Harry & Meghan Attend Stephen Lawrence Memorial Service

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Meanwhile, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attended the 25th anniversary memorial service for Stephen Lawrence. Lawrence was murdered in London in 1993 in a racially-motivated hate crime. The case garnered considerable media attention in its day, but had a second life when the killers were convicted in 2012. It has now become a case study for a distinct moment of reckoning for how race and racism are handled by the British public, police force and legal process.

As such, it’s a definite tone shift from this morning, but I’m pleased to see the British Royal Family was represented today.

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Prime Minister Theresa May was also there today. When she was Home Secretary she ordered an independent inquiry into undercover policing and corruption. The results were published in 2014.

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Lawrence’s mother now sits in the House of Lords as a peer. The family has subsequently created an influential charitable trust in Lawrence’s name.

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Meghan wore a sleeveless black and white patterned dress by Hugo Boss. Given the nature of the engagement today, I’m going to be honest and say I think wearing some kind of blazer and coat would have been appropriate, even if she skipped any sort of headwear. Much like at the diplomatic reception last Wednesday, this was just a tad too informal, but nothing outrageous.

We’ll next see Harry and Meghan on Wednesday when they attend Anzac Day ceremonies.

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