Meghan Markle makes surprise appearance at British Fashion Awards

Meghan Markle makes surprise appearance at British Fashion Awards

Meghan Markle may be royalty now, but she still can’t resist a red carpet.

The former actress, 37, made a surprise appearance at Monday’s British Fashion Awards to present Givenchy’s Clare Waight Keller with the British Womenswear Designer of the Year award.

Keller designed the three-quarter-sleeve wedding dress Markle paired with a diamond bandeau tiara when she married Prince Harry in May. The gown, which is now on display at Windsor Castle, was inspired by the iconic wedding design created by the brand’s founder, Hubert de Givenchy, for Audrey Hepburn’s character in the film “Funny Face.” Keller has also designed many of the Duchess of Sussex’s outfits since she became part of the royal family.

Markle, who is pregnant with her first child, showed up to the Swarovski-hosted British Fashion Awards wearing a long, one-shouldered, black gown by Givenchy, along with with gold bangles and strappy, gold Tamara Mellon heels ($550). On stage, the duchess said that she was “thrilled” to be there “celebrating British fashion and British fashion designers in my new home of the UK.”

“This woman is so amazing,” Keller told the crowd after accepting the award from Markle. “I got to know Meghan on such a personal level. To have someone like that trust you in an incredible moment in their life is something that is just the most unbelievable honor. And I can’t thank you enough because it was the most beautiful moment. Thank you.”

The Duchess of Sussex also broke royal protocol with one of her beauty choices for the ceremony, choosing a dark nail polish for the occasion; unofficial protocol dictates that the royal family wear only nude nail colors.

According to Essie (and per Marie Claire UK) Queen Elizabeth has worn its Ballet Slippers shade exclusively since 1989, when her hairdresser wrote to the company specifically requesting the pinky-nude hue. Markle’s sister-in-law Kate Middleton has also only worn either clear or nude polish in public, and thus far Markle has followed the rule as well.

This is the second surprise appearance Markle has made by herself in the past week. On Thursday, she visited King’s College London unannounced to discuss human trafficking, slavery and gender equality with university leaders.

The solo outings come amid reports of a rift between Markle and the rest of the royal family, including Kate Middleton and Prince William. Two aides have also quit less than one year after the royal wedding; the latest, Samantha Cohen, will resign after the birth of Harry and Meghan’s child in the spring.

Whether or not Markle’s feuding with the royal family, she’s certainly in with the fashion community.

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