Mr. and Mrs. Mountbatten-Windsor, having completed their “Farewell oh and also kiss our asses” tour, quietly concluded their time in London with a couple of events that should give us some idea of how they’re going to conduct their lives and careers going forward. Most notably, they now have complete control of the messaging. The press remain largely uninvited to these events and the information all came from either the Sussex social media accounts or those of their patronages. Second, it would appear that Meghan is going to continue a more sober, neutral, even businesslike style in her work:
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Earlier this week The Duchess of Sussex, in her role as Patron of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), met with the bright minds from across the Commonwealth to hear about their commitment to tackling the global challenges we all face. The Duchess spoke with Scholars studying and researching important areas surrounding; cleaning up plastic pollution in our oceans, helping to build more sustainable cities, improving health outcomes for citizens, and supporting decent work and economic growth. Paving the way as the next generation of leaders, these inspirational scholars, are spread far across the Commonwealth from Malawi to Malaysia, Ghana to Sri Lanka – all of whom will use the skills and knowledge they gain while studying in the UK to make a difference when they return to their home countries. The Duchess, who also attended university with support of a scholarship, is a strong advocate of accessible education for all. As the Royal Patron of The Association of Commonwealth Universities (@The_ACU_Official) since January 2019, The Duchess has met and engaged with students, academics, and staff from ACU member universities across the Commonwealth to learn more about the vital work they do to address global challenges. As President and Vice President of The @Queens_Commonwealth_Trust, The Duke and Duchess thank all those who are working to give access to education for all.
The navy blue looks smart and sharp on her and it’s our favorite of the two, even if it’s as plain as can be. The little scarf detail saves it from looking too business-like, but we sure wish she’d opted for non-matchy accessories, because the overall effect is a little bit “flight attendant.” The drapey Preen dress in that sort of beigey terra cotta color strikes us as the kind of thing she loves to wear most. It’s oversized and neutral, with at least one oddball design element; in this case, that wildly asymmetrical hem. It’s comfy, with just enough drama to be photogenic and it has a vaguely sort of Boho minimalist vibe. It wouldn’t be our choice for her, but she didn’t bother asking us. We suspect this is the locked-in look going forward.
First Look: Scanlan Theodore Crepe Knit Cravat Dress in Navy | Sophie Lis ‘Fallen Star’ Hoop Earrings | Aquazzura ‘Purist’ Pump
Second Look: Preen by Thornton Bregazzi ‘Glenda’ Asymmetric Pleat Dress | Edge by Ember ‘Wave’ Earrings in Gold | Aquazzura ‘Purist’ Pump
[Photo Credit: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex/Chris Allerton, farfetch.com, scanlantheodore.com – Video Credit: The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust via YouTube.com]