LONDON – Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, is back on UK soil with her husband Prince Harry.
The couple traveled from London Euston to Manchester by train for the One Young World summit, where Meghan gave a keynote speech to an audience of 2,300.
The event brings together young voices from more than 190 countries with delegates from companies such as Audi, Dior, Swarovski and more.
Markle spoke about gender equality. In 2019, she met with youth ambassadors at Windsor Castle to discuss the topic.
This is the exiled couple’s first public appearance since Queen Elizabeth II’s Jubilee weekend celebrations last June.
On my way to the event, I wore a lightweight camel silk-cashmere polo by American label Brandon Maxwell with wide-leg trousers in a similar shade and Manolo Blahnik suede heels.
Since Maxwell launched his brand in 2015, it has been worn by powerful women who often speak out about social injustices such as Michelle Obama, Queen Rania of Jordan and Oprah Winfrey.
Maxwell was the first male designer Markle wore after her marriage to the Duke of Sussex on a trip to the Your Commonwealth Youth Challenge reception in London in 2018.
Markle’s appearance comes at a critical time in the UK as the government has just appointed its new prime minister, Liz Truss, who defeated her Conservative Party rival Rishi Sunak with 57.4 percent of the vote in an election process that began in beginning of July.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have not been afraid to speak out against politics in the past, but on the ground they are likely to follow royal protocol of not expressing a preference on the subject.
At the evening event in Manchester, England, Markle went full Italian wearing Valentino: a red blouse with wide leg pants. She completed the look with Aquazzura heels.
The monochrome ensemble could be an easy tribute to Harry’s mother, Princess Diana, who passed away 25 years ago last week. Shortly before her death in 1997, Diana wore a red Valentino dress with a red collar in British Vogue in a photo by Patrick Demarchelier.
Markle began her speech by saying, “It’s great to be back in the UK.” She went on to recall the first time she was asked to be an ambassador for the organization in 2014 and referred to her acting days.
“And here I was, the girl from Suits. I was surrounded by world leaders, humanitarians, prime ministers and activists for whom I had such a deep and longstanding respect and admiration. And I was allowed to sit at the table,” said she.
“I was so shaken by the experience, I think, I think I even kept my little paper marker with my name on it.”
The Duke and Duchess will continue their European tour visiting Dusseldorf, Germany on Tuesday for the Invictus Games and return to London on Thursday for the WellChild awards ceremony.