Duchess Meghan wore red Carolina Herrera to the Salute to Freedom gala

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the 2021 Salute to Freedom Gala last night, where Harry presented several Intrepid Valor Award honorees and winners. Meghan was his plus-one, but this is the first “red carpet” event they’ve attended since March 2020, the You Coulda Had A Bad Bitch Tour. It’s been a minute!

Meghan was prepared! She had her whole look planned out. She went for this red taffeta Carolina Herrera gown with a deep V-neck and a double-skirt train. Her shoes were Giuseppe Zanotti. I talked sh-t about the top part of this gown, but I’ll say this… the whole is more than the sum of its parts. The gown works better if you take the whole look in, and see it from the angles Meghan intended. But yeah, the bust of the dress could have been better and that’s all I’ll say. I feel like her mood board definitely involved a lot of photos of Audrey Hepburn in some iconic Givenchy looks. That was what the styling reminded me of – a classic Audrey updo (Breakfast at Tiffany’s) with a double-skirt train gown (the Givenchy gown in Sabrina).

On the carpet, a reporter called out and asked if Meghan was proud of Harry. She turned around and said “I’m always proud of him.” Harry wore his British military medals and during the event, he reflected on his military service:

In prepared remarks shared at the Intrepid Museum, Harry discussed the isolation service members often feel when returning home, and stressed the importance of supporting veterans.

“My experience in the military made me who I am today, and I will always be grateful for the people I got to serve with — wherever in the world we were,” said Harry, who served a decade in the British army and two tours in Afghanistan.

“But in war, you also see and experience things you hope no one else has to,” he said. “These stay with us, sometimes like a slideshow of images.”

Harry said that he created the Invictus Games “to honor the legacy of those who have given so much” as well as to show “that the men and women who have experienced service injuries, as well as their families, are the strongest people in the world…and they deserve a platform to be seen, a platform to be recognized, and a platform to be truly celebrated.”

He then went on to welcome the 2021 Intrepid Valor Award honorees, who he said “are part of an everlasting bond. You are part of the team of teams. And we will always have your backs. You are not alone.”

[From People]

A nice event. I’m glad this was their first red carpet in America and not, say, the Emmys or the Oscars. Although I’m sure awards shows have asked or will ask. Next year’s Oscars might even be a glamorous affair, who knows.

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  1. ModeratelyWealthy says:

    Good to see as new parents they are still making time for some glamour and good service!

    Cue to Kkkate wearing a red, long dress next gala in 3,2.1…

    • MMadison says:

      I’m enjoying the Salty Island MELTDOWN on twitter. Has anyone else noticed that it’s beginning to look like the USA vs Salty Island on twitter?

      • Elizabeth Regina says:

        I should imagine that 10 years from now, sewage island will still be ‘giving it one more year’ for the Sussexes. They hate that they escaped and are thriving. Someone needs to tell them that Meghan and Harry are now THE brand.

      • one of the narys says:

        What now? I’m not on Twitter so what’s the problem? Ugh it’s always something with the tabloids

      • Alexandria says:

        It really is. I joined Twitter because Meghan was bullied and I’m not even American.

      • Layla says:

        Notice the slit, deep v and cape. How many times is it now that Meghan has shown up a certain glitter ladyfinger?

      • BothSidesNow says:

        @ MMadison, so I was looking to see what the fall out was on Salty Island, and color me shocked as the DF has an article actually praising how stunning Meghan looked and multiple pictures of the event last night. I thoroughly enjoyed the pictures as they had many pictures of Harry during his tour in Afghanistan, some of which look like he’s in his teens!! They also included Meghans response in which she stated that she is always proud of Harry!!

        I adore and admire Meghan and Harry tremendously and I hope that their lives are filled with nothing but unlimited happiness, and joy. May they live life filled with never having the expectations of a few petty and jealous vile sort who wish to harm them or to limit their goals I life.

        Though, I am certain that the trolls are slamming her given the revaluations by Bot Sentinal and his findings regarding the hate fueled tweets, articles and every possible manner in which they can condemn Meghan worldwide!! But how delicious that Angela Levin is the most egregious in assisting in the hate campaign.


  2. Megan H says:

    I think I just detest taffeta. I do not like this gown at all, other than the color. Meg looks gorgeous though.

    • minx says:

      Taffeta is a tough fabric, it doesn’t move and can look prom-y. I remember a red taffeta dress Jennifer Aniston wore for some awards event, same thing.

    • Chloe says:

      I have to say the longer i look at it the more in love i fall with it. And it looks far better when she’s moving around. I agree with Kaiser though. I’m not a fan of the bust. Neither of the overskirt, but that is probably because i’m not a fan of ball gown style dresses anyway.

      • MMadison says:

        She looks like she’s floating when she walks in that dress….beautiful Meghan, Duchess of Sussex

      • Annie says:

        Chloe that’s exactly how I felt. When I first saw the very first picture of the front of it, my immediate reaction was to dislike it. But that seriously only lasted about two seconds, and the more photos I saw, the more I loved it. The way it moved, the view from the back, and like Mmadison said, it made her look like she was floating. Overall she looked beautiful. And Harry looked so, so happy.

      • Isabella says:

        I love it! The color the top her happiness. Revenge dressing at its finest.

    • Lemons says:

      I think you hit the nail on the head for me…I’m not a fan of this fabric because it bunches very easily, but I love this color on her (and the shoes!!!)

      I think her makeup may be a little off as well. The light pink with the red doesn’t look great. I wish she had a more berry color on her lips…But this is Meghan we’re talking about so she looks great and I’m nitpicking.

      • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

        This is what bugs me, and I have seen it many times before on Meghan- the bronzey cheek and pink lips are just incongruent to my eyes.

        I think this dress could have been really good with a simpler/different neckline. It’s a great color for her, though. And I agree with all the comments about the stiff taffeta.

    • MF1 says:

      Agree, the fabric is super unflattering, though I do love the color. I agree that there’s something off in her makeup. With such simple and severe hair, I think her makeup needed more of a focal point, like a darker eye or a stronger lip.

      But really, I’m nitpicking here. She looksk gorgeous as always.

      • BothSidesNow says:

        @ MF1, but her eye makeup is very strong, with the winger eye liner. Any her lip color looks like a nude/berry combo. As for her hair, I am on the fence about that. A chignon would have looked lovely as it’s not so severe, opposed the the high bun, but it’s a gala and you don’t want to look sloppy.

        The dress color is magnificent and I agree taffeta is such an unforgiving fabric, but as MMadison and others pointed out, Meghan looks like she is floating in her dress, which she is!!

      • aftershocks says:

        Hey, but the make-up look we see on Meghan is exactly what she and her make-up artist, Daniel Martin, were going for. Check out Daniel Martin’s Instagram for the delightful details.

        In my opinion, expected make-up looks that have been around for awhile, such as the darker eye vs softer lip, and vice-versa, can become too much of a rut. There are fresher, unexpected approaches to take, with new techniques and unique product lines. The wing-tip eyes with the dramatic red silk taffeta dress, and dark red designer shoes in a variant hue, are what make the statement here. Meghan does not need a strong lip color with these sartorial style choices and with her other make-up highlights.

    • Amy Too says:

      I think it would have been awesome without the overskirt/train thing. When I look at just the underdress, it’s stunning and the simple column skirt of the underdress goes better with the fun neckline and back. I think as it is, it has one too many design elements. Interesting top and neckline with simpler skirt or big floofy overskirt with a simpler top would be my preference. It looks cool from the back though!

      • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

        Yes. Editing was needed.

      • aftershocks says:

        I disagree @Amy Too, that the train on the dress isn’t needed. This is the gorgeous ball gown look Meghan and designer, Wes Gordon, were going for, and they ‘killed it,’ no matter what sideline observers think.

        For this occasion, this event, and for Meghan’s body now, this is a great look. Meghan slays with this iconic, memorable look! No extra editing is needed either. Meghan is minimalist to begin with, so she always edits. The design elements on the gown, and the few standout accessories we see (snowflake earrings, bracelet, poppy, rings, and slingback shoes) are intentional.

    • Lia says:

      The fit of the gown is really bad. I saw pictures on Hello and the back and straps were way too tight and made it look like she had rolls spilling out (not that she does but it was so tight that her skin was very pinched and spilled weirdly out) the front had the same issue her breast on the side was pushed up and out and spilling. It was just super bad tailoring/fit.

      • Yvette says:

        @Lia … Meghan is still losing ‘post baby’ fat. I think in 3 or 4 months she’ll be back at her normal weight. I’m happy she chose this dress, even though the top was a bit tight, because it takes confidence to pull off this look … and Meghan’s confidence is back. I love the cut and overall silhouette and train of the dress as well. 🙂

        I don’t mind the lip color (which softens her look) and think her overall makeup is perfect. She looks fabulous and beautiful.

      • bruh says:

        When you squeeze yourself in a dress that obviously is too small, you will get back fat. The neckline and boob darts were horrible too. Only thing that was nice was the red color. Otherwise it was a massive fail in my opinion. There are many beautiful dresses that would have looked a lot better. Even the other red caped dress she wore for the last outing representing Royal family in 2019 or 2020.

      • Tessa says:

        I see it different, I think she wore a larger size and did not have to squeeze into it. I liked it.

    • Rice says:

      Could it also be that the dress emphasizes Meghan’s short torso?

      • aftershocks says:

        @Rice said:
        “[Does] the dress emphasize Meghan’s short torso?”

        No, I don’t think so. The plunging bodice accentuates and draws our eyes to the front slit in the fitted portion of the double skirt. My eyes skip over and don’t settle at her waist. I immediately go from the plunging bodice to her leg showing at the slit in the skirt as she walks, with perfect posture to boot. Meg has gorgeous, toned stems. Her shoulders, arms, legs, face and hair are her best features. And she’s showing off her best features in this Wes Gordon for Carolina Herrera confection. Yum!

        Meg is definitely short-waisted and she knows it. But she also knows how to dress for her body, and for the occasion. She’s also comfortable and confident in her own body. No one is perfectly on point every time, but Meghan gets it right for herself, most of the time. She’s dressing for herself and for her husband. Plus, Meg is wearing this dress to the nines! The dress is NOT wearing her.

        The back is to-die-for. Again, her shoulders, as well as her back are lovely features. I disagree that the dress is too tight, or not well-fitted. This is a custom made dress for Meghan and the curvy shape she has now. I envy her the fun she must have had putting this look together with her designer. She is showing off her curves, courtesy of Lili Diana! I love it. Where we see that slight bit of pudge at the sides of her back where the dress is holding and caressing her curves. That’s d**n straight up sexy. No matter what anyone else sees or thinks. LOL!

        I’m sure Harry is loving Meghan’s curves, and so is she. I enjoy seeing how she is allowing her body to take its natural course. She ain’t in a rush to thin down her curvy, bodacious bust, mid-section, hips, and thighs.

        I don’t have any critiques here. I am so happy to see them on the red carpet, thriving and holding hands, with their eyes sparkling.

    • WithTheAmerican says:

      I love silk taffeta. It is exquisite IMO for ball gowns (princess di’s wedding gown too, which is why it was so wrinkled) and drapes. Omg.

      But yeah it’s hard to wear. Still, I guess I’m odd person out, I’m loving this whole look on MM.

      • aftershocks says:

        @WithTheAmerican said:
        “I love silk taffeta. It is exquisite IMO for ball gowns… But yeah it’s hard to wear. Still, I guess I’m odd person out, I’m loving this whole look on MM.”

        I’m with you! I love this look on Meghan. I have no complaints. Sure it’s fun to debate and critique. Still, I think there’s a bit of overdone nitpicking in some quarters, tho’ not so much on this site. But we know there are those who love to be constantly critical of Meghan, especially when she slays!

        Yes, some posters here are only discussing their preferences, and from their own lens. I don’t presume to tell Meghan what to wear, or how to do her hair and makeup. I just enjoy being pleasantly surprised, and having this wonderful opportunity to see the Sussexes in New York again.

        There are some looks I haven’t cared for that much on Meghan, pre- and post-Harry. But for the most part, Meghan is able to pull off her choices in fine fashion. She’s usually on-point for her body, and for the occasion.

        Someone said Meg should have re-worn the red column cape dress. No, that look was for their Royal Albert Hall ‘bad bitch’ final tour on Salty Isle. That look would not work for Meg’s body now, nor for this military awards event at the Intrepid Air and Space Museum.

        Meg’s red silk taffeta dress is not something I could ever wear. There would have to be a lot of styling adjustments to suit my body. But it looks great on her. I appreciate @Kaiser pointing out the Audrey Hepburn style vibe from the ball gown worn in the film, Sabrina. Meg definitely admires and channels Audrey’s style, as we also saw in M’s wedding dress design choice.

        For me, this red taffeta ball gown is statement dressing by Meg. She’s unlikely to wear this dress again any time soon, if ever. If she does, it would probably need altering. It’s for this special occasion. Silk taffeta is for ball gowns and for luxurious statement dressing for special occasions. It’s not for the average person. I’m quite sure this type of fabric is not hard for Meghan to wear, nor does she have to worry about upkeep.

        I do wonder how Meg managed to sit in the dress with that poufy back skirt and train. Overall though, Meg is simply gorgeous, and the epitome of stunning. I love all the pictures they had released of them walking through the museum after the gala.

    • February-Pisces says:

      I make dresses and I actually love the fabric. I think taffeta can be problematic as it does crease easily and you can’t really iron it. But I think any other fabric like silk or satin would have looked too shiny. The fabric has the right finish for that style of dress, it’s a perfect silky matte finish which I think works really well. I think taffeta does get a bad rep most likely because it reminds people of their nightmarish 80s prom dress, but I like it here.

  3. Fanciful says:

    I adore the whole look and have zero issue with the bust. I love it. Gorgeous, classy and a brilliant follow up to the bad bitch tour. They both look amazing and happy.

    • Name keeps changing cos I delete my cookies says:


    • Elizabeth Regina says:

      I agree. I remember Diana wearing some pretty low cut dresses at the time. I love that Meghan is not afraid to fully be herself and now has the freedom to do so.

    • Charm says:

      She was perfection in motion.

    • Bettyrose says:

      Same! And it was such a nice surprise to have a fashion post about Meghan this morning. It’s been literally years.

    • GRUEY says:

      I agree. She is an icon. A legend. A queen. A goddess.

      The dress isn’t my style personally, and I guess there are imperfections in the fit. That said, I gasped and screamed when I opened Twitter early this morning. The whole feel is beauty, grace, power EVERYTHING yessssssss Meghan serve!!!!!

    • Myra says:

      Stunning. It was definitely a great follow up to the bad bitch tour.

