Heavily pregnant Meghan's striking choice of color for first outing with Harry in 2019
Prince Harry with a bright and pregnant Meghan arrived in a northwest town of Birkenhead for their first joint engagement of 2019.
Harry and Meghan have arrived in Birkenhead pic.twitter.com/eCkgSijSL4— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) January 14, 2019
The Duchess of Sussex looked colorful with a figure-hugging $137 purple dress by Aritizia and wrapped up in a $1,200 red coat from the Canadian brand. Sentaler, and matching stilettos.
The couple touched down in Merseyside from London this morning to visit organizations who empower and support groups in the community.
They began their trip at Birkenhead’s Hamilton Square, where a newly sculpted bronze figure depicting an exhausted First World War soldier got erected in November, marking the 100th anniversary of Wilfred Owen, the war poet’s death.
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex at Hamilton Square in Birkenhead - they both greeted the public there, and visited a WWI poet statue.#MeghanMarkle #Birkenhead #Royal #DuchessofSussex #PrinceHarry #DukeofSussex pic.twitter.com/xoLxaNhELr— Benjamin Wareing (@BenjaminWareing) January 14, 2019
Named after one of Owen’s works, Futility, Meghan and Harry unveiled the plaque to go with the new statue as the crowd cheered the couple on.
Following the unveiling, the royal couple met with members of the Birkenhead Institute, ‘Old Boys,’ to which Owen belonged as well as local veterans.
Fans were elated when they got to see Prince Harry and Meghan after when they joined the excited crowds during a walkabout. Meghan had asked for opinions on a good baby name for a girl, and when one said Amy, the Dutchess thought that was a great name.
She also received a big bunch of beautiful flowers but were concerned for the kids as they have been outside in the cold for a while already.
A visit to ‘Tomorrow’s Women Wirral’ is next on the agenda. The organization got established in 2011 and support women in vulnerable circumstances.
Where it initially only supported women upon their release from prison, it now also offers a range of workshops and training courses to over 6000 local women. The organization provides support to groups around domestic abuse, addiction, and mental health issues.
Prince Harry and Meghan will address some of the women from the organization directly before they pay a visit to the onsite charity cafe, shop and Inspiration Hall.
The royal couple’s final stop for the day will be to the ‘Hive Wirral Youth Zone,’ created by the charity, ‘Onside Youth Zones, which develop state of the art youth facilities across the United Kingdom.
‘The Hive’ provides young people with a safe environment wherein they can develop key skills, build on their confidence and enjoy themselves. The royal couple will partake in activities and workshops throughout the center before they unveil a plaque to commemorate the visit.
The local MP, Frank Field, who served Birkenhead for the last 39 years was elated when the royals accepted his invitation to visit the region and share the things they are passionate about with the royal pair.
Help and empowerment of women and children is a cause close to Meghan’s heart, and as the Dutchess’ first patronages recently got announced, it is no surprise that one of those chosen was the organization, ‘Smart Works.’
The Duchess of Sussex arrives at @SmartWorksHQ and joins a discussion with volunteers and women they have helped succeed in job interviews.— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) January 10, 2019
So far, the charity has helped over 11,000 women and has plans to dress 3,500 women this year across the UK. pic.twitter.com/MvFnjUJHoo
The organization aims to outfit women with professional outfits, to look their best for job interviews, to help the unemployed and vulnerable women regain their confidence and skills so that they can transform their lives long term.
Mere hours after the announcement of her first four patronages on January 10, Meghan joined the ‘Smart Works’ team at St. Charles Hospital in London where she helped some women get ready for their interviews.
In the @SmartWorksHQ Dressing Room, The Duchess helped Patsy style an outfit for her new job.— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) January 10, 2019
The award-winning charity helps unemployed women in their upcoming interviews by offering them an outfit to wear and 1:1 coaching. pic.twitter.com/BZHDK01FeF
Meghan also spoke to a group of women where she highlighted the importance of looking professional and supporting each other as she said:
"It’s not just donating your clothes and seeing where they land, but really being a part of each other’s success stories as women, right? It’s not just hand-me-downs, it’s saying, ‘This is the blazer I wore that helped me win that interview'… So to know, as a woman coming in, that you have had so many other women believing in you on all the next phases is the piece that makes it so special.”
Meghan’s first four patronages include Smart Works, The Association of Commonwealth Universities, the National Theatre, and the animal group Mayhew.
Congratulations to HER ROYAL HIGHNESS, THE DUCHESS of SUSSEX on her CHOICE of patronages. This is a detailed announcement which tells of her experience and background in each of the patronages. Kate is no longer a Middleton. Meghan is no longer a Markle. https://t.co/qJCoyzQyYw— Phillipa Charlotte (@QueenPhillippa) January 10, 2019