We haven’t seen Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on the red carpet since they stepped back from their senior royal duties and moved to the US, but they’re back with a bang. Harry and Meghan attended the Salute To Freedom Gala, which raises money for the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum’s educational experiences. This was their first public appearance as a couple since their move to the US and obviously, we’re pretty excited to see them.
Harry wore a classic black tux by Giorgio Armani and Meghan truly showcased how good she looks in red. She dazzled the red carpet in a crimson sleeveless Carolina Herrera dress with a plunging neckline and a very daring slit down the front and perfectly matching red pumps by Giuseppe Zanotti. This is quite a daring look compared to all the prim and proper dresses she wore in accordance with the royal etiquette, and we love it. She paired this look with a ballerina-esque updo and cat-eye makeup. Meghan also wore Maison Birks’ earrings and an elegant diamond bracelet that used to belong to Princess Diana.
Meghan’s look garnered a lot of attention in the media, some people absolutely loved what she wore, others criticized her for wearing such a revealing dress and deemed it inappropriate for this particular occasion, saying that she should’ve worn something more demure and discreet. There were also those whose opinions fell in the middle, who loved the look and said it was beautiful but agreed that perhaps it was a bit inappropriate for Remembrance day.
Both Harry and Meghan donned a poppy brooch (as is common across Britain in November) in memory of military members who lost their lives in the war. The couple walked the red carpet together and later on Harry presented the inaugural Intrepid Valor Award to five service members, veterans, and military families living with the invisible wounds of war.
Earlier in the week Meghan and Harry kept busy by attending their own events. Meghan appeared at the New York Times’ DealBook conference where she talked about economic parity for women, the necessity of paid family leave. Meghan said that after years spending her time in Canada (working on Suits) and then her move to the UK, it was shocking for her to be back in the US as a new mother of two, and to find out that the US doesn’t offer any kind of national paid family leave.
Meghan also spoke about the negative impact of tabloids on mental health at the conference. She urged people not to read tabloids as they can’t be healthy for anyone and said that she hopes that in the future tabloids will come with a warning the same way cigarettes do, except on tabloids it would say “this is toxic for your mental health”.