Meghan Makes Surprise Appearance at the British Fashion Awards

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On Monday, Dec. 10, the Duchess of Sussex made a surprise appearance at the British Fashion Awards to present an award to Givenchy’s Clare Waight Keller, the designer of her wedding gown. Wearing (what else?) a one-shouldered black velvet Givenchy gown, Meghan noted she was happy to be celebrating British fashion in her “new home,” and stated in her remarks:

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“We have a deep connection to what we wear. Sometimes it’s deeply personal, sometimes it’s emotional […] Really in being able to understand that it’s about supporting and empowering each other, especially as women.”

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For her part, Waight Keller said to the crowd:

“This woman is so amazing. I got to know Meghan on such a personal level. To have someone like that trust you on such a personal moment in their life… I can’t thank you enough because it was the most beautiful moment.”

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Really, the event offered up any number of striking – and stunning – images of Meghan on stage in the spotlight.

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Beyond those, what’s really remarkable about this evening is the glam factor – a thing not usually associated with the British Royal Family. At least not in a long while. While the Duchess of Cambridge – and other royals here and there – have attended awards shows in the past, it’s hard to imagine Kate turning up to an evening like this on her own. Particularly when it’s not associated with a patronage. And certainly not back in 2011 or 2012.

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And I say that not to hold up a comparison between the two women, but rather to underline that Meghan is in fact doing things just a tad differently as she embarks on her Windsor life. Her comfort level with and inclusion in the more high fashion, entertainment-driven aspect of her celebrity is unique to her within the RF, whose members are more prone to ignore it or be alternately embarrassed or irritated by it.

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Now that the newness of her and the first wash of excitement surrounding the engagement and wedding are over, we’re beginning to see some points of tension emerge. I would imagine those pain points probably have about another year of legs to them before things settle down – all thoughts to be more fully fleshed out in a later post on Meghan’s first year as an HRH.

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