Making a Royal Foundation Difference in Jason Wu and Aquazzura
Meghan wore Jason Wu for today’s Royal Foundation forum.
This was the first time we have seen Harry, Meghan, Kate and William at an official function together. While the foursome was seen walking to and from church on Christmas Day, that isn’t considered an official engagement.
Using a theme of Making a Difference Together, the event covered why the Foundation was initially formed, offered updates on current projects and looked at plans for future endeavors. Here is look at the program for today’s forum via reporter Omid Scobie.
These details on today’s forum come via The Telegraph:
William opened the event, held in the City of London, by outlining the philosophy behind the Foundation, saying: “We would not seek quick wins, but would strive to make a real and lasting difference.”He took the opportunity to make an official welcome for Ms Markle, saying he was “particularly happy to be at our first Royal Foundation event with Meghan”.
Below, Prince Harry talking about the Foundation and its future.
There was a 20-minute Q & A segment moderated by BBC presenter Tina Dahomey. Here is a video of that portion of the program.
All four spoke about what the Foundation means to them and hopes for its future work. William noted that the four together are much stronger than the sum of their individual parts. Meghan said that she has been meeting with different organizations and wants to “hit the ground running” after her marriage to Prince Harry in May. We learn more about Meghan’s comments today from The Daily Mail:
Simon Perry of People reports that Foundation CEO Lorraine Heggessey said that Meghan “… has a passion for charity work. She’s already shown that in the past and that’s one of the things Prince Harry and she have spoken about and they’ve bonded over.”
Also from the Daily Mail:
The young Royals showed their softer side at the foundation forum today when joking about the challenges of working together as a family.
After being asked by presenter Tina Daheley if the ‘ever have disagreements’ William immediately burst into laughter before responding with a drawn out ‘Ohhhh yes’.
Harry was quick to clarify they were ‘healthy disagreements’ and joked they ‘come so thick and fast’ when asked what the last thing they quarrelled on was.
After their portion of the program the royals joined the audience.
They listened to individuals and organizations that have benefited from the Foundation’s programs. Below, a photo shared by the Endeavor Fund.
The foursome spoke with arttendees after the formal presentation.
Now we take a look at what Meghan wore for the forum, starting with her dress by Jason Wu. If unfamiliar with the brand, a very quick overview: the designer debuted his first RTW collection in 2007. He is a favorite of Michelle Obama, as well as Reese Witherspoon, Christy Turlington and many other celebrities. The label is headquartered in New York, and 90% of the Jason Wu Collection is made in the city’s garment district, no small accomplishment in this day and age. Below, the designer with Diane Kruger last December.
Meghan was in the brand’s Crepe Back Satin Belted Wrap Dress.
The dress is an acetate/viscose blend, with elements of a classic trench coat influencing the design. It was shown on both the 2018 S/S runway in New York and Singapore; that piece has shoulder epaulets like those seen on Meghan’s dress. In this photo you can see that both sides of the fabric are visible in the finished garment: the glossy, shinier side, as well as the crepe (or matte) side.
A little better view of the bodice as well as the treatment of the exposed seams.
We show the dress at Nordstrom ($1795) but it is also available in most sizes at Net-a-Porter ($1795), however, neither of those garments have the epaulets found on Meghan’s garment. Thank you to Meghan’s Fashion and Perth Fashion for their assistance with info on the dress!
Meghan was in what appeared to be a new pair of shoes. It looks like she was wearing the Aquazzura Casablanca 85 Multi-Strap Suede Pumps. (The photo shown below is digitally enhanced to better show details of the shoes.)
The style features a multi-strand ankle wrap with an oversize buckle and 3.5″ heel. It is available at My Theresa ($750) as well as at Harrods ($725). Our thanks to Michelle of Perth Fashion for her speedy ID of the heels.
For jewelry we saw the return of Meghan’s Stackable Splash ring by Birks.
Meghan’s earrings are a challenge because of the lack of really good photos. We’re still undecided on them. Meghan’s Mirror thinks they are the Isabel Marant style seen below left and Michelle of Perth Fashion wondered if they might be this Chloé since Meghan is fond of the brand. We may never know unless we stumble upon an exceptionally good photo or Meghan wears them again.
We are still working on identifying Meghan’s bracelet.