It’s “Meghan Mania” & “A Rock Star Welcome” for ACU Engagement
Meghan wore Givenchy for today’s engagement with the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU).
This was her first engagement as the group’s Royal Patron, another patronage passed on to her by the Queen. The event was at City, University of London, where the Duchess was welcomed by throngs of fans. Victoria Murphy posted a photo of people awaiting Meghan’s arrival.
You can hear the cheering in this video from Richard Palmer of The Express.
Meghan arrives at City University in London for her first engagement as patron of the Association of Commonwealth Universities. pic.twitter.com/XAhmwGH9ZM
— Richard Palmer (@RoyalReporter) January 31, 2019
The Duchess being welcomed.
You can also hear cheers in this video from Danielle Stacey, Yahoo UK‘s royal correspondent.
— Danielle Stacey (@daniellestacey1) January 31, 2019
More about the crowds from Jessica Rach’s Daily Mail story:
Madeleine Harper, 25, who studies law at City University told FEMAIL: ‘It was chaos! They’ve got a huge area for her and closed off all the entrances to the university building – and there were crowds everywhere. My lecture was cancelled cause it was in that building and the library was full with everyone trying to see her!’
How eager were people to see Meghan? This tweet shared by Cathy gives you an idea.
When Meghan Markle is visiting the building across the street from your office! 😄 pic.twitter.com/WoxQRSAEwf
— Cathy O’D (@l0islane) January 31, 2019
From The Belfast Telegraph:
The Duchess of Sussex received a rock star welcome from students when she visited a London university to learn more about the work of a Commonwealth institution.
Hundreds of young people cheered and waved Union flags when the heavily pregnant duchess arrived in her chauffeur-driven car.
As Meghan entered the building you can hear applause in this ITV video.
The Duchess of Sussex has chatted to groups of students from around the world during a visit to a London university
— ITV News (@itvnews) January 31, 2019
As she arrived inside she was accompanied by Dr. Joanna Newman, Secretary General of the Association, and Sir Paul Curran, President of City, University London.
A news release notes The ACU is “…the only accredited organisation representing higher education across the Commonwealth, having held the role for the past 33 years.”
The Daily Mirror reports “It manages international scholarship schemes – including the Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships – that offer life-changing educational opportunities for students.”
At today’s engagement the Duchess spent time with students and staff, including “…students from the Commonwealth now studying in the UK, for whom access to university has transformed their lives” per a KP news release. Below, the Duchess with Dr. Newman.
..[she] skyped a delighted student in Ghana as she visited students and academics from the Commonwealth in London today.”
She spoke with Hilary Harawo, a student in Ghana, while attending a meeting with scholars from the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) for the first time since becoming the institution’s patron.
Below, Meghan chats with Ishrat, a Commonwealth PhD Scholar from Bangladesh. The pair spoke about, about her work and the ACU Peace and Reconciliation Network, an initiative launched last year. The Network “brings universities together to boost their role in truth-telling and reconciliation as part of their wider communities.”
Meghan also spoke about an issue impacting girls’ education. This is from Zoe Forsey’s Mirror piece:
Meghan Markle has expressed concerns at how periods affect girls’ education around the world.
The Duchess spoke about how women in developing countries are stigmatised when they are menstruating during a visit to the Association of Commonwealth Universities.
Below, Meghan speaking about the problem with Dr. Ephraim Kisangala, a Commonwealth PhD scholar from Uganda studying public health.
Back to The Mirror article.
Dr Kisangala added: “The duchess said to me how shocked she was and how it was so important to raise awareness of this issue so that more can be done.”
“She has been to Africa and has also identified the problem herself in the past for the women who are suffering due to the attitudes towards menstruation across the world.
“My research is specifically targeted at finding solutions to assist women in refugee settlements in Uganda and the duchess said more must be done to help these women.
Emily Nash of Hello! tweeted this video of Meghan talking with students.
— Emily Nash (@emynash) January 31, 2019
The Duchess speaking with Devika, a Marshall Scholar from the USA; she is studying Applied Theatre at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
When leaving, the Duchess decided to do an impromptu walkabout, as shown in Richard Palmer’s quick video.
An unexpected mini walkabout at the end of a visit that overran by 20 minutes. pic.twitter.com/mvkf6S8chV
— Richard Palmer (@RoyalReporter) January 31, 2019
The Duchess greeting fans.
Now for what Meghan wore today, starting with her Givenchy coat.
Many recognized it as the coat Meghan wore on Remembrance Sunday.
The midi-length piece features a single-button closure, side pockets with faux welt pockets on the front (I think they are faux), four-button detail at the sleeve hem, and the distinctive capelet effect on the shoulders/upper sleeves.
Beneath the coat she was also wearing bespoke Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy.
You can see the tiered dress is pleated and has an asymmetrical or handkerchief hem. Below, three styles from the Givenchy s/s 2018 ready to wear collection; it’s not hard to envision certain design elements from those styles being incorporated into Meghan’s skirt. The material has a light, floaty feeling, it could be a lightweight silk. Here you can better see a portion of the skirt.
Meghan’s hair was up in a sleek top-knot.
She wore her Dean Davidson Signature Midi Knockout Studs in 22K gold over brass (CAD $160, about USD $125).
The Duchess did not carry a bag today. We’ll leave you with this shot of Meghan greeting well-wishers.
A reminder we’ll see you tomorrow for the Duke and Duchess’s day in Bristol!
This is about 4 minutes of raw video.
- Learn more about the Association at its website here; the group’s Facebook page is here; its Twitter feed is here
- The Mirror’s coverage is here; The Mirror’s story about the impact of menstruation on girls’ education is here; The Belfast Telegraph piece is here
- Erin Hill’s People story is here; a Hello! piece is here