The Duchess of Sussex aka “Royal Meghan” thanks to Lainey attended her first solo appearance since getting married today in London. The event was the opening of the Oceania exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts. Lainey knows her royal sh-t way more than I do so she would be writing this post if she hadn’t got hit with a nasty cold/flu this morning. Earlier, she wrote about Royal Meghan’s work strategy and how she’s expertly transitioned into her post-wedding royal phase. So far, Meghan has been killing it professionally. Style wise, it’s been hit or miss. Depending on who you ask, it’s been mostly misses. 

I’m in a group chat with four of my girlfriends and the main topic we discuss is Meghan Markle’s style. It’s usually a three-against-one hatefest of Meghan’s style. I am always the one defending her choices. I’ll say, “at least she’s not as basic as Kate!” or “her style choices are limited because of the stupid royal protocol!” Then, we fight. We’re always fighting about Royal Meghan’s style. 

Whether it gets you riled up or not, we know that what Royal Meghan wears is part of the gig. She chose a black, long-sleeved Givenchy for her first solo outing. There would have been a lot of thought that went into this look. Meghan is stepping out officially on her own as the Duchess of Sussex, cemented in her role as a member of the royal family and ushering in the new modern era, carrying the future relevance of the monarchy on her back. No pressure. So, did she deliver? 

I like it. I don’t think that’s just my Meghan bias talking. The contrasting materials are really working – the velvet deep V is a LOOK. I also really like the sheer sleeves. If I had to guess, Lainey won’t agree with me about the sleeves. They’re reminiscent of the sheer sleeves she wore at her other first royal outing as a married women –that time with Harry by her side. This feels like an improvement on the sheer sleeves. The fit is way better. The one thing I don’t love is the belt. So many good dresses are ruined by an unnecessary belt. It’s gotta go. Are we fighting?