Meghan in New Brands for Wales Engagements
Meghan wore another eclectic mix of fashion brands for her afternoon in Wales with Prince Harry.
Their day of engagements in Cardiff, the capital of Wales, started at the historic Cardiff Castle.
Described as “one of Wales’ leading heritage attractions,” the Castle website notes the property’s background:
Located within beautiful parklands at the heart of the capital, Cardiff Castle’s walls and fairytale towers conceal 2,000 years of history.
This is the couple’s third joint engagement, and their first appearance together in Wales. It reflects Meghan’s interest in learning more about the UK and its people as she continues to think about future charitable endeavors and interests ahead of this May’s wedding.
Crowds started gathering early this morning to see the couple. Rebecca English of The Daily Mail shared this photo of people waiting to see Harry and Meghan. Things got underway more than an hour late because the couple’s train from London was delayed. Wales Online reports that “When the Prince first arrived at the castle he clasped his hands together in front of him as if praying, in a sign of forgiveness, as he was greeted by Morfudd Meredith, the Lord-Lieutenant of South Glamorgan, and said “sorry” for being late.”
Welsh flags and selfie sticks were out as Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle met fans pic.twitter.com/rJk17T1QOz
— BBC Wales News (@BBCWalesNews) January 18, 2018
Meghan and Harry greeting people.
Prynhawn da Caerdydd! What an incredible welcome to Wales! pic.twitter.com/XH6xirT38m
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) January 18, 2018
This young lady was eager to meet a “namesake.”
She wasn’t disappointed, as explained in Simon Perry’s People story:
Megan McAuley, 10, held up a sign saying “My name is Megan too!” — and it worked. Her namesake spotted it and came dashing across the gravel path outside the castle door to say hello.
“She saw my sign. I said, ‘Your name’s Meghan too!’ And she said, ‘It’s very nice to meet you. Can I call you Meg?’ ” said McAuley, who handed her “a nice flowery necklace. She said, ‘Thank you for my present. It’s very nice to meet you.’”
Meghan was given daffodils, the national flower of Wales.
More about the flowers from The Evening Standard:
Self-confessed royal fanatic Cynthia Osborne presented Kate with a posy of daffodils, the national flower of Wales.
The retired nurse, aged in her 60s, said: “Meghan said ‘it’s lovely to be in Wales’ I asked to see her engagement ring and she held it out and said ‘I’m such a lucky lady’.”
Another view of the duo greeting people in the crowd comes via Simon Perry.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle greet the crowds in Cardiff pic.twitter.com/sFtRVJ1Alf
— Simon Perry (@SPerryPeoplemag) January 18, 2018
Two local children presented Harry and Meghan with a gift of a traditional Celtic love spoon.
More about the spoon from The Mirror:
The spoon presented to Prince Harry and Meghan had H&M carved into the handle, the initials of the two schoolchildren and, of course, the married couple to be.
The crafted wooden spoon features a Celtic knot, horseshoe and barley twist said to symbolise eternal love, good luck, and togetherness.
The children’s names? Harry and Megan; they both attend Marlborough Primary School in Cardiff.
After greeting many of the well-wishers the couple moved inside where they took part in a Welsh Festival of Culture and met musicians, poets, and leading sports figures. More from BBC Wales:
“As they went inside the castle for the celebration of Welsh culture, Prince Harry told his bride-to-be of his appreciation for Welsh singing. “You are only going to hear the best singing in Wales,” he said.
Meghan and Harry listened to a performance by Only Boys Aloud, a Welsh choir featuring boys aged 13 – 19.
And here we see them listening to a Welsh love song in a video from Richard Palmer.
— Richard Palmer (@RoyalReporter) January 18, 2018
Meghan and Harry saw a mix of Welsh food products in a Taste of Wales exhibit.
Among the items: a very creative wedding cake made entirely of local cheese, as Richard Palmer shared this photo.
Meghan’s reaction to the cake comes via Wales Online:
The couple were also treated to a wedding cake made from Welsh cheese, with Ms Markle exclaiming: “Oh my goodness, how sweet is that”.