    • kelleybelle says:

      I love it as well. The whole look is smashing. And in other news, “Kate wears a McQueen blouse again,” or something like that, lol. The derangers must be losing their tiny little minds.

    • Annie says:

      Agree. It will be one of those moments that will stick in everyone’s memories forever, like the umbrella photo. Iconic!!!!

    • Dierski says:

      Beautiful!! She is stunning and makes such an impact with that color of red and the shape & train… The full impact of the look makes me ignore wrinkly parts. Harry looks fantastic and glowing here too, as always. They are a true power couple, and you can just see how much good energy they give to each other when they are out at an event.

      I LOVE a good fashion-centered post, and I’m so glad we’ve gotten to get some more of them lately as the world slowly opens back up! (Thank you Kaiser & CB!! Longtime reader here who will hopefully someday make it to join your weekly CBZoom!) Great to see this one this morning.

      It’s amazing and really uplifting to see them looking so genuinely happy these days, after all the hell they went through. THATS the thing that will keep Salty Isle staying salty: the obvious happiness of this wonderful couple who got out of their decrepit system. Go H&M!

    • MrsRobinson says:

      I like it too—maybe because it’s sort of ballerina-esque, but for a sec she reminded me of Misty Copeland.

      • Tangerinetree says:

        What a lovely comparison – Misty and Meghan! Iconic!
        Meghan herself appeared so beautiful and content with her life. I love everything about her look here. And Harry, too, lol

  4. Alexandria says:

    My beautiful couple ❤️ onward Sussex!

  5. Amy Bee says:

    Yeah, I have my doubts about seeing them at award shows. Maybe if they’re nominated and even then I’m not sure they’ll go. But they both looked fabulous last night. Meghan brought out the deep vee neckline and the high slit. It makes me realise that the Palace told her what to wear. They looked very happy. I’m so glad they’re free.

    • Alexandria says:

      You never know. The Oscars are desperate for ratings since it’s been decreasing every year. If the Sussexes decide to come, fans and haters tune in (you know the damn haters and clowns would!).

      • JT says:

        If they are nominated for one of their projects I don’t see why they wouldn’t go. It wouldn’t just be showing up to show up. Attending the awards ceremonies is a part of the Hollywood game because a lot of business happens at those events, it’s not just for the party. As producers they will have to schmooze for their work and shake hands with the important people in the room. It’s their job and I don’t see why it would be beneath them or out of step to do so. They ARE Hollywood now.

    • Elizabeth Regina says:

      If TOD and TOB can go to the BAFTAs Meghan and Harry might jolly well go to the Oscars if one of their projects is nominated. The island will have a sh&&^t fit and the Oscars will get their ratings. In fact, I hope they get paid to attend. Nothing will please me more than knowing how upset the tabloids will be.

      • Liz version 700 says:

        Oh yes it would be glorious

      • JT says:

        Burger King and Fries go to awards shows just to be there. With H&M , it will literally be a part of their jobs. If the IG series gets nominated for an Emmy, do people really think that H&M wouldn’t show up for it? Or if one of their documentaries gets an Oscar nom, the Sussexes would just stay home? They are in an entirely different ball game now then when they were royals and they will be on the scene, which Meg would know because she’s been a part of that scene, albeit in a smaller scale. I think the pandemic has people thinking that H&M were going to be hermits and stay cooped up for the rest of their lives. That won’t be the case, especially as they are new company; they need to build those connections and put in the work.

      • Annie says:

        If they want the Sussexes there, and they want to go, the producers will be able to find some way, some connection, to tie them to some nominee somehow, so that they can introduce them or whatever. Fingers crossed!!!! There are already lots of people whining about how they said they wanted pRiVaCy, so that’s probably just going to be the go-to line whenever they do anything for the rest of their lives because it’s the only thing they can find to criticize. Luckily it seems that they couldn’t care less what those people think.

    • teecee says:

      Why not? Meghan was an actor. The two of them have a production company that will make movies and tv shows, etc. At the height of the UK Press’ racist nonsense, her friends and acquaintances in the entertainment industry had her back and were publicly setting the record straight when the inbreds were talking sh*t about her.

      It’s weird how people internalize the royal family’s condescension towards the entertainment industry when these past few years have shown us that “Hollyweird” is more honorable* than the royal family**.

      *at least in this case.
      **Not like that’s hard, but it ought to be mentioned

  6. Becks1 says:

    I said on Twitter that at first I didn’t like the top of the dress, but the more and more I look at it the more I love the whole look. It’s a statement dress. Last time we saw Meghan at a military event similar to this one she wore all red and looked fantastic but was covered from her neck to her toes with only her arms showing. Here, she’s making an entrance, she knows the British tabs are going to have a meltdown and she doesn’t give an eff and it’s glorious to see.

    I also think this was very clearly designed to be their first big appearance like this – I’m sure they were invited to the Emmy’s etc and made a clear choice for THIS to be their first “red carpet” moment.

    • Alexandria says:

      Me too! At first I didn’t like the dress, after seeing more pics it grew on me. Not a fan of the material but overall an 8 out of 10.

      • JT says:

        I felt the same. I liked the dress at first but after seeing the dress in motion, I loved it , especially the view from the back. It’s definitely a whole package look. It think Meg’s presence and confidence really carried the look overall. Meghan was wearing the dress, not the other way around.

    • Merricat says:

      The color is amazing on her. She looks aglow.

    • TeamMeg says:

      I adore the dress from the back, top to bottom, just beautiful. The front, especially the bodice, is… well, unique. Agree with everyone on the color: yummy. Wish Harry had buttoned his jacket for their entrance—whoops. Such a gorgeous couple, though, whatever they wear. And Meg was simply glowing. Love seeing this today—thank you! xx

  7. minx says:

    That bust is not good, just a few alterations would have done wonders.

    • Jais says:

      I despise the bust. And yet the overall look is stunning. Would I have liked it better without those darts? Hell yes. But the color and the views from the back are just so so good. Love the photos when she’s looking over her shoulder.

    • FC says:

      I agree the bust is tragic, but hot damn she sells this look.

      • Concern Fae says:

        One thing I’ve learned getting older is that you really need to get in there and make sure your breasts are properly filling your bra (and garment, if it is one that is designed to have your breasts in a particular place). It’s amazing how bending over, wiggling, and doing some rearranging can make a sad dress look great.

  8. ThatsNotOkay says:

    They are shining stars. I wondered if the bust had some sort of breast-feeding accommodation structure or something, but other than that, I fs wit it.

  9. Jegede says:

    Did not like the dress at all. Too busy and unflattering.😞😞

    Meghan looks sensational in simple cleaner lines like the Stella Mcartney white & the Safiyaa red. Didn’t like the Croydon face lift hair style either.

    With Kmart’s endless coat dresses/jeggings, the House of Windsor next gen is a nope for me.😢

    Guess Queen Leti & Princess Tatiana stand alone.😟

    • Amy Bee says:

      @Jegede: Please remember that Meghan had a baby 5 months ago. It’s obvious that Meghan choose a style that she’s comfortable wearing at the moment. She looked great.

      • Jegede says:

        @AmyBee –

        But I said nothing about her weight.😞
        The design of the dress is bad. JMO.

        And the Croydon facelift is a hairstyle. Nothing to do with the body.

      • Amy Bee says:

        @Jegede: i didn’t say anything about her weight either. But the dresses you recalled her wearing was when she had a different body type. Meghan at the moment is dressing to accommodate her post pregnancy body. As I said, it’s obvious that Meghan is not ready to wear the type of dresses you want her to wear.

