Meghan’s Schedule Update & Invictus Reception
Meghan wore black and white separates for today’s Invictus Games reception hosted by Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
But far transcending the topic of what Meghan is wearing is the news that she will “cut back her schedule slightly.”
More from a Rebecca English story for The Daily Mail.
One source told Mail Online it wasn’t that the duchess was feeling ill, but that they were trying to ‘pace’ her given how many engagements they have coming up.
The consensus seemed to be the late night last night took a toll, and the Duchess was a little tired. Because of the severe weather the opening ceremony ran more than two hours late.
Meghan did not attend a cycling event with Prince Harry as scheduled this morning; he went solo to the competition and medal presentation. More from The Telegraph’s story:
Prince Harry told Invictus competitors that Meghan was “resting back at home”, adding: “Being pregnant takes its toll”.
They will consider how much of the Fraser Island programme the Duchess will be able to do. There are concerns over the terrain of the sand island, where journeys involve a bumpy car ride which often leaves tourists feeling unwell even without the extra element of pregnancy.
Midday there was a little more clarity on Meghan’s situation. The Duchess did join Prince Harry for a lunch reception today. Guests included Invictus Games competitors, their families and other attendees. Sam Buckingham-Jones of The Australian tweeted a video of people eager to see the Duke and Duchess arriving for the engagement.
The crowd run to see Prince Harry and Meghan leave a reception at The Pavilion in Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens. pic.twitter.com/UR3HRCKilk
— Sam Buckingham-Jones (@SamEBJones) October 21, 2018
The event was hosted by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
— Lizzie Robinson (@LizzieITV) October 21, 2018
The Duke and Duchess being welcomed into the reception.
— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) October 21, 2018
The Prime Minister addressing the guests.
In this photo it looks like the PM might be introducing the royals to the young man seen in lower right.
Here you see Meghan and Harry at the reception, meeting children being supported by the Kookaburra Kids Foundation.
The charity supports children living in families affected by mental illness. Our thanks to Lizzie Robinson of ITV for sharing photos from today’s reception. Meghan and Harry also met captain Amanda Farrugia and vice-captain Alicia Eva of the Greater Western Sydney Giants in the AFL Women’s league.
More from a Giants news release:
the GIANTS are playing host to Invictus Games athletes as they use the club’s facilities in preparation for the Games.
They had goodies for the Duke and Duchess, as well as Baby Sussex. I believe the woman in the center is Senator Bridget McKenzie.
More from the release:
Farrugia said while the invitation was a great honour for her and Eva, it was also a fantastic acknowledgement for elite female athletes.
“It’s almost an acknowledgement that female athletes exist in Sydney, being equal to all the males that have been invited to represent their sport (on royal visits) in the past.
If you guessed that the gifts would include a tiny uniform jersey, you are a wise royal gift giving observer, indeed.
Officials say Meghan will attend the sailing competition this afternoon as planned.
Also today, a quick follow-up to our coverage of Tuesday’s reception at Admiralty House. We saw photos of Meghan chatting with singer-songwriter Missy Higgins, talking about her new baby. Earlier this week Ms. Higgins posted a photo from the event on Instagram saying “what an honour to meet the beautiful Duchess today! I said I felt sorry for her having to do all these meet-and-greets while 4 months pregnant! What a trooper!”Our thanks to Michelle at Perths Fashion for letting us know about the Instagram post.
Now to what Meghan wore, starting with her L’Agence ‘Brea’ Striped Double-Breasted Blazer. The fabric is a linen/cotton blend that L’Agence describes as ‘thin,’ with peak lapels, bracelet-length sleeves, and front flap pockets. The jacket has a longer cut, hitting at hip length. It is available at the following retailers and price points:
- at Revolve the jacket is $242
- at Shopbop the blazer is $385
- at Saks the piece is $550
- at Neiman Marcus the blazer is $550
- at Net-a-Porter it is $550
- at L’Agence the jacket is $550
From what we could see it looks like the Duchess wore her Aquazzura Deneuve Bow Pumps.
Meghan brought back the Oroton crossbody bag we first saw at the April Commonwealth youth forum.
The Australian-based label says the bag will be available online again sometime this month.
The Duchess was wearing a new (to us) pair of earrings. They look like they *might* be the Natalie Marie Diamond Sun Studs ($2450 AUD, roughly $1745 at today’s exchange rates). We are looking for a better photo so we can do a good side-by-side comparison.
We are still sorting out Meghan’s jeans, turtleneck. We have more information and photos to share, and will be updating shortly!
- Learn more about the Kookaburra Kids program here; the charity’s Facebook page is here and its Twitter feed is here
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- Invictus Games Sydney:
- the full competition schedule may be seen here
- BBC One’s Invictus coverage site is here
- the live stream broadcast schedule can be seen here
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