Meghan Markle may be wrapping up her royal duties, but she’s still supporting women’s work.
The Duchess of Sussex, 38, celebrated International Women’s Day on Sunday with a surprise appearance at Robert Clack School in east London. Though she called on “brave” 16-year-old male volunteer Aker Okoye — who got some attention when he tried to plant a kiss on Markle’s cheek and received a hug from her — the former actress fell back on her royal training by sending a subtle message with her clothing.
To bolster her message of female empowerment, Meghan wore an all-neutral look that featured designs by emerging female designers. Her ME+EM bouclé blazer ($485) was created by UK-native founder Clare Hornby, who does all of her work in-house with no third-party intervention so as to avoid markups.
Her Jennifer Chamandi Lorenzo suede pumps ($745) and cream-colored purse by Rejina Pyo ($386) were also from by two London-based, female-led companies, with the latter having a specific focus on sustainability.
Markle paired the look with a white T-shirt and black trousers.
Meghan Markle and husband Prince Harry are in London to wind down their duties as official senior members of the royal family; they attended the Mountbatten Festival of Music at the Royal Albert Hall and joined the Queen, Prince William and Kate Middleton and the rest of the royal family at Westminster Abbey on Commonwealth Day on Sunday.
On April 1, the couple will officially become commoners after announcing Megxit plans earlier this year.
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