      • Jegede says:

        The dress I want her to wear??

        IMO dress is a no.
        The design is unflattering to her in every aspect.

        Meghan looked great at the NY summit a day before, also post-baby.
        So I don’t get why me saying I don’t like this look, is exclusively linked to her being post-partum.

    • Becks says:

      Agreed. That dress is so ill fitting and looks so cheap. Just so bad all around.

  10. Kviby says:

    After working in bridal for a while ( if you don’t know almost all brides alter their gown to fit more perfectly) I learned there is no avoiding the tightness/ bulge at the back for certain people in certain gowns . Like the gown would have to be way too loose in the top to avoid that . A lot of brides were disappointed but c la vie . The only option would be a gown covering more of the back

  11. Janey says:

    well well well, look at these two turning up looking fierce and BEING PREPARED, making an awesome, charming, researched speech delivered with finesse. William will no doubt be blindsided and apoplectic with rage.

  12. Sofia says:

    So first of all, I LOVED her makeup and glow. Absolutely stunning, especially the eyeshadow. Daniel Martin (pretty sure he did it judging by his Instagram stories) did a job well done.

    As for the dress, I think the colour is beautiful on Meghan and the back is absolutely exquisite but I didn’t like the bust either. I liked the slit in the middle. There seems to be a slight fit issue for me but her body is probably still changing and sorting itself out after Lili’s birth (which yes was 5 months ago but not every woman can or wants to get back to the pre baby body easily or quickly). But the dress moves very nicely in motion and makes me like it even more. What’s important is that Harry and Meghan are happy and glowing.

    • TigerMcQueen says:

      You took the words right out of my mouth! Everything. I love the color, love her makeup and hair, not a fan of the gown’s bust, etc.

      However much i didn’t like the top of the gown, I overall the look was beautiful. And she was glowing really, which is the best thing of all.

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  14. liz says:

    She looked spectacular. They did as good a job with the fit on the bodice as is possible when the size of your breasts changes by the hour.

  15. Krista says:

    I don’t care for the dress, but that’s just my personal taste (I do love love love the colour though!). Having said that, I could barely see the dress since she glowed enough to outshine anything she wore! They both look so happy and relaxed….I hope the RF chokes on their bile.

    • MMadison says:

      I’m waiting for them to release backstage pictures to prove to the world they are in love. You know because most happily married couples only show their love backstage and ignore each other while in front of the public. Thus must release backstage photos to prove their love.

  16. Noki says:

    I dont think she needs to look elongated,she is not a tall woman and she had a baby only months ago. She looks gorgeous.

    • Name keeps changing cos I delete my cookies says:

      She def doesn’t need elongating, I love seeing a woman who looks like she had a baby five months ago in such a large spotlight and getting well-deserved admiration. Shows that you can be luminous and gorgeous at any size, it’s your styling, hair, skin and not your size. Normalize body changes in women.

    • Noki says:

      @ Name keeps changing….. Also people forget she is not tall like Kate,she must be about 5’5. Women who are shorter and look on the taller side are women like Victoria Beckham because she is dedicated to being a size zero. If you see VB next to an actual model she is rather short but when she does her pap strolls you would guess she is as tall as Giselle.

    • sunny says:

      I don’t love the bust of the dress but I love the colour and the styling. She is really so gorgeous that most things just look well on her. What really sells the whole look is how happy she looks, especially when she looks at him.

      I really love that these two are together, in love, building a family and thriving professionally.

  17. Plums says:

    I think she looks great but agree about the bust being unfortunate. Though I imagine it’s difficult to tailor a postpartum gown. Maybe a less stiff, more forgiving fabric choice, idk.

  18. D says:

    She’s just so gorgeous and her hair/makeup/jewelry were perfect. I just don’t think the dress was fitted correctly and it is not flattering. The back is very pretty though. With her face it doesn’t really matter what she wears, she is just so stunning. Harry looks dapper too.

  19. TheOriginalMia says:

    She looked gorgeous. I loved the dress. Just a beautiful creation from Hererra. I knew it was her. Salty Isle folks can be pressed as hell. How much Meghan paid for her dress is her business. She didn’t use their money to do it.

  20. mae says:

    Love her, but this look is terrible. It’s okay to think so!

    • Sofia says:

      I’m curious, who said it isn’t okay to think so? If you post an opinion and people disagree with it, that’s the nature of the internet. People will agree or disagree with your opinion and you should be okay with that when you post your opinions. However, I know sometimes it can get “pile on” esque when you post a negative Meghan opinion.

      • mae says:

        I am definitely okay with my opinions. Thanks!

      • Sofia says:

        @Mae: Glad you are. Just thought otherwise since you added “it’s okay to think so” after your opinions, implying it wasn’t okay to think so.

      • iconoclast59 says:

        @Sofia, c’mon. This is a very pro-H&M site. I’ve been around here long enough to have seen many instances where even the most politely-worded dissent results in a pile-on. I think Mae is obliquely referring to that fact. Your faux disingenuousness does you no favors.

      • Sofia says:

        @iconoclast59: Oh dear me. It seems you didn’t read my full comment. Don’t worry, I’ll save your precious few seconds of scrolling up by copying and pasting my final sentence: “However, I know sometimes it can get “pile on” esque when you post a negative Meghan opinion.”

        Hopefully that’s not too long of a sentence for you and I haven’t wasted your precious time. Next time, read my comments fully before accusing me of anything. Oh and I do not care if I sound like b***h, I do not like people who don’t read my comments fully or judge without reading what I’ve said.

    • Brandy Alexander says:

      Agreed that the dress is terrible. And the color of the shoes with it are making my eyes twitch, But really is her color though. She should stop trying to make the blues and blacks happen and embrace the reds because she shines in it.

      • Tessa says:

        I really liked that dress. She looked really great. It is much much better than the gold gown Kate wore which I did find ill fitting on her and not her best look.

  21. Cessily says:

    She looks beautiful, love her in red. Seeing them happy and smiling after everything is priceless. I love this for them, especially how wonderful the local press has been. Searches for red dresses has gone up 1300%+, it is going to be a beautiful holiday season filled with red dresses❤️.
    Glad that in the red carpet walk their focus was on the award recipients and Meghan even met a fellow Northwestern University alumni.
    (Funniest thing this morning is explaining the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile to my European friends who never heard of it🤣😂..)
    Happy Veterans Day🌺

  22. Mooney says:

    She looked awesome 😍😍😍😍. She looks so good with baby weight. At first I too disliked the chest portion but when you look from afar it looks amazing 😍. Specially the back, with the train flowing behind.

    No more dimming lights. No more boring dresses.

    PS. You don’t need to be a disco ball/gift paper to rock the night 😁😉

  23. Marivic says:

    Prince Harry and Meghan are the “it” couple. They are vibrant, exciting, relatable, hardworking, interesting, and intelligent. Everything the Cambridges are not. That’s why jealous William and Kate, with the aid of double-crosser Jason Knauf and the British media clowns, are out to humiliate and demolish the Sussexes on the global stage. They can’t. The Sussexes are here for the win.

    • Tessa says:

      It is sad that Charles and the Queen could not have reined in William. Had Diana still been around I think she’d have been proactive and nipped the problems in the bud. I don’t think she’d hesitate to have words with William.

  24. Thirtynine says:

    Loved it. The colour is spectacular on her. I thought of Audrey’s black and white party gown in Sabrina too, so the only thing I didn’t love was the slit in the skirt. But so good to see her in full red carpet mode after all the business wear. The train from the back was perfect- a wonderfully sculptured shape. I’m not noticing whatever it is about the bust you didn’t like?

