that message, I bet Archie appreciate it.

  24. Eugh says:

    I think I have a pin from years and years ago – she’s wearing leather pants with a chambray shirt and white sneakers. Is a lovely outfit and photo. The decor looks very serene and comfortable!

  25. Marivic says:

    Meghan looks so beautiful and I love that she has gorgeous smiling eyes. Kate cannot pull off Meghan’s style because she doesn’t have Meghan’s confidence and youthfulness. Kate looks so old and haggard. She knows and sees this and is probably why she comes across as insecure.

    • Florence says:

      This. Kate could look better if she just WAS NICE to people, instead of being stony faced or doing her fake gurns. She can’t de-age herself and not should she have to to be taken seriously, but if she relaxed and was sincere and kind (like Meghan appears to be) she would improve her self-confidence and how she’s viewed.

      Being as bitter, competitive and jealous as that all the time has to weigh her down. Plus her workload is light so I guess she gets a lot of free time to stew and stalk Sussex photos to see what else she can copy lmao.

  26. Liz version 700 says:

    She looks so relaxed and light. Like the weight of 1000 racists is off her shoulders… or at least a bit farther away. She is glowing and looks so happy.

  27. AL says:

    Her hair looks like it has highlights maybe – redder than usual…but stunning. I mean, I’d be happy to look this good in anything, and it takes some swagger to pull off leather pants with a casually buttoned shirt. She looks like she feels comfortable in her place in the world. I’m happy for her….and wear those pants before you get pregnant again because I got trapped in my favorite black knee boots when I was pregnant (it was humid outside and my ankles were swelling) and I had to cut them off after calling my husband in a panic at work – felt like a bad Ross moment. Broke my heart.

  28. kerwood says:

    That was a kind thing for her to do. Her experience doesn’t begin to match Archie Williams’ nightmare, but Meghan knows what it’s like to be released from jail.

  29. JT says:

    Anyone find it interesting that we never see personal details in the Cambridge’s home during these zoom calls? We’ve seen the interior of Charles’ office and even the queen’s office (drawing room?, but there’s nothing personal that we’ve seen from W&K. It’s just something I was thinking about after seeing this video of Meghan. I love how H&M have been switching up their location in these zoom meetings, as well as how high quality the videos have been. I’m getting tired of the grainy footage.

  30. What eating you says:

    @jt we’ve seen the Cambridge’s home briefly during one of Kate’s zoom calls. The walls were decorated with dishes and some god awful couch.

    • JT says:

      Never mind then. Maybe the couch was too ugly to cover, but you would think that RR would be writing stories about their decor like they are with H&M.

  31. manda says:

    I wish she stood up so we could see them better. Omg I love leather pants. Takes me back to the early 2000′s! Gonna pull out my bebe leather pants and see if they still fit, lol. I think they might, I did cut my sugar last year!

  32. Zaya says:

    Pretty sure those are aritzia faux leather pants.

  33. Mina_Esq says:

    Leather trousers and skits are very, very chic. It contrasts beautifully with silk and cashmere tops. I also love that their living room is comfy casual with a touch of coastal instead of godawful stuffy floral pattern explosion that you see in aristo houses. I think someone above mentioned grandma-inspired plates on the wall at Kate and Will’s house lol

  34. Mariane says:

    lol I could see KeenKueen kate wearing a leather skirt (similar to Meghan’s hugo boss skirt). She already copied her jewelry baby initials and next I bet she’ll get their horoscope sign like Meghan😏

    I loved Meghan’s appearance. I love her outfit but I wonder if this was recorded awhile ago because she doesnt look like she did during that school flower planting event. Happy to see her happy. Glad this completely took over the nasty columns and I bet Meghan will release something about her postal vote soon.

  35. Le4Frimaire says:

    I never watch those type of shows and can’t stand Terry Crews or Simon Cowell. However, that contestant Archie was exonerated and freed through the Innocence Project for being falsely imprisoned, so I understand why Meghan came out in support of him, in case the naysayers miss the point of her appearance on a show some royal watcher criticized as “ beneath her”. She looked cool, love the vegan leather pants. I like the backdrop of the room. Don’t think it’s a living room, probably a den or office. Very laid back and relaxed style.