It’s Oscar de la Renta for Coach Core Graduation
Meghan and Harry were at Loughborough University in Leicestershire, about 100 miles northwest of London.
This isn’t the couple’s first engagement involving the project; you may recall them taking part in a Coach Core event this March in Birmingham.
More about the program from Simon Perry’s People story:
Coach Core trains hundreds of young people across the U.K. who are not otherwise in employment and education by connecting the budding coaches to sports clubs.
They are then paid a wage as they are taught, enabling them to hopefully go out and inspire other youngsters in their communities.
Meghan and Harry participated in a variety of athletic drills with some of the 200 Coach Core apprentices graduating today, including a netball passing drill.
It’s Team Duke vs. Team Duchess as they join @WeAreCoachCoreUK apprentices for a netball shootout 🏀. pic.twitter.com/qFhzL2W3ac
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) September 24, 2018
From The Telegraph’s coverage of today’s event:
Joining two teams made up of teenagers on the Coach Core programme for a masterclass, they threw and caught netballs in a fast-paced game to help their new team mates score.
As they finished and awaited the final scores, which saw the Duke’s team win 3-2, they embraced in a hug before setting off to learn more about the programme.
Another quick video of the netball.
— Omid Scobie (@scobie) September 24, 2018
The program includes young men and women ages 16-24. Kensington Palace notes 97% of graduates go into full-time education or employment.
Meghan shared her thoughts about the program:
My husband has devoted so many years to Coach Core and in the past year of my being in the UK to be able to see not just the impact but the incredible inspiration and sense of purpose that this instills in people is astounding.”
After the athletics came the graduation ceremony. Meghan presented Sebastian Vidal with the Graduate of the Year award.
Here you see the Duke presenting the ‘Apprentice of the Year’ award to a young woman named Kayleigh.
Harry delivered remarks at the ceremony.
The Telegraph has more.
He added: “Sport does not discriminate. But lack of support and barriers to access do, which is why the role of Coach Core fostering this raw talent is absolutely vital.
“Sport can inspire and invigorate, and as we have seen today, with the right opportunity, the right mentoring and the right focus, lives can be changed.”
The Duke and Duchess with graduates and winners.
Now to what Meghan wore for today’s engagement. This gives you a good view of her ensemble from the side.
The Duchess was in a top by Oscar de la Renta.
It is from the label’s Resort 2019 collection, and called the Draped Blouse with Asymmetrical Peplum Waist ($2390). It is an acetate/poly blend and features a vee neck, thin belt, button front, self-covered buttons at the cuff and the distinctive peplum noted in the item’s name. Our thanks to the always-on-top-of-things Charlotte from Mad About Meghan for the ID.
It looks like Meghan was wearing her Altuzarra ‘Serge’ trousers. We previously saw her in these at the Well Child Awards earlier this month.
The bootcut style features a yoked waist that sits fairly high on the waist, front welt pockets, and a tab zip front. They are available in an acetate/poly blend at My Theresa ($695) and in limited sizes at Neiman Marcus ($795). The style is also offered in a virgin wool/Spandex blend at Neiman Marcus ($795); in limited sizes at LN-CC.
The Duchess did not wear earrings but did have on a necklace we’ve not seen previously. With thanks to Anne for her outstanding ID of this piece, it is by Bijoux Pascale Monvoisin. The Cauri N°2 Necklace ($475) is done 9-carat rose gold, with a carved black onyx and bezel-set diamond pendant. We show the necklace at Net-a-Porter; it is also available at Pascale Monvoisin (€335). The black onyx/diamond piece is also offered as an individual earring ($400).Pascale Monvoisin is based in France, with an aesthetic that seems like it would sync well with Meghan’s taste. More about her from the brand’s website:
The designer loves monochromes and muted shades.
Every single stone she uses was selected by her, one by one. The common denominator is gold: a trusted, stable, comforting metal. Antique jewelry is an integral part of her world. She admires their lines, colors, their patient structural work.
There was discussion today about a change in hairstyle for the Duchess. More from a Harper’s Bazaar piece:
Meghan Markle is getting ready for fall by ditching her signature royal hairstyle. Instead of wearing her go-to loose updo or glossy waves, Markle attended the Coach Core awards wearing her hair down and pin-straight. We haven’t seen Markle’s hair this sleek and styled casually down since late last year.
We will leave you with this photo of the Duke and Duchess as they leave today’s engagement.
- The Coach Core website is here; its new Instagram page is here and the Twitter feed is here
- Loughborough University’s website is here; the Facebook page is here; its Twitter feed here and Instagram page here
- The Daily Mail’s story is here; The Mirror’s coverage is here; The Telegraph’s article is here
- Simon Perry’s People article is here; the Fug Girls slideshow is here; a Daily Mirror photo piece is here; a PopSugar gallery is here