Meghan Markle and her growing baby bump were surprise guests at the British Fashion Awards on Monday.
The Duchess of Sussex made an unannounced appearance at the Awards ceremony to honor a fellow woman that means so much to her.
Clare Waight Keller, the woman who designed Meghan’s wedding dress and also happens to be the artistic director of Givenchy, was being honored with the “British Womenswear Designer of the Year” award.
The pregnant royal arrived at the Royal Albert Hall in London wearing a one-shoulder Givenchy black dress and gold heels. She accessorized with matching earrings and bracelets and pulled her hair back in a neat bun.
The crowds at the star-studded affair broke out in cheers when Meghan emerged to present the award alongside the English actress, Rosamund Pike.
“It is such an honor to be here celebrating British fashion and British fashion designers in my new home of the U.K.,” said the former “Suits” actress.
While picking up her award, Waight Keller also had kind words for Meghan, specifically thanking her for the trust she displayed during the creation of her wedding gown.
“I got to know Meghan on such a personal level,” said the British designer, adding that:
“To have someone like that trust you in an incredible moment in their life is something that is just the most unbelievable honor. I can’t thank you enough because it was the most beautiful moment.”
A day after Meghan’s May wedding to Prince Harry, Waight Keller had spoken to journalists about the collaborative process leading to the creation of the stunning yet classy silk dress:
“It was a wonderful way to start the collaboration with her, finding out what she wanted for her day and just to find the absolute perfect style for her. Part of it was really a conversation in the beginning and then through a series of sketches that I proposed to her. We exchanged conversations about what would be the ultimate lines and proportions and the scale of the dress.”
After presenting the award to Waight Keller, Meghan indulged in some candid photo-booth fun with the designer. The 37-year-old was also spotted breaking an unofficial royal protocol with her black nail polish.
The Duchess of Sussex is, however, no stranger to making headlines for some of her daring fashion choices that reportedly do not align with the rules of her new family.
She came under fire for wearing an off-the-shoulder dress to her first “Trooping the Color” appearance in June, and she was also criticized in August for wearing a tuxedo-style min dress that left much of her legs bare.
More recently, Meghan caught a lot of heat for rocking a dress with a thigh-high slit while on tour with her husband.
February 08, 2019