    • Thirtynine says:

      Ok, now everyone has described it, and I had a closer look, I can see what you are all talking about with the bust darts. I actually don’t think that’s a flaw, I think that almost pleated cup like sculptural shape is echoed in the pleat of the train and is part of the design. The whole thing to me is flower like- poppy red, and all the different elements of skirt, train and bodice all curved away from her body like petals. I think it’s all deliberate. Meghan is a flower, a beautiful, beautiful flower.

      • Jais says:

        Somewhere else in this post, I said I despised the bust bc of the darts but thought she was overall stunning. The more I stare at it though, the more it grows on me and there is a certain architecture to it that makes you keep looking. It’s interesting.

      • Cece says:

        The Duchess has style that isn’t predictable. The looks are editorial masterpieces that like or hate are conversation pieces worth noting.You always want to take another look and read the message. Madame Duchess doesn’t disappoint- she keeps you looking for more! More please because your style slays!

  25. Belli says:

    That colour on her will always bring out the hearteyes from me. Just so stunning.

  26. Over it says:

    She looks beautiful in red, if I don’t zoom into the boob, then I don’t need to pay attention to the pleat in it or whatever it’s called, think remove that stitch and it’s golden. However I think on a whole, they both look stunningly beautiful. So so glad to see them out and about and so happy and loved up . I also really love the back of the dress.

  27. MsIam says:

    She looks so pretty! I hope they had a wonderful time.

  28. SunRae says:

    She looks like Hollywood royalty. I love this colour on her but to be honest it’s her skin that takes my breath away every appearance. I need Madam Duchess to drop a full skincare routine or catch these hands. I need body oils, sleep serums, the home remedies Doria gave her, the whole business!!!

    • Maria says:

      I’ve spent so much money on her favorite products over the years 😂😂😍
      She likes the Tatcha Rice Polish, Tatcha Deep Brightening Serum, Tatcha Luminous Hydration Masks, Tatcha Sun Creams, Tatcha Dewy Skin Moisturizer and Face Mist (her makeup artist Daniel Martin works with Tatcha so it makes sense), Kate Somerville Quench Serum, Caudalie Premier Cru Oil, the Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask, La Mer Eye Balm Intense, and also the Laura Mercier Illuminating Primer! And for body Nivea Skin Firming Hydration!

      • SunRae says:

        I LOVE YOU. I’m buying as much as my husband’s daily limit will allow 🙂

      • Yup, Me says:

        Thank you for sharing this list. I have a friend who just told me she treated herself to several Tatcha products and her skin is looking airbrushed. I already had a tab open to get myself some and now I’m going to have to follow through.

      • Nocturne says:

        If you want to buy Tatcha their website has good sales, especially at this time of year. I think I remember seeing their products discounted 30% at some point. But honestly, spending a grand or two on skincare is great if you can afford it and want to pamper yourself, but you’ll probably be better spending that money on dermatologist treatments like lasers etc. Which is probably what Meghan gets done.

        If you want good quality affordable skincare I’d look into Korean products. They have a HUGE beauty industry and so many products that give the same results. (I shop from Jolse who usually have good sales). I’ve been down that whole skincare ‘journey’ so I just wanted to save you some money! Also, a lot of the expensive brands sell their stuff with some gimmick that doesn’t actually do much, and also add ingredients that can be problematic like fragrance and essential oils just to make it smell ‘expensive.’

    • GRUEY says:

      I would bet a big part of her skin is clean living—mostly no booze, certainly no cigs or drugs. Good sleep and good food. Maybe I’m projecting because I’m 2 yrs sober, but her whole aura gives “clean and serene” for me.

    • Amy Too says:

      Her legs are always so shiny and moisturized looking! She reflects light, it’s amazing. She has beautiful skin.

      • Hotsauceinmybag says:

        Agree, I always notice that about her legs too! When I use cocoa butter on my legs they give off a similar glow, I’d recommend that!

  29. Jezz says:

    They look so happy and gorgeous! And sound so natural and clever and sweet.
    But the bust is awful on that dress, and the purple cat’s eye is bad. A minor miss for our major royals!

  30. Jessie Quinton says:

    I love it. Modern Audrey Hepburn vibes.

    Cue everybody getting mad because she’s showing more than ankle.

  31. mariahlee says:

    This is hands down my fave evening look of hers, but I figured it would be polarizing. I love the neckline, the skirt, and the train. Also, it’s stunning in motion. I look forward to future evening looks now that she has major budget and presumably access to the best stylists.

  32. BC says:

    I love her makeup-subtle and dewy, hair, the color of the dress and most of the dress. I don’t hate the bust part, but I don’t like the way it cut into her on the back. Also I’m not really a fan of the double skirt like thing or the the material, I think it looks wrinkly at times. However, the angles for photos where she looks from the back, the train, and when she moves makes the dress a winner for me. Another thing I wasn’t a fan of was I saw several black and white photos of them at this event, which normally I love, but with this dress the color and the color of the red carpet you need the color photos. It just makes it pop. On an aside, isn’t it fun to talk about pretty outfits and events instead of all the heavy crap for a bit. It’s nice to have this escape again.

  33. Gina says:

    I adore her posture and gait.This dress that I wasn’t fan of it from the pictures, looks regal (and Meghan in it!) when we watch her walking.
    She knows how to behave in spotlight, in front of cameras.

    • Jaded says:

      She does a lot of yoga, that’s why she carries herself so beautifully. Now picture Kate, shoulders hunched over, bad posture, wearing this dress. She’d look ridiculous.

  34. M says:

    A big fat A for Madame Duchess!! My only issue is that the shoes are the wrong color lol.

    For those of you complaining about the darting in the chest, it’s done that way so it’s softer and less angled. If the dart were sewn all the way, she would have pointy nipples, and you’d complain then too. There’s not a whole lot of ways to fit that kind of a bodice. I think she looks amazing.

    • Chrissy says:

      I think that the stiffness of the taffeta makes the darting issue more obvious, that’s all, It couldn’t have been done any other way.

  35. Bookie says:

    Not a fan of the dress, but I love her so much that I feel disloyal with any little criticism.

    She looks fabulous though and I’m sure that dress was a big eff you to all the haters. Go, Meg!

  36. Ginger says:

    She looked amazing and they both seem so happy and at peace. I watched videos of the arrival and how excited they all were for them to show up. Plus, Harry got a standing ovation before his speech. I’m glad THIS was the debut red carpet moment.

  37. C-Shell says:

    I enjoy seeing all the photos and videos from this event! More iconic pics for the Keens to try and fail to emulate. I especially loved the ones where Harry is looking at Meghan with his big, how-lucky-am-I grin. I think the dress is gorgeous, definitely Meghan’s best color IMO. Depending on the angle/perspective, the bust is flattering or not quite, but overall it’s stunning. As they walked up the red carpet, it just flowed beautifully. Overall, another home run in the glamour stakes.

    • MerlinsMom1018 says:

      Harry probably had more than he could handle to keep his hands to himself.
      He looks like he wants to just literally devour her all of the time. He is so proud of her.
      Also possibly (and I don’t blame him) a subtle “hey William, look at MY wife.” dig

  38. Over it says:

    I. Second thought, she just had a baby so her boobs won’t adapt to any dress. I imagine if she pumped before she got dressed, they go down a little and that can mess with the fit. Children better appreciate what all us women bodies go through for them. Lol.