Both Ms Markle and Harry tasted small pieces of the mature cheddar that made up part of the five-tier cake, which she described as “really delicious”.
I believe in this picture they are meeting some of the athletes in attendance.
On the far right, I think you see Welsh football star Nadia Lawrence. Wales Online reports Ms. Lawrence gave them a Wales shirt signed by the women’s team, as well as a football signed by the men’s team. The coverage also notes that “She described meeting them as “amazing” and “surreal”.”
The second stop today was at the Starhub Community Centre, a local rec center. Jessica Walford of Wales Online posted a photo of the couple as they arrived.
Meghan and Harry were at the Centre to see the work of StreetGames Network, a charity Harry has worked with previously that helps bring sports to disadvantaged young people.
They spoke with StreetGames staff and volunteers.
The couple watched some table tennis and spoke with many of the youngsters at the center.
More from ET:
ET spoke with several staff members at Star Hub immediately following the highly anticipated visit, and it was clear that it was a success.
“As soon as they walked in the door, the kids were mesmerized,” Center Assistant Dean Maynard tells ET. “A lot of the kids, it takes them quite a bit to actually get involved and interact with other people, so to see them all really smiling and happy and involved, that was a nice feeling for me, personally.”
Wales Online reporter Jessica Walford has more:
The charity helps make sport accessible to all young people regardless of their income or social circumstances…[and] has helped 40,000 disadvantaged young people reap the benefits of sport…
Meghan and Harry chatted with girls taking part in a spin class.
Meghan tried her hand at Jenga.
And they watched a street dance class.
Watching children in a dance class, Harry got in on the action just a bit, as seen in this video from Rebecca English.
Harry just cannot resist dancing! pic.twitter.com/8fuOxn2dlz
— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) January 18, 2018
The participants are part of the UsGirls program, a StreetGames initiative that works to get young women from all backgrounds involved in sporting activities.
Arguably the cutest moment of the day came after the dance class when Prince Harry said: “Okay, everyone give Meghan a hug.”
Everyone give Meghan a big group hug, says Harry! How cute is that?! pic.twitter.com/NGfkMaInd7
— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) January 18, 2018
Meghan and Harry were in their element and appeared to enjoy every element of the day’s schedule.
Now for what Meghan wore in Wales. Her coat is by British brand Stella McCartney.
The Tie Detail Coat ($1940 as shown at Harrods) is modeled on a traditional tuxedo design, with a fitted bodice, peak lapels and a back vent. The piece is partially lined to allow for “lightweight layering.”
One of its most striking elements is the oversized tie in the front.
Christina Aguilera wore the style two days ago at the a/w 2018 collection showing in Los Angeles.
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We expected (both Susans!) to see Meghan wearing Stella McCartney; the brand’s sustainable fashion philosophy syncs well with Meghan’s outlook. Many thanks to Queen Rania’s Closet for her speedy ID of the coat style!
Beneath the coat, Meghan wore a Theory jacket, an American label.It is made of wool with a touch of elastane for stretch and ease of movement. It zips up the front and is detailed with besom pockets. Originally priced at $495, the piece is still available in very limited sizes for $198 at Theory. A “thank you” to Meghan’s Fashion for locating this piece! When speaking with Susan C. last night about today’s engagements, she suggested Meghan would wear Hiut Denim; as we saw, she was correct. Meghan wore the Dina style, a high-waisted skinny look (£174, roughly $245 at today’s exchange rates). Hiut says this about the Dina: “Creates a classic silhouette. They’re understated. A wardrobe staple.”
This is another label that makes perfect sense for Meghan. It is a small Welsh brand that has its factory in Wales and hopes to bring more manufacturing jobs back to its community of Cardigan. More from the company’s website:
Cardigan is a small town of 4,000 good people. 400 of them used to make jeans. They made 35,000 pairs a week. For three decades.
Then one day the factory closed. It left town. But all that skill and knowhow remained. Without any way of showing the world what they could do.
That’s why we have started The Hiut Denim Company. To bring manufacturing back home. To use all that skill on our doorstep. And to breathe new life into our town.
