We are back covering a number of topics today.
We begin with confirmation of an autumn tour for the Duke and Duchess. Sunday Kensington Palace tweeted the following:
As noted in the tweet, the tour will be on dates coinciding with the 2018 Invictus Games in Sydney. The Games run from October 20 – October 27; our guess is the tour will follow the games. It is not expected that Harry & Meghan will attend all seven days of the Games. There is a little more on timing in this story from the Fiji Times:
While the exact date is yet to be announced, their visit to Fiji will be after their Australian tour to be part of the Invictus Sydney games scheduled for October 20 to October 27 this year.
The couple is set to be in Fiji after their Australian tour and will head to Tonga and New Zealand thereafter.
Below, Harry in Toronto at last year’s Games.
In travel news a little closer to home, this story in The Independent reports the Duke and Duchess will be visiting the Republic of Ireland in July.
PRINCE Harry and his wife Meghan Markle are expected to visit Ireland in the middle of next month – very likely around Friday, July 13.
Sources say they are likely to take part in a series of engagements over the course of two days.
The story notes Prince Harry has never visited the country before and points out that Meghan attended the One Young World summit in 2014 in Dublin when she was an ambassador for the organization. Here you see Meghan at that event.
We’ll keep you updated on any announcements about the July visit to Dublin. You can read the entire story in The Independent by clicking here.
….the duchess appeared at her first Trooping the Colour on Saturday in a look which confirmed that her royal look, in case we were in any doubt, will be compiled on her own terms. Her’s is a 21st century take on elegance which looks as pristine as is expected in her new royal role, but which also pushes some of the unspoken rules of the regal dress code.
Most notable is how Meghan’s pale pink top dips off her shoulders in an exaggerated version of the bateau neckline which Givenchy’s Clare Waight Keller used to timelessly sophisticated effect on her bridal gown. The cut looks chic but reveals more decolletage than the Buckingham Palace balcony has likely ever seen.
- The top was too revealing for this function. The outfit was inappropriate for a military parade honoring the Queen’s birthday. Some said wearing the style was disrespectful.
- The top was not too revealing. People/the Royal Family need to take a more modern view; there’s nothing wrong with showing one’s shoulders at an engagement like Saturday’s.
More about the design from fashion writers Tom & Lorenzo’s story:
…there were a few grumblings about her baring her shoulders and upper arms for an official day event. Sources vary on whether that’s a no-no, but once again we are struck by the similarities in the way her every fashion move is critiqued on the grounds of propriety and the way people reacted to Michelle Obama when she became first lady. We are STILL talking about women’s arms as if they were scandalous.
I didn’t see anything wrong with Meghan’s outfit upon seeing those first images. I thought she looked amazing and appropriate for the event. I didn’t give it much thought about the collar-line until several images came up and finally the balcony appearance. The only thing I think may have been off with the neckline was that the piece had slipped a bit off her shoulder and it probably could’ve been adjusted so as to sit more up over the shoulder slightly. Perhaps some slight alterations to adjust this would’ve helped. My guess is that these outfits were purchased well before the wedding and the fit changed a bit after the fact.”
It was a classic, timeless look that was absolutely beautiful on the Duchess. I don’t agree with those suggesting Meghan was trying to draw attention to herself or be disrespectful. She has clearly demonstrated her respect for HM and the Monarchy.In her comment, ElizaMo makes a strong point about context: for many, what members of the Royal Family wear conveys more than a fashion statement. Do I think it would have been better if the top covered her shoulders? Yes, for a couple of reasons. As mentioned, I doubt she wanted any extra attention focused on what she wore, she would prefer it be directed toward the Queen and military personnel being recognized. The other is that covered shoulders strike me as slightly more appropriate for this specific event. But that is my taste, not Meghan’s.Do I think this was a horrible misstep or faux pas? No. I do think we will see Meghan with just a skosh more fabric over her shoulders/upper arms next year. But if we don’t it isn’t an enormous scandal or symptomatic of some greater issue in my eyes. What Meghan wears is entirely her choice.
The topic of Meghan’s Saturday look dovetails perfectly with a quick note about comments. We experienced a problem with the comment approval software. It is always set to “comments must be approved manually,” meaning we have to physically click on the words “approve comment” before a comment is published. This weekend the program ‘hiccuped,’ and all comments were published, including several that should never have seen the light of day. We apologize to those who were subjected to the inappropriate comments. (A reminder to anyone who may be a new visitor that our comment policy may be read here.)