    • Yup, Me says:

      Good point. Esepcially as the dress is taffeta. I wore a satin evening dress when I was nursing my first child. I pumped at the beginning of the night and my boobs fit my dress beautifully. Over the course of the evening, though, my cleavage got progressively more voluminous until I looked like I’d gotten a boob job mid party.

  39. Mina_Esq says:

    I think the only women that could potentially pull off this design are the ones without any boobies (on account of the darts and that deep of a V) or ass (on account of that double skirt). It’s just not a great dress choice. I do love red on Meghan, and her hair and makeup are flawless as always.
    As for the whole vibe of this event, I’m so glad that Harry is able to get involved with veterans in the US. It’s heartbreaking that his family chooses to punish him by playing petty games with wreaths and uniforms. The man is a war veteran. Show some gd respect.

  40. Polo says:

    I gasped when they walked out. I didn’t expect her to come out in red I was thinking maybe black or navy. They looked gorgeous! I loved her dress, her makeup the whole thing!! I think when you put it in perspective of what they’ve been through…it’s amazing to see Meghan not having to hide herself.
    I hope they continue shining and living their life on their terms.
    Let the haters seethe and help pad their bank accounts

  41. Mimi says:

    She looks lovely. Your eyes are always drawn to her, regardless of what she’s wearing. So many of her fashions and fits are not to my taste initially but when I look back on them, they seem uniquely suited to her and they age well.

    • Sofia says:

      Same. I was looking back at her working royal outfits the other day and there’s so many that I looked and went “Oh I quite like this” when I initially complained about the fit or the colour or something. Her clothes do age well.

    • Bren says:

      When I go back to look at Meghan’s outfits while she was a working royal, I agree that her fashion choices aged well. She stayed true to her personal style for the most part. I believe the criticism during the time was mostly based on our expectations for her and they were high after years of coatdress watching.

  42. Busyann says:

    This look, is so pretty on Meghan. I love it a lot and it’s especially pretty in motion. The tafetta material, love it or hate it, has been creeping back into style. If you’re going to try this trend, this is the way to do it.
    Now, I’m going to say something….don’t come at me. Meghan had a baby 5 months ago. She clearly takes the time needed to lose the weight in a healthy way and she may never go back to her pre-baby weight, BUT, I think she looks equally adorable with a little extra weight on her. There’s nothing wrong with that. It’s whatever makes her happy and whatever changes her body will allow because weight gain/loss sometimes just is out of our control. She’s adorable.

    • Nick G says:

      I agree @ Busyann. You can see the weight in certain outfits and I am finding it so attractive! She looks mature, sexy but she’s still retained some of her… girlishness? Clearly I don’t have the right words, but if she never loses the baby weight who cares, she’s a gorgeous queen.

  43. Dee says:

    They both look amazing! The tears from the Isle of Salty are certainly flowing this morning.

  44. Abby says:

    She looks like a beautiful poppy (so fitting for the occasion) – I love the color. It’s not a fit of a dress that I would choose, but she looks radiant. And I love the way she responded to the question from the paps. ❤️

  45. Chaine says:

    Color is gorgeous on her and I’m guessing this is a scenario where the fabric/fit looks better in person than in photos, because I can’t see her choosing to wear something where the fabric appears to pucker so obviously on the underside of the bust.

  46. wordnerd says:

    She looks gorgeous in rich jewel tones and it’s nice to see how happy they look. However…the hair feels too formal for the dress. A ponytail would’ve been cute and might have complemented the sportier-straps of the top more, but either way, those two are tres chic!

    • Annie says:

      Wordnerd a different hairstyle is the only thing that could have been improved, the rest of it was perfect. I think it would have looked better if her hair and makeup were more like her wedding day, less severe, but that was during a sunny day so it’s hard to compare.

  47. Harper says:

    Love it. The boob fabric gathering is problematic but this wasn’t a once in a lifetime royal wedding gown where you’d expect perfection in that area. It was a statement dress and she looked gorgeous from the front and back.

    • Nic919 says:

      The dress looked better in motion and she has the charisma to make you overlook any minor issues with the dress itself. Meghan has the kind of charisma that you can’t learn and just have…. Which makes others very jealous because they can never replicate it no matter how hard they try or how much the media establishment tries to pretend.

    • Tessa says:

      Bea looks great after the birth of her baby and is not rushing to lose the baby weight. Both she and Meghan are positively glowing.

  48. Case says:

    I don’t love the neckline, but she looks stunning in red and it’s an otherwise beautiful gown. They look glowing and happy!

  49. Eurydice says:

    I could get picky about the details of the dress, but I won’t because of the way Meghan carries herself. She looks super confident and natural and happy – none of that self-conscious “look at me” vibe some celebrities give off when they’ve prepared for a big event. That’s the thing about style – you do your hair and makeup, you put on the dress and then you forget about it and let yourself shine.

  50. Crowned Huntress says:

    I don’t care for taffeta but this color and cut on her is so flattering. I’m actually surprised that she didn’t fill the cups as much, she looked so much fuller when she visited in October but from the comments I can see that breasts fluctuate a lot in post partum. I really hope she keeps the baby weight, she looks so healthy and curvaceous in her clothing. 🤩

  51. Amy Bee says:

    Everytime I look at the dress, I love it even more.

  52. aquarius64 says:

    This is Meghan’s poppy dress. I didn’t pay attention to the bust, I like the overall look.

  53. Theothermia says:

    Great colour on her, great shoes too.

  54. Cee says:

    Oh, it kind of reminds me to the dress I wore to my brother’s wedding in Dec. 2019 Same colour and vibe with a different top.

    I love how she embraces her post baby body. She celebrates it. She doesn’t slave away the minute she is done pushing. We need more Meghans in the spotlight.

  55. Red Weather Tiger says:

    She looked gorgeous—the dress has a magical, glidey quality, and she looked so happy alongside her handsome husband.

    Harry’s speech was excellent, too. He always succeeds at being both intelligent and heartfelt.

  56. dido says:

    The more I look at this dress, the more I like it. (She has that effect! It’s like with her wedding dress.) Love the colour, love how healthy, glowing, and tanned she looks. And yes, like others have said here, love that this is their first red carpet event. It’s something with meaning (and not just some James Bond movie screening being counted as “work”… *eyeroll*) Harry looks so happy and at home when he’s with veterans.

  57. ABritGuest says:

    I gasped when I saw her in the red with that updo. I think her style over last few years has been quite unpredictable so wasn’t expecting a fairly daring look.

    Didn’t love the bust but looks better in other photos as does the back on pictures from archewell. Phew. They both looked soo soo good. Harry gave a great speech & got a standing ovation which I know royal commentators like Angela troll levin won’t like

  58. Watson says:

    Glad she’s able to pull out her sexiness now that she’s away from the ever shifting Royal protocol. Gimme a thigh high slit and a low cut neckline! What a way to stick it to the men in grey. What a way to announce you’re free to wear what you want!

    Kate’s taking notes but honestly i hope she doesn’t copy this one. I do think you need good posture to pull it off.

    Edited to add i love how Meghan continues to rewear her jewelry. Birks snow flake earrings are still my fave. She clearly isn’t wasteful on that front as she rewears her jewelry like crazy.


    She is a stunner! She just glows, no matter what she’s wearing. For me, this dress didn’t knock it out of the park- it’s a personal thing, I have never liked taffeta as a material, or the front slit style, or the skirt. So even before the bodice I was out. But I love her confidence and her shine.