Today Meghan wore a pair of boots by Tabitha Simmons, another UK designer.
This is the ‘Kiki’ style ($708 at Farfetch) in black velvet. The ankle boots have a point toe, chunky block heel, elasticated side panels and a 4.5″ heel. They are available at Browns ($682). They are also on sale for $325 in a Size 7 at Moda Operandi. Meghan’s future sister-in-law, Kate, has worn a Tabitha Simmons style previously, but only twice. Thank you for this fab ID goes to Laura!
Meghan’s bag is the Mini Venice by DeMellier London ($395), another British company. The color is likely a nod to the green in the Welsh flag.
The bag is made of calf leather and can be carried over the shoulder, as a cross-body style or by the handle. The style is also available in the Midi Venice size. Some readers may recognize the piece; it is a brand we featured over at What Kate Wore when the company was called Milli Millu. Founder Mireia Llusia-Lindh said today that she is “truly honoured that Meghan is wearing one of our bags, she is a fantastic role model to women all over the world and a great addition to the Royal family.”
It is a good choice for Meghan, with structured, tailored pieces that work well with her style aesthetic. Additionally, DeMellier’s charitable endeavor A Bag, A Life, would hold appeal. More on that program from one of our WKW posts about the brand: “For every bag that is purchased Milli Millu pays for a set of lifesaving vaccines and treatments for a child in need. The company works with SOS Children’s Villages to make this happen.” Our thanks to Meghan’s Mirror for their bag ID.
For jewelry, Meghan opted to wear two different earrings. On her left ear, she wore a Gabriela Artigas Triple Shooting Star Earring ($286), made of 10K gold. Gabriela Artigas is another boutique brand that would be attractive to Meghan. The company has been in business since 2003, created and managed by sisters Gabriela and Teresita Artigas; it is based in the US. It is carried at Shopbop, at Azalea, and other retailers.
It was fun seeing Meghan mix things up this way with the two different earring styles. A Tip of the Tiara to Michelle of Perth Fashion for identifying the Shooting Star style, everyone was working from fairly small images to try and sort out who made the earring.
It looked like Meghan also had on her Missoma stacking rings. UPDATE FRIDAY JAN 19: If you look at the new photo we found, Meghan’s rings don’t match the photo precisely.
It is the ring on her center finger that doesn’t match the Missoma styles we have previously seen Meghan wear. Meghan was actually wearing another piece by Birks. It is the jeweler’s Stackable Yellow Gold and Diamond Splash Ring ($1495).
Thank you to Elizabeth of Meghan’s Fashion for identifying the ring!
UPDATE FRIDAY JAN 19: We may have found the scarf Meghan wore yesterday. It’s very difficult to tell but looking at the photos, it could be Everlane’s Cashmere Scarf ($80).
As on her previous engagement with Harry in Brixton, Meghan’s hair was in a messy bun.
Emily Cronin, The Telegraph’s senior fashion editor, wrote about Meghan’s look:
Meghan Markle showcased the power of fashion diplomacy and showcased her commitment to sustainable fashion during an official visit to Cardiff today.
In her life before becoming engaged to Prince Harry, Markle was an activist for charitable causes and sustainability. Today’s look demonstrated her resolve to continue those passion projects in her new role.
Our graphic showing what Meghan wore.
And a final wave goodbye.
And it’s goodbye from him and from her. pic.twitter.com/gQHrN1Pvxx
— Richard Palmer (@RoyalReporter) January 18, 2018
- The Cardiff Castle website is here; the Castle’s Facebook page is here; its Castle Cardiff Twitter feed is here and its Castell Caerdydd Twitter feed is here; the Castle Instagram page is here
- The StreetGames website is here; its Facebook page is here, and its Twitter feed may be seen here
- The Daily Mail‘s primary coverage is here; The Evening Standard’s story is here; The Sun’s story may be seen here;
- a Wales Online photo gallery is here; The Telegraph’s fashion piece is here; The Express fashion story is here; The Evening Standard fashion piece is here; The Mirror’s fashion article is here
- The Fug Girls post is here; PopSugar’s gallery is here