  60. B says:

    I love, love the train. It pulls everything together and sparks it with elegance. The hair is perfect for the dress

  61. MellyMel says:

    She always looks so gorgeous in red! Not a huge fan of the bust, but the train I love. And more importantly, she looks happy and healthy.

  62. Pocket Litter says:

    Loved it all except for the eyeliner. Fug.

  63. Betsy says:

    I never love that neckline, but it’s a really striking dress and very pretty.

  64. Athena says:

    One of the award recipients went to the same university as Meghan and she made a comment about the university when they met and he was shocked that she knew where he went to school. That’s what I like about Meghan, even for an award ceremony where she’s the plus one, she does her homework.

  65. swirlmamad says:

    O…..M…..G. I am LOVING this look on Madame Duchess!! She looks to be built similar to me on top (smaller bust) and I have to say I think it works in her favor here — super sexy without being over the top. Makes me feel I too could wear this and work it (in the next to nil chance I could ever afford this dress🤣 ) Plus the low cut top, the leg slit….it’s all an F-U to the protocol vultures who decreed she could NEVER wear a dress like this when they were still part of the Firm. But now she can and she is DOING it. Go ‘head Meghan…you get two thumbs up from me.

  66. Barbie1 says:

    Meg looks gorgous. Too bad they are not working it for the crown. It was such an exciting time after they got married, showing up to royal events looking glamourous. It’s a shame someone had to ruin it.

  67. molly says:

    That is a DRESS! I especially love it from the back.
    And while the bodice isn’t great, Rosamund Pike in the 2015 Vera Wang at the Golden Globes would have killed for that “not great” bodice. That cut can go very wrong very quickly!

  68. ML says:

    I love that Meghan is happy and glowing (Harry looks good, too)! I’m not a fan of the dress: I wish it had slightly different tailoring and was of a different material.

  69. Theothermia says:

    I wasn’t sure I liked the cut of the dress until I saw it from the front:


  70. MerlinsMom1018 says:

    So have the “Sussex(es) are copying the Cambridges with the back shot” screaming started yet?
    I love everything about this
    Honoring service men and women. Harry saying “f off” and wearing his military medals. Madame Duchess absolutely SLAYING on the red carpet.
    Did the media know they were coming ? Can you just IMAGINE the scramble?

  71. Lexistential says:

    Not my style and not fond of the bust details, but Madam Duchess knocked it out of the park, off the boat, and across the Internet. I love how this dress moves and its structure, and this showcases where her figure is at at beautifully. Love that the red DGAF about protocol, Salty Island, TOB, or KopyK and that their first return to the red carpet is all about Harry’s work with veterans.

    Harry and Meghan are THE It Couple. No amount of social media copycatting, Palace briefing, or DM columns will change that.

  72. February-Pisces says:

    I absolutely love it, I think she looks so stunning. I like everything about it, and also love the up do. I also love that she’s slaying the look with her post baby body and she’s not putting pressure to slim down to mother, like most mothers in the public eye. I’ve always hated how mothers in the public eye get so much praise for snapping back weeks after giving birth, it’s so unrealistic, not to mention the pressure it puts on women.

  73. Lululu says:

    The dress was much better in motion than in still photos. The bust could have been better, but I like the look as a whole.

  74. Twinkle says:

    This dress is not helping her at all. What are those weird fabric puckers where her nipples should be?

  75. NotSoSocialButterfly says:

    Meghan’s body is similar to mine, in that we are both short waisted. It’s tricky to dress, imo…especially when your chest is larger from nursing or just getting bigger bazooms as you age.
    For goodness sake- she just had a baby 4-5 months ago!

    • Jaded says:

      Mine too — short torso, top heavy with long slender legs. It is hard to dress around it but meh, what do I know, I’ve been living in yoga pants and sweatshirts for a year and a half!

    • Vee says:

      Same: athletic shoulders, pokey outey ribcage, very slim hips and long stork legs.

  76. Courtney B says:

    Red is my favorite color so that’s already a plus for me. I think it’s a great color on her. And those shoes! ❤️ Cons are the fabric but also the fit up top. In the one shot of the back you can actually see it giving the dreaded ‘fat squeeze’. And despite some baby weight Meghan is slender so to me that seems way too tight. Though maybe the low cut bodice demanded a super tight fit? (Edited to say that, yes, the fit was needed according to some posters in the know.) Either way, that’s just one angle and over all she looks fabulous. And again, the shoes!

  77. lucy2 says:

    Not my favorite dress, but she looks beautiful as always.

  78. Cg2495 says:

    She looked beautiful. The dress is not tailored properly but it’s hard to tailor. Changing post baby body. Regardless , she looked beautiful, happy and forever Meghan. I was pretty happy to see them

  79. Murphy says:

    I don’t love the dress but I love the color and of course her face looks fantastic

  80. Steph says:

    I almost love the dress but I’m with @Kaiser. There is something off in the rib and bust area. It’s too big on her boobs and too small at the ribs/back. Some ppl are saying it’s the fabric but this is a consistent issue with her dresses. I said yesterday that it was bad tailoring but I’m wondering now if she just doesn’t have “typical” dimensions and if the dress isn’t made for from beginning to end that tailoring can’t really fix that. She didn’t have that issue with her wedding dress which was made entirely for her from scratch.

    • Lulu says:

      You hit the nail on the head. Her natural proportions are off. (Wide rib cage, high waist, short torso). For that reason, Streamlined cuts suit her. There’s just too much bunched up fabric and layers that are not flattering her shape here. She has so much confidence and natural grace that she carries it off well though. It’s a beautiful color and she looks so happy. Stunning woman.

  81. Jaded says:

    I’m imaging the Keens watching this on YouTube and literally gnashing the wall and throwing nerf bricks at the TV. Let’s see how long it takes Keen to show up at some much less relevant formal event in eye-popping red.

    • Marion says:

      Ha ha!! Let’s count the days “indeed”!!! Not sure she can pull this color off as Megan did.

    • Beach Dreams says:

      Oh lord let’s hope not. It was bad enough seeing her look like an aging Vegas showgirl at the Bond premiere with the hunched shoulders and bird’s nest updo. At least we know she won’t dare to copy *this* hairstyle; I think even she knows she can’t pull off a top bun.

  82. Marion says:

    I really love the dress except around the chest which is a bit odd. But she really looks stunning, the color is perfect on her, the shoes are great. Whatever she wears she knows how to style it and she definitely has a sense of style.
    Love the idea of a poppy red colour and I love that Harry is wearing his poppy. They both lokked great.

  83. tamsin says:

    When I first saw the dress I thought the colour was stunning, but didn’t quite like the look of the back which seemed a bit tight and the bust didn’t look flattering at all. But as more pictures came out, I changed my mind. The dress is stunning, and Meghan looks beautiful in it. The waist is is in line with her waist, the slit in front gives it a sexy look and the train lends it a regal look. It looks fabulous in motion, just stunning, making Meghan look like she is floating. The fabric needs to stand up to the intention of the train, which is to maintain its shape and “float” and “sweep” rather than to drag along. I think the open darts and the straps gives the dress almost a girlish vibe, which keeps the gown from being just “sexy.” The sum of the dress is greater than its parts. You need the full shots and movement to do the dress justice. Meghan looked simply beautiful and happy.

  84. Annie says:

    Simone why would she need to look elongated right now???

  85. Gingerbee says:

    Meghan looks stunning from head to toe

  86. Likeyoucare says:

    I like the dress just because Meghan like to try new styles and she can make them work too.
    It will boring if she wears the same style everytime she make an appearance.

    She is not boring and wasteful like kate.
    Sticking to one coatdress in different colours and sometime the same coatdress in the same colour but with different buttons.

    You do you meghan.

  87. Candy says:

    I love Taffeta and will never tire of it. Then again, I’m a 90s girl 🤣.

  88. PrincessK says:

    Drop Dead Gorgeous! Meghan is back!!!!

  89. Beach Dreams says:

    She’s glowing and radiant. Count me in among the folks who warmed up to the dress with more photos and videos. She carries herself so elegantly too, which also elevates the look.

  90. Monica says:

    Oh my lord she’s a vision! Her updo is so elegant and that shade of red is my favorite.

    Harry looks happy. Can’t help but compare with a different prince.

    • CC says:

      Now all I can think of is Madeleine Kahn talking about her dress in “Young Frankenstein.”
      ‘It’s taffeta! It wrinkles so easily!’

    • CC says:

      Sorry, I meant to reply to the comment upthread from someone who hates taffeta.

  91. Kit says:

    When l saw Megan this morning on FB l thought ‘wow,’ she looks absolutely stunning, beautiful look overall. However, l love de way de dress moves on her but de Bustline and back is ill fitting l think.
    On a sad note though ,
    I’ve looked through pictures in DM and comments and l am genuinely troubled by de comments that have been made about her. Who are these people and why does this Newspaper.condone this type of bullying and harassment of a lady , no matter who they are.or where they are from, whilst not a word from Prince Charles to this behaviour by the bought media. Late princess Diana would be so ashamed of him and William. His Father, his only living parent and his brother has completely let him down

    • L4frimaire says:

      There really is this hostility exacerbated by the tabloids over there, to the point where it comes across as mob incitement. This is not normal on any scale and frankly dangerous. Even our most polarizing public figures do not get this daily drumming and level of intrusiveness and hate industry. Even Trump and his minions, do not elicit this type of reaction, and frankly our press treats him with kid gloves. The shame is on the UK for this.

    • Tessa says:

      I am horrified also by the comments. The DM comments are dreadful and I don’t know how some of those comments even got to be posted.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        Employees of the Daily Fail post those nasty comments to excite the natives into a mob mentality and drive click$ for revenue$.

  92. MerryGirl says:

    Wow, gorgeous and stunning. At first look, like others I didn’t care for the bust area but as more pictures came out and I saw the dress in motion, I love, love, love it. Meghan wears the dress and she knows how to work a red carpet with her beautiful posture and glamour. Well done.

  93. L4Frimaire says:

    The dress is a little fussier than her usual sleek style but she looks absolutely stunning in it. It shouldn’t work, but it does. The bodice is a bit fussy but love that deep V. The dress is sexy but she has a certain something that makes it look fun and not too obvious. The way she carries herself makes a huge difference. The dress never wears her and she moves beautifully. It looks like they had a great night, Harry gave an amazing speech and they were able to honor veterans and commemorate Remembrance Day as well. It was a perfect way for them to make their first red carpet appearance.

  94. Lizzie says:

    They both look elegant. This duchess knows how to style any outfit, she wears her clothes, they don’t wear her.

  95. Joanna says:

    Omg ILOVE her dress! She always looks great

  96. Aurelia says:

    Croydon Facelift

  97. L4frimaire says:

    This dress, the high bun, and the muted makeup with the pale lip and winged eyeliner is such a throwback to early-mid 60s style. The heavy satin fabric, the ball skirt over the narrow skirt is such a throwback. Look at pictures of Jackie Kennedy, Capotes Black and White ball, or the 60s Cinecitta films and Mad Men. She’s totally channeling those looks, a bit of Camelot, and I love it! So stunning and brilliant.

  98. Mslove says:

    Meghan looks beautiful and her dress is gorgeous. Harry is a very lucky man.

  99. Aud says:

    I love the colour on her but dislike the dress. She’s a stunning woman and red is a great colour on her. I do think she’s having some trouble figuring out how to dress for her body after 2 babies and feeling a bit insecure, which is fine. But this dress has a weird chest area and too much fabric in some areas.

  100. Ania says:

    I love 99% of her outfits and would LOVE to have her wardrobe but without this dress. Colour is great but it just doesn’t fit right.

  101. Twinkle says:

    The bust part of the dress is weird with that puckering/darting/seaming/whateveryoucallit around the bust. This dress was not doing her any favors.

  102. giiiiirl says:

    Red is a gorgeous color on her. I think the dress is beautiful but it couldn’t been a little less tight in the back. She still looks stunning.

  103. Isa says:

    She looks so good in red. She’s glowing and looks so happy when you compare the photos to the ones taken after she revealed she was suicidal in the blue dress. I hate the bodice of the dress though.

  104. blunt talker says:

    Red is definitely Meghan’s color-her hair and makeup was really nice on her.the dress color is superb and she floats in it-I really looked at the dress and from some angles I liked it on her but a couple of other angles it looked like it didn’t fit properly or the wrong size. But no matter, I am just thrilled to see them out and about and looking great-Harry looked very dapper too-Great cause and a Great outing for the Harry/ Meghan.

  105. erin says:

    I LOVE seeing a postpartum woman dressed to the nines, all done up, and not a size zero. I am *ahem* almost three years post partum with my second and I do not see myself getting back into my pre-baby shape any time soon. I admire how Meghan embraces her body, I find it inspiring.

  106. K says:

    She looks like JLo here, but less severe.

  107. what's inside says:

    I wish the fabric had been velvet or silk and strapless. The color is gorgeous and great for Meghan.

  108. A says:

    She looks gorgeous. Just absolutely gorgeous. But I don’t like the bust of this dress at all. The skirt though, is magnificent. I love full princess skirts like that, where they’re not too poofy, but still just full. It’s lovely. I wish the top were different.

  109. Bibi says:

    Meghan’s beauty outshines the dress which is a good thing because the bust darts are a bit cringe. Also, I think a full skirt would have worked better than the slit-pencil underskirt. Overall, though, I love that they’re both free, happy, doing impactful work and making their own way. Everything else is noise.

  110. aftershocks says:

    M&H know how to work a room, a red carpet, and a receiving line, like no other power couple! #Love Wins #HatersLose

    Check out Daniel Martin’s Instagram for make-up and hairstyling details. Serge Normant (hairstylist) and Martin, apparently met up with M&H at their hotel, and they all had a blast preparing Meg for the Intrepid event, and reminiscing about the royal wedding, when they were last all together.

  111. Terry A says:

    With money and access to great designers, why does nothing ever fit her correctly?

  112. liri says:

    For me there’s too much going on. Lite too many elements, split, bustier, elongated dress.
    This dress does Meghan look smaller shorter than she is.

    • liri says:

      Sorry (without) little. Even red doesn’t suit this dress. Ok, it probably means I simply don’t like this dress and usually Meghan choses the right ones. My prom in several years ago and this material..

  113. RoyalBlue says:

    The hostage is so handsome and looks extremely pleased to be captured. Makes me think he isn’t a hostage after all.

  114. nutella toast says:

    The more I look at it, a simple change to a crisp pair of pants for the bottom part beautifully tailored would have let the fabric lay better. Still the same beautiful heels, overskirt and top – but the pants wouldn’t have bunched like the slit skirt. Still would have been breathtaking and ballerina-